40 Sheds Some Light on 'Views From The 6'

Noah "40" Shebib, Drake's longtime friend and producer, sat down with The New York Times last week to discuss Drake's upcoming album—Views From the 6. Check out the interview here and read a portion of it below.

“It’s going to be what everybody expects and wants from Drake and from us,” Mr. Shebib said. “A lot of introspection, very vivid. He’s discovering new flows, new cadences, new patterns.” As for the music, “I’m trying to find ways to pull more untraditional sounds in, to push the boundaries a little further.” The overall approach may be the same as the one that the duo has finely honed, but still, Mr. Shebib said, “Something about it should be special.”

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Interview: Kendrick Lamar (NPR & The New York Times)

Kendrick Lamar is receiving a lot of worldwide attention, especially since he is nominated for 11 awards at this year's GRAMMYs behind his critically acclaimed album—To Pimp A Butterfly. He has been doing a lot of press including interviews with NPR and The New York Times. Click the links to check out the revealing interviews.

Were you surprised that the Recording Academy responded so strongly to the scope of your vision, which wasn’t necessarily for these institutions?

I wasn’t surprised. The Grammys have taste. They’ve had taste for a long time. I’m just more excited that they recognize the time and effort put into the project — gathering all these musicians in one place for six months to a year at a time. It is truly appreciated that they can hear the different influences inside the record.

That’s the biggest accomplishment as far as the nominations: that people recognize it as an album. It’s not just a collection [of songs]. We pride ourselves on that. I wanted it to be that body of work again the same way I did with my first record. This time around, I wanted to make sure that not only were the lyrics appreciated or the beats, but the musicianship, as far as my writing skills, my arrangements. That’s me challenging myself.

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Pusha T Is The New President of G.O.O.D. Music

Pusha T has announced that Kanye West asked him to be the new president of G.O.O.D. Music. I think this is great news as Pusha T could definitely help other artists on the roster push their albums out—artists like CyHi the Prynce or Kacy Hill. Seeing as how Kanye hasn't been a perfect label-head, he could use the help. Check out Pusha T's interview with Billboard here.

A big congratulations are in order. Just got word that you will be the president of G.O.O.D. Music. How was the offer presented you?

Actually, I was flying home and I had just got into my car at the airport. ‘Ye had called me and he was like, “Tell me something. What do you think about being the president of G.O.O.D. Music?” And I was like, “Well, what are the things that you’re looking for?” And he was basically just like, to manicure the label, make it profitable and be very business-oriented about it going forward in a manicured type of way.

Should we still keep our hopes up for a Cruel Summer 2 LP or some type of G.O.O.D. Music compilation in the near future?

I have that on my mood board. [Laughs.] I definitely have that on my mood board. I’ve had different conversations with the artists. Me and the rest of the artists on G.O.O.D. are really a phone call away and we’re really dialed into the music aspect of it as well. It’s not a hard process and it’s gonna be cool to collaborate with my peers and then come to ‘Ye as an executive producer and be like, “Look at this fresh ass shit we got here.” I think we’ll be getting the best out of him, executive producing projects that come from the label from here on out because he gets to really hone in as a producer. I’ll take care of all the logistics, the rallying of the troops, and so on and so forth. He don’t gotta be producer, A&R, rapper and everything. We’re all here to help and facilitate. I’m definitely stepping up for the job.

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Read Nicki Minaj's Honest Interview With The New York Times

Nicki Minaj is at the top of her game right now. There aren't many rappers right now who are as polarizing as she is. Nicki recently sat down with Vanessa Grigoriadis from The New York Times to discuss everything from her childhood to her recent issues with Miley Cyrus. Check out what Minaj had to say about Cyrus below, but follow the link to see what happened when Vanessa asked Nicki about the Meek Mill-Drake beef.

A month later, the episode was still bothering Minaj. Addressing Cyrus, she told me: ‘‘The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.’’

Check out the interview here.

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Nardwuar vs. Tyler, The Creator

Nardwuar is still one of the greatest interviewers I've ever seen and Tyler, The Creator still delivers knowledgeable, entertaining interviews. So, it was only right that Nardwuar interviewed Tyler for a second time. In this interview, Nardwuar asks Tyler about many old school records and even gets Taco and Jasper from Odd Future involved. Check out the interview above.

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Kendrick Lamar Interviews N.W.A.

