Interview: Bipolar Sunshine discusses his solo ascent

Cold, wet and dreary; a typical winter's night backdrop was apt for our interview with Manchester's rising starlet Bipolar Sunshine. Emerging from the 2012 split of Kid British, Adio Marchant has moved from strength to strength with his modest yield of tracks that transfer you between soaring euphoria and taxi arguments with your girlfriend.

Whether it's the dark orchestral optimism of "Fire" or the affable reassurance of "Love More Worry Less," Adio has carved a warm affinity with his work and its listeners, one that has made so many fans over the past year. But where, what and why? Intrigued and allured, Dave Reid decided to find out from the man himself - one of the UK's most legitimate and captivating emerging artists of 2013. Read more


Eminem discusses singing, performing live and never leaving Detroit in Zane Lowe's Interview Part 4 [Video]

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After hearing about working with Kendrick Lamar to overcoming drug addictions to the follow up to "Stan"; Eminem today finishes up his comprehensive encounter with Radio 1's Zane Lowe.

Moving on through his latest LP, Marshall touches on his singing, his unwavering love for Detroit, revisiting his old house for The Marshall Mathers LP 2 cover and his new found comfort in touring.

Parts one, two and three of Zane Lowe's interview are available right now for those that missed them or those who want more Marshall introspection if MMLP2 wasn't quite enough.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOM2Afq_sTY


Kanye West discusses the internet, family, Kim Kardashian, being the 'Glitch' in the system [Video]

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After watching Kanye West describe himself as the biggest rock star on earth and take the corporations to task Zane Lowe unveils the third part of their hour long interview.Read more


Kanye West talks Yeezus, challenging mainstream, being a "Rock Star" with Zane Lowe [Full Interview]

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Fresh from his performance on Later… With Jools Holland Kanye West passes by the Abbey Road studios for an in-depth chat with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe.

In the first part of the interview we see the Chi-town rapper discuss the cultural impact of his latest album Yeezus, the sonical direction he wanted to go in with the record as well as challenging the current sound of commercial mainstream radio. Yeezy also shares how he works with G.O.O.D. Music artists such as John Legend and Pusha T, before bounding into a passionate, trademark 'rant' stating:

We culture! Rap is the new Rock & Roll! We the rock stars!

We the real rockstars, and I'm the biggest of all of 'em!

Watch Part 1 of the interview below, and also stream the audio of the full hour-long chat below.


Redman talks soulful influences, New Jersey misconceptions + weed pet peeves [Video]

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While out at the ninth annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop festival earlier this month, Redman stopped for a quick chat with Mass Appeal about a number of different topics, ranging from his humble beginnings in music to his weed pet peeves.

During the short interview of quick-fire questions, Redman talks about his soulful early music influences - which include Jackson 5, James Brown, Sly & The Family Stone and The Commodores - as well as his favourite records and the grittier side of the New Jersey music scene, that isn't all dance and club music. "We've got some legends out there," he affirms. Read more


JAY Z discusses Roc Nation, Obama, J. Cole's growth, timing releases and business [Video]

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After giving us two gripping parts of the in-depth interview conducted at the prestigious Abbey Road studios in London, today we get the third part of JAY Z and Zane Lowe's sit down.
In this segment they discuss the formation of Roc Nation, the difference in their approach to developing their artists and talent, J. Cole's growth as an artist and brand, the Roc's expansion into sports and more. Watch the full interview below...

Watch: JAY Z discusses Roc Nation, J. Cole's growth, timing releases and business
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Watch PART 1 x PART 2


Waka Flocka Flame on his new mixtape 'Roaches To Rolexes', New LP, Giggs + more | SoulCulture TV

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Last Weekend saw some of the biggest stars grace the stages at the 2013 Yahoo! Wireless Festival in East London and we were in the house to capture and experience the action on all three days.

