COMPLEX magazine drops an exclusive A$AP Rocky documentary that breaks down the song that started the movement, Purple Swag’. Featured in the doc is fellow Mob members: A$AP Bari, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, Chace Infinite and A$AP Ty Beats, as they chime in on the video, production and more. This doc release is perfect timing as he is gearing up for the release of his third studio album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, due out soon.
Kobe Bryant covers Black Rainbow magazine’s latest ‘Basketball Special Issue’ which features a special look at his NIKE Kobe X sneaker as well as NBA legend, Michael Jordan. This limited edition issue can be purchased online as well as BlackRainbow’s flagship store. See more of the spread below: (more…)
Nicki Minaj models in men’s clothing L’Uomo Vogue magazine’s latest issue. It is very refreshing to see artists who like Nicki transform her usual outrageous look into sleek and sophisticated within these magazine shoots. With the short bob cut and menswear pieces, Nicki still manages to look sexy in a very classy way. Check out the black and white print spread…
Billboard magazine highlights André Benjamin, better known as André 3000, to reveal that there is no retirement for the rapper turned actor. He is back in full effect and hip-hop heads are elated about the return of the 1/2 of ATL rap duo, Outkast. Currently, Outkast has created #ATLFest that consists of a line up of different artists for three nights and they headline. Although the group has made it clear they won’t be working together in the future on new material, André tells Billboard that he is working on a new solo album, which is good enough for us. He discussed the stress and pressure he felt to give the fans new music despite still having featured verses on artists’ songs since the last Outkast album in 2006. The cover story discusses André’s acting career and new role Jimi Hendricks in the biopic film Jimi: All Is by My Side, in theaters now. Read the entire cover story here and see more photos from the cover shoot… (more…)
Rihanna latest modeling feature is in Tush magazine, where she rocks a grey wig better than probably anyone. The Barbadian bombshell looks absolutely stunning in the spread as it was shot by photographers Steven Gomillion & Dennis Leupold. If you can read or translate German, check out her article here. Purchase the issue when it hits newsstands September 18th. (more…)
Pharrell Williams was recently honored at the GQ Mens Awards in London and now graces the cover of British GQ for their October 2014 issue. The cover shoot was inspired by Kenyan Masai tribe and was shot by photographers, Hunter & Gatti. Purchase the issue when it hits newsstands next month.
Chris Brown is covering Billboard magazine’s latest cover issue for September 2014. Chris has been making a lot of positive steps in the right direction of getting his career back on track. In his first post jail interview to talk with Billboard about life in jail, his fans, Rihanna, and much more. The issue is now available for purchase here.
“I realize that what I do for a living opens my life to public scrutiny and that I have a responsibility to everyone because of that exposure…I can say that I am only human and I have made mistakes. I can say that I try to live my life in the most true, honest way that I can. I am not perfect, no one is. No one is harder on me than me. No one can please everyone. No one can live in the past and expect to grow. I have been moving forward and hope that I am not defined by just a few moments in my life but all of the moments that will make up my life.”
Bompton’s YG, was featured in Flaunt magazine’s “Back To School” Issue 136. Amongst many others including: Tyga and Pharrell Williams, the issue includes some photos of YG showcasing his fashion. G-Star RAW was the main designer, YG wore for the shoot. Check out his interview here.
“If you want a movement you got to stick to what you do,” he says. “You can’t come in the game and get on from that, and then you start changing up doing different shit. You can’t do it. I mean, you can do it but that shit don’t mean nothing [any]more. It’s like… ‘Oh he did what everybody else did.’ You get on it and keep doing the same thing that got you there. That’s when it means something to the world. That’s when you inspire.”
Model, Chanel Iman, and rapper, A$AP Rocky, are featured in VOGUE magazine’s September 2014 issue. The couple had their own full spread that is a huge accomplishment and honor…well at least for A$AP. Photography by Mikael Jansson. See more photos after the break. (more…)
A preview snippet of Kanye West’s new track “All Day” has leaked. RevoltTV has provided the audio for the new track that Kanye briefly touched on in his recent GQ cover issue. He said that the single will be one for the clubs like “Niggas in Paris” and stated that his 7th album will be ready this fall. Stay tuned for the official song release, in the meantime listen to the snippet here.
Kanye West graces the cover of GQ magazine’s August 2014 issue. Ye’s cover interview has been getting a lot of buzz as he addresses a lot of things that people have been dying to know. He spoke on why he married Kim, how he felt about Jay-Z and Beyonce not attending his wedding and much more. Check out the entire interview here and the cover spread shot by photographer, Patrick Demarchelier, after the break.
Why’d you decide to get married?
Saying “Hey, I like Kim” isn’t as inspiring to people as us getting married. And anyone that’s in a relationship knows that in order to get to the point to get married and then to be married and to then carry on, it needs that work put into it. Right now, people look at it and it’s like, “Wow, that’s inspiring.” Meaning that love is infectious. You know, God is infectious—God flowing through us and us being little-baby creators and shit. But His energy and His love and what He wants us to have as people and the way He wants us to love each other, that is infectious. Like they said inStep Brothers: Never lose your dinosaur. This is the ultimate example of a person never losing his dinosaur. Meaning that even as I grew in cultural awareness and respect and was put higher in the class system in some way for being this musician, I never lost my dinosaur.
