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Pusha T For Complex’s ‘My Name Is My Name’ Week Digital Cover

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G.O.O.D. Music’s Pusha T releases his debut solo album, My Name Is My Name at midnight (October 8) via Def Jam. Today, the Virginia-native and former blow dealer turned dope lyricist covers Complex’sMy Name Is My Name Week digital cover. Just like a brick, Pusha flipped the life he lived, put it into songs and inked a record deal in the 90’s as one half of the Hip-Hop duo The Clispe (which also included his older brother Malice). He’s one of the most respected lyricists and one of the creators of rapping about flipping bricks and moving blow. Since then, his interested have expanded to including high fashion, private jets, yachts, and sexy females.

To coincide with the release of MNIMN, Complex collaborated with Pusha and his team to create a digital cover story featuring videography and photography by Steven Taylor. He talked to Complex’s editor Ralph Warner  about various things. Below are some highlights:

Music producer Pharrell Williams on Pusha T speaking for the underdogs and dealers:

He looks enormous success in the face and he turns it away because he still feels like he speaks for the underdog,” says Pharrell. “Pusha really sympathizes and really rides for that world, so he’s always talking about cocaine. He’s always talking about the ambition in a 19-year-old’s eyes to be a big dealer, drive big cars, run from the feds. He’s so real with that.”

Pusha T on his album delay:

It’s been a long time coming but I only say that because people feel like it’s been a long time coming,” he says of the delay. “I think it was required. I had to make sure that all the bases were covered. I started out with mixed reviews, with me doing solo freestyles. So I felt like it took this long for me to get people comfortable with Pusha T the solo artist.”

On his track “King Push”:

“‘Ye brought that to me. He played it for me and I immediately was like, ‘I hope you’re not playing this just to show me how good of a beat this is,’” Pusha says of “King Push,” the Sebastian Sartor—stepson of Metallica’s Lars Ulrich—produced track that opens the album. “I was kind of shocked that Kanye gave it up so willingly.”

On taking trips to London or Paris to meet-up and collaborate with Kanye then leaving after a week or so to stay active in the public eyes and to get his paper (money) up:

He’s like ‘You leaving?’” Pusha recalls. “I’m like, ‘Yeah man. I gotta go get some money.’ There’s a disconnect in lifestyle with me and him. It’s like ‘Alright, well, can you come back?’ But he’s talking like I’m going from north of Virginia to D.C. when I’m going from Virginia to fucking London or Paris. And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ll come back. I’ma let you know when I come back.’ In that sense, when I do come back I gotta come with ‘Numbers on the Board.’ You know, you gotta spark these guys. You can’t just be sitting with these motherfuckers. These guys are rich.”

Pharrell Williams again on Pusha T’s music:

He loves walking into the ratchet halls and hearing his music ring,” says Pharrell, “and seein’ all the new, young hustlers being inspired by that. He loves that. But, that’s not the only slice to his personality. There is far more, and I think that probably on this next album after this, people are gonna start to see Pusha from the Zeppelin view versus Pusha in that new $200,000 something with tinted windows, throwin’ money out the sunroof screaming, ‘Money ain’t a thang…‘”

Pusha T on having the “album of the year”:

I told you guys months ago that I got the best album—the best hip-hop album. Everybody thought I was talking shit. Everybody thought I was doing the typical rapper thing. I’m not no liar. I don’t lie. Don’t nobody got a better hip-hop album than mine. And I called it, so I already won in that aspect. I called it. I told everybody. Now y’all know that my Ouija board does work.”

Read the full story over at Complex.

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RichHomieQuan For Complex; Speaks On His Style, Favorite Stores & More

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While on a press run in NYC, rising Atlanta rapper RichHomieQuan stopped by Complex’s Manhattan offices for a photo shoot and brief interview. The publication documented the style and personalities of the rapper. During his interview, the “Type Of Way” rapper spoke about the Armani outfit that he had on during his interview and photo shoot, some of his favorite stores, described his style, winning “best dressed” in high school,  and more. Below are some highlights:

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What are you wearing today?
Right now I have on an Armani shirt, Armani pants, Armani belt, Rolex necklace, Rolex watch, and mid-top Air Force 1s.