Alongside our other coverage we got the chance to sit down with Atlanta, Georgia hailing 'Turn Up' master Waka Flocka Flame to discuss his thoughts on critics, his forthcoming mixtape Roaches To Rolexes, his forthcoming third album Flockaveli 2, working with UK rapper Giggs and his thoughts on UK Rap. Watch the full interview below...

http://youtu.be/bRe_AK3hWyE

Interview By: Marsha Gosho Oakes//Shot x Cut by: Versetti

#INSTAVIEW Bonus: Waka Flocka Flame gives us his #SummerSoundTrack


The Weeknd discusses relationship with Drake, Kiss Land and more in his first interview

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The Weeknd has long been somewhat of an enigma, not doing press and his music only reaching his fans via his mysterious sporadic Twitter posts and youtube uploads. But with a debut album about to drop at the end of Summer it seems the Canadian artist is ready to let his fans in as he does his first full interview with Complex magazine as well as a bright photoshoot including the cover.

The Weeknd begins by explaining how he came to be the most mysterious man in music (it was a combination of people's assumptions and his own insecurities) and cites the likes of Prince and Michael Jackson as inspirations for overcoming his awkwardness in interviews.

Abel also opens up about his work process where he tells us that many songs, including the 8-minute long "Gone," are done all as a straight freestyle in the booth, and how many songs meant for House Of Balloons ended up on Drake's Take Care instead.

"'Crew Love,' 'Shot For Me' and 'The Ride' were supposed to be on House of Balloons. I wanted to come out with like 14 records. I felt like 'The Ride' was the last one, and it wasn’t done yet. [Drake] heard it and he was like, 'This shit’s crazy.'"

Speaking of Drake, The Weeknd also addressed rumours that the two had fallen out, dismissing it completely; "No, that’s not true. Definitely not true. But it makes sense. The thing about Drake is I told him what my decisions were going to be. And he was down with it from the beginning."

With a couple of songs now released from the upcoming album Kiss Land, people who previously thought the album would be more light-hearted and happy given the title, now have more confirmation that it will still be dark and moody as ever.

"I didn’t want to call it Dark World or something so generic," he explains. "The title came from a conversation that I overheard and those words stuck out. Someone said, 'Kiss Land' and I thought, 'That’s going to be the title of my album. It sounds so ridiculous. When I put [the title] out everyone was like, “What the hell? This is going to be corny. It’s going to be all lovey-dovey."

To read more of the interview head over to complex.com or check out the shoot pics and behind-the-scenes video below.


JAY Z x Zane Lowe discuss Justin Timberlake on "Holy Grail", fame, failure, new media [Video]

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Following the first part of their sit down interview at the legendary Abbey Road studios in London where they discussed the creation of the Magna Carta Holy Grail album, JAY Z and BBC Radio One trendsetter Zane Lowe continue their conversation in the second excerpt from the extensive interview.

The Roc Nation boss discusses Justin Timberlake's performance of the LP's opening track "Holy Grail", fame, success and failure and learning from the mistakes of others, privacy, media and more. Watch the interview below...

http://youtu.be/2XKRykuZH-I


Kanye West reveals the origins of "I Am A God" from 'Yeezus' | Music News

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After the release of Kanye West's latest album Yeezus and hitting the no.1 spot in the UK following a new and innovative style of marketing, "I Am A God" is still one of the most talked about tracks on the LP. New information has now emerged about the track from an interview the rapper did with W magazine, who reveal what spawned the song.

The high-fashion publication will publish a profile on West on their newly redesigned website any day now, where 'Ye opens up about feeling some kind of way after an unnamed fashion designer tried to dictate to the rapper which runway shows he should attend.

In the article, W magazine say, "In the interview, West recalls an invitation from an unnamed designer last fall to attend a runway show with the condition that West would not attend anyone else’s. West, upset, wrote a song with Daft Punk about the incident, 'I Am a God.'"

Kanye then told W, "Cause it’s like, Yo! Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go. Man, I’m the number-one living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix. You can’t say that you love music and then say that Kanye West can’t come to your show."

Kanye also mentioned in a recent interview with the New York Times another unnamed person in the fashion world, someone who gave the rapper a hard time about not being as successful in the fashion industry yet.

"I sat down with a clothing guy that I won’t mention, but hopefully if he reads this article, he knows it’s him and knows that out of respect, I didn’t mention his name" he says. "This guy, he questioned me before I left his office:, 'If you’ve done this, this, and this, why haven’t you gone further in fashion?' And I say, 'I’m learning.' But ultimately, this guy that was talking to me doesn’t make Christmas presents, meaning that nobody was asking for his [stuff] as a Christmas present. If you don’t make Christmas presents, meaning making something that’s so emotionally connected to people, don’t talk to me."

