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Chris Brown Talks About Losing His Virginity At 8, Growing Up Too Fast In The Music Industry & New Album ‘X’

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R&B/Pop singer Chris Brown recently did an interview with UK-based site the Guardian. The Grammy Award winning multi-platinum artist spoke to writer Decca Aitkenhead at a recording studio in Los Angeles and gave a candid interview. Breezy revealed that he indeed grew up in the public eyes too fast; losing his virginity at 8-year-old and his career plans after he releases his new album, X this November. Below are some highlights:

[Side Note]: I ONLY included the positive highlights because the writer focused too much on the negative side of Chris Brown and tried to agitate him. 

On defining himself, who he is and what he does:

Well, I would say I’m an inspirational guidelines book. You can take my life story or scenarios or songs and relate to them, and apply them to your everyday life. You know, whether it be personal or musical, I just think I’m a walking art piece, just a ball of creativity.”

On losing his virginity at 8 to a 15-year-old girl:

“Yeah, really. Uh-huh.” He grins and chuckles. “It’s different in the country.” Brown grew up with a great gang of boy cousins, and they watched so much porn that he was raring to go. “By that point, we were already kind of like hot to trot, you know what I’m saying? Like, girls, we weren’t afraid to talk to them; I wasn’t afraid. So, at eight, being able to do it, it kind of preps you for the long run, so you can be a beast at it. You can be the best at it.” (Now 24, he doesn’t want to say how many women he’s slept with: “But you know how Prince had a lot of girls back in the day? Prince was, like, the guy. I’m just that, today. But most women won’t have any complaints if they’ve been with me. They can’t really complain. It’s all good.”)

On his image from when he first came out to now:

 “The only thing that’s probably changed for me is just the facial hair a little bit. When I first came out, it was more of a young, warm, clean look. Very clean, very Disney.”

On growing up too fast in the public eyes and does he regret fame coming early:

Honestly, where I’m from, probably not. I think me being able to travel from the small town I was from, me already having a good IQ, and you know being intelligent, and regular stuff, I just had to learn more and more of the street life, you know, how to manoeuvre around a room full of wolves.”

On dealing with the naysayers:

You know, whether it be naysayers, people that won’t say, ‘Hey, I like that.’ But as far as me being young, like, I don’t regret it, I love it, being able to accomplish my dreams at an early age. That’s just showing the kids that’s coming up in sixth or seventh grade, I can do this. If I really stick to it, I can do it. ‘Chris was my age when he did it.'”

Photos Credits: Patrick Fraser for the Guardian

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The Rise Of A$AP Rocky: His Exclusive Interview With Amalgamation Mag

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Harlem’s own A$AP Rocky is having a great year. His debut, Long.Live.A$AP debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, “F**kin Problems” went platinum as well as reached #2 on both Billboard’s Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts along with peaking at the #8 spot on the Hot 100, and he toured with Rihanna and Wiz Khalifa. Later this month, the Jeremy Scott Wings 2.0-Black Flag sneakers inspired by A$AP Rocky will be available for purchase. Rocky recently chatted with Amalgamation Mag about his single “F**kin Problems,” wildest tour moments, his upcoming free instrumental album, entitled Beauty and the Beast: Slowed Down Sessions, Chapter 1 and much more. Below are some highlights:

On his single “F**kin Problems” Ft. Drake, Kendrick Lamar & 2 Chainz:

“I predicted it would do well because of the features alone and what they brought to the collaboration,” Rocky tells Amalgamation.  “Everyone had their unique and versatile style.  I felt – as a collective on that one track – that we executed it well.  So I wasn’t too surprised when it was really, really successful.”

On one of his wildest tour moments:

“The wildest moment was when we did Albuquerque [New Mexico] and started, like, a riot,” Rocky recalls!  “Nobody really got hurt or injured because the whole amphitheater went insane—so that was one of my most favorite memories.”

On his free instrumental album, entitled Beauty and the Beast: Slowed Down Sessions, Chapter 1:

“Everything is like classical, beautiful music and boom-bap Wu-Tang s**t put together,” he said. “It’s slowed down and real vibey – no lyrics.”

