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K. Dot graces the cover of JET Magazine‘s Black History February issue where he speaks on everything from social responsibility, being inspired by rap moguls like JAY Z, the hood, and more.
On hip-hop’s role in Black History: “Hip-hop plays a huge part in Black history. It’s bigger than music. Entertainers are actually leading a generation today as role models, whether they want to or not.”
On his message in his music: “The songs aren’t for me. They are for that person who needs to hear them. People who live their lives to this music. So I take it a little further than just coming up with a clever line.”
On being inspired by JAY Z: “People forget that Jay Z is from the projects – but that inspires me. If this guy can go from the streets to the corporate world, that lets me know I’m open for anything.”
Quincy is preparing the release of his long-awaited, long-delayed OXYMORON on February 25th. While we wait, pre-orders for both the standard release and deluxe edition of the album went up on iTunes today and this track becomes available once you pre-order it.
Hit the jump to see the cover for the Deluxe Edition.
Previously: ScHoolboy Q – Man of the Year (Video)
Complex get Childish Gambino to appear on the cover of their February/March issue. Check out his short film “Chicken And Futility” below.
The Source salutes Chance with their “Rookie of the Year” award and gives him the final cover of 2013. The issue hits newsstands on January 7th.
Drake is VIBE’s cover boy for their new Winter issue. Check out an excerpt from the Q&A below in which he speaks on whether or not “The Language” was a response to Kendrick’s “Control” verse.
Rap nerds have speculated whether “The Language” is a subliminal response to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” Is it appropriate to put those two records side by side?
I don’t ever want to get into responses. It’s a commitment to go there. “The Language” is just energy. What it was inspired by, I’m sure that, and other things. It’s just me talking my shit. I never once felt the need to respond to that record. The sentiment he was putting forth is what he should have. Of course you wanna be the best. Where it became an issue is that I was rolling out an album while that verse was still bubbling, so my album rollout became about this thing. What am I supposed to say? Nah, we’ll be buddy-buddy? Mind you, I never once said he’s a bad guy [or] I don’t like him. I think he’s a fucking genius in his own right, but I also stood my ground as I should. And with that came another step, which then I have to realize I’m being baited and I’m not gonna fall. Jordan doesn’t have to play pickup to prove that he could play ball, no offense. But I’m not gonna give you the chance to shake me necessarily, ’cause I feel great. There’s no real issue. It’s tough because the people wanna see us tear each other down; I don’t wanna give them that. There’s no point. I have no ill feelings toward that guy. It’s just like, it’s there for me if I wanna fall for it. I’m just too smart for that. Hopefully it’s the last time I gotta talk about this, ’cause every time I open my mouth up about it, they take this piece and take this piece. And he’s hungry, so he’s going to do what he has to do like the BET [cypher]. But again, it’s not enough for me to go. We haven’t seen each other [since the BET cypher,] but I’m sure we’ll see each other and it’ll be cool. And if it’s not, then I guess that’s how our story unfolds.
Click here to read the full Q&A.
XXL celebrates 40 years of Hip-Hop with 5 covers featuring 5 icons of the game: Jay-Z, Outkast, LL Cool J, Lil Wayne & Snoop Dogg.
The issue also includes year by year lists of the 10 most important albums and songs from 1973 through 2013, as well as stories on Nipsey Hussle, Strange Music and Karen Civil.
Hit the jump to check out the other covers.
Previously: TDE Covers XXL
Joe LaPuma goes inside P’s skull for Complex’s Best of 2013 month. Read the cover story here.
Em covers the December 5th issue of Rolling Stone.
Hit the jump for the full cover and click here for a couple of excerpts from the story.
Here he speaks on being inspired by Biggie and 2 Pac:
“Being a student of hip-hop in general, you take technical aspects from places,” he says. “You may take a rhyme pattern or flow from Big Daddy Kane or Kool G Rap. But then you go to Tupac, and he made songs. His fucking songs felt like something — ‘Holy shit! I want to fucking punch someone in the face when I put this CD in.’ Biggie told stories. I wanted to do all that shit.”
Pusha nabs the other Source cover for the new November issue. Check out Rick Ross on the first one here.
via Miss Info. Behind the scenes footage from the photo shoot is below.
Previously: Pusha T ft. Rick Ross – Hold On (Video)