Listening to "I Am A God" it isn't much clearer who Kanye is talking about, but we're sure someone in the fash-pack is planning their apology to 'Ye as we speak.


Just Blaze & Young Guru discuss Rocafella, Keep It Real Wednesdays & Beat Submissions [Video]

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If I think about it, these two played a bigger part in my upbringing than my parents did. From "Girls, Girls, Girls" to "PSA (Interlude)", both Just Blaze and Young Guru’s fingerprints can be felt through the speakers of millions and in this special interview series, they reveal a few old truths.

Brought to us by Hard Knock TV, producer Just & engineer Guru take a seat and speak on the early days of Rocafella Records, Keep It Real Wednesdays, who got what beats and the fallouts because of that.

Two legends storytelling; I could listen for hours.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jwg2SmPnDbA

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Looking For Myself: Jared Evan talks industry politics, discovering Hip-Hop, Boom Bap & Blues

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"I’m a classic rock kid that fell in love with Hip-Hop."

There was a time that Jared Evan was considered a high priority artist by Jimmy Iovine, signed to Interscope Records via Polow Da Don’s Zone 4 imprint in 2009. After a mountain of money was poured into his development, some moderate success, a mixtape, a couple of singles and a few high profile tours later, label restrictions on his creativity choked the the singer, songwriter, rapper and producer and Evan departed the majors for a dose of fresh air and the chance to do things independently.

Finding himself during this time, he seems to have now unlocked his true musical potential. Moving more away from the rap pretty boy image Interscope tried to market him with, Evan’s recent material boasts copious amounts of heart, soul and a dash of rock - with love for bands such as the Beatles and Led Zeppelin - plus a generous helping of Hip-Hop.

Sitting down with SoulCulture, Jared Evan talks industry politics, musical growth and the creative process behind his recent collaborative effort with Statik Selektah, Boom Bap & Blues [read our review here]. The indie grind isn’t an easy one but, with hard work and determination, resetting the career clock isn’t always a bad move - or so Jared tells us... Read more


Daft Punk talk 'Random Access Memories' with GQ magazine x unbox LP [Video]

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After an eight year gap between albums, Daft Punk has everyone screaming with excitement and clamouring for information on the duos future plans; is this their last album? Will they be touring again soon? GQ magazine managed to pin the pair down earlier in the year for a rare interview where they spoke on the new album and the process that got them there.

Since the release of their first single in years "Get Lucky" soared through the charts with the assist of Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers on the track, it would be a pretty safe bet to say that the album would be a sure fire hit as well, but that doesn't stop the creative and talented duo from doubting themselves, comparing the album to a bad sequeal.

"In Scream 2, they have this discussion about how sequels always suck," they explain. "The thing we can ask ourselves at some point is like: We're making music for twenty years. How many bands and acts do you have that are still making good music after twenty years? It always sucks—almost always, you know?"

In a time where electronic music is growing increasingly popular - even making it into mainstream charts often - some could say Daft Punk would gain even more fans than before with their electronic sound this time around, but the pair have chosen to go against the grain and challenge themselves by going down a more Pop route.

"It's always this thing where we're constantly waiting for something that will come in electronic music that says, 'Daft Punk sucks!' That's actually much more interesting and exciting than someone who is paying homage."

When asked about the most crossover EDM and Dubstep artist Skrillex, both were quite complimentary and impressed. "Here's someone that is trying to create something new and to not follow something. There's an attempt, you know?"

With their upcoming album, Random Access Memories, Daft Punk will be making Pop music cool again as a throwback to the sound of their youth. They've stepped their game up a notch and will be trying their hand at different things, working with a number of talented musicians.

"In the history of pop music, a lot of great records cost an enormous amount of money. There used to be a time where people that had means to experiment would do it, you know? That's what this record is about."

Random Access Memories is out on May 20th. You can read the full interview here.

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Bonus: Watch Daft Punk unbox their new LP in this creative clip.
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Travi$ Scott signs to T.I.'s Grand Hustle label | Music News

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Having already signed with G.O.O.D Music as a producer, it would have seemed like the next logical step for Travi$ Scott to go all the way and sign on to Kanye's label as an artist too - but it looks like the kid has other plans as T.I. announced on radio that he has signed the young rapper to his own label Grand Hustle, further building on his young empire of up and coming artists.