Kendrick Lamar, via Billboard, got the opportunity to conduct a legendary interview. He sat down with the remaining members of N.W.A. (Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella sans Arabian Prince) and discussed many things, including the influence of their group, the new movie documenting their story, and more. It's an amazing interview and all hip-hop heads need to watch this. Check it out above.

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Watch Hannibal Buress Ask Beverly Hill Residents About Drake & Meek Mill

Hannibal Buress is the host of a new show, Why? with Hannibal Buress, and on a recent episode he took to the streets of Beverly Hills to see what residents knew about the Drake and Meek Mill beef. Check it out above.

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XXL Freshman Class Roundtable: Part 1 (Kidd Kidd, Tink, Raury & K Camp)

In the first installment of XXL's Freshman Class roundtable discussions, Kidd Kidd, Tink, Raury, and K Camp sit around and talk about the future of hip-hop, their rising fame, and much more. The roundtable discussions are my favorite part of the XXL Freshman Class experience, and they do not disappoint.

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Kendrick Lamar- "Alright" (Music Video)

Kendrick Lamar revealed the visuals for his Pharrell-produced track from To Pimp A Butterfly, "Alright." The Colin Tilley-directed video features Kendrick floating through the city while showcasing what the Bay Area and LA have to offer, for better or worse. Check out the video above and read MTV's interview with the video director Colin Tilley here.

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Jonah Hill Interviews Action Bronson for Interview Magazine

In a piece for Interview Magazine, Jonah Hill sat down for an interview with Action Bronson. One would think, "What would they even have to talk about?" I know I did. But the interview was actually very entertaining and informative. Check out some excerpts below and the full interview here. Enjoy.

JONAH HILL: Bronsonmania, what’s going on?

BRONSON: Flawless from the neck up. Underneath that, I’m a little chunky.

HILL: So, three or four years ago, my buddy Dave Appleton, who is up on all hip-hop stuff before anyone knows about it, hips me to Bronson. This was before Fuck, That’s Delicious. He showed me some kind of YouTube show of you cooking with this very hip-hop dialect and extreme knowledge of the culinary arts. [Bronson laughs] I was already in, and then he started playing your music, and I was ... It was all I listened to for, like, three months straight. There’s a lot one can say about you to someone who has no knowledge of you: born in Queens; Albanian; former chef. And that’s how I pitch you to people who are stupid and don’t know who you are. But then I go, “You got to see him to believe him.” My work as a fan has been to just share the gospel with as many people as I could.

BRONSON: That’s fucking incredible right there. That’s quite an introduction.

HILL: And I followed everything: the Blue Chips tapes, everything. And I think people want to label something as something else they’ve already heard, so they go, “Oh, he sounds like Ghostface.”

BRONSON: Yup.

HILL: That’s so stupid because it’s like, “Clearly, he likes Ghostface-Wu-Tang is probably the greatest rap group of all time.” And it’s been beautiful to watch you embracing your own eccentricities and your own individuality on the new album. And the music is getting better because of it.

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New Information Has Surfaced on Frank Ocean's New Album

In an interview with FADER, French pianist Christophe Chassol detailed his experience working with Frank Ocean on his upcoming album. Check out what he had to say below.

Ocean invited me to Abbey Road to record on his album. I asked him when I came, ‘how he heard about me?’ He told me his friend Diplo was listening a lot to Indiamore, and they started to listen to it, and they were wondering how I was doing the speech harmonization, so he called me. He asked me to do some speech harmonization on a song with him. After a while, it was cool and he was like, ‘yeah, but we have to find another way because you already did it.’ The guy is smart. He’s really smart. The way he works in the studio is really cool. He has a printer, he has a lot of pictures of architecture, contemporary art, a lot of pictures of different kinds of things. So we start to work on a track and he says, this track is this—that car that you can see. He makes me work on a song, and I’m like, ‘oh this sounds like Pino Donaggio’s score for ‘Blow Out’, by Brian Depalma. I start to work on a song and five minutes later on the pro-tools screen you have the movie, the score, stretched to fit the song—just to try. I’ve never worked with that much money in music. It’s good sometimes to have money, because you can try things...At some point, a guy came into the studio, a guy with a long beard. We start talking and then he leaves and they tell me it’s Rick Rubin! I didn’t know the guy! Sometimes I’m the only one who doesn’t know the things.
— https://www.thefader.com/2015/05/25/chassol-frank-ocean

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