A$AP Rocky Speaks On Getting A Role In “Dope” & Tupac Comparisons

Written by Nigel D. / 01.28.15

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You were really good in “Dope.” Is it true you approached the director, Rick Famuyiwa, about being in the film?

A$AP Rocky: Yeah. I was helping Chanel with her lines, and there was one role where I was like, “Oh, this dumb kid, he seems a little interesting. I want to go for it.” I was actually in London recording my album, and I figured I’d just send a video in. So I sent two videos, and they liked them. And two months later, when I flew to L.A., I met up with Rick and did an audition in front of him, and he just decided to go with me. To be honest with you, I was worried that I didn’t get the role. I was pissed.

People have compared you to Tupac.

A$AP Rocky: I think that’s not a fair comparison. Those shoes are way too big to try to fill. I’m nothing like Pac. Nobody is, you know? It would be an honor to be influential and to be as revolutionary and universal as he was, to have that kind of impact with a genre like hip-hop. Which is, at this point — don’t even get me started with hip-hop.

Full interview: NY Times

“Dope” premiered at the Sundance Movie festival this past weekend, we will provide updates on the release to the general public. I never heard of comparisons to Tupac, I don’t think any artist should be compared to him.

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Audio: J. Cole On The Combat Jack Show

Written by Nigel D. / 01.27.15

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J. Cole details the inspiration behind ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’, his battle with expectations, wanting to sign Kendrick Lamar when they first met and his thoughts regarding the shots-ridden “Control” verse. Cole also talks the hip hop culture shift that inspired “Fire Squad”, consciously staying out of Drake’s lane while creating his own, what happened that eventful night with Diddy, visiting Ferguson, his new outlook on life and how he became a voice of his generation.
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Audio: Common Speaks On Winning A Golden Globe & “Selma”

Written by Nigel D. / 01.14.15

Common speaks on winning a “Golden Globe” for “Glory” on The Breakfast Club.

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Audio: Nigel D. Talks Hip Hop With Elliott Wilson & B. Dot

Written by Nigel D. / 01.13.15

2014 is in the record books and so is our annual best of list. Joined by our harshest critic, Nigel D, founder of realtalkny.uproxx.com, we debate our picks and snubs. Pardon Nigel’s low audio. Props to Engine Room Audio.

Nigel D. discusses Rap Radar’s “Year End” lists with Elliott Wilson & B. Dot.

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Nicki Minaj Speaks On “The Pinkprint” & Her Past Pregnancy In Rolling Stone

Written by Nigel D. / 12.30.14

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Minaj reveals things on The Pinkprint that she’d never dared share with fans before.

“One of my goals was to give people a glimpse into my personal life, because it’s something I’ve kept very private,” she tells us. By now, fans are well aware that the rapper’s 11-year relationship with Safaree Samuels has come to an end, but Minaj admits she toned down the wild voices and costumes on the new LP to focus her songwriting on what was happening in her personal life, which was extremely painful. “I had to learn to do something as simple as sleep alone,” she says. “I struggled with ‘Do I express these feelings?’ And I decided there’s no reason for me to hide. I’m a vulnerable woman, and I’m proud of that.”

Nicki alludes to a pregnancy that ended in abortion on The Pinkprint.
Minaj’s first love was an older guy from Queens she dated while attending the prestigious Manhattan performing-arts high school LaGuardia. When she discovered she was pregnant, “I thought I was going to die,” she admits. “I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through.” She ended up having an abortion, a decision she says has “haunted me all my life,” though it was the right choice for her at the time. “It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child.” She first rapped about the experience on a mixtape track called “Autobiography” she says she “didn’t expect anyone to hear.” Now the world is listening to every word she says very carefully: “Millions of people are gonna hear it. And you gotta watch everything you say — people find an issue with every fucking thing.”

Look for the issue on stands and in the iTunes App Store this Friday, January 2nd.

Full Story: Rolling Stone

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Audio: Mack Maine Speaks On Lil Wayne & Tyga Wanting To Leave Cash Money & “Tha Carter V”

Written by Nigel D. / 12.13.14

The Young Money President Mack Maine called into Miami’s WEDR 99 Jamz radio station on December 12th to speak with Felisha Monet about some of the latest subjects involving Lil Wayne, YMCMB, Tha Carter V, and more.During the conversation, Mack confirmed that Weezy is currently putting finishing touches on his C5 album, it will come in two parts, there is no new release date right now but it will drop in the first quarter of 2015 “for sure”, and until then it’s “Free Tha Carter V”.

Maine also discussed Tunechi‘s tweets about wanting to leave Cash Money Records (says Tune reached his “breaking point”, as well as prays that everything works out and gets resolved asap), the Drake and Diddy fight at LIV nightclub, social media, Tyga wanting to leave Young Mula, and the current artists on YM.
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Audio: LL Cool J On The Combat Jack Show

Written by Nigel D. / 12.09.14

We couldn’t end this year right without having the G.O.A.T. on. How he survived an abusive upbringing, studied his craft with early rap pioneers in the same rap dojo with Kool G. Rap, becoming the foundation stone that became Def Jam, building with Queens’ street legends, battling this rapper, that rapper and Jay Z, why he didn’t sign management with Diddy, the “Accidental Racist” thing, flipping burglars in his castle and the victory of seeing his wife survive Cancer, its all here and more. From Hollis to Hollywood, this episode is most certainly blowticious. LL Cool J will forever remain hard as hell. Pause.

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