On the advice that he gave his bandmate A$AP Ferg:

 “I told him to just watch what I do, pay attention, stay loyal and keep God in his prayers,” said Rocky. 

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Struggling R&B Singer Keri Hislon Talks Working With Kanye West, Timbaland & New Album

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Struggling R&B singer Keri Hilson didn’t release a full studio album since 2010’s, No Boys Allowed. The Beyoncé hater is being blacklisted in the industry after her blatant disses towards Beyoncé. Hilson did a recent interview with XXL magazine and she’s hoping to make a leap back into music once again. In the interview, Hilson talks about putting her music career on hold, releasing her new single, working with Kanye West again, her current relationship with Timbaland, and more. Below are some highlights:

Have you put your music career on hold?
Musically, I did take a break. It seemed long to everyone, but it was a pretty brief hiatus. But I’m back in the studio, putting together my album. We are pretty close to choosing the single. We’ve thought we have chosen the single. We are almost there.

You feel this single will be big for you?
I think so. It’s my comeback. It has to be. I feel confident about it. I like it. That’s all I can control. How it feels to me. It feels like I am gearing up to be back. I’m really excited for my fans. They’ve held me down. I almost feel like I didn’t take a break because they held me down. They still cared about me. They stuck by me and supported me through it when they had no clue what I was doing or why I wasn’t releasing music. But I really do appreciate that.

Are you going to be working with Kanye again?
I already have throughout my break. I’ve actually worked with him. I can’t say much about it, but it was awesome. He’s a genius. I really, really enjoyed working with him.

Is your relationship with Timbaland intact?
Yeah, our relationship is still intact. At the moment, he’s really tied up with other projects, but he’s still my executive producer. We talk very often. He’s still very much a part of this project just as much as the others.

When do you think you’ll drop your single?
Definitely this year, but I can’t say. When you say something, people hold you to it. I never know what’s going to happen. I could go to the studio tonight—and I will—I could top it. I might feel more confident about a record than I do after it. Even if we think we chose a single, anything could happen. I just want to make sure. People have been waiting my re-arrival. I just want to make sure I give them my best. I don’t want to rush. I don’t want to release something that I don’t feel wholeheartedly about. I feel that I am there. I just want to be sure. I want to take my time and make sure this comeback is just that.

Do you feel like you have to re-introduce yourself when you make your return?
I feel like people are just going to know. The music is going to speak for itself. I don’t think I need to re-introduce myself to the world. I’ve been blessed to have fans all over the world. I know that they will hold me down and spread the word. My entrance into the industry was so organic. I love that. It was kind of word of mouth driven. Social networking driven to tell people. It’s driven all by the music. It’s not from my fashion. It’s not from anything but my lyrics. Just the songs. The music and the feeling people get from it. I’m most proud about that. I think this time around it will be the same way with a bigger impact.

Read the interview in its entirety at XXL.

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Will & His Son Jaden Smith Covers New York Magazine; Don’t Compares The Smiths To Those Kardashians

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In support of their upcoming movie, After Earth which arrives in theaters this Friday (May 31), successful mogul Will Smith and his teenage son Jaden Smith covers the latest issue of New York Magazine. In their cover story, the two talked about family life, working together, wealth, being educated when it comes to money and much more. Please, don’t try to compare the Smiths to those Kardashians. The interviewer mentioned that the Kardashians have treated their fame as a family business and questioned whether the Smiths saw themselves as similar or different. Jaden didn’t really understand the question, so Will did exactly what a father should do and came to his son’s rescue. Below are some excerpts:

It’s been reported that you might be dating Kylie Jenner. The Kardashians have treated their fame as the family business. Do you guys see yourselves as similar or different? [Will, laughing, holds up his hand for Jaden not to speak.]
Jaden:
 I’m trying to understand.
Will:
 Don’t. You know, he’s never had to, to deal with those kinds of questions.

Well, forget the Kardashians … maybe you could just …
Will:
 [Mimicking] “So how do you think your life is similar or un-similar to people’s names in Calabasas?” For our family, the entire structure of our life, our home, our business relationships—the entire purpose is for everyone to be able to create in a way that makes them happy. Fame is almost an inconsequential by-product of what we’re really trying to accomplish. We are trying to put great things into the world, we’re trying to have fun, and we’re trying to become the greatest versions of ourselves in the process of doing things we love. So the idea of fame or exploitation or orchestrating the media is sometimes even less than desirable for us.

