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

Posted in "Table For One", All On The Cover, Cassie, Cassie Ventura, Currently Reading, Dawn Richard, Diddy, Janelle Monae, Jermaine Hall, JUICE ISSUE, Kalenna, Lil' Kim, newstands, Nicki Minaj, P. Diddy, Rick Ross, Vibe Magazine

All On The Cover: Diddy & The Fam Cover VIBE Magazine

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Diddy and the fam are covering VIBE’s Aug/Sept JUICE Issue!


In the cover story titled “Table For One,” written by Editor-In-Chief, Jermaine Hall, Hip-Hop’s most affluent playboy shares his thoughts on regrettable interviews, Lil Kim vs. Nicki Minaj, regaining respect and more.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview…

Dr. Dre said that the last beat that floored him was “All About the Benjamins.” How does that make you feel?
It’s humbling. I was in the studio with Dre the other day. He started working on a record for me. Watching him as a producer is watching greatness. We had a lot of similar traits. It was like looking in the mirror. He would ask questions like, “How you feel about this?” People don’t really understand true producers want to know how you feel about things. We are some of the most observant people on the planet.

What happened during the Martin Bashir interview on Nightline?
There were times in the interview when I had to give him an ultimatum. The questions weren’t being handled the right way. In hindsight, when I saw him I shouldn’t had done the interview because I know the style of interview that he does . . . The whole thing about giving a Maybach to my son, that’s really like a racist question. You don’t ask White people what they buy their kids. And they buy ‘em Porsches and convertible Bentleys and it ain’t no question. It’s really a racist question and put things back in perspective with money and the way that people still look at you. And I’m not saying that consciously he’s a racist. But he probably don’t even realize that he would not ask Steve Jobs that. He would be like Steve Jobs has that money and that’s the gift his kid is supposed to get.

Are the comments from Lil’ Kim about Nicki disheartening?
When I heard her say what she said, it didn’t really affect me. I didn’t get mad at her or anything like that. I knew how she felt. I ain’t agree with it. But also I know the motivation. I know that people say, “Oh, he’s trying to get a new Lil’ Kim.” I guess people will see in time. Yeah, Nicki’s had flavored wigs on, but besides that it ain’t even the same approach to the writing.

Pick up the 15th JUICE ISSUE for more on his interview, on stands August 16th.

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Check out Diddy’s Vibe Takeover Video below…

Source: VIBE.com

Posted in 'Like a prayer', Currently Reading, Givenchy, Gracing Pages, Interview Magazine, Karl Templer, L’wren Scott, MADONNA, Marcus Piggott, Mert + Marcus, Mert Alas, newstands, photos, pictures, Versace

Gracing Pages: MADONNA Graces The Pages of Interview Magazine


MAGAZINE: Interview
NEWSTANDS: May 2010
MODELS: Madonna
PHOTOGRAPHER: Marcus Piggott, Mert Alas

WEBSITE: http://www.interviewmagazine.com/
NOTES: ‘Like a prayer’, Madonna shot by Mert + Marcus for Interview May 2010. Love her or hate her, the queen of pop nabs the cover of this month’s Interview photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Taking on ensembles from the likes of Versace, L’wren Scott and Givenchy, the musician gets rebellious with the help of lace, leather and a few dangerous accessories styled by Karl Templer.

How has Madonna the singer, dancer, actress, writer, activist, shape-shifting re-inventor eternal controversialist, fashion icon, newly minted film director, and toned single mother of four, managed to become one of the most influential artists of multiple generations? By choosing “dare” every single time.

Here are some highlights from his interview.

GUS VAN SANT: Hey, Madonna.

MADONNA: Gus, is that you?

VAN SANT: Yes. I’m at my house in L.A., just reading the paper.

MADONNA: Are you living in L.A. now?

VAN SANT: I still live in Portland [Oregon], but I have a place in L.A., and I’m starting to work on this film down here.

MADONNA: You’re always working on a film.

VAN SANT: Usually.

MADONNA: But that’s what you do.

VAN SANT: It’s my habit. [laughs] I heard you’re going to Africa.

