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J. Cole And Nas Cover VIBE Summer 2013 Issue

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VIBE’s upcoming 20th anniversary issue is a double cover. Robin Thicke and Janelle Monare are gracing the R&B-flavored cover while Nas and J. Cole are covering the Hip Hop-flavored cover. Inside, music editor John Kennedy talks to Nasir and Jermaine about the bromance between the two dope lyricists, other collaborations in the works and much more. Below is an excerpt:

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“I told you before I need some tracks—your shit’s tight,” Nas insists to Cole. ‘Pac has been silenced, and the two rap geniuses now are plopped on a black leather couch in the studio’s posterior. “We need to do more shit [together] ‘cause it just makes you sharper as an MC.” They trade schedules for a hypothetical future studio session. But today, the meticulous lyricists have assembled to talk the art of rhyme, from conception to the vocal booth. It was written, and here, it is told.

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Read the cover story over at VIBE.

Photos Credit: VIBE | Steven Geomillion & Dennis Leupold

Source: VIBE | Music Editor John Kennedy

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Killing The Game: Alicia Keys’ Vibe Magazine Photo Spread

Last week, I reported that singer Alicia Keys is covering VIBE’s 2nd annual Global Issue, which hits newsstands on April 16th. Keys and her husband, music producer Swizz Beatz agreed to be interviewed together over dinner. The interviewer spent a couple of hours with The Deans drinking cocktails. They’ll talk about their partnership in a way that says, “We want the whole world to have what we have,” and they’ll do it by telling you about the moment when they knew they were soul mates. Now the full spread has been released. Check out the spread below:

STORY BY SIOBHAN O’CONNOR/PHOTOS JILL GREENBERG/STYLIST LAURA JONES/MAKEUP FRANCESCA TOLOT/HAIR ADIR ABERGEL

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Looking Flawless: Alicia Keys Covers VIBE Global Issue & Gives First ‘Real’ Interview

After more than 10 years in the music industry, five albums, 14 Grammys and more than 30 million albums sold worldwide, Alicia Keys is finally finding her voice. A. Keys is covering VIBE’s 2nd annual Global Issue, which hits newsstands on April 16th. Keys and her husband, music producer Swizz Beatz agreed to be interviewed together over dinner. The interviewer spent a couple of hours with The Deans drinking cocktails. They’ll talk about their partnership in a way that says, “We want the whole world to have what we have,” and they’ll do it by telling you about the moment when they knew they were soul mates. This Harlem native (Keys’ roots are from Hell’s Kitchen, N.Y.) is in the studio recording her sixth solo disc.

Below is an excerpt from their cover story:

“It was the craziest thing,” says Dean, leaning forward in his chair. “We had a work lunch with some people, and I get home and look in the back pocket—”

“My credit card was in his pocket,” Keys finishes the story, eyes wide. “Why was my credit card his pocket?”

One explanation might be that he’d grabbed it by accident when they split the check, but that would be too prosaic. They saw the credit card debacle as a sign, the first of many. Well, second, if you count the time, 14 years ago, when they first met and Dean tried unsuccessfully to get her number from his friend. “It wasn’t our time yet,” he says with a smile.

STORY BY SIOBHAN O’CONNOR/PHOTOS JILL GREENBERG/STYLIST LAURA JONES/MAKEUP FRANCESCA TOLOT/HAIR ADIR ABERGEL

Source: VIBE

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Is He A Bad Boy? Drake Speaks On Walking Out of His Vibe Interview, Drinking & Smoking

Earlier in the week, rapper Drake performed in front of a large audience, totaling over 18,000 people at the O2 Arena in South-East London. This was the biggest concert of his career, by far. While in London, Drake sat down with Guardian for an exclusive interview. He addressed the rumors about him walking out of a Vibe interview for their February 2012 issue, being himself, calling himself the rap Hendrix or Marley, people hating him, drinking and smoking. Below are some excerpts:

On walking out of Vibe Interview:

“I didn’t like the way I was treated,” he says. “They ran this story about how I’m the most bitter guy, and my life is in turmoil. And I’m, like, a very happy 25-year-old kid living an amazing life. They tried to put a damper on my character, I guess because I didn’t play according to their rules.”

On Being himself:

“It doesn’t take me six hours to get ready, and I don’t have to wake up in the morning and remember to act like this or talk like that,” he says. “I just have to be me. And people really like that.”

On the track “Lord Knows” he stakes a claim for himself as the rap Hendrix or Marley:

“I didn’t really say I was the rap Hendrix or Marley, I said I was the descendant,” he corrects, smiling at the tenuous distinction. “Because I feel like that’s what I want to be for this generation: iconic. That’s the purpose I want to serve on this earth. I want my words to be remembered in 10, 15 years.”

On people really hating him and being labeled “soft”:

“There are people who really hate me and everything I stand for, like, ‘He’s so soft’. But I’m not soft. I’m just not one of those people who’s closed off emotionally. I went through too much with my father and my mother, watching her go through her shit and be hurt … I’ve seen too many people cry. Plus, I’ve had too many girls to ever feel uncomfortable about the man that I am.”