Kim is this girl who fucking turns me on. I love her. This is who I want to be next to and be around. And then people would try to say, “Well, you know, if you’re a musician, you should be with a musician, and if you want to design, you need to be with a girl from the design world.” I don’t give a fuck about people’s opinions. Because when a kid falls in love with an airplane or a bike or a dinosaur—especially if you’re an only child and it’s not because of the book that the sibling was reading—it’s like, fuck, you mean to tell me that the dinosaurs walked the earth and stuff like that?! That’s amazing! You mean to tell me that these giant multi-ton crafts can fly that fast and that loud, and they can flip, and there’s danger, the possibility of them exploding? That’s fucking cool! You mean to tell me that this girl with this fucking body and this face is also into style, and she’s a nice person, and she has her own money and is family-oriented? That’s just as cool as a fucking fighter jet or dinosaur! And just as rarely seen.
The 26-year old bombshell, Jhené Aiko, goes topless for GQ magazine’s May 2014 issue. The rising star has been gaining so much attention since the release of her Sail Out EP and recently put on an amazing performance at Coachella alongside Drake. Jhené has been gaining much success in her breakout year and we know there is much more to come from the LA beauty. Be sure to check out more of her spread below: (more…)
Cam’Ron and A-Trak team up once again for a Fool’s Gold and Dipset collaboration EP. As they cover Complex’s April/May 2014 issue, the two discuss Dame Dash’s involvement in the two collaborating along with their previous history and what they wanted to make out of this new project. Check out a spook movie trailer video for ‘Two The Hard Way’, directed by Rick Cordero. Make sure to check out stills and excerpts from the interview after the break. See the entire interview and their cover shoot stills here.
LA Lakers’ player, Nick Young, and Australian rapper, Iggy Azalea, are labeled ‘Freakiest Young Couple’ in GQ magazine’s March 2014 issue. The two are featured in the latest issue showing off fresh looks by Versace along with their coupledom. Check out the behind the scenes video from the shoot below and more official photos after the jump.
Iggy admits at the shoot “Nick’s really goofy and funny…We don’t really watch basketball in Australia…I always joke with him, ‘I hope we don’t break up, because you’d ruin basketball for me.’ I really hope he doesn’t ruin basketball for me.”
In the interview, Kanye explains to acclaimed filmmaker Steve McQueen (who interviews him) what that Steve Jobs comparison was all about, and what it’s like to father his first child, North, with fiancee Kim Kardashian.
You can read the full interview here: Kanye Interview
Kendrick is named Rapper of the Year by GQ magazine in their latest December 2013 ‘Man of the Year’ issue. He has definitely made his mark in the industry and has been constantly doing work throughout the year, especially with the release of his g.o.o.d. kid, M.A.A.D City album. The project alone has been marked as a classic already and this cover is the icing on the cake for a perfect year for K.Dot. We are too excited for what Kendrick and the TDE crew has in store for the forthcoming year. Check out a freestyle he did for the magazine below:
KAWS graces the cover of PAPER Magazine‘s Art Issue. The accompanying article includes a discussion on his work being showcased at this past MTV Video Music Awards, famous friends (i.e. Kanye West and Pharrell Williams) and why he ended his popular clothing line OriginalFake. Check here for the full article.
Top Dawg Entertainment is hands down the best rap group of the 2010’s and it’s only just the beginning. This new emerging conglomerate has 4 California rappers that are different yet cohesive in their rawness. It’s not gangster or conscious rap but black hippy rap. Good to see their getting their shine and they have a great leader in Kendrick who is quickly on the rise to legendary. Shout out to XXL for putting them on their Oct/Nov 2013 issue which includes a special photo shoot by Jonathan Mannion and story by kris ex, which explores the fast-growing success of TDE as a label and the careers of the individual artists. The issue hits newsstands October 29th.
Iggy Azalea did an interview with PAPERMAG along with her cover shoot. The 23 year old Australian blonde bombshell definitely did not hold back in the interview as she said exactly how she felt. In regards to her twerking and Miley’s latest takeover with the dance she said:
“I’ve been doing that onstage for two-and-a-half years. She probably fucking watched my videos online and decided to try it.”
Complex Magazine let’s one of hip-hop’s rising stars grace the cover for their Oct/Nov 2013 issue, Chance The Rapper. The Chicago native is only 20 years old and has been gaining a great buzz, especially since the release of his latest project Acid Rap. As Complex does, they conducted an interactive interview with Chance and a creative photo spread. See the full story here.
The buzz and attention generated by Acid Rap says a lot about the current state of hip-hop. Listeners are looking for artists who can challenge conventional wisdom about hip-hop archetypes and the younger generation.
Terry Richardson shot Miley Cyrus not only in his studio but for the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Her new look as really transformed her image and her career as she has been the face and model in the hip hop scene. Check out some stills from her photoshoot in the studio and screenshots from the magazine issue after the jump. (more…)
For Highsnobiety’s 7th magazine issue, they teamed up Travi$ Scott to rock the sneaker label SUPRA for an “Eternity” cover story. Check out the photos from the issue where the rapper sports the labels latest kicks.
Kendrick was recently featured in NY’s BULLET magazine, where he has an editorial styled with high-end and streetwear fashion. His article is titled: ‘Kendrick Lamar Goes Straight Outta Compton and Into the Spotlight’. In the interview, he discussed the history behind his word play (see excerpt below). For his article in its entirety, check out bulletmedia.com.
“Being around older people helped me develop my vocabulary. They got drunk a lot and they partied a lot, but they had great conversations. I always hung around older people because I understood more about the world than most kids my age. I picked up on things and practiced them in my conversations, in my writing. Fortunately, it grew into an art.”