Posted in All On The Cover, Complex Magazine, Currently Reading, Drake, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, newstands, Toshitaka Kondo, Young Money

All On The Cover: Nicki Minaj Covers Complex Magazine

It’s official: Complex has the fall on lock. On Friday they set the Internet ablaze with the infamous and oh so into depth cover story featuring none other than, Kid Cudi, and now it’s time to lace you with the other side of their October/November 2010 issue. For their first cover ever with Nicki Minaj, they stated:

“We wanted to do something different from her typical cartoonish caricatures—hence the sexy, understated black and white shoot”.

For the interview, Complex’s Toshitaka Kondo spoke with Nicki about questions surrounding her sexual orientation, her relationship with Drake, Wayne and on why she stopped saying “no homo” but still likes “pause.”

Check out some excerpts from the interview below after the jump….


About her success:

Absolutely. A lot of people don’t know I wrote all the hooks on the album. I arranged the music, did the transitions. [Other female rappers] are told what to do, but I run my entire empire; I don’t think people would expect that.”

Talks Wayne:

“He really hasn’t had any involvement on it. But to be honest, the album doesn’t sound like Wayne. I mean, he’s my biggest influence, but it doesn’t sound like Wayne’s stuff. It sounds like Nicki.”

I always keep Nicki Minaj separate from Young Money. I allow Wayne to call the shots when we do group albums, but when I do other things and have other choices, I don’t necessarily need everyone’s go-ahead. I write my own raps, I go in the studio by myself. There are some female rappers who can’t go in the studio unless they have a ghostwriter sitting right next to them. I’m the complete opposite—I’ll go in and ghostwrite for someone.”

He’s definitely told me, “Yo, leave that bullshit alone. That’s for people who ain’t got shit else to do.” I’ve watched Wayne handle himself so well. I’ve seen people take shot after shot after shot at him and if it fazed him, I never saw it. People take shots because they’re hoping for a little bit of your energy. They need fuel.”

Talks Drake:

He told me he said something about me on a verse, but I didn’t think it would be anything like that. He let me hear it for the first time when we did Jay’s show at Madison Square Garden, the day before Wayne had to go to jail—that night he let me hear it on the headphones. But you know what else he told me he wrote for me? The Alicia Keys song “I’m Ready.” I happen to love the song. I never told anyone that, I hope he won’t get mad that I said that.”

“You have no idea how much I love them. We joke around. That’s the thing about Young Money, we will say a lot of crazy shit in the press but we will get around each other and start cracking up laughing like brothers and sisters. Drake is a playboy. He probably told mad bitches he wrote them songs for ’em.”

They always ask me to hook them up with something!”

Well, no, Drake knows better. [Laughs.] Drake tries to be the suave dude and not seem pressed, but Wayne will straight-up ask: “Nick, you got something for me?”

About her sexuality:

When I rap, it’s just an extension of how I speak, and that’s how I talk. If you don’t like it, don’t listen. I’m also not going to explain something just because I said it in a rap. Take what you want from it. [In the press] I didn’t say [I don’t like women]. I said I don’t have sex with women. I don’t have sex with men right now either. If [bisexual is] what they wanna call me, then fine.”

Talks “pause” and “no homo”:

[Laughs.] I stopped saying “no homo” because a gay person said I was perpetuating homophobia, so I accepted that. I was just so used to being around my boys and them saying, “no homo,” it’s like second nature. With “pause,” it just means no sexual connotation intended. A guy can say “pause” to a girl and vice versa.”

Check out some more photos below….







Read the full interview here.

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All On The Cover: Kanye West Covers XXL Magazine


Kanye West will appear on the cover of XXL’s October issue, hitting newstands nationwide on September 28.

The Louis Vuitton Don penned the cover story on himself—his first article ever—and also served as the creative director of his own 40-page section in the special collector’s issue.

In his candid cover story, West speaks on the reaction he received from the infamous 2009 MTV Video Music Awards debacle.

“I stress that the incident wasn’t about Taylor personally,” he explains in the story. “And it definitely wasn’t about race. Where I messed up is, at the end of the day, it’s your show, Taylor. It’s your show, MTV.”

“The relationship with the public and with your fans is like the relationship with your girlfriend,” he adds. “How could I not, at a certain point, be like, ‘I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have been at the awards show. I’m sorry.’ Not that I don’t deserve to get beat up or change who I am inside, to make sure that that doesn’t happen again.”

Mr. West said that, following his VMA outburst, he immediately dedicated himself to the studio.