Do you think Jaden could have been a dentist?
Will:
 It may seem like we have pushed our kids into the business, but that is absolutely insane. I would never, ever, push somebody to have their face on a poster that’s going be everywhere in the world. He is making a choice from the informed. It’s less scary to me than if he wanted to be a dentist in that I couldn’t help with what he’d chosen. I have relationships with some of the biggest filmmakers and actors and producers on Earth. So I can be a huge help.

Willow chose singing and then un-chose it. She said, “Daddy, I want to go to school with my friends during the week, and I want to hang out with them on the weekends.” At the peak of “Whip My Hair,” she’s like, “Daddy, I’m done.” I was like, “Wow, wow, wow. No, baby, I got Annie [the upcoming movie remake, co-produced by Jay-Z], you know. It’ll be New York, you’ll be with Beyoncé. You can bring your friends.” And she said, “Daddy, I got a better idea. How about I just be 12?” At the end of the day, it has to be their choice.

In the past, Jada has described the family as transparent. Do you think that’s true?
Jaden:
 Definitely.
Will:
 Let me see. Are we transparent?
Jaden:
 You can argue that we’re extremely un-transparent. Everybody knows where we live, but nobody really knows what our house looks like.
Will:
 That’s true.
Jaden:
 We kind of live in a fortress. 
Will:
 I think for the most part we are transparent in the sense that there’s very few big family secrets. I think that if Jaden or Trey [Will’s son from his first marriage] or Willow were to write a book ten years from now, it will be very similar to what people think. And, the things about our family that are mysteries or seem strange, when they’re explained, it’ll be obvious. You know, the forum of media that we’re in can’t really handle the complexity of things that we say all the time.

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Don Bleek’s Exclusive: K. Foxx Calls Angela Yee An Insecure ‘Dry Statue’!!!

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The on-screen tension between Hot 97′s own K. FOXX and Power 105.1′s ANGELA YEE on VH1′s newest reality series, The Gossip Game is undeniable. The two radio personalities have been battling since the series premiered, and there doesn’t appear to be an end to their brewing differences in sight. Recently, I interviewed K. FOXX for Juicy magazine to get her stance on a number of things including rise from humble beginnings, how she managed to work her way through the male dominated radio industry and issues with her on-screen nemesis, ANGELA YEE.

Juicy: After doing radio in Miami for years, what brought you back to NYC?

KF: It’s not like I had to go seeking for it. It kind of came to me. Ebro called me up and said, ‘we have an opportunity for you to be on air for a week and then we will make a decision.’  I was like, ‘okay.’  It came to me at a time when I was really seeking something more in my career, and then I got the phone call.

Juicy:  Angela Yee has said numerous times that the difference between you and her, what may be the reason for tension, is that she is an equal with the male co-hosts on her morning show, and claims you are not. How did you feel about those comments?

KF: I think she’s just trying to throw jabs at me. Me, Ciph and Rosenberg all add something to the show. I am the female on the show, I come out with different ideas. [Ciph and Rosenberg]  come up with comedy skits and other things.  [Angela’s] show [Power 105’s ‘Breakfast Club’] is drier – it’s watered down. We’re more creative. We come up with skits, and we’re intellectual as well. As far as what she says,  I think that’s all her insecurities showing.

Juicy: So then what is the biggest difference between you and Angela Yee?

KF: I am colorful, she’s black and white. I live my life in color. I dream in color, that’s actually the name of my organization for kids. There are so many colors in my life that make me who I am. You can tell by the way that I talk, dress, and how I carry myself. When you look at her, it’s like a statue, a very dry statue.

 Juicy: Do you think Angela’s jealous of you and all your ‘color’?

KF: I have no idea.

Juicy: Are these the type of situations that make it harder being a female in the radio industry?

KF: I think that it is hard being in the radio industry period! But when you are a female, you have to work extra hard not only because it’s a boys club, but people are always going to test you. It’s more challenging, but I think I do a pretty good job at maneuvering past those things.

Juicy: What else can viewers expect from you this season on ”The Gossip Game”?