Hold on, lemme tell you the story behind it. Yesterday when I first got down here, I only brought one outfit. The ride was supposed to be outside at 10 a.m. I woke up at 9—keep in mind that stores don’t open til 10 o’clock—so I went to the store, bought an outfit, got dressed there, and got here. Does it look all right?

What are some of your favorite stores?
My favorite stores are G-Star, they have a store in Atlanta. I love G-Star, and my stylist, she gets a lot of stuff I’ve never heard of. I like Giuseppe shoes. You gotta keep in mind though I won “Best Dressed” in high school, so I really like to style myself.

How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is different, you know what I’m saying? I would say it’s original. Some days you might see me with small pants, ’cause I’m tall. People be like “damn he tall but like to wear skinnies?” It’s me. I don’t care what nobody thinks. I wear shirts that fit me, it’s my style.

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Summer Fun: Teyana Taylor Shows Off Her Abs For Complex

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Back in June, I posted the BTS pictures of Teyana Taylor’s photo shoot with Complex magazine. A few minutes ago, the final product went viral, via Miami-based photographer David Cabrera. Teyana’s workout plan is definitely paying off because her body is “gone with the wind fabulous”. In the photo set, the G.O.O.D. Music artist showed off her killer abs, six-pack and boobs as she posed in various sexy bathing suits summer ensembles. Besides slaying photo shoots, Kanye’s protegé is in the studio working on her debut which arrives later this year. She is also set to release her second line of sneakers with Adidas real soon.

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BTS: Pusha T For Complex; Shot By Steven Taylor

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Pusha T is set to release his G.O.O.D. Music solo debut sometime this summer. In the meantime, the dope lyricist links up with photographer Steven Taylor for a black & white inspired photo shoot for Marc Ecko’s Complex magazine. The shoot was shot outside of a privately owned mansion. Of course the fashion trendsetter rocks various upscale designers. Pics and video footage below:

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First Look: Teyana Taylor Shows Off Her Killer Abs, Six-Pack & Boobs For Complex

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G.O.O.D. Music’s artist Teyana Taylor has one of the best bodies in the industry (I will put her in the same category as Beyoncé, J. Lo, Rihanna, Ciara and Amerie). Her body is “gone with the wind fabulous”! The other day, the Harlem-native showed off her killer abs, six-pack and boobs as she posed in various sexy bathing suits during a photo shoot poolside for music/fashion publication Complex. Besides slaying photo shoots, Kanye’s protegé is in the studio working on her debut which arrives later this year. She is also set to release her second line of sneakers with Adidas sometime this summer.

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Solange Knowles Covers Complex’s June/July 2013 Issue; Speaks On Motherhood, The Music Industry & Much More

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Singer and fashion icon Solange Knowles covers the June/July 2013 issue of Complex magazine. There’s no doubt that Solo stepped out of her big sister Beyoncé’s shadow and became a celebrity of her own. Solo made a name for herself after releasing various hit records as well as writing for other artists including Beyoncé. Her latest EP, True has received great reviews from music critics. Solo’s printed, floral and colorful outfits made her a fashion icon. For this issue, Solo was photographed by industry photographer team JUCO. She wore a few color-blocked outfits. In the cover story, she spoke to journalist Laura Checkoway about motherhood, taking a break from recording, returning to music, the Houston Hip-Hop scene, issues with her former labels, and much more. Read full interview over at Complex. Peep the pics below:

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Alicia Keys Covers Complex’s December 2012/January 2013 Issue & Opens Up About Her Personal Life