On drinks, drugs and weed:

“Have I sipped codeine before?” he asks for me. “Yeah, of course. Have I smoked weed? Yes. Do I drink wine? Yes. But do I do it excessively? No. I’m not a reckless guy. I do it all within moderation. I’m not into drugs.” He realises what he has just said, and bursts out laughing, as do his crew. “I mean any outside the ones I just mentioned.

Source: Guardian

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Notorious K.I.N.G: Nicki Minaj Covers VIBE February/March 2012 Issue

Someone crowed Nicki Minaj “Notorious K.I.N.G.” in the February/March 2012 issue of Vibe magazine. In the cover story, Minaj talks about recording her debut LP, being a female in a male-dominated industry and fashion. Below are some excerpts:

You’ve said before that you didn’t really have fun recording Pink Friday.

I felt like I had something to prove to everyone who said a female rapper could not make an album unless she was talking about her pussy. And so I went above and beyond to prove that I could not talk about sex and not talk about my genitalia and still have a successful album. And I proved that. And now my time for proving things to my critics is over. I don’t really need to prove anything to anyone else anymore.

Is it still hard to get your way as a woman in this industry?

It’s not hard to get your way when it’s your way or the highway. People either follow suit or they’re not around. I don’t really like the sound of that, ‘cause that sounds like a temper tantrum. I’m just very black and white when it comes to my business. There’s really no gray area. I really don’t have a lot of small talk with people I work with. It’s pretty much let’s get the job done. In the beginning, if people didn’t know me they’d probably assume I wasn’t smart or wasn’t business savvy. But once you sit and talk to me, it’s a different story.

You were heavy on the fashion scene last year around Fashion Week with Anna Wintour. Do you feel like you’ve been accepted by the fashion world?

Yeah, I realized more recently that even if it’s for a fashion magazine, I’m not gonna change who I am. When I was doing photo shoots last year, I kept on being told, “This is what we want your hair to look like and this is what we want you to look like,” and it really, really stifled my creativity. So the other day I was talking to a photographer, and he said, “You know what, I like your everyday looks so much better than when you do photo shoots for magazines.” And I was like, “So do I, you’re absolutely right.” I’d been getting more and more frustrated for a while.

But I’ve made up my mind that when you see a Nicki Minaj magazine cover from now on, it’s really going to reflect me and it’s going to be something that I creatively had a hand in, because I don’t have to do it anymore. I don’t have to do things just to please people. It’s okay to do what I love because what I love, my fans love. And they’re really the only ones that should matter. The fashion world will have to come to Nicki Minaj, as opposed to Nicki Minaj trying to go to the fashion world.

Source: VIBE

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Hustlaz Ambition: Young Jeezy Talks Working With Jill Scott, Andre 3000 and Jay-Z

Rapper Young Jeezy is busy in NYC promoting his new album Thug Motivation 103: Hustlaz Ambition. Earlier in the week, the Atlanta native appeared on 106 & Park, stopped by radio stations Hot 97 and Power 105.1 and held an album release party at the Gramercy Theatre. In an interview with Vibe, Jeezy talked about working with Jill Scott, Andre 3000 and Jay-Z. Below are some excerpts:

On working with Jill Scott for his song “Trapped.”

“Jill wrote that. I hit Jill up and I sent her a record and she was like ‘nah I’m cool’ and she’s like give me a week or two and I’ll come up with some shit and send it to,” Jeezy tells VIBE. “She sent it to me on another beat that one of her guys did with some producers she was dealing with, and we couldn’t really get the business together, so I went and reached out to J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and got her vocals and we built the song all over again, and I just gave everything I had.”

“You know that record to me is like a day in the life — you know matter of fact that’s my life summed up in a couple of verse — I feel like this record is special, it’s going to touch mothers and sisters and aunties and things like that because those are the strong people in our community, like that record my mother hasn’t heard that record yet. But when she hears it she’s probably going to be in tears because she’s going to know everything I said was true, and then she’s going to feel like I didn’t forget it because that’s what I use for my hustler’s ambition. That’s what I fuel off, the fact that I went through all that.”

Source: Vibe

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Front Page: T.I. Covers Vibe

Since being freed from prison this past September, T.I. have been a busy man. He recorded 45 tracks for his forthcoming LP, entitled Trouble Man, shot a docu-style series with his wife Tiny, now he is covering the December/January issue of Vibe magazine. Below are some excerpts:

T.I. on people criticizing Tiny for not taking the drug charge

“I’ma tell you, 50 Cent and anybody else, we not gonn’a  have no discussion about what my ole lady should’a, would’a, couda done for anything as it pertains to me,” begins his rant. “We ain’t gonn’a do that. I’m the only one in my family that’s gonna take a lick when it pertains to the legal system. Since me, none of my other family members have seen a jail cell. Nobody. I’m the last one. The buck stops here. I feel that a person that stands behind [his woman for a criminal charge] is a coward anyway.”