“I knew I wasn’t in a great spot publicly after the incident, but I would just block it out and work as hard as possible and let my work be my saving grace,” he shared. “In a way, I had thrown a Molotov cocktail at my own career, and it gave me an opportunity, for the first time, to go away and find out who I was. Because I felt very alone.”

In addition to Kanye’s cover story, XXL’s October issue features stories on Kid Cudi, West’s G.O.O.D. Music family, Wiz Khalifa and the top 10 producers turned rappers of all time.

Check out some more photos of Kanye below…


Be sure to pick up your copy on September 28.

Source: XXL

Posted in 'Wake Up!', ?uestlove, All On The Cover, Barack Obama, Billboard Magazine, Currently Reading, John Legend, newstands, President Barack Obama, The Roots

All On The Cover: ?uestlove & John Legend Cover Billboard Magazine

Billboard has done a cover story on the collaboration between John Legend and The Roots. The album is entitled ‘Wake Up!’ which drops on September 21st . The article mainly focus’ on how John Legend & ?uestlove decided to work together and give out a political message during a great time of need. This is the type of collaboration you dream of (another would be RZA and Nas which is also coming soon) and the timing is perfect considering how apathetic people right now. Even if you aren’t too political you will be rewarded with great music but if you listen carefully you’ll also get some messages on life that you may just need to hear. You can stream the entire album below so hopefully this holds us over until September 21st when we can actually pick up the album.

America seems to always be at war,” John Legend muses as he casually plinks the keys of his piano at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. “While politicians go home safe to their families, we’ve got a government willing to sacrifice people’s lives every day.”

Check out a few excerpts from their interview below after the jump…

About the Album:

Legend: It is a different climate, but I think it makes the album even more relevant now. You would think now that we have a black president, everything’s all good, but there has been more racial tension than ever before. A lot of people feel like they’re losing grip of what America used to be. They long for a bygone era when America was whiter, when it was more Christian, when it was more this, more that — they long for a more traditional America. You see that conversation, that battle, being had in America right now, so it feels like these songs are super relevant, even more so than in 2008.

Thompson: Absolutely. There’s a song that deals with patriotism, which connects to what’s going on in New York with the mosque near ground zero. “Hang on in There” deals specifically with the definition of an American: “Do you consider me an African American like you consider yourself an American?” Every day, new subjects and ideas are being raised that make this album relevant.

About meeting President Obama:

Thompson: Every time I saw him, he ragged on me about my hair. The first words that came out of his mouth to me were, “Man, you haven’t cut that thing yet?” I’m almost certain that at the end of this project, a performance at the White House is in order. I’m putting that out there.

Legend: He’s a fan of hip-hop and R&B. He’s made that pretty clear in some of the conversations he’s had about his iPod, and he knew how to wipe the dirt off his shoulder, so clearly he’s pop culture aware. I think President Obama will dig this album.

Their Next Move:

Legend: I’m starting the next solo album now. Kanye and I are executive producers together. I also worked on Kanye’s album a little bit, on the “Power” remix and other stuff. But God only knows what Kanye is actually going to put on the album and what’s going to be on the other five-song album he’s putting out.

Thompson: We’re actually considering doing a children’s record next, with “Yo Gabba Gabba!” Kirk [Douglas], our guitarist, was a kindergarten teacher before he joined the group and he has at least 200 songs in his arsenal-great, noncondescending kid songs like the real smart stuff that came from “The Electric Company.” Kirk’s a genius about making kids songs.

Between that and “Wake Up!,” it seems like the Roots are consciously reaching out to a younger generation.

Thompson: When I was a kid listening to the stuff we cover on “Wake Up!,” I was 2 or 3 years old. My mom and dad and sister constantly fed me music, and that planted the seed. So I hope there’s a parent out there that takes to this record and plays it a lot for their kid, and that this becomes the soundtrack to some 3-year-old in 2010 who will be a 23-year-old in 2030 and say, “Man, I grew up on this record.”

Read the entire article here.

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Source: Billboard

Posted in "Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager", All On The Cover, Complex Magazine, Currently Reading, Joe La Puma, Kanye, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Lady Gaga, Lupe Fiasco, newstands, Perez Hilton, Wale

All On The Cover: Kid Cudi Covers Complex Magazine

This time last year Complex Magazine’s Joe La Puma interviewed Kid Cudi for their Aug/Sept cover story that took an in depth look into Cudi’s life and music. This time around they’re back for another cover and a follow up that leads to an even better story.

