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Wiz Khalifa sat down with Karen Civil to speak about O.N.I.F.C.
horrible controversial artwork, his joint mixtape with Currensy and the upcoming ”Work Hard, Play Hard” remix. Stay tuned for the second part of this interview, which debuts later this week.
Young Money president Mack Maine spoke about the animosity brewing between YMCMB and G.O.O.D. Music. Things have been coming to a head ever since G.O.O.D.’s Pusha T released “Exodus 23:1″ a track aimed squarely at Young Money star Drake.
“It’s not like [a YMCMB/G.O.O.D. Music beef]. I don’t see it like that,” explained Maine. “That’s not what we in the game for. If it ever came to that, God forbid, that’s a whole different story, but right now we’re just tryin’ to get paper, we’re just tryin’ to get money, man, and make good music. And that was a great song ['My Homies Still' with Big Sean] that was made before that situation happened, and I’m not ’bout to go into the studio and tell Wayne to take [Big Sean] off. Wayne not tryna take him off – he’s good peeps, he’s fam…he killed [the song]. I think that’s big for him. We’re always collabin’ with people and he earned it, he earned his way. He’s been handling his weight on different tracks, and it’s his time.”
“In a nutshell, if a gnat or a fly keep flyin’ around you, eventually you gonna swing and swat it and just get it out the way,” he said. “Sometimes you swat it and the gnat dies; sometimes it just go away…you can keep flyin’, just fly somewhere else, though. We chillin.’”
50 dropped by Power 106 to talk about his relationship with Lloyd Banks. Apparently the two haven’t spoken in about 9 months. However, he’s not ruling out the possibility of a G-Unit Reunion.
Lil Kim goes into detail about her issues with Nicki Minaj and the beef they’re having on Power 105.1
Andre 3000: There’s been a lot of talk on the Internet about an OutKast album and I have to say that as of now, there are no plans for another OutKast album. There’s a lot of music on the horizon. I’ve been living off the excitement of new artists. I’ve been privileged to have these new artists kind of reach out and grab back and say, “Hey, Andre, we want you on this song.” So I’ve been taking those calls and for the last two years, I’ve been doing collaborations. So these new artists have kind of been keeping me alive. I’ve just really been feeding off of that and this year I think I’m planning to do a solo project. I don’t know when it will come out, but hopefully it’ll come out this year. As far as OutKast, I really don’t know if or when that will happen.
GQ: What’s the new solo album going to be like?
Andre 3000: The only thing I can really say is I’m going to get back to having fun because that’s what it was all about when I started this in high school—with OutKast—those were like high school dreams. I’m 36 now, so I have grown-man dreams. This album will just be me being myself as normal.
“This was a big mistake on my part. I didn’t have any intentions of harming anyone or committing a criminal activity. So many young people look up to me and I need to fight though this. It’s been really hard, really stressful. When the smoke finally clears people will understand what was going on.”
Next week will mark the 10th anniversary of Nas’ Stillmatic album. Aside from being an incredible body of work, the LP also contained one of Nas’ most scathing diss records of all time; “Ether.” We all remember how brazen his beef with Jay-Z got but after they reconciled it was almost hard to believe they were beefing in the first place. While talking about Stillmatic with XXL, Carl Chery hit Esco with the ultimate question.
XXL: You and Jay are friends now. Do you ever talk about “Ether?” Like, “Oh, you got me with that line.”
Nas: Not really. I mean, I think right now anybody who’s made it from the ’80s era, the ’90s, got into hip-hop and still stickin’ around and still here, still feelin’ great about life… I think that’s enough. I think anybody today, any peer of mine is just appreciative of the life that we’ve made for ourselves. We didn’t know anything. We didn’t know that this was gonna be the outcome, that we’d be around at this time doing what we’re doin’. I think everybody’s just on that page.
Nas talks about recoding “Black Republican” With Jay-Z after the jump…
You also had the “Black Republican” joint with Jay on the album. What was that session like?
It was a party. Not like tons of people. Easy party. That was actually us warming up to working together. We never got a chance. Maybe I over-thought it. I needed the beat. I mean, we needed the beat to be crazy. We wanted Dre to do it, then we wanted ‘Ye to do it. And I had a timeline and shit. It never would have came out, so I go back to the thought of, “This is rap music. This is bangin’ on the lunchroom table and makin’ a freestyle, so, don’t over-think it. Here it is. Take it, guys. This is what it is.” We wanted to get off a crazier joint, but never got around to it.
Related: The backstory behind Jay-Z’s Nas diss: “I showed you your first tec on tour with Large Professor”
Jay-Z on Juan Epstein: Why “Takeover” was better than “Ether”, what Biggie taught him about the downside of fame, and more…
When I heard “Sweet” I though to myself, “I haven’t heard Common talk shit like that since One Day It’ll All Make Sense.” What made you bring that old Common back?
Common: It’s funny you say the old Common, ‘cause one of my boys said, “Man, you remind me of when you was at FAMU [Florida A&M University] when he heard that song. He was like, “I’ve been waiting for that song for 20 years from you. I think what I did was just not put that responsibility of saying, “Man, OK, just because I went to the White House, I can’t express that side of me. Or just because I’m doing this brand partnership and because I am speaking to the kids and say, “Do something right,” that still don’t mean I ain’t an adult that feel like, “Nigga, get yo’ hoe ass out of here,” or I’ma fight when I need to fight. I had to make that decision for myself and part of it was just me being more comfortable in my skin and being like, “I’m a man, I ain’t gotta sit around and be worried about what everybody is gon think. I just gotta be who I am, what I am and say what I feel and if that shit come out not the right thing, it’s not the right thing sometimes. But it’s right because it’s what I’m feeling and it’s true to the art and it’s music.
You also had the line, “Take a dive like Greg Louganis and his bitch ass.” He hit his head on the diving board. What made you come up with that line?
I mean, he was soft. He was gay. [Laughs] At that time, I was just saying what was on my mind. I had a different way of thinking then in a way. I’m still gon’ say what’s on my mind, but you know, now whatever that person doing, that’s what they do. You can hear on “Sweet” I’m like, “You soft ass muthafuckas, hoe ass niggas.” I’m just gon let it out, if I gotta let it out.