Just in case you haven’t heard enough of Ray-J and his shinanigins he goes to the Wendy Williams show and shares his thoughts on Kimye.
B.o.B. gets into an off the air discussion with Ebro and Peter Rosenberg of New York’s Hot 97 on the topic of crossing over and trying to come back home. What are your thoughts Moguls?
Brad Pitt is featured on Esquire’s June issue, where he talks about happiness, his life, and his many children.
On his family making him happy: “I have very few friends. I have a handful of close friends and I have my family and I haven’t known life to be any happier. I’m making things. I just haven’t known life to be any happier.”
On changing the direction of his life: “I’d get so far and then want to do something else. I mean, I’m two credits short of graduating college. Two credits. All I had to do was write a paper. What kind of guy is that? That guy scares me – the guy who always leaves a little on his plate. For a long time I thought I did too much damage – drug damage. I was a bit of a drifter. A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired. I followed that other thing. I spent years f–king off. But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany – a decision not to squander my opportunities. It was a feeling of get up. Because otherwise, what’s the point?”
On missing his kids when they’re not around: “I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big. I wanted there to be chaos in the house… there’s constant chatter in our house, whether it’s giggling or screaming or crying or banging. I love it. I love it. I love it. I hate it when they’re gone. I hate it. Maybe it’s nice to be in a hotel room for a day – ‘Oh, nice, I can finally read a paper.’ But then, by the next day, I miss that cacophony, all that life.”
So I guess it seems like Naughty By Nature is in disagreement with Vin Rock. Dang y’all what is it all about?
Sama’an Ashrawi talks to Yasiin Bey about the legacy of UGK.
Hot 97 radio veteran Mister Cee came through on a weekend promise made by the station today (May 6) by coming forward to speak on his bust last week on a prostitution charge and revealing his sexuality.
You know it is good whenever we can hear the god Rakim Allah speak to us. A jewel is bound to drop.
Hip hop’s golden age began in 1986, the day Rakim stepped to a microphone to record “Eric B Is President.” Only 18 years old (though he sounded considerably more worldly), Rakim (real name William Griffin) had a smooth, effortless flow that brought a cool melodicism and high intelligence to the MC game—he gave both fire and ice, set within the wiry frame of his serious features. Even those who didn’t get the Five Percenter reference wouldn’t have bridled at his nickname, God. His partnership with his DJ, Eric B, yielded four great albums and numerous classic singles before Rakim split for a solo career. Despite initial success with 1997’s The 18th Letter, he endured several frustratingly fruitless years signed to Dr Dre’s Aftermath, working on an album that never came. Now Rakim back in his native New York, the city where his immense influence is most clearly audible, notably in other NYC wordsmiths such as Nas. As recently as 2012, The Source named him the greatest MC of all time.
LL Cool J is back ladies and gentlemen and this time around it is “Authentic”. The veteran speaks on his new album and why he went the route he went this time around. He talks about how he has grown, his upcoming tour, and his 14th album.
Authentic in stores April 30th.
Scarface wonders the same thing that I have been asking for years….. who stole Hip Hop’s soul?
Pharrell Williams stopped by to see Angie Martinez at Hot 97.
Beyonce is in full promotion mode right now. She brings her beauty to the cover of British Vogue’s May issue.
On believing in equal rights for all: “But I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I’m just a woman and I love being a woman. I do believe in equality and that we have a way to go and it’s something that’s pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept.”
On her demanding job: “I’m always bruised somewhere – my legs, my hips. But you’ve already started so you’ve just gotta fight through it.”
On defending using Mrs. Carter for her world tour name: “I feel like Mrs Carter is who I am, but more bold and more fearless than I’ve ever been. It comes from knowing my purpose and really meeting myself once I saw my child. I was like, ‘OK, this is what you were born to do’. The purpose of my body became completely different.”
Also tomorrow Mrs. Carter will world premiere something.
Pharrell turns the tables on Nardwuar.
Cynthia Bailey stops by GlobalGrindTV to hip up and coming models to the game.
Having recently made national headlines for awkwardly kissing a Daytona 500 reporter on pit lane, polymath rapper 50 Cent remains focused on driving the success of his many entrepreneurial ventures. The Queens, New York native has been seen tirelessly working to keep his promotional boxing company afloat while his fledgling headphones label, SMS Audio, looks to compete with similarly positioned, rapper-funded brands. However his longtime fans from the days of G-Unit Radio mixtapes couldn’t be less concerned with his recent portfolio expansion as his fifth studio album and its mid 2013 release date is much more exciting. With each minute of his time just as valuable as the next, 50 Cent scheduled a video interview with our sister-site Hypetrak in his Manhattan artist to discuss, among many things, his past, present and future. In Part 1 from last week the rap mogul spoke on his responsibilities at SMS Audio, the difference between this upcoming album and his critically-acclaim debut, as well as today’s artists current fixation with fashion. In Part 2 of Cut From A Different Cloth, 50 speaks on society’s love to see the greats perish, rappers from the digital age and why his projects are now measured against his past efforts rather than the current landscape of music.
Did anyone ever tell you about the time Nas almost caught a bad one in Cali?