KF: I don’t want to come across as “the angry Black woman” that’s always defending myself. You’re going to learn more about K. Foxx separate from the radio. You’re going to know what my challenges are besides what I do on the radio. You’re going to see my everyday life, my everyday activities. I think it’s good for people to see different sides of me.

Be sure to catch K. FOXX on VH1′s The Gossip Game Monday’s at 9pm.

This interview is also posted on Juicy’s site here!

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Lamar Odom’s Ex & Kids Mother Liza Morales Chats About “Cookies & Kardashians”

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Two weeks ago, I sat down with NBA player Lamar Odom’s ex-girlfriend/kid mother, Liza Morales at the Inc Lounge at The Time Hotel for the NYC premiere screening of the reality show, Starters Wives Confidential which airs tonight Tuesday (February 5th) on TLC. Liza Morales and Lamar Odom have three children together. While grieving the death of their youngest and silently watching the whirlwind romance of her ex play out in the tabloids, Liza is stepping out of the shadows and finding her voice.

How have you been since breaking up with your ex-boyfriend and kids father Lamar Odom?

I’ve learned a lot from Lamar, we grew up together in a sense. I learned a lot of life lessons and I don’t regret it.  I am better now. I’m still young; I am only 33-year-old and I’ve learned a lot and now I can pass it forward and share my story with those girls.

I heard that Lamar is the only man who you been with in your entire life, is there’s any truth to that?

Lamar is the only man I’ve ever been with. I know the worth of my cookies.

How is your relationship with Lamar now?

I feel like it can always be better. I try my best to be cordial, it’s a constant job and it is very important and deep down he does too.

On the first episode, you mentioned that it was kind of hard for you to walk pass newsstands and see Lamar on the tabloids with Khloe Kardashian, why was that so hard for you in beginning?

In the beginning it was hard, because this was my ex whom I’ve known for 15 years when he got married, so it was hard. Prior to him marrying Khloe, he was never on a tabloid. He was on SLAM or Sport Illustrated, so it was different for me in the beginning but now I am kind of used to it. If I’m in the nail salon and the girl to my right and the girl to my left are reading a tabloid with the Kardashian’s on it, I will definitely go for Elle Magazine, Vibe or the non-tabloid. I don’t really want to know.

What is your relationship like with Khloe?

We don’t really have one, but we are cordial. I met her and I thought that it was very important for us to meet because she is going to be around my kids. I have no problems and as long as my kids are treated well, I’m good with her.

What can we expect from you this season on Starters Wives Confidential?

I’m just being me, I am not an actress. I’m just being myself; I don’t know [laugh]. Y’all have to watch the show.

If you haven’t already read my exclusive interview with Starter Wives Confidential cast member Tashera Simmons, read it here.

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A$AP Rocky Speaks On Tyler The Creator Diss, His Next Single, Dating Teyana Taylor, Touring With Rihanna & Fashion

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RCA Records rapper A$AP Rocky is enjoying his success! He released his debut album, entitled Long.Live.A$AP which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. He also took the Hip-Hop fashion movement to another level and now he is gearing up to embark on a world tour with Rihanna this Spring 2013. Jay-Z’s Life & Times  caught up with the Harlem native for an exclusive interview. He talked about Tyler the Creator diss, his next single, dating Teyana Taylor, touring with Rihanna, fashion and more. Below are some highlights:

When the single “Fuckin’ Problems” was released, Tyler, The Creator took to Twitter and said “So funny when someone releases a new song with the same four people that we expected to be on it with the same shitty “Trap” beat Hahaha.” What did you think of that?

He has his opinions and he’s entitled to them, so it’s whatever. Hell no, I’m not tripping over what Tyler, The Creator said. I’m Jiggy.

Have you decided on the next single yet?

Yeah, maybe “Wild For The Night” with Skrillex. I wanna do something with that. Maybe “Fashion Killa.”

On collaborating with fellow Harlem artists like Teyana Taylor and Azealia Banks. 

