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Chris Brown/Big Sean Covers XXL December 2012/January 2013 Issue

R&B singer Chris Brown and G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam rapper Big Sean nabbed the December 2012/January 2013 double issue of XXL Magazine. This is a special issue because it is Chris’ first major interview in almost two years. Chris also wrote the cover story himself and he reflected on his growth as an artist, moving past hardships in his life, recent altercations, his crazy love life and much more. Below are some quotes:

“In the beginning, I used to be hot. I’m normal. I’m human, so if anybody says something that’s a lie, I’m numb to it. I’ve smartened up.”

“A lot of people wanna know about the whole situation with me, Drake and Meek Mill. At the end of the day, I’m me, they’re them. They rap, I sing. Totally different caliber. I rap, I play around on mixtapes. But our words don’t collide as much as you’d think.”

I haven’t been as mature and thought out in the past, so, me growing now, it’s showing my progression. I used to use my Twitter account to vent, but now I mostly use it for marketing and promotions. Even if the media asks me something, if it’s cool then it’s, ‘What’s up?’ But if it’s anything that’s too negative, I don’t care to respond.”

One thing people often want me to talk about is my public love life. When it comes to my love life, the perception seems as though I am a player. But that’s not true. Love is something I am still learning. It’s just an obstacle that I haven’t yet mastered. I think that’s my biggest hurdle in life.

 “I use music or painting as my outlet to get through the confusion. I try to promote positivity and love.”

On the other cover, Detroit native Big Sean talked about his upcoming sophomore album, Hall Of Fame, having the potential to change the world, how his city and experiences incorporated him into who he is today, and much more. Below are some quotes:

“It’s deeper than just comin’ up or making money. We got the potential and opportunities to change the world—and still have fun with it. It’s a responsibility that I feel like I’m willing to take.”

“I took all my experiences from Detroit and incorporated them into who I am today. From partying to inspiration to sharing times about being broke to love to the dope boys, paper chasers. I would see all the players rocking furs and gators. I’ve seen people get killed. I’ve seen people spend crazy money. I’ve seen poor people. I give every aspect of the city in my music. They need somebody to tell that story.”

The Dec/Jan issue hits newsstands December 4.

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From The Hood To Hipsters: Waka Flocka Covers XXL June 2012 Issue

They say good things come to people who work hard and that’s exactly what happened in Waka Flocka case. The Atlanta rapper is covering the June 2012 issue of XXL Magazine. On the cover, Waka is sporting a wife-beater with an iced-out chain and watch. XXL‘s June 2012 issue hits newsstands nationwide on May 29 and there will be an Atlanta and NYC performance in conjunction with the release of the issue. Below are some excerpts via XXL:

“He’s only been around three years and already everyone from the gangstas to hipsters love Waka Flocka Flame. The riotous rapper and architect of hits like “O Let’s Do It,” “Hard in da Paint” and “No Hands,” graces the cover of XXL’s June issue with a special revealing interview by XXL Digital Content Director Carl Chery. In the story Waka speaks on his fast rise to celebrity status, rumored controversy with fellow Brick Squad leader Gucci Mane, what it was like to live with Nicki Minaj, running a label, bringing gangsta back to hip-hop, his new album Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family and the December 2011 murder of Waka’s good friend Slim Dunkin.”

Here are some quotes from Waka’s interview:

“I don’t feel like a celebrity, or this quote-unquote star everybody talk about. I guess Waka Flocka like a job, honestly. I’m at my job right now, so I gotta do it to my fullest.”

“I got a whole label, man. We fire. We the new Wu-Tang, Roc-A-Fella. We what these labels are trying to create right now. We the new Cash Money. Squad! Flockaveli was the return of gangsta. I brought gangsta back, man.”

“I’m a hipster in my own sense. My little brother’s a hipster a little. Like, he’s a real fuckin’ hipster. Like, a rock-star hipster, so I fuck with ’em. U grew up fuckin’ with ’em. So it don’t matter. I’m with that. I smoke harder than them no mater what. I’m a “Flockster.”

“Dunk died, I couldn’t do shit four months, almost five moths straight. I couldn’t stay down long forever, cause bills gotta be paid, mouths to be fed. But that shit took a toll on us, man. Like right now, from December to fuckin’ April…That’s how long it took me to bounce back my nigga. That shit crazy.”