Rapper A$AP Rocky is not the only artist who is covering Complex magazine’s December 2012/January 2013 issue. Singer Alicia Keys also graces this issue. On the cover, A. Keys shows a lot of skin in a fluffy white dress. In the process of recording her new album, Girl On Fire which arrives November 27, A. Keys met with Complex’s senior editor Rob Kenner in London to do an in-depth interview for her cover story. She opens up and talks about a lot of personal things. This issue goes on sale December 4, but some highlights are below:

On competing with herself and not wanting to be compared to the other music greats: 

“I’m competitive with myself in the sense that I want to get better,” she says now. “It’s not that I’m obsessively dissecting myself, but there’s a critique that happens. I am very driven. I’m not comparing myself to other people. I don’t wanna be like her or him. I want to be my best.”

On her song “Brand New Me”.

“Don’t be mad that I’m different,” Alicia explains about the song. “Don’t be mad that I’m changed. Don’t be mad that I’m grown. You can’t affect me the way you once did. You can’t be mad. Like, how could you be mad?”

Inspirations behind her new album:

“Before making this record, in some ways I felt like a lion locked in a cage,” she wrote. “I felt like a girl misunderstood that no one really knew. I felt like it was time to stop making excuses for any part of my life that I wanted to change. Once I made that choice I became a girl on fire, the lion broke free!”

On starting so young and being in the industry most of her life:

“Because I started so young, so much of my life has been like catching up to myself—or trying to run underneath myself so I’m not falling. I finally stepped back and was able to look at it all and say ‘Wow.’ No complaints. I’m glad to be where I am and have this life. But it could be different. I don’t want to have the type of life where I’m not living or I’m always working or always fitting into whatever perfect box. I don’t want that type of hectic life. I don’t want people in my life that encourage that in any way. I’m not my old self anymore.”

On changing herself for the better:

“Becoming my new self, some people didn’t understand me anymore. Some people who I knew for years—we couldn’t be on the same page anymore. That’s OK because that’s part of growing, too. The hardest thing is to trust yourself, to know that what you’re feeling is valid. A lot of times we dismiss our feelings. I realized that I can trust myself and say, ‘No, I’m not comfortable with that.’ That was the toughest part. When I finally had the bravery to do that, that’s when I started to feel on fire.”

Read this interview in its entirety over at Complex.

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A$AP Rocky Covers Complex’s December 2012/January 2013 Issue; Speaks On His Debut Album, Fashion & More

It has been a little over a year, since Harlem’s rapper and fashion trendsetter A$AP Rocky signed his $3 million deal with Pologronds/RCA Records. His Long.Live.A$AP and A$AP Mob mixtapes shook up the industry and showed the world that a new generation of trill kids are destined to become the next big thing in rap. Hard work beats talent any day and all of Rocky’s hard work is paying off. He is covering the December/January issue of Complex magazine. Inside his cover story, Rocky speaks about his upcoming debut album, future plans of running a label, and being a fashion trendsetter. This issue officially hits newsstands December 4. Below are some highlights.

You’re about to drop Long.Live.A$AP. That’s a big deal. What are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about finally unleashing this album that I’ve imprisoned for the past year. It’s begging to be free and rejoiced by the world. It’s some trill shit. It’s some real smoking weed, struggling, some real motherfuckers-is-coming-for-my-head, some real this-is-how-I-feel, this-is-how-you-feel shit.

People are always focused on an artist’s first week sales. With so much riding on your debut are you concerned?
Fuck no. ’Cause if I start being concerned about that shit I’m going to fail. I can’t be concerned with that. Hopefully God will make it so. I’ll do good. What does first week sales mean when Robin Thicke, who ended up doing nothing first week, goes double-platinum? The music industry is nothing like how it used to be. Everything’s different now.

It seems that you’re committed to building the success of the A$AP Mob. Do you think you’ll ever be ready to be a label head?
I hope so, ’cause I would fuck the industry up. I would open the door for all the trill motherfuckers that need that shot. West Coast niggas, southern niggas, New York niggas, midwest niggas, fucking European London niggas that I met, fucking French people. Not just on some A$AP Rocky-sounding shit—I’m talking about people who deserve a shot. And motherfuckers don’t want to give it to them ’cause it’s underground shit.

