Platinum selling hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar is the latest artist to cover this months issue of JET magazine. The who has seven Grammy nominations for his latest album Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City on the cover for the Black History issue. In the issue he speaks on Hip-hop playing a huge part in Black history, influence on his fans, being inspired by Jay Z, entertainers being role models and more in the issue. The issue is on newsstands January 27.
Do you think Kendrick Lamar can “save” hip hop.
“I always seen [JET magazine] every time I walked into the house,” said Lamar. “It was always there. So I already knew that it had to hold some type of weight. Being a young cat, I had to know, since this magazine is right here all the time, it must be a powerful magazine. So it’s a privilege just to be a part of it, and for Black History Month, it’s a beautiful thing.”
After releasing a great album with his latest LP, Because The Internet. Childish Gambino is close to edge on the cover of Complex’s February / March 2014 issue. Gambino looks rather comfortable doesn’t he. Also included with the cover. Catch the full story here.
Check out after the jump, Donald releases a short film entitled Chicken & Futility, which he directed and stars in.
VIBE Magazine presents the second #VIBE20th anniversary cover featuring NAS and J.Cole.
For XXL’s 16 Anniversary Issue who else to grace the cover, none other than Drake. Got to admit he’s been on point with album promotion and that “OVO Sound” is definitely something serious. In the issue, Drake speaks on his upcoming third album, success, Amanda Bynes and more.
He talks about Nothing Was The Same:
I remember coming into this year thinking, “How am I going to cut through all these people and shine?” I’ve never been part of a year when so many legends are dropping projects. How am I going to be seen? I’m going to be like the kid waving in the background in the photo with all of his tall relatives. And, I guess, those were my initial thoughts, and not to say that I haven’t enjoyed some of the stuff that has come out this year, but it didn’t pan out the way I thought it was going to. I think I am going for it, to really establish what are murmurs or things being said quietly, “Um, I think that Drake might actually…” On September 17th I want people to be like, “Oh, we were right.”
In Complex’s upcoming August/September issue, The Weeknd graces the cover with his anonymous looking ways. We’ve never really heard the singer really speak out much but until today. Abel talks about the “beef” with Drake, his label situation, upcoming album and more. He briefly describes his debut album Kiss Land as a “horror movie”. I’ve personally always been a fan of The Weeknd, and we’re glad he’s starting to open up a lot more. One interesting tidbit for me is when Abel says “Crew Love,” “Shot for Me,” and “The Ride” were supposed to be on House of Balloons. Wow, I’m pretty sure those three records were a major play in the beginning process of Drake’s album, Take Care. Plus he’s a fan of R. Kelly.
People think you guys aren’t cool with each other anymore.
No, that’s not true. Definitely not true. But it makes sense. The thing about Drake is I told him what my decisions were going to be. And he was down with it from the beginning.
You mean in terms of your label deal?
Everything. I told him from day one what my decision was going to be. I wasn’t going that route. I was going to go my own route. And he supported me
Check out the behind the scenes footage of the magazine cover after the jump.
Covered in the glitter, Queen Beyoncé graces the cover of Flaunt magazine’s Context Issue. Inside the issue Bey talks about her Pepsi deal, gay men, boredom and more. Got to admit, Beyoncé did the damn thing with the cover and photo inserts of the magazine.
Some were critical at your participating in a Pepsi campaign after you moved your body for childhood obesity. Where is the balance between your career objectives and your philanthropy?
Pepsi is a brand I’ve grown up seeing my heroes collaborate with. The company respects musicians and artistry. I wouldn’t encourage any person, especially a child, to live life without balance. When you work out, take care of your body, rehearse as hard as I rehearsed in the commercial, I think it’s great to have a Pepsi or Diet Pepsi when you want one. It’s all about choices.
Read more from the interview here. Check out more flicks after the jump.
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For the latest issue of Billboard magazine, the publication grabs Jay-Z to grace their cover. Inside the issue Jay-Z will discuss his Samsung deal, along with his forthcoming album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Also after the jump, check out the second commercial that aired during Game 7 last night during the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs finals.
Future covers The Source’s latest June / July Issue. He talks about his love for Ciara, collaborating with other artists and more. Also Future is currently working on his sophomore album, Future Hendrix.