Audio: Eminem & Paul Rosenberg’s Shady XV Roundtable Interview Special On Shade 45

Written by Nigel D. / 11.21.14

Eminem and Paul Rosenberg discuss everything Shady related.

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Audio: No I.D. On Juan Esptein

Written by Nigel D. / 11.20.14

Ok this is a really special podcast. For starters, No I.D. is an amazing interview and his story is incredibly inspirational. Also Ciph was called into some Hot Mixer’s meeting and my old cohost and dear friend Quartermaine happened to be visiting so he jumped in for Ciph. No I.D. goes through who his entire career, discusses the ups and downs with Common, and breaks down his incredible history with Kanye. ENJOY!

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Nicki Minaj Speaks On “The Pinkprint” vs “The Blueprint” With Complex Magazine

Written by Nigel D. / 11.18.14

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Complex: Jay Z’s The Blueprint inspired the title The Pinkprint and the idea of laying the blueprint for female rappers to come. What similarities do you see between you right now and Jay circa The Blueprint?

Nicki Minaj: I can’t. I have no idea what he was doing before The Blueprint dropped. It’s not that literal. People keep asking me about Jay’s The Blueprint and they think I’m doing something like that. I made reference to The Blueprint because Jay is the biggest rapper of our time. The name of the album was inspired by Jay but not the body of work. I do think that it’s going to create new rules, though, in [the way] that [The Blueprint did].

Complex: What are your new rules?

Nicki Minaj One rule is “no more self-judgment.” I’m not judging myself; I’m not dissing what I do. I’m proud of what I’ve done and I’m proud of what I’m working on. I’ve accomplished something and I’m not going to be ashamed to be happy about what I’ve done. I’m talking about things that I didn’t speak about on other albums. It’s a truthful body of work. The album is me doing a press conference, addressing things and not putting too much [emphasis] on “This has to be lyrical,” to the point where I lose focus of a message. It’s important as a woman to be vulnerable and be strong at the same time. The album is a dope balance of vulnerability and strength, of inspiration and of not being politically correct. It’s the best of both worlds. It’s tapping into both sides. There are times when all I want to do is be lyrical and create metaphors and experiment with my flow. Then there are times when I just want to tell a truthful story about love and have people identify with me.
Full Story: Complex

Check behind the scenes video of her photo shoot below.
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Audio: Timbaland Gives His Thoughts On The Aaliyah Lifetime Biopic

Written by Nigel D. / 11.17.14

Timbaland and the Internet hated Lifetime’s “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.” Timbaland gives his thoughts on Hot 97. Check out some memes made about the movie on DistinctHype.

What were your thoughts on the movie? Check out Charlamagne tha God’s thoughts on the movie below.

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A$AP Rocky Speaks On Dissing HBA & Been Trill

Written by Nigel D. / 11.06.14

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NYMag: So you weren’t as into it anymore.
A$AP Rocky: It is what it is. HBA s**t is weak.

NYMag: How about Been Trill? [On "Multiply," Rocky also says, "I ain't really fucking with that Been Trill."]
A$AP Rocky: That s**t is wack, too.

NYMag: Anything in particular?
A$AP Rocky: I’m going to put it to you like this: I can say that I’ve been scrutinized for my fashion since I was about 15 years old. A lot of people got it easy. I feel like I had to go through the whole Civil Rights Movement just to be comfortable, to make other people comfortable, to be able to wear what they want to wear, and a lot of dudes are just claiming to have it without having to have that sacrifice or suffering through all that kind of s**t. We’ve been through that kind of s**t. That’s all I can really say about it. It is really miniscule. It’s no real beef.
Full Interview: NYMag

A$AP rocky speaks on his shots at HBA and Been Trill on “Multiply.” Do these brands owe A$AP Rocky anything in your opinion?

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The Combat Jack Show: The Kevin Liles Episode

Written by Nigel D. / 10.28.14

You want to hear a great story, or stories? You want to be inspired? You want to learn what it takes to be a success? Kevin Liles blessed us with so much, behind the scenes of Def Jam, working with Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen, the deaths of Biggie, Tupac, Jam Master Jay and Chris Lighty, stories of DMX, Jay Z, Red and Meth and so much more. If you’re not ready to conquer the world after listening to this episode, you gotta check your pulse.

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Tyga States In Vibe He Doesn’t Get Along With Drake And Nicki Minaj

Written by Nigel D. / 10.22.14

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Vibe: Are you trying to break out on your own?
Tyga: Yeah, I’m tryna’ go independent. I don’t really get along with Drake. I don’t really get along with Nicki.

Vibe: Why?
Tyga: I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me. I like his music; you know what I’m saying? I think his music is good, but we’re all different people. We were forced together and it was kinda’ like we were forcing relationships together. It is what it is. But I been friends with Chris [Brown] for like six years. That’s my real genuine friend. We hang out all the time. He lives up the street from me, so we don’t just do music we hang. I think being signed to Young Money, everybody felt like they had to force a relationship ‘cause Wayne put us together. At the end of the day the reason why I signed to Young Money is because of Wayne. Not because of Drake, not because of Nicki. It was because of Wayne and my relationship with him. I try to be cool with everybody, but sometimes, everybody just has different personalities, motives, and different characters. When you realize that, you realize that’s not a place where you want to continue to grow.

Full Story: Vibe

Looks like Tyga is hoping to get dropped from Young Money.

Tyga Says His Label Is Holding Him Hostage

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