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.”

-AO

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.

-AO

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.

-AO