Kendrick Lamar Is On The Cover Of Mass Appeal Issue #56

Written by Nigel D. / 04.28.15

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Mass Appeal: Let’s talk about the meaning of the phrase “To Pimp A Butterfly.” It could mean using your talent to do good for you and your people, or it could be about the music industry pimping artists. As Ice-T said in Pimps Up, Ho’s Down, he knew the label was pimping him and his objective was “to get to the point where I could pimp myself.” Is that similar to what you’re saying?

Kendrick Lamar: That’s definitely similar. Whether I knew it or not, I’d be wrong for saying that Ice-T wasn’t an influence on what I’m talking about because [older rap artists], they’ve been there, done that. Especially him, [with] his longevity in the game. I thank him for giving me that game because it’s something that has been goin’ on for a long time, y’know? You take this raw talent and put a price on it, and you’re not rewarded as much as you should be rewarded. This is a God-given talent. The reward should be infinite [for] our ability to think of what we think of, and even more so, how we make people happy. Ain’t no feeling better than that.

When the album cover was posted up on Instagram, you had a message on there (attributed to the “Lil Homie”) that said, in part: “To Pimp A Butterfly, it’s the American dream….” How is it the American dream?

It’s the American dream because everybody wanna feel like they’re in control of their success. We’re puppets in so many different places [in our lives]. To pimp out something from a negative place and take it to a positive place, that’s what everybody wanna do. Everybody have their own story. I have mine with good kid, m.A.A.d city. You have yours. And to come out of these harsh realities and do something positive, you’re pimping the butterfly. You’re coming out this cocoon of this caterpillar and you’re making the best out of it. Everybody wanna do that.
Full Interview: Mass Appeal

Kendrick Lamar breaks down the meaning of “How To Pimp A Butterfly” and speaks on his thoughts on the new generation with Mass Appeal. Check below for Kendrick Lamar explaining his “How To Pimp a Butterfly” album cover.

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Video: Eminem & Yelawolf Discuss “Best Friend”

Written by Nigel D. / 04.21.15

Yelawolf & Eminem discuss their collab “Best Friend” off of “Love Story.” The album is out now.

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Trick Daddy Gives His Thoughts On Hip Hop Today

Written by Nigel D. / 04.13.15

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“All of them rap about the same thing,” he says. “Take all their a cappellas, and you could put it on a long beat and just keep dropping in verses and all of them gonna fit, because the wack new producers mimic beats. They build beats off other beats. That’s why they sound so much alike.”

“You’re lying, making the kids think you can do that,” Trick says. “They doing all this killing, and they ain’t got killed yet. In their first single, they’re in Phantoms and Maybachs. My first thing I ever rapped about a car was ‘I want a Benz, but I’m 50 grand short.’ I didn’t have nann dime, but the kids think it’s that easy.”
Full Interview: Miami New Times

Trick Daddy is looking to get back into the music game and provide some authenticity. Do you agree with his assessment of Hip Hop today?

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RZA Discusses Kung Fu And Filmmaking With Uproxx

Written by Nigel D. / 04.11.15

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Uproxx: In trying to master different genres, you had a chance to direct the first Man With The Iron Fists. What was that process like for you in writing and directing, and what did you learn from that?

RZA: It was the most challenging job I’ve taken to date. And I thought Wu-Tang Clan would be the most challenging job. When I wound up doing A Better Tomorrow, if I wouldn’t have done Iron Fists, I probably would’ve f*cking lost all my hair doing A Better Tomorrow because that was a tough one. But Iron Fists was tougher. What I’ve learned is preparation is one of the keys to success in any man’s life. It’s like, no matter what you’re doing, you can get anywhere you want to go in this world, yo, you can go for it. But you have a map, and you’re prepared for the journey, then most likely you’ll make that journey complete and sound, and safe.

Preparation was one of the greatest lessons I learned from doing that film. It was something my producer warned me of, but I didn’t take heed at first. I was kind of anxious. I wanted to get started. In six weeks I wanted to do the movie. And he said, “No, Bobby, you’re going to need at least 14 weeks of prep.” I was like, I don’t need no 14 weeks, this movie’s been in my head for seven years. But he was right. So that was my greatest lesson. I advise people. I tell my son that all the time. If you want to play basketball, that means you have to come home after school and play all day and prepare. Prepare yourself. Prepare for the game. Don’t wait until you get to the game to warm up.
Full Interview: Uproxx

The Man With The Iron Fists 2” comes out on DVD April 14th.

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Audio: Joe Budden & Company Discuss If Nerds/Weirdos Are Taking Over Hip Hop

Written by Nigel D. / 04.08.15

Are ‘weirdos’ taking over hip hop? Joe Budden, Peter Rosenberg, Rob Markman, Lowkey, Rory, & Marisa (sort of) sit down and discuss all that is hip hop in 2015.

Do you feel nerds/weirdos are taking over Hip Hop?

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A$AP Rocky Covers Complex’ April/May 2015 Issue

Written by Nigel D. / 03.30.15

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Rocky on racial tension in America:

“It’s fucked up. That’s all it is. Cops killing people, people killing cops. It’s all fucked up. I think it’ll all change soon. I think people with a badge—or not—are gonna stop abusing authority across the world, and learn to appreciate one another. For real. [Smiles.] All they need is weed, some love, some good sex, some good-ass music.”

On criticism of ex-girlfriend, rapper Iggy Azalea:

“It comes with the game. If she fake on something, somebody is going to call her bluff. That’s life.”

“[It’s] unfortunate because nobody wants to be portrayed that way. I’m quite sure she doesn’t. I think she works hard like the rest of us. Silly or not, 300 million people like to watch it on YouTube, so who the fuck are we to say anything?”

“I’m not looking at her from a standpoint of ‘I used to be boning this chick’s back out.’ I’m looking at it [as]: She’s a just a person. You can’t bluff. You gotta just be 100. That’s all I could really say. The question is: Was she not being 100 about something?”

On dissing Hood By Air and Been Trill:

“I’m taking full credit for Hood By Air, for anyone knowing anything. Yes. I’m taking credit for that. I liked it when I was way younger. It had a little run here and there, but nobody ever really kicked it off. I knew Shayne [Oliver] on a personal note. I was like: ‘Yo, let’s bring this shit back.’ It took me years. Shayne’s stubborn.”

Full Interview: Complex

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A$AP Ferg Speaks On What He Learned From Missy Elliott & New York Hip Hop

Written by Nigel D. / 03.18.15

Microphone Check sat down with ASAP Ferg in February, just before he released the video for “Doe-Active,” a song off his November mixtape, Ferg Forever. The pillar of New York’s ASAP Mob spoke about his aesthetic choices, the way he imagines our far off future and what he’s learned from Missy Elliott.

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