Kanye Interview Rihanna

December 1, 2010

Interview Magazine has just launched this short bio on Barbadian pop-sensation Rihanna, alongside an interview with the star, conducted by 14-time Grammy winner, Kanye West. Clearly familiar with one another, the interview is piloted in a relaxed fashion but manages to penetrate beyond the surface reached by most interviews. Discussing a range of interviews from the public perception of Rhianna, to her personal fashion style, don’t be surprised to also find snippets of info about West himself. Key excerpts from the interview can be seen below.

KANYE WEST: Whuzup?

RIHANNA: Hey. How are you?

I’m good. I’m just out here in this retarded-ass studio- Peter Gabriel’s studio.

Where? In London?

Yeah. Like two hours out.

That’s dope. You-all working on the new album?

Yeah. Well, it’s a me and Jay album. Right now, I’m sit­ting here going through some Lex Luger beats. This whole album, Watch The Throne, is going to be very dark and sexy- like very couture hip-hop. Because since me and Jay have already had big records and over-the-top joints, we’re just going to make some real dirty, fucked-up, hardcore stuff. But it’s also luxe and definitely high-class. So let’s start with my favorite thing. Rihanna, what’s your take on fashion? How has it evolved since the start of your career?

Well, I would say that in the beginning of my career, I didn’t have a lot of input in what I wore and stuff, but it was a very, innocent, girly look. Then after we put out Good Girl Gone Bad, it kind of became a darker, edgier look, and then it got even edgier on the last album [Rated R]. And now it’s just . . . I’m over the whole structured clothing, overly shoulder-padded shit. I like stuff that’s easy without trying too hard. I don’t like stuff that’s too contrived.

So what’s your next look? Where do you see yourself a year from now?

I probably see a lot of menswear, or something extremely, extremely feminine. But I like to play with both. It would have to be so extreme that it’s a look, because I don’t usu­ally like typical ladylike, girly-girly stuff. It would be a look if I were to do it. I always like something that’s a little off, so it’s just not typical or expected.

When you make songs, do you think about what you’re going to wear when you’re performing them? Does it directly relate to the music in that way?

I think not so much about what I’m going to wear yet, but when I make songs or make music, I do always think about the video. The video always plays in my head while I’m lis­tening to the song.

So why did you call your new album Loud?

Because I feel like it was a really fun, expressive album, and loud was the perfect word to symbolize that. It’s aggressive at times, but in a really fun way-just the overall energy of it. Even the energy when we were making the album was really expressive and rebellious, but fun. We had fun the whole time. And you hear it when you listen to the songs. They feel really good.

Do you have a vulnerable side? Because in a lot of the sin­gles that come out, you’re like, “What’s my name, muthafucka?” or “I’m a murderer.”

Yes, I do have a vulnerable side. I think a lot of peo­ple have a misperception of me. They only see the tough, defen­sive, aggressive side. But every woman is vulnerable. They have vulnerability. So of course I’m going to have that side. It’s not a major part of who I am, but it’s definitely there. I just don’t like people to see me cry-I don’t like to let them know when I’m bothered. You know? I just prefer it to be all about business, and then whatever I’m dealing with, let me deal with that alone, because I don’t want it to affect anything in my professional life.

So a year from now, Rihanna could have a little shorty with little high-tops? [Rihanna laughs] What will Rihanna’s kids be like?

If I had a girl, she’d probably be really rebellious. She would be like a bundle of karma.

Via: Hypebeast.com

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Big up to the homie French Montana who stopped by the office yesterday. As you can see here French is sporting our “I AM NY” tee. We are currently doing the artwork for his Coke Boyz mixtape that will be out soon so keep your eyes & ears peeled for that. French is also going on tour I believe Oct.16 (dont quote me on the date) so definitely check for him while on tour. Up at Artek wesupport our local NY artists. Currently he’s got a crazy wave & holding down NYC with his arsenal of mixtapes he’s put out. While up here French had us sippin on that Mz.Berry (Red Berry Ciroc & Strawberry Kiwi Snapple), played us an unreleased track he did the night before (which is a certified banger) & even phoned in Max Biggaveli’s ma dukes to see how Max was doing behind the wall.