Complex Magazine revealed the first cover for their October/November issue, and it features Kid Cudi making his second return to the Complex‘s front. The cover story with Cudi was also released and features an interview with Joe La PumaCudi takes the gloves off so to speak, and opens up about his new album, “Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager”. Cudi says the album is “dark, and smart explicit.” It’s no surprise since Cudi‘s music is exceptionally personal and authentic.  His debut LP, which Complex named album of the year, is also one of many fans favorite for the emotion and passion Cudi channels through his songs.  His experiences shape the music, and since the release of the first record, Cudi‘s definitely had a lot of tough ones.  He’s been to jail, had a child, been kicked off tour with Lady Gaga, and struggled with drug abuse. He addresses all those things, and has some choice words for Wale and Perez Hilton in the Complex interview.

Check out some excerpts from the interview below after the jump….

About Wale:

“Then people like Wale get mad that ‘Ye ain’t give him no beats—’Ye ain’t give you no beats because we ain’t fucking with your raps. It’s not a conspiracy theory. We don’t fuck with you musically, so we’re not going to provide music for you. The shit is a service, it’s a quality of a certain standard. Niggas are just so thirsty it’s ridiculous. I’ve been eating humble pie forever, and people still call me an asshole. These people don’t know my fucking life—now I’m going to give them something to talk about.”

About Perez Hilton:

“Even Perez Hilton said some shit about me. He might be a good person and have a good heart, but he does a lot of fuckhead shit. Who are you to talk about people? That’s not cool. That’s why the world is so fucked up, because of hate. And he’s gay? I just don’t get that. The gay people I know are about peace and love and coming together. That shit doesn’t register with me. He’s a chump and a coward, and it’s fucked up because I met dude so many times and he had nothing but love to show me. Then when that shit happened with Lady Gaga kicking me off her tour, he had to run his mouth and judge me on that shit.”

On his drug use:

“I started doing cocaine to get through interviews, ’cause people wanted to know a lot about my personal life and I wasn’t prepared for a 60 Minutes interview every time. Doing bumps I was able to get through the day, but then I would smoke weed to calm me down—it was the only way I could get through the day without people noticing I was doing it.”

“I never thought it was a problem, but I was definitely high-fiving death a couple of times. It took a lot for me to talk about shit like this on the album. I don’t feel like I need to explain myself to anyone besides the fans. My fans don’t believe shit until they hear me say it. And those are true Kid Cudi fans. I want them to know the story.”

About his daughter:

“There’s another thing people don’t know. I have a daughter, born March 26th of this year. Her name is Vada, and she’s fucking awesome. That was eating me up, and it was stressing me out that nobody knew about her. I was trying to escape from that, too. Just trying to figure it out and make everyone happy, it’s a lot for somebody my age to handle. I was manning up and dealing with it in what I thought was the right way, but it was the wrong way. I want to be around for her. I can honestly say she was the wake-up call. The reality that it’s bigger than just you now—you have a responsibility and there’s no more time for mistakes. It’s time to stop fucking around.”

About Lupe Fiasco:

“Besides the fam, and Yeezy and Don C, there’s one artist in this game who has always had my back and had nothing but love to show, and that’s Lupe Fiasco. Every time I see that man, it’s nothing but love—I saw him a little after it, and he was like “I’m worried about you, man, just checking in.” He’s somebody who I know really genuinely gives a fuck. Noreaga also checked in.”

On Kanye x Cudi:

“Can I be honest with you? I don’t think anybody is fucking with what we—me and Kanye—got. Creatively, there’s nobody. You can argue all day about who has the best album, there’s never going to be an answer. There are other artists who are hot for God knows what reason. But as far as creativity, pound for pound, track for track, video for video, hands down, there’s nobody fucking with me and ‘Ye.”

Check out some more photos below….







Read the full interview here.

Posted in 'LaLa’s Full Court Wedding', 50 Cent, All On The Cover, Carmelo Anthony, Darius Baptist, Gracing Pages, JET Magazine, La La Vazquez, Mike Ruiz, NBA, Nikki Nelms, Sheika Daley, VH1, YRB Magazine

All On The Cover & Gracing Pages: La La Vasquez Covers JET and Graces the pages of YRB Magazine

La La Vazquez covers the new issue of JET magazine. She discusses her new reality series and says she is determined not to entertain the on-and-off-the-court drama that could potentially come with being an NBA wife to Carmelo Anthony. She dishes the inside scoop on life after marriage and the latest on her acting and producing projects, including her movie with rapper 50 Cent.

Make sure you check out the issue which will be out on stands Sept. 20 and the reality show, ‘LaLa’s Full Court Wedding’, starts Sunday on VH1. Will you be watching?