I doubt she would have gotten any time.
She wasn’t gonna catch it period, ’cause I’m there. That wasn’t even a consideration. Even if she asked me to I would’ve been like, “Nah, you trippin’. “

So you didn’t feel you were more valuable to your family, employees and business partners on the street?

That’s a discussion between me and another man. Not with the mother of my children. Not with the nurturer of my household.

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Front Page: Lil Wayne Gracing The Cover Of Vibe’s October/November Issue

YMCMB rapper Lil Wayne is covering the October/November issue of Vibe magazine. In the cover story, the New Orleans native talked about his competition, taking shots at Jay-Z, Drake being his competition and much more. The platinum-selling rapper latest album Tha Carter 4 was released back in August and sold almost one-million copies in the first week. Weezy also feel that there won’t be any repercussions behind what he said about Jay-Z. This issue also feature stories from Meek Mill, J. Cole, Pusha T, Common and other artists. Below are some excerpts:

WAYNE ON JAY-Z AND “THE OLD GUYS”

“There’s no competition [with any artists]. Music isn’t about competition no more. All the gangster rappers are happy, all the skateboard rappers are happy, all the white rappers are happy… Everybody just happy to do music these days. There are no problems. That shit died a long time ago with them old-ass rappers. We are just making music, making money and having fun feeding our families. Competition is for the old guys.”

VIBE: You say competition is for the “old guys,” but it sounds like you’re going at Jay-Z with that line, “I got your baby money/Kidnap your bitch, get that how-much-you-love-your-lady money.” Are we looking at it the wrong way?

LIL WAYNE: I know for a fact, music is about perception. You can’t do anything but perceive what you hear. If I know that for a fact, I can never be upset about someone’s reaction to it. I’m not gonna say I don’t know what will happen before I say it [on record]. I do know what will happen. I am aware of it. It is what it is.

VIBE: So you knew the repercussions of going after Jay before anything even happened?

LIL WAYNE: Well, I’m a man. I believe as a man you should know that. Every man should know the repercussions and consequences behind whatever they do before they do it. And of course, I know there won’t be any repercussions behind what I did.

WAYNE ON LOOKING AT DRAKE AS COMPETITION:

VIBE: You mentioned how humbled you were at the success of “She Will.” Drake, who wrote and performs the song’s chorus, has now become a platinum star in his own right. Do you look at the guy and say, “Wow, I helped create a monster, I have to stay on my toes”?

LIL WAYNE: I don’t look at it like that. Drake is my artist. If he wasn’t my artist, then yeah maybe. But that’s my artist. He’s not [just] a friend. We’re more than friends. It’s business. It would be impossible for it to be a competition. I mean, I’m the guy’s boss.

Source: Vibe

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Summer Swim Wear: Trina Shows Off Her Summer Body For Vibe Magazine

In the middle of summer, “The Baddest B***h,” aka Trina shows the world why she’s the baddest in Vibe magazine final “Summer of Celebs in Swim Wear” series. Photographer Presscott McDonald captured the Miami native in some of her sexiest swim wear. Peep the pictures below:

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What’s Beef? The Real Reason Why Lil Kim & Foxy Brown Grew To HATE Each Other With Interviews From Members Of Both Camps

In the June/July issue of Vibe magazine, the publication did an entire spread on Lil Kim, titled “Diary Of Kimberly Jones”. In the spread, Vibe spoke to some of Kim’s friends and former business partners as they gave an in-depth story about Kim’s career, how Kim met Biggie and how hurt she was when he was murdered, working on her debut album Hardcore, and they even talked about an altercation Kim had with Biggie’s ex-wife Faith Evans; which resulted in Kim pulling out a gun and threatening to blow Faith brains out. They also talked about Kim’s beef with Foxy Brown and how it all started. Below is the story on the Kim and Foxy beef. Tomorrow I will post more excerpts. Read the breakdown of the Kim and Foxy beef below:

As Kim’s star status grew, she had to share the spotlight with another female rapper, Inga “Foxy Brown” Marchand, whose debut album, Ill Na Na, dropped that same month.

Gavin Marchand (Foxy Brown’s brother): Kim and Foxy knew each other from Tasha [Smith], a mutual friend that lived on our block. Then they ended up in the same high school, Brooklyn College Academy. They were cool. But it wasn’t a sleep-over-your-house-type relationship.

Smith: [Foxy] was one of the leaders. The pack always followed her, and you always heard her mouth way down the block.

Rivera: They used to record demos in the same neighborhood studio, Daddy-O.

Daddy-O: Inga was the better rapper. But there was no question that Kim was more furious about her craft. I had to stop working with Inga because I watched her curse her mother out in her basement. Kim was never like that… I might play a song that I was working on with Inga to Kim. But Foxy was always interested in what Kim was doing. Kim was never interested in what Foxy was doing.

Shaka Don: Foxy used to call Kim all the time. And then she would [turn around and] dog Kim out to people. Kim finally told me to call [Foxy] and tell her to stop calling her phone. It seemed like everything Kim would do, Foxy would do it right after. Kim bought a Land Rover. Foxy bought a Land Rover in the same color. Kim colored her hair. Foxy got the same color.

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