Vulture caught up with Young Jeezy in a Q&A, asking the rapper about his fourth album ‘Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition’, loyalty he receives from the fans, Occupy Wall Street, getting Samuel L. Jackson to narrate his new album’s biopic, and stepping out occasionally to share his political views.
“Politics isn’t only about government. Politics is about the people. Like, if you look at the president or your preacher, they motivate you and say, ‘Everything’s going to be all right,’ and that’s what you strive for,” the 34-year-old said. “When it comes to these streets and these people, they just want me to tell them that ‘it’s going to be all right,’ ‘it’s going to be good’, and they believe me. So when I say politics, that’s what I mean. They [the people] want to see me rise up and do what I do and tell them that ‘we’re gonna be all good, just follow me’.”
Jonny 5 of Flobots spoke with Denver Westword in a Q&A, where the frontman talked about his involvement with the “Occupy Movement”, how today’s political climate compares to the period when ‘Fight with Tools’ came out during the Bush administration, people raging against the machine, Occupy being compared to the Arab Spring, how to keep the message going longer term, the movement being viewed as advocating socialism, whether he has political ambitions of his own, and eventually even talk about music.
“Well, you know, I think the industry as a whole, in many ways, is crumbling. It’s not crumbling for artists. It’s crumbling for the industry,” he said about the group’s self-financed album. “So it feels really good and freeing to be on our time table. I think from an artistic standpoint, it’s a psychological game. When there’s someone else involved, it affects you, even if they don’t affect you. If you’re spending your time making sure that you’re not making a song that somebody else would want you to make, it becomes this weird sort of mind trip. And there’s no mind games right now. It’s all us. It’s all about the music we want to make.”
Outasight (Richard Andrew) spoke with The NJ Underground in a Q&A about his ‘Figure 8’ EP, how labels feel about free mixtapes, the ‘Figure 8’ music video, ‘Tonight Is The Night’ being featured on Pepsi’s “Who’s Next” advertisement, touring with Gym Class Heroes and The Dirty Heads, and plans after the tour.
“I don’t think they had a choice,” Outasight said about major labels’ acceptance of mixtapes. “Artists have become commercial stars from mixtapes and the mixtape circuit, so I think the industry had to adapt to the artists’ work ethic. My label personally is completely aware of what’s necessary to help an artist gain more exposure and has been nothing but supportive.”
Glasses Malone spoke wth ARTISTdirect in a Q&A about his debut studio album ‘Beach Cruiser’, where the Los Angeles rapper talked about having one cohesive vision for the project from the beginning. “The way I make music is generally like that. I’m not the greatest at creating one song that makes everyone understand the point I’m trying to get across,” the 32-year-old said. “I shine when I go to make a body of work. From ‘Drive-By Muzik’ to ‘Nightmare Seven Street’, I’m excellent at making a body of work, and I can honestly say that. ‘Beach Cruiser’ is definitely different from the original form in 2008. The original album was a complete story like a movie. Conceptually, it was much more developed. However, MC-wise, this album is much better. When you get something, you lose something.”
Kid Sister spoke with USA Today in a Q&A, where the veteran rapper talked about Lollapalooza and her thoughts on the legacy of the festival on its 20th anniversary. “It’s so great that Perry (Farrell) and the people behind Lolla have chosen the city to do the festival in,” the 31-year-old Illinois native said. “See, Chicago is just such a perfect place to have an event like that because … Lollapalooza is like a homegrown-feeling festival where you have old people, young people, yuppies, hipsters, hippies, just all kinds of people. It’s all about the music, and everybody is there to have fun.”
MTV New Zealand caught up with Tinie Tempah in a Q&A, asking the English rapper for a sneak peek of what fans can expect from his sophomore album. “I really wish I could, but I really want to leave like an element of surprise to this album,” the 22-year-old said. “I still want to keep that excitement, you know when you see the track list for the first time and you put it in and press play or download it or whatever. But it’s sounding pretty incredible. I’m already working on it now. And of course I’ve been touring with loads of really big artists recently like Usher, Rihanna, Jay-Z and The Script, so you never know who’s going to be up for a collaboration! But it’s sounding loads of fun, I can’t wait for people to hear what I’ve got to offer.” Read more.
Bow Wow spoke with MTV UK in a Q&A, where the rapper was asked about whether fans can expect collaborations with his Cash Money labelmates Nicki Minaj and Drake anytime soon. “Yeah, most definitely. I already worked with Nicki, but it was something for one of my mixtapes, this was before she was even signed with Young Money,” Bow Wow explained. “We did this freestyle called ‘Kiss My Ass’, but of course expect her on my album, expect Wayne on the album also. Me, Snoop Dogg, and Fabolous got this record called ‘Cuff Your Chick’ that I’m going to release in the next few weeks, we about to shoot the video for that in like a week. I’m going to shoot the video with my boy Rico, so it’s going to be big. It’s all about keeping it popping, so you already know I’m going to work with everybody. This album is going to be totally different, I hollered at the big homie, Talib Kweli, I’m going to be working with him, and I even spoke to my big homie, Nas. We recently chopped it up in Atlanta and were trying to come up with an idea and theme for the song. So as you can tell just by the names I’m mentioning, where I’m trying to go with this album. It’s going to be different from anything you’ve ever heard from me before.” Read more.
Flo Rida did a Q&A with the Wall Street Journal recently, where the rapper talked about video games, appearing in a 2 Live Crew video as a teen, being big into cars and how he relaxes while out on the road touring. “Every hotel I go to I try to get a massage,” the Florida artist said. “Sometimes I sit back and watch a movie. If I’m in a city that I have an interest in I’ll go do the tourist thing. Like when I was in Greece I went to go see the Parthenon.” Read more.
Complex magazine spoke with Nelly in a Q&A, asking the rapper if he’d been in touch with T.I. since his recent arrest for drug possession, which could mean a prison term from 5-18 months for violating his probation. “Yeah, he’s doing good,” Nelly said. “Obviously it’s unfortunate, but it’s one of those things that’s funny because people are like, ‘What’s going on? Are you sure?’ And it’s like, ‘That’s my patna.’ This is my friend. This is my dude. There’s not too many things that anybody can do to stop making me be their friend. When you grow up like I grew up, I seen it all and been through it all family-wise. I’m not going to stop being family members with some of my family because of certain things that they did. If that’s the case, then where would we be, period? He’s a G. He’s a soldier. He gonna do him. That’s what you respect.” Check out the entire interview here.
Eminem tells New York Times magazine that he’s a supporter of gay marriage, explaining that his “overall look on things is a lot more mature than it used to be.”
“I think if two people love each other, then what the hell?” Slim said when asked about whether he’d support a gay marriage bill in his home state of Michigan. “I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want.” Check out the entire Q&A session at nytimes.com.