I used to date Teyana. She’s my ex. And A$AP AV used to date Azealia. But yeah I don’t know because I think people expect that. People expect us to work together and I want to do the unexpected. There’s 16 tracks on the album, eight are solo and eight are features. But they’re organic. It fits for me. That’s the only reason why I did them. I didn’t want to do something that made it feel like I was forcing it. I didn’t want to compromise or settle, I just wanted everything to be organic. That’s why I worked with the people I respected creatively. I want to collaborate with Jessie Ware. That’s going to happen. Also MGMT. I’d love to work with Adele.

You’re touring with Rihanna later this year, any special plans for that?

To have fun. I forgot about that one! I’m actually excited about it. Like that’s going to be some rockstar shit, don’t you think? I just want to do my A$AP Rocky thing and go there and have some fuckin’ fun!

Are you always looking for the next big thing in fashion?

Yeah. I mean I brought back the Air Force Ones with the straps. Now you see them on runways and in magazines. It’s funny. People like Dior, now have girls in Dior tops and Air Force Ones on their feet. That shit’s crazy. I wouldn’t want to do my own clothing line, but I’d like to collaborate with some designers. That would be dope. I have a lot of ideas.

What’s the plan next in regards to the rest of the A$AP Mob?

Well, A$AP Ferg is up next. You’ll be seeing a lot from him next.

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Fabolous Speaks On His New LP, ‘Loso’s Way 2′, Reality TV, Current State of NY Hip-Hop, Congrats A$AP Rocky & More

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Last week, Def Jam rapper Fabolous released his new track, “Ready” Ft. Chris Brown which is the lead single off his forthcoming LP, Loso’s Way 2: Rise To Power. The album is scheduled to arrive later this year. Billboard’s The Juice caught up with the Brooklyn rapper, and Loso discussed the current state of NY Hip-Hop, his new album and said that he is 80-85% done with it, named some of the collaborations on the project and congrats A$AP Rocky. Before Loso ended his interview, he shared his not so good feelings about reality TV. Below are some highlights:

Before “Ready,” you released your “So N.Y.” anthem. There’s been a lot of talk about New York hip-hop and artists, both new and OGs, that have kept the city alive. What are your thoughts about the current state of N.Y. hip-hop and how you fit in it?
I think it’s always going to be a place for it. Of course, it’s not as prominent as it was in the past but that’s the change in music. Whether you’re from the South, West, East, or wherever, a lot of the music is sounding the same. Different artists rap over different beats but a lot of the artists are sounding the same. I think that’s where New York lost its leverage.

I think there’s always going to be artists that continue to put their stamp on the game, though. Congrats to A$AP Rocky. I think it’s great how he created a lane for himself. It may not sound like the typical 90s-2000s N.Y. music, but he’s still from here. He made N.Y. fit his style of music. There’s a change in the generation between the old and what’s going on now. You can’t make music for what people want N.Y. to be. You’ve got to make what you want. I think between him, French Montana and others, you’re going to hear different kinds of music coming from N.Y. It shows the diversity.

How far along are you “Loso’s Way 2?”
I’d say it’s 80-85% done. I’d even give some of that 15% to working daily until I’ve got to turn it in. You may come with a record that’s urgent, that has to be on that project, the day before you turn in.

What are some of the songs or collaborations you’re excited about?
I’ve worked with a lot of guys. I’m not even sure which songs are going to make it or not yet. But I’ve worked with Chris Brown, of course. I got Rick Ross, John Legend, Future, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Young Jeezy, Chrisette Michelle. I’m just thinking of names off the top. I’m still working on piecing it together and making it sonically fit. I even got a text today and was speaking to Nas about doing something as well.

Wow. Talk about New York hip-hop. That would be crazy for the city.
Definitely. We haven’t worked together yet so I’d love to make that happen. We’re gonna pull it together.

You spoke about a record you having coming out about VH1’s “Love & Hip-Hop” show..
It’s not just about the show. It’s more about my situation and my views on reality TV. I just used that name because that show has been associated with my situation.

I think in hip-hop, reality TV has become just as important of a promotional tool as the radio. Something that once was thought of as gimmicky, is becoming more mainstream and accepted amongst artists.
I still think it’s gimmicky. You using a gimmick to sell what you’re trying to sell. In certain places, people are exposing or exploiting a lot of stuff. To each his own, but it’s not my cup of tea. I don’t choose to entertain with my personal life. I’d rather entertain with my music. I’m cool with my personal life being personal. Certain people don’t feel that way. They feel they can control it and show what they want to show. It’s not what I’m about. I can’t say I’d never do it because if I could control it and it was done the right way it could possibly happen. But as far as making a “For The Love of Loso,” nah.