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Picture Me Dope: Lil Wayne Covers XXL

Music artist Lil Wayne is covering the May 2012 issue of XXL magazine. This issue features a special live photo and an interview discussing his touring domination, favorite show moments, personal rituals before hitting the stage and tips he gives his Young Money artists. The cover story is part of a special Hip-Hop Live package, which includes a piece on the 2012 SXSW Music Festival. Also featured in this issue are Odd Future, B.o.B and Diggy Simmons and Swizz Beatz.

The May 2012 issue of  XXL hits stands on April 24th.


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2012 Freshman Class: French Montana, Future, Kid Ink, Danny Brown, MGK, Iggy Azalea & More Cover XXL Magazine


In the past five years that XXL has been picking Freshman classes, never once has making the list been easy. This year included. Similar to 2011, the hype around the Freshmen Class has continued to grow by leaps and bounds, surprising even us with its popularity. For this class the buzz began earlier than ever, four months before the cover was even shot. And it seemed like everyone had a list. From subdued music fans to diehard rap junkies, from Twitter stalkers to industry heavies and featherweights, folks wanted their list to be the XXL list. We listened, asked opinions, took notes.




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Show & Prove: A$AP Rocky’s Music Spread In XXL Magazine

Harlem’s rapper A$AP Rocky has a spread in the December/January issue of XXL magazine. He is featured in the “Show & Prove” section. Take a look at the excerpt above and be sure to pick up your own copy at news stands today. I swear, this dude is dope. I support the A$AP movement. I believe Rocky is one of the new faces of NY Hip-Hop. I respect him a lot because he came into this industry with a style of his own and wasn’t trying to sound like the average New York rapper. Last month, Rocky released his debut mixtape, entitled LiveLoveA$AP. In October, Rocky signed a $3 million record deal with Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records. This past summer, the 23-year-old rapper became popular and made a name for himself with his singles “Purple Swag” and “Peso,” which gathered millions of views online and is in heavy rotation on New York’s radio station Hot 97.

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The Money Team: 50 Cent & Floyd Mayweather Covers XXL Magazine

Queens rapper and music mogul 50 Cent and boxer Floyd Mayweather are gracing the December/January 2012 issue of XXL magazine. In the cover story, 50 talked about the current music climax, his forthcoming album, Hollywood, feeding kids in Africa through Street King and much more. Mayweather talked about the money team and much more. Below are some excerpts:

On the current music climax.

I don’t see what I fell in love with,” he says. “So now I gotta make music that reflects what N.W.A made. I have to make music that has the moments that Nas had. I have to make music that has what Biggie offered.”

50 on his upcoming album.

“For me, I’m still up against what I’ve done,” he says. “So in order to top it, I know it’s a difficult task. You know, I see the bloggers. My audience hasn’t grown with me. They keep saying, “Aw, man, I want the old 50!” ’Cause those people, it would take them on a safari. I was bringing them close enough to the animals, without being able to get hurt. I was taking them into my neighborhood, where you can very well get your ass killed.

Floyd Mayweather on The Money Team.

The Money Team is money, is power and is respect,” Floyd says. “It’s a lot of us. The team is, The Money Team is worldwide, and it’s growing. It’s growing each day.

XXL’s December/January 2012 issue hits newsstands nationwide on December 6

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Magazine Cover: Nas Celebrates 20 Years In Hip-Hop, Interviewed by Tyler, The Creator For XXL November Issue

Celebrating 20 years in the music industry, Queens rapper Nas is gracing the November issue of XXL magazine. The publication recruited Odd Future’s leader Tyler, the Creator, who’s a longtime Nas fan, to interview the platinum-selling rapper. Nasty Nas is gearing up for the release of his 10th solo album, entitled Life Is Good. 2 Chainz, Yelawolf and Styles P are also featured in the November issue. XXL’s November issue, hitting newsstands nationwide on October 25. Below are some excerpts:

God’s Son is my favorite album by you,” Tyler said. “And my second is probably Street’s Disciple,” he continued.

“Get the fuck outta here,” Nas responded.

Awkward and quirky exchanges aside, the discussion quickly picked up with the 20-year-old Tyler asking Nas for advice.

“You, Em, Jay, Snoop, like, you guys all started when you was exactly my age,” Tyler said. “The fact that you guys are still here makes me just always think, like, Fuck, could I?”

“Oh, you definitely can,” Nas replied. “Someone like you is, you’re interesting, for a lot of reasons. So someone like you, you can’t wait to see what’s next.”