YRB spread after the jump….

OOH LA LA

La La is also gracing the pages of the Fall Fashion Issue of YRB magazine.

With a new show on VH1, production credits under her belt, a solid acting career and a bustling family life, Lala Vasquez has learned the art of mixing business with pleasure. And when it comes to her wardrobe, she’s right there on top with some of Fall’s hottest trends.

I love how the photos came out. She looks DOPE!!

Check out the photos from the spread below….

Laquan Smith puff sleeve jacket Thuy textured skirt Van Cleef& Arpel diamond earrings Roberto Coin tri-color diamond ring
Jovani cotton bustled shirt Jovani beaded vest American Apparel bodysuit Nicole Miller multi-strap boot AS Luxe silver bangles
Thuy printed dress DKNY textured stockings Sermoneta leather glovesCarolee diamond bracelets
Magalis Garcia ruffled top Magalis Garcia wool pant Cesare Paciotti suede/printed heels AS Luxe gold fringe bracelet Thuy gold ball braceletThuy gold beaded bracelet

Photography by Mike Ruiz
Styling by Darius Baptist
Hair by Nikki Nelms
Makeup by Sheika Daley

Source: YRB Magazine

Posted in All On The Cover, Currently Reading, Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowland, Matthew Knowles, Mike Ruiz, YRB Magazine

All On The Cover: Kelly Rowland Covers YRB Magazine

Kelly Rowland covers the Fall Fashion Issue of YRB magazine and is ready to make her mark with her new album which releases in early 2011. She is looking super fierce in animal prints, a newly cut bob, and oh and we can’t forget those pink shoes…Woot Woot!

In her interview she talks about feeling good and being ready for her new album, breaking ties with Matthew Knowles, and how she feels about a Destiny’s Child reunion.

Check out some excerpts below from her interview…

About feeling confident and ready….

“I truly believe that what I have is special, and when they recognize, they will recognize, period,” she states, clutching her knees to her chest after slipping into a towel and taking a seat. “It’s not like I haven’t conquered it before. I’m going to do it again. I’ma get it.”

About her album….

“[We did] so many remixes. Ones you would never even really think to put a sound to an urban record,” she reflects on her early tango with dance. “I think that’s what’s so interesting to me about the dance remixes. Somebody takes on a whole different life of the song. I love that.”

About breaking ties with her manager Matthew Knowles…

“It was a decision years in the making for me, and finally getting to that point and doing it,” she says of her split from Daddy Knowles. “Don’t let anybody dictate who you are and what you want to do. Like, it’s so easy to. You have to know how incredibly incredible you are. And that goes without the music industry. Everything that we do in life, we have to know what we’re bringing to the table.”

Talking fashion….

“I got involved with because they asked me,” exclaims Kelly, who describes her style as “casual chic with a funky twist” and counts Jennifer Lopez and Sophia Loren as her fashion muses. “I’ve thought about starting my own fashion line, but I haven’t had the time to sit down and flush out an idea. It takes a lot of work and proper planning, and as of now, music is my main focus.”

About a Destiny’s Child reunion….

“If they want to do that, then I’m all down. But the thing is that it would have to be a unified decision,” she says of the reunion chatter, claiming that bloggers have put words in her mouth about wanting to re-spark the flame. “It’s not a decision that I can make by myself. So unless people hear all three of us say it – shut up! The three of us have to make that decision.”

The pictures were taken by famed photographer Mike Ruiz who also shot Kelly’s album cover. He is the male model in the picture above.

For more on her interview check out YRB Magazine.

Posted in "King Uncaged", "Paper Trail", "Takers", "Urban Legend", 'The King of the South', AKOO, All On The Cover, Currently Reading, T.I., Tip, YRB Magazine

All On The Cover: T.I. Covers YRB Magazine


T.I. or Tip, whichever one is your preference is on the cover of the Fall Fashion issue of the YRB magazine. In his interview he gets into depth about how he became crowned ‘The King of the South’, the meaning of  King Uncaged”, his latest movie ‘Takers’. He also speaks on his young fashion line AKOO. On some more serious issues,  the recent year of incarceration he had to serve out during 2009.

Below are a few excerpts from the interview as well as some photos from the shoot.

On how he became crowned ‘The King of the South’….

“I actually began rapping when I was nine years old and started looking for a deal when I was 11,” the 29-year-old ATL native recollects. “By the age of 18, when it still hadn’t happened for me, I was ready to focus on being a cocaine kingpin instead.”