Read the full interview over at  Billboard’s The Juice

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Interview: Carmelo Anthony Speaks On His Watch Collection, Style, Fashion Advice & More

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Carmelo Anthony is a beast on the court and off the court, this New York Knicks forward is a fashion icon. It is my opinion to say that Melo along with LeBron James are the best dressed players in the NBA. The 6″8 baller has a style that is unique and stands out. While in London for his game at the 02 Arena against the Detroit PistonsBritish Esquire got the chance to talk to Melo about his new wristwear-inspired M9 sneakers, fashion, style advice and much more. Below are some excerpts:

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I have a bunch of timepieces. I love collecting watches – ever since I could start affording them. I could never afford watches, but now I take time to educate myself and learn about them.

With the M9 I was just trying to do something different around this time. My love for watches and the movement of watches, I really wanted to see if I could incorporate that into a shoe design. It came out well. It exceeded my expectations.

My advice for taller guys? It’s tough! Stay away from the rack. You’ll be trying too hard [to find clothes] if you’re shopping at the rack. Try and find things that are comfortable for you.

Growing up, my style was completely different. Even my first couple of years in the NBA, it was always jeans and Timberlands, T-shirts.

I like to get out and see what’s out there. Go to boutique shops, try to mess around and play around with different brands and different styles of clothes. It’s not so much about shopping at the big brand name stores, it’s about finding things that you can connect with.

Anything can be fashionable to any one person. I don’t think you should look at somebody else and say “I want to wear this because somebody else was wearing it.”

Read the interview in its entirety over at British Esquire.

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Pusha T Speaks On His Upcoming Projects, Grammy Nod & Labeled Andre 3000 As His Favorite Rapper At The Moment

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Rapper Pusha T is gearing up to drop his debut solo album, My Name Is My Name but before that project hit stores and iTunes, the G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam rapper will drop his free mixtape, Wrath Of Caine, which arrives soon. It is my opinion to say, “Lyrically, Pusha is a beast! I think he is so underrated.” King Push recently talked to Village Voice about his upcoming projects, Grammy nomination and his favorite rapper at the moment. Below are some highlights:

So the mixtape is called Wrath of Caine and the album is My Name Is My Name?
Yeah, that’s right. The [mixtape] is from a play on words from my favorite record by Big Daddy Kane. I felt the title was a brief description of what people know me for. My Name is My Name is a reference to Marlo from The Wire. I felt like I was coming under a lot of scrutiny about my content. At least it felt that way because of social media and things. I just feel like, man, my name is Pusha. You should know what you’re going to get from me by now. This has been my brand of rap for a very long time.

So obviously drug dealer fly shit will be overlying themes on both projects.
Well yeah, but I like to think my music has a lot of perspective too even though people might not think so. More than anything it’s about showcasing who I am. Even in [Clipse] I was more the brash young, unapologetic rapper. That may vary slightly, but it’s still me. I still want to keep all my Clipse fans engaged. I think the different perspectives is what my brother bought to the table.

What are some producers you work with who give ‘Ye and Pharrell a run for their money?
I think P and ‘Ye are two of the greats, but I do feel like there are certain producers who I can go to for hot peer of what they do. NoID is one of them. He can give you the purest level of hip-hop and still be current. Every aspect of true Hip Hop will be incorporated into a beat and it will still sound fresh and new. I feel like Nottz is a sample king. We have a crazy record together. Just Blaze gives you the cinematic joint. He gives you the climax of the movie every time. Some wouldn’t consider them super producers but I do.

Plus you’re a Grammy nominated artist now. What’s that feel like? Do you place importance on it or nah?
I guess it’s fresh. It’d be fresher if I was nominated for my own song (laughs). Nah I’ve never been apart of something like this so I’m happy to be a part of it. It’s something… It’s great for G.O.O.D. Music.

So who’s your favorite rapper right now at this exact moment?
Favorite rapper? Jay-Z. No wait. I take that back. Andre 3000 is my favorite rapper right now.

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