The Odd Future comparisons have gone away.
Thank God. It was just because we were a group. They were out first. I came out with a group. We’re all into the same shit. They wear Supreme, we like Supreme. It was silly shit. We’re nothing alike, when you think about it.

Do you think any of hip-hop’s fashion greats are influencing more people than you?
Hmm…no.

Do you think you’re influencing people like Kanye?
Of course. That’s obvious. [Laughs.] We’re all in the same circle. He’s way richer than me, but of course he’s influenced by me. C’mon, bro. I made waxed denim cool in hip-hop. Fucking waxed denim and rips in jeans. Nobody else did that. I don’t give a fuck. I didn’t know what I was doing. These jeans are Balmain, and I wear them with a Supreme jacket. Of course I’m influencing.

Read the interview in its entirety and see more pics over at Complex.

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Wiz Khalifa Air Walks On A Tightrope On Complex’s October/November 2012 Issue

Without a release date for his sophomore album, O.N.I.F.C., Wiz Khalifa still managed to cover Complex‘s October/November 2012 issue.

Rap stardom in 2012 is a high-wire act. Just ask Wiz Khalifa. The Pittsburgh spitter has progressed from mixtape hero to Internet sensation to bonafide superstar. Mainstream hits like “Roll Up” and “Black & Yellow” have allowed him to enjoy the finer things in life, but they’ve also brought complaints from longtime Taylor Gang fans that Wiz switched his style up in pursuit of pop stardom. You can’t please everybody, but Wiz knows that maintaining a successful career in hip-hop is all about staying true to yourself while striking the perfect balance. The issue officially hits stands on October 2, but you can read the entire cover story right now over at Complex.”

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2 Chainz Talks To Complex About ‘B.O.A.T.S.’, Critics, Playing College Basketball, G.O.O.D. Music & More

Def Jam’s rapper 2 Chainz debut solo LP, Based On A Tru Story arrives at midnight (Tuesday August 14). The disc will feature guest appearances from Kanye West, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and more. Buy now on iTunes or Amazon! The Atlanta native is in full album mode. All week he will be doing promo, press & public appearances. Complex magazine caught up with 2 Chainz while he was in Baltimore. During his interview, he talks about people criticizing his music, being satisfied with the outcome of his album, having a number one single, playing college basketball, G.O.O.D. Music and much more. Below are some excerpts:

If someone has a criticism of your music—like, some people think your rhyming style isn’t up to their standards—do you think that sometimes it isn’t hate, but that there’s something you could learn from that person’s perspective?
Everybody has their own opinion. Hating is a word I hate to use; it’s so over-saturated. I don’t feel like everybody is a hater. A person does have an opinion of their own. It’s just always cool to have a reason why. I think that’s what people look for: OK, if you don’t like it then why? You gon’ have to have a reason at the end of the day.

Are you fully satisfied with this album? Do you feel you had time to make the perfect project that you wanted to make? Or do you have those “Damn, I could’ve done this,” type of moments?
I have a studio everywhere I go. I wasn’t rushed. It wasn’t a time issue. It’s almost perfect because we have the No. 1 song with “No Lie,” another song up and running—”Birthday Song” featuring Kanye—and I couldn’t ask for a better set up. I mean, people actually want my album before it comes out. I remember when we did that with a couple of albums in the past. I remember the new Hov when he was retired. That Black Album. I wanted that. So I just feel that it’s cool to have that anticipation. People want to hear my music. It makes it more about the music, too.

What are you thinking about for the next single?
I really like this record “In Town” with Mike Posner. That’s my friend. Cool-ass dude. I got the “Extremely Blessed” record with Dream. I got the video to “I Luv Dem Strippers” with Nicki Minaj. It was fun doing that.

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