Yep: instead of making new music, Azealia Banks is once again devoting her time to yet another conflict with someone else in the entertainment industry. This time, it’s Russell Crowe (and by default, RZA), of whom she found herself getting thrown out by during a hotel party earlier this month.
Above sees her sitting down with Access Hollywood to tell her side of the story. She also cries, if that means anything.
…and we honestly do agree. As off-putting as he can be, Morrissey’s legacy outside of The Smiths is definitely locked in, and should be honoured. Anyways, he gave his opinion during a recent interview with FasterLouder, which also saw him speaking on Brexit, his vegetarian stance and more.
You can read the full interview here…the aforementioned comment is below:
I’ve taken the position of serious analyst on this issue for quite some years and I now think that The Smiths are listed as, for example, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees, because people generally think that The Smiths also covers Morrissey – which it doesn’t. Consequently we have PJ Harvey as a Hall Of Fame nominee yet it can’t be argued that she has ever meant more than Morrissey in the USA, and needless to say I have never been a nominee.
Looks like Lady Gaga will be leading the festival circuit next year. Several reports are stating that Mother Monster was recently announced as a headliner for next year’s Rock In Rio Festival in Brazil, which takes place 15th to 24th September.
While we wait for a confirmation, fans can check out Gaga’s new album Joanne here. In related news, she revealed to Zane Lowe that one of the album’s tracks, ‘Angel Down’, was written about Trayvon Martin.
Epic is the right word to describe the near 50-minute conversation had by Kendrick Lamar and legendary producer Rick Rubin at Rubin’s Shangri La studios in Malibu, California. It was all done for GQ Style — they’re currently gearing up for the release of their holiday issue (released 1st November — you can check out the photo spread here).
Check it out above…they literally speak on everything. We even get (somewhat of) a glimpse into Kendrick’s next album.
On 28th October, Ray BLK will release her new project Durt, a seven-track effort that sees appearances from Stormzy, SG Lewis and Wretch 32. Just recently, the South London singer stopped by Annie Mac to premiere the project’s title track as the latest Hottest Record In The World. She also explained the single in a brief interview at BBC Radio 1:
‘Durt’ really is about that point in the relationship where you’re both not trying anymore… You’re parting ways, but not saying you’re parting ways. You’re just living two separate lives.
This past week, President Obama and wife Michelle held their final White House State Dinner, which saw Italian Prime Minister Renzi and wife Agnese Landini as guests of honour. Naturally, this was their largest dinner since Obama first became president, so many notable people joined in the festivities.
In addition to Chance The Rapper, Frank Ocean was also in attendance, bringing his mother — Katonya Breaux — as his guest. He also did a very short but notable interview (his first since seemingly forever) that saw him speaking on his choice of attire (he wore Vans), what he’d ask Obama at the dinner and if he supports Hillary Clinton. Check that out above.
The legendary Jaja Soze was the latest guest on Not For The Radio, which saw him speaking on a variety of topics, from long-standing crew PDC, life before music (and his career since) and much more. He also spoke on DVS, who has reportedly pleaded guilty to the rape and false imprisonment of a woman (read more on that here).
Nicki Minaj has been hitting up all radio stops following her recent TIDAL X performance, including The Breakfast Club, HOT 97 and even a feature with Marie Claire. During the interviews, Nicki gave details on her forthcoming album, her beau Meek Mill (and his various beefs), meeting Lauryn Hill, other female emcees and much more. In the Marie Claire feature, she also gave her feelings on how Black women in relationships are often treated, even referring to a classic line from Kanye West’s ‘Gold Digger’:
I’m so tired of black women feeling that when our men get rich, they’re going to leave them for a woman of a different race…It wasn’t funny when Kanye said [in his 2005 hit ‘Gold Digger’], ‘When he get on, he’ll leave your a*** for a white girl’ – and Kanye happens to be with a white girl now. It wasn’t funny when he said it; it was the f***ing truth.
You can read the Marie Claire interview in full here…the other interviews are below.
Lil Wayne has had a busy week thanks to the promotion of his new prison memoir Gone Til’ November, a published journal of his life on Rikers Island in 2010. As a result, we’ve learned quite a bit about Weezy via various interviews (of which we’ve included three below)…here’s the bigger points learned:
In another fairly recent interview, Lil Wayne stated that he didn’t know what racism was, which (naturally) prompted a lot of across the board response. In a new interview with Associated Press, Wayne doubles back while also referring to a well-known moment in his childhood: when he was a kid, he accidentally shot himself in the torso…when cops came and knocked down the door, (Black) cops simply jumped over him to search for drugs and guns, while a sole White cop actually cared about saving his life.
He stood there and waited until the doctor said, ‘He’s gonna make it.’ He said, ‘Don’t worry. My name’s Uncle Bob.’ He was white as snow. Them motherf***ers that hopped over me was blacker than me. Yeah, he was a cop and my life was saved by a white man. I don’t know what racism is. I know a good motherf***er named Uncle Bob, though.
Hip Hollywood got a great sit-down with Wayne, which saw him speaking on the book, the whole “Drake smashing his girl” situation and more. He also further shuts down his relationship with Birdman, stating that he isn’t “family”. Very big change, given that — for a while — his estranged Cash Money boss was his surrogate father.
Here’s what we consider to be the most formative one: while Wayne continued his press tour elsewhere, manager Cortez Bryant stopped by the Rap Radar podcast to give his account on all things Cash Money and Young Money (as well as his own ventures). During, Cortez actually broke down the specific moments that led to Wayne’s lawsuit against his former label, bringing a lot of understanding to the situation for us…simply put, it came down to 1.) not receiving a required advance and 2.) a partnership with Google (for the release of Carter V) being halted. Watch this one from beginning to end.
Lil Wayne is/was recently in New York for the release of his new book Gone ‘Til November, which is basically a journal of his days in prison back in 2010 (and features a lot of dope revelations about his life, career and artists/friends). Anyways: while there, he sat down with Joe Coscarelli for a New York Times interview, which saw him speaking on said book, recent guest verses and even Carter V (which, even after a recent listen, is still better than “everything I’ve ever heard”).
You can read that in full here; we decided to add an (unintentionally?) hilarious excerpt where the interviewer asks Wayne about new artists, specifically those that he probably helped birth:
Are there rappers in the new school that are motivating you? Are you keeping up with Yachty, Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Kodak? I swear to God I didn’t know you were saying people’s names just now, so that should probably answer that question. I just do my own thing.
Also: Lil Wayne has no clue to Donald Trump is, either (as he claims).
Kevin Hart has always been a frequent and fun guest of The Breakfast Club, and his latest is no different. The now-mega-star stopped by the radio station to speak on his new film What Now?, as well as his new comedy network, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, being an inspiration and a door opener for the generations under him and much more.
Just for kicks, we also included his appearance on First We Feast’s Hot Ones, where he had to eat some seriously spicy wings. Hilarity (of course) ensues.
Noisey recently sat down with YG, who decided to check out the comments under his ‘FDT‘ music video (for the second time, we believe). Naturally, the selection of comments gave us more of YG’s political sense…yes, we know he hates Trump, but Hilary isn’t too high on his list, either. Check it out above and see what we mean.