MADONNA: Yeah. I go to Malawi twice a year. It’s where two of my children were adopted from, and I have a lot of projects there that I go and check up on and children who I look after. It’s sort of a commitment that I’ve made to this country and the hundreds of thousands of children there who have been orphaned by AIDS. I made a documentary about it [I Am Because We Are, 2008], and it’s just become part of my life. I’m going to meet with Jeffrey Sachs [the economist]. I’m sure you’ve heard of him. He’s starting a global education initiative, and I’m going to be his Girl Friday, so to speak. We’re going to hold a press conference to talk about the school for girls that I’m building in Malawi. It’s kind of our way of making sure that every kid has a chance to have an education-more specifically girls, but boys as well. Girls, though, in a lot of developing countries don’t have the opportunity to go to school, nor are they encouraged to go to school, so what we’re doing is the beginning of a dream. But I’m going to Malawi for lots of reasons.

“I think it’s good to get into arguments with people and have them say, “That sucks” or “You’re crazy” or “That’s cheesy” or “What do you think of this?” If anything, it helps you understand what you believe. —Madonna

Seymour Stein is the person who signed me and gave me my first record deal, which was my only record deal… He was in the hospital, and he had me come in to visit him… He made me bring my boom box and play my music for him. He was laying there in bed in his boxer shorts and a wife-beater.—Madonna”

For more on MADONNA, check out the rest of her interview + watch the video at Interview Magazine.

Check out some more photos of Madonna below….














Photo Credit: Interview
Posted in All On The Cover, Currently Reading, February 2010, Jennifer Aniston, John Mayer, Mark Seliger, newstands, photography, photos, Photoshoot, pictures, Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone Magazine, Tiger Woods

All On The Cover: John Mayer Covers Rolling Stone

MAGAZINE: Rolling Stone
NEWSTANDS: February 2010
MODELS: John Mayer
PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Seliger
WEBSITE:
www.RollingStone.com
NOTES: Dirty Mind, Lonely Heart: John Mayer on Jennifer Aniston, Tiger Woods & Masturbating 

A shirtless John Mayer is on the new cover of Rolling Stone, and inside he talks a lot about sex, finding a partner, and masturbation. Mayer himself has read it, as he tweeted, “Just read my Rolling Stone cover article. I’m still not sure if I would want to hang out with me” “After 30 minutes of twirling my hair into a knot, I say “fuck it.” You can’t go wrong if you tell the truth.”

Here are some highlights from his interview.

About Jennifer Aniston: The 32-year-old singer-guitarist admits he prefers Continuum to his 2009 disc Battle Studies (“I know that I’m supposed to say that my newest is the best one. Bullshit,” he says), that he hasn’t stopped thinking about his split with ex-girlfriend Jennifer Aniston (“I’ve never really gotten over it. It was one of the worst times of my life”) and that his sex life has become an endless loop of new girls rejecting him in clubs (“Blowing me off is the new sucking me off!”).

Mayer also talks about, among other things, masturbation and Tiger Woods: “I have masturbated myself out of serious problems in my life. The phone doesn’t pick up because I’m masturbating. And I have excused myself at the oddest times so as to not make mistakes. If Tiger Woods only knew when to jerk off. It has a true market value, like gold bullion. First of all, I don’t jerk off because I’m horny. I’m sort of half-chick. It’s like District 9. I can fire alien weapons. I can insert a tampon. No, I do it because I want to take a brain bath. It’s like a hot whirlpool for my brain, in a brain space that is 100 percent agreeable with itself.”

And what he’s looking for: Mayer’s in the midst of a massive 10-year record deal and enjoys the pleasures of late-night weed-and-video-game sessions, as well as his $20 million vintage watch collection, but what he truly wants, he tells RS, is to finally find a a female companion. But not just any girlfriend — Mayer is after “the Joshua Tree of vaginas.” “I’ll be happy when I close out this life-partner thing,” he says. “Think of how much mental capacity I’m using to meet the right person so I can stop giving a fuck about it.”

Grab the new issue for Mayer’s full advice for Tiger Woods (”I have masturbated myself out of serious problems in my life”) and more on his journey from bedroom guitar player to the most angst-ridden playboy in rock.

Check out some more photos of John Mayer below….

John Mayer Rolling Stone Cover Shoot Mark Seliger Photo

John Mayer Rolling Stone Cover Shoot Mark Seliger Photo

John Mayer Rolling Stone Cover Shoot Mark Seliger Photo

John Mayer Rolling Stone Cover Shoot Mark Seliger Photo

John Mayer Rolling Stone Cover Shoot Mark Seliger Photo

John Mayer Rolling Stone Cover Shoot Mark Seliger Photo

Source: RollingStone.com

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