Talks about the King Uncaged” ….

“The title of the album signifies freedom in all senses,” he explains. “Physical freedom, mental freedom, financial freedom, artistic freedom, and also, just really taking advantage of all the opportunities around me.”

“On the album I’m Serious, I wrote the lyrics down,” he replies. “Everything from the “Urban Legend” album to “Paper Trail I didn’t write down. And on this new album, I’m doing a little bit of both.” Commenting on the difference between both methods, he says, “When I get into the booth without writing, it’s like a kinetic energy or spontaneous combustion with one continuous thought, but when I decide to sit down and write, it’s more about the technique and craftsmanship of the lyrics.”

On “Takers”….

“With Takers, my partner Jason Geter and I were fortunate to be the producers of the movie,” T.I. proudly states. “That means, we were responsible for picking the cast, choosing the director and, during the days of shooting, we made sure that what was on the script was being conveyed correctly to the screen.”

On his  fashion line AKOO

“Well, first of all I can’t draw, so I don’t really get into the sketching and designing or anything. What I do is provide direction and guidance to the designers,” he explains. “You see, I shop a lot and take pictures of things that I like, and then I go back to my designers and I ask them, ‘Do we have one of this?’ or ‘Do we have this in our collection?’ The way I do business is that I look at areas that I spend thousands and thousands of dollars myself, and then I ask, ‘How can I start a company that provides the same kind of service or product?’”

His 2009 incarceration….

“There were several moments of reflection when I was away last year,” he solemnly confides, “but you know those were all just thoughts, and now it’s time to put those thoughts in action. As far as any specific resolutions I came up with, there are quite a few. It’s all about simplifying things down now, taking it one day at a time and executing.”

“Growing up in the ghetto, all you got is your pride, your ego and your resilience because everything else around you is saying to you that you ain’t shit,” he says of how he attained his indomitable drive to succeed. “So all you really have to keep you going is what you believe about yourself in your heart and your mind. I always knew the opportunity existed to be successful in music, it was just up to me to execute and navigate through the tougher periods of my life to get to where I’m at today.”

To check out the video of the shoot click on, T.I. – YRB.

Source: YRB Magazine

Posted in All On The Cover, Currently Reading, newstands, Nicki Minaj, Out Magazine, photos, pictures

All On The Cover: Nicki Minaj Covers Out Magazine

A few days ago, I posted Nicki Minaj Covers Out Magazine. I also stated that more photos from the shoot will be out in the early week. Well as promised the images of Nicki Minaj feature for Out Magazine are in and here for you to enjoy.

Nicki talks about being gay or bisexual in hip-hop:

“There are a lot of people in the industry fakin’ it to make it. When you’re not keeping it real, you can be any damn thing people want you to be.” But Cazwell thinks Minaj could go to number 1 even if she had a sudden public revelation about her sexuality. “If she was butch and dressed like a guy, people would be turned off, but people like a pretty girl no matter who she sleeps with,” he says. “It may even turn them on more!”

And also about being a “gay heroine”:

“If a gay guy impersonates you, you are a bad bitch. Period,” she says, waving her bright-orange nails in the air. “There are no ifs, ands, or buts, because they only impersonate the best.”

Check out the photos below….

Photo Source: Highsnobette.com

Posted in "Thank Me Later", All On The Cover, Currently Reading, Drake, JET Magazine, Men's Fashion Magazine, newstands

All On The Cover: Drake Covers Men’s Fashion Magazine Plus JET Magazine

As you may all know, NY Fashion Week is in session, so to start of the fashion frenzy Drake graced the cover of Men’s Fashion Magazine for their 2010 Fall issue. Although he speaks nothing about fashion, he does talk music. Below you can also find his cover story titled, “Drake’s Progress”. He covers various topics such as times before “Thank Me Later”, after “Thank Me Later”, and even his sources of inspiration for a few of his songs. You can find this issue on stands very soon.

Drake also covers the latest issue of JET Magazine hitting the stands today Sept. 13.

Check out the scans below…



Photo Source: ALLTHINGS-FRESH.net

Posted in All On The Cover, Currently Reading, MTV, Nicki Minaj, Out Magazine, VMA's

All On The Cover: Nicki Minaj Covers Out Magazine

Nicki Minaj is on the cover of Out Magazine’s 4th Annual Tastemakers Issue. The full spread will hit the net early next week.

In the meantime, make sure you check her out, she will be performing this weekend as part of the MTV VMA’s Pre-show. Tune in this Sunday @ 8pm.

Source: Necole Bitchie.com