Shout out to French Montana & the Coke Boyz. Keep on going hard on these tracks & reppin’ the BX juuuheardddd!! FREE MAX B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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RIP FatBeats NYC

September 10, 2010

Your favorite restaurants and favorite stores, they tore ’em down, Turn ’em into shopping malls the hood is like a ghost town.” (c) Nas

After 16yrs of being opened the legendary FatBeats NYC/LA is no more. It is definitely a sad day in  the hiphop community. One of the first places you could think of that you can buy any hiphop underground or not album was FatBeats.  I mean they carried EVERYTHING on CD & vinyl. On any given day you could find a legendary DJ or Emcee in there copping some vinyl or other artist’s  music. Lets not forget their famous instores.  FatBeats was one of those NY landmarks that were still around from the “Old New York” era.  Inside all on the walls you could see signed flicks of emcees like Mobb Deep, Common, Gangstarr,  EPMD, Talib, Mos Def, Rakim,  Nas, the Whole DuckDown, Wu-Tang,  i mean i can go on and on mentioning names. It will truely be missed.
The closing of Fat Beats is just like one of my friends passing away. They promoted vinyl at its highest degree for the culture of good music and that makes it more difficult to say goodbye.” DJ Premier

Here’s a video of Dj Eclipse giving a tour of FatBeatsNYC:

Music Mondays

August 23, 2010

Today on Music Monday we bring to you a Timeless Truth, a rap duo coming straight out of Queens NY. Flushing Queens to be more specific.  The group consist of 2 emcees by the name of SOLACE & OPRIME. These gentlemen already have recorded tracks with the likes of Sean Price, Kool G Rap, Roc Marciano, Thristin Howl III, Ayatollah, PF Cuttin, & Large Professor just to name a few. They bring something to the hiphop game that has been absent for quite sometime now. Below is the video to the track they recorded with Sean Price called “Priceless”. For more on Timeless Truth check for them here and follow them on twitter also for upcoming shows, videos, music, etc. ENJOY!

In April 1994 Colomubia records released one of thee most influential albums of all time by Queens,New York native Nasir “Nas” Jones……. Illmatic.

Nas’ debut album featured production from Large Professor, Dj Premier, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, & childhood friend L.E.S. I always catch myself looking back at old footage/interviews of artist, a frequent one I watch is Illamatic’s EPK. To see hip-hop royalty all in the same room discussing a project like that is something that is a rarity nowadays.

Bigs up to MissInfo for giving Illmatic the 5Mic rating in The Source magazine April ’94 issue when she used to write for the source under the alias “Shortie”.

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Blueprint 3 is Here

August 3, 2009

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1. What We Talking About (Produced by Kanye West)
2. D.O.A. (Produced by No I.D.)
3. Weigh Me Down Feat. Kid Cudi (Produced by Kanye West)
4. Unforgiven (Produced by Kanye West, Additional Production: MGMT)
5. Run This Town Feat. Rihanna & Kanye West (Produced by Kanye West)
6. Empire State Of Mind Feat. Nas (Produced by Kanye West & No I.D.)
7. When It Comes To This (Produced by Timbaland)
8. Always Feat. Drake (Produced by Kanye West)
9. Scenes From The Past (Produced by No I.D., Co-produced by Kanye West)
10. Everyday A Star Is Born Feat. Mr. Hudson (Produced by Kanye West)
11. Already Home (Produced by Kanye West)
12. Forever Young Feat. Mr. Hudson (Produced by Kanye West)
13. Thank You (Produced by No I.D.)

Bonus Tracks:
14. Sound Of The 70s (Produced by Kanye West)
15. We Made History (Produced by Kanye West)