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Salute To The REAL: 2 Chainz Covers FADER

Def Jam rapper 2 Chainz is covering the 80th issue of FADER magazine. On the cover, he is shirtless in a green army hat and wearing a lot of jewelry. Below are some excerpts and pictures from FADER:

“Tauheed Epps casts quite a shadow. Standing at six-foot-five, he walks in a lumbering gait. His dreadlocks hang to his shoulder blades, his cargo jean shorts are frayed at the bottom, with clusters of unnecessary accessories—multiple wallet chains, a large, 
purple landline handset that plugs into his cell phone—dangling from his pockets. His purple sneakers match the phone. Large black Stevie Wonder-style frames, hinged with golden medallions, serve to protect his light sensitive eyes. “Some oily eye condition bullshit,” he explains. They make it considerably difficult to interpret his permanently soft-spoken deadpan. He’s a rapper, but not the type of rapper that fans are quick to run up on. Instead they tend to operate in stolen glances and whispers: Is that 2 Chainz?!”

“On this particularly warm afternoon in early April, Epps, much better known as the rapper 2 Chainz, is headed back to his “castle,” as he proudly calls his home about 30 minutes south of Atlanta, for the first time in a while. The house is not quite medieval in its scope but it is enormous, exactly the sort of boilerplate McMansion that one would expect to find in the middle of post-rural Georgia. The bricks are pristine, the ceilings intimidatingly high. Immense columns adorn the front door and an ornate white piano sits behind it. It’s the type of home that could’ve been plucked directly out of a reality TV show about overly-entitled housewives. Still, it sits on 22 beautifully woodsy acres. (When I ask 2 Chainz if he enjoys nature, he responds dryly: “I like killing shit.”) He bought the house in November, right after he signed his solo deal with Def Jam, and has been on the road in intermittent weeklong shifts ever since, leaving little time to enjoy the property—he seems like a visitor in his own home. Upon his arrival, he almost pulls into a neighboring driveway.”

This issue arrives next week, but you can read the entire cover story over at FADER.

Source: FADER

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Magazine Cover: The FADER Issue #75: Fall Fashion Featuring Frank Ocean

This is very a great year for Frank Ocean. He produced songs for Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kanye West and now he is on the cover of Issue # 75 Fader magazine. Over the past year or so, Frank Ocean became more ubiquitous than he probably ever imagined. From his heartfelt mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra to his two—TWO!—appearances on Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch The Throne, the man is (deservedly) everywhere.

When he was nine, Frank Ocean’s godfather subscribed him to Robb Report, a magazine for the ultra-rich. Less interested in fiduciary smarts, it’s a catalog of conspicuous consumption, highlighting tropical vacations, invaluable antiques and, as Ocean came to know, really expensive cars. Though he comes from a middle class family, he obsessively read the magazine’s classified ads, fixating on exorbitantly priced used Bentleys and Maybachs. “I would just fall in love with all their cars. That was the start.” Ocean, whowas born Christopher Breaux (and goes by Lonny to friends), downscaled his material desires, and when he was 13, began going door-to-door, detailing cars for cash. “I would bring all my supplies. Literally, it was like a movie, I had a wagon, those long red wagons, like a Radio Flyer-type wagon, and I used to buy my own soaps.”

Source: The Fader

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Wiz Khalifa Covers Fader Magazine

Atlantic Records recording artist Wiz Khalifa is gracing the Spring Style issue of Fader magazine. Rocker James Blake covers the other side. The Spring Style issue is due on news stands March 8. Wiz debut LP Rolling Papers is scheduled to land in stores and online on March 29 . The album features collaborations and productions from Jim Jonsin, Pharrell Williams and others.

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