And the topics continued to get deeper as the conversation went on.

“Are you, like—this question might catch you off guard, but I ask myself this—like, when you wake up, like, are you happy,” Tyler asked. “Like, are you satisfied how everything turned out?”

“Dawg, I was naming my album Life Is Good because of how happy I am about how happy things have turned out,” Nas answered. “Sometimes I may wake up and wish my kids were living with me. That’s the only thing, you know what I mean? Our loved ones that are not around no more, like my mom. That’s the only thing. But other than that, everything is great, even when I’m alone. Even when there’s no one around.”

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Top 5 Dead Or Alive: Jadakiss Releasing ‘The Champ Is Here 4’ Mixtape Plus Speaks On His New LP & Working With Other Artists

Fresh off the success of his latest street single “Grind,” Jadakiss has plans of releasing his new album, entitled Top 5 Dead Or Alive, but he’s not rushing. In fact, before he release singles from his forthcoming  album, he will be doing some collaborations with Young Jeezy, Bow Wow and Drake.

I’m on [Young Jeezy’s] TM 103 joint [and] Estelle,” Jada revealed to XXLMag.com about the tracks listeners will be able to hear him on soon. “I just did something for Bow Wow. [I’m] waiting for this joint from Drake, [Styles P] just finished his album, I’m on there. I’m just creeping through the back door on big projects. Getting that buzz up before I let the album out. It gotta feel right before I let my album out. I’m not rushing.”

Jada will also be releasing his new mixtape The Champ Is Here 4, hosted by DJ Green Lantern.

“I was trying to schedule that whenever the [Manny] Pacquio fight comes, try to knock a few joints out, or the next biggest fight,” he said. “But yeah, we gonna keep the joints coming. The Champ is Here is just like Rocky—it’s timeless. We gonna do the Champ series for a long time; as long as my vocals are right.”

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Picture Me Dope: Rick Ross & Maybach Music Group Covers XXL Magazine

Miami’s rapper Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group (MMG) are covering the October issue of XXL magazine. This issue actually has two split covers; one with Rick Ross himself and the other cover features Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill and Pill. Back in the Spring, MMG released their compilation album, Self Made, Vol. 1. Below are some excerpts:

Ross speaks on being the #2 best artist out at the moment and crowning Lil Wayne #1.

I’m enjoying my last few moments at No. 2,” Ross says. “It’s like I’m watching the No. 1 man on stage, my legs crossed, I’m smoking big, hollering at the bitches in the crowd. And this album gonna do it. I got the formula.”

Ross speaks on making music and getting his inspiration for R&B legends. 

When I make music, I go back to my late nights of me by myself, listening to Curtis Mayfield or R. Kelly’s 12 Play,” he says. “There’s certain depths that music can take you to. There’s certain feels that you need to have. When you get to the last song on the album, I want you to have that feeling of being whole. I want to give these muthafuckas classic joints. That means more to me than anything else.”

Ross on giving his artists a chance.

To me, it don’t matter where you from,” he says. “I come from a time and place when Miami wasn’t the most poppin’. Everybody wasn’t as eager to open they door, give you a hand. For me to be in this position, I want to make sure I do the opposite that a lot of these niggas did.”

XXL’s October issue hits newsstands on September 20.

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Special Tribute Issue: XXL Honors 15-Year Anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s Death in Sept. Issue

This upcoming September 13, 2011 will mark the 15-year anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death and the #1 best-selling music magazine XXL pays tribute to one of the greatest, if not the greatest rapper in their forthcoming “Special Tribute Issue.” They’re celebrating the life of Pac.

In this issue, XXL Editor-In-Chief Vanessa Satten sat down with Tupac’s biological father, Bill Garland.

[Tupac] cared for people,” he said. “That was his main thing. He really cared for people. I think that’s why he would get so upset when people tried to question his commitment, his love for Black women or Black men. The East Coast/West Coast, you know, that’s a fabrication. I don’t have to begin to tell you that. So when that was questioned, it bothered him. Because he would give his heart or soul. He was a giving person. He would give anything to people. He would go in a store. [If there was a] Black man who couldn’t afford a $1,500 pair of boots, he would buy ’em for him. Think that Black man would ever forget Tupac? That’s just the way he is. But I don’t think that he did it for that. He did it because he had it, and he didn’t. That’s the way he is.”-Bill Garland

The  September 2011 issue, will be hitting newststands nationwide on August 16.

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