The deal has been in the works for a while now, as label boss T.I. reveals that he found Scott at the same as he found Iggy Azalea who has been the label's first lady for quite some time.

"I found [Travi$ Scott] online," Tip explains. "I was just getting out of prison and I was rebuilding, and I kinda like just cast a wide net. I need the best that right now has to offer. After casting that net, I got Trae the Truth, I had the pleasure of joining forces with him, Chip…Iggy Azalea, and also Travi$ Scott."

With two heavyweights in Hip-Hop seeking out the Houston-hailing rapper and producer, Scott appreciates being mentored and working with both T.I. and Kanye.

"It’s ill, it’s like the best of both worlds. You get to talk to these guys and they’re both well experienced. Tip is there with me like, ‘Whatever, bro.’ I’ll be like, ‘Man, I need this,’ and he’ll be like, ‘Man, I got you.’"

Watch the interview below.


Snapshot: Kendrick Lamar + Miguel cover VIBE magazine

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Being hailed as the saviours of both of their respective genres, Kendrick Lamar and Miguel have joined forces to cover the newest issue of VIBE magazine for their 'Big List' issue, being dubbed 'the new classics.' Both flying the flag for Los Angeles, the pair sit down for a joint interview as they reveal what they think a musical genius is, which artists push them further and regrets on past albums.

Already having albums under their belts that are quickly being regarded as classics, some could call the pair musical geniuses - but what do they think that entails?

"My favorite artists always took whatever they loved out of music and made it their own," says Miguel. "It was their take on it. If you listen to my shit, you're gonna hear Prince, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin or a little bit of the Beatles. That's where I'm pulling from. That juxtaposition is what I hear in Kendrick, but it's his own take. "

Kendrick adds, "Somebody that don't really have any boundaries, that's not confined to the traditional structure of a song or traditional sounds."

Speaking of pushing boundaries, that was something the Compton rapper did on his debut album, and although it paid off in the end, he wasn't always sure that that would be the case.

"Making good kid, m.A.A.d city was a risk in itself. The idea of a concept record has been lost for a long time—will that translate to 16-year-old kids in high school rather than the super energetic joint on the radio? I definitely had that in the back of my mind when I was creating this album."

With accolades being thrown at them left, right and centre, it wouldn't be hard for them to gain an ego but the pair are still pushed further by some of their peers.

"My partner J. Cole is always keeping it to the point where you have to show and prove," admits Kendrick. "My partner Drake kills it."

However, Miguel doesn't get the same oppurtunity to go toe-to-toe with his R&B peers as he doesn't feel the same kind of camaraderie runs with them

"What's fucked up about R&B is that that camaraderie doesn't exist. I don't really know why. In R&B, I have to pay attention to every male artist. Usher is a friend. Vocally there's no one fucking with Usher right now in mainstream R&B. Obviously I'm paying attention to Frank or the Weeknd. Jesse Boykins (III), who is a friend as well, is another artist who's doing something different, fresh and new.

With somewhat of a flawless album (I'm still yet to find a hole in good kid, m.A.A.d city), you would think that Kendrick could sit back and be quite happy with the end result - but there's still one thing that he'd planned for the album that didn't quite happen.

"The idea was to have Nas on "Sing About Me." I never got a chance to reach out to him. I was so wrapped up in getting the music done and samples cleared and mastered. I didn't wanna rush the process; I actually wanted to sit in the studio and vibe with him. [It was] the only thing that I had a vision for that I sought out to accomplish, but in due time. God willing, for sure."

And finally, is there anything particular that these artists want to accomplish, in what's likely to be just the beginning of long and incredible careers?

Miguel says, "Kendrick is poised to be the next staple in hip-hop and I certainly intend on becoming that for R&B, working my ass off and taking risks."

This issue hits stands April 26th, but for the full interview now, head over to VIBE.com.


Chris Brown talks creative focus, Drake disputes, Rihanna with Angie Martinez [Video]

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Chris Brown recently sat down with Angie Martinez at Hot 97 to discuss his new music and making his mark as an artist and legend - along with his lawsuit with Drake and his relationship with Rihanna, among other things. Read more