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50 Cent and His New Crop of Acting Stars on XXL Digital Cover

[ad_1] The power of 50 Cent has yet to expire. Nearly two decades past his entrance into rap domination, the Queens-bred hip-hop legend, entrepreneur, actor and mogul has staked his claim as a television maverick. To applaud his success, the accomplished entertainer graces an XXL digital cover with several actors he’s helping turn into TV stars. This includes Michael Rainey Jr., Mekai Curtis and Joseph Sikora, all from 50’s Power Universe, and Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr. from BMF.Fif’s role as TV creator and executive producer began with the show Power in 2014, which he launched on Starz with cocreator and executive producer Courtney Kemp. The successful series, which ran for six seasons, has since launched...

Lil Nas X Opens Up About His Battle for Respect in Hip-Hop

[ad_1] Modern DayLil Nas X is a revolutionary forcing hip-hop to face the culture’s long-term issues with homophobia.Interview: Kris ExEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.This is how we speak. This is how we’ve spoken in hip-hop since we’ve been allowed to speak—crass and unfiltered, sexual and horny, direct yet metaphoric. It’s obviously not the only way we speak. (Despite a recent feature in The New York Times, which tried to convey tall-eyed surprise at the existence of a London rapper who doesn’t traffic in the tropes of many mainstream rappers. “While other rappers brag about sex, drugs and expensive cars, Jimothy...

Tyler, The Creator Interview – XXL Magazine Fall 2021 Cover Story

[ad_1] I Did It My WayTyler, The Creator lays claim to arguably the best hip-hop album of the year, and 2021’s not even done yet. Close to 15 years in hip-hop at his back and respect from peers and vets alike, the rap visionary has no limits on what he’ll do next.Words: Georgette ClineImages: Cam HicksEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands in October 2021.Tyler, The Creator loves to bring home the bacon. While he’s accustomed to racking up plenty of bluefaces thanks to six critically acclaimed albums, the 30-year-old rapper isn’t focused on the money-inspired idiom at the moment. He’s driving through...

Tyler, The Creator Covers XXL Magazine’s Fall 2021 Issue

[ad_1] Hip-hop's fearless visionary Tyler, The Creator covers the Fall 2021 issue of XXL magazine. The cover, arriving on newsstands in October, finds Tyler immersed in the world of Sir Baudelaire, the fly moniker he adopted for his No. 1-selling sixth album, Call Me If You Get Lost. Photographer Cam Hicks captured the images of Tyler at an extraordinary Beverly Hills mansion in late August. Tyler sat down for two in-depth discussions about the making of CMIYGL—arguably the best hip-hop album of 2021—his life since getting into hip-hop with his group Odd Future almost 15 years ago, being a solo artist and the journey after dropping a catalog of acclaimed releases that includes albums Goblin, Wolf, Cherry Bomb, Flower Boy, Igor and CMIYGL. The cover story interview with XXL Editorial Site Director Georgette Cline...

Conway The Machine Breaks Down His Lyrics on Song ‘Clarity’

[ad_1] Train of ThoughtInterview: Robby Seabrook IIIEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.“Five Cubans over this Chrome Heart/Got all this ice on my chest to go with my cold heart/Christian Loubs, spikes on the bottoms, not on the toe part/Far as the bars go, I just go in and I throw darts/My man played with keys like he was Mozart/Now he in the feds ’til his children become adults for the most part/Seen that bitch that did me dirty, gave me that broken heart/She was on the back of the bus watchin’ this Rolls I parked/Woah, gotta pardon my sense of humor/Look,...

Singer Mahalia Talks Sampling Cam’ron’s Song ‘Oh Boy’

[ad_1] Let Em KnowInterview: Robby Seabrook IIIEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.The daughter of two musicians, 23-year-old U.K. R&B singer Mahalia’s life has always been colored by sound. Signing with Asylum Records U.K. at age 13, Mahalia has been off and running since catching her big break in 2019, with her debut album, Love and Compromise. With her 2021 single “Jealous” featuring Rico Nasty on the airwaves, Mahalia talked to XXL about her career, learning about hip-hop from her brothers and her Cam’ron screensaver.How did you first start making music?I always felt like making music was the one thing in the...

Kash Doll Interview – Role in Black Mafia Family, New Music

[ad_1] No LimitKash Doll is testing her limits in the acting world while keeping music close to her heart.Interview: Aleia WoodsEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.There’s jack-of-all-trades, there’s jane-of-all-trades and then there’s Kash Doll, a talented rapper from Detroit who has been bit by the acting bug. Kash hasn’t released an album in two years, but the femme fatale wasn’t idle. Adding acting to her résumé, she was casted for one of 50 Cent’s upcoming TV shows, Black Mafia Family. It’s based on the true story of Detroit brothers Demetrius “Big Meech” and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory, who rose to prominence...

Shawn Holiday Shares Advice on Artists Obtaining Longevity & More

[ad_1] Plus 1Interview: Bianca TorresEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.The music business is a grind. Industry heavyweight Shawn “Tubby” Holiday is the master of it. Holiday got his start in 2000, as a member of Bad Boy Records’ street team and has been climbing the ladder ever since. The Brooklyn native held gigs as SVP of A&R at RCA Records, SVP of Urban A&R at Interscope Records and, most recently, as the co-head of Columbia Records Music. Over the years, Tubby worked with artists such as 50 Cent, T.I., Lil Nas X, Pharrell Williams, 24kGoldn and many more. After eight years...

Cordae Interview – New Album, EGOT Goals and More

[ad_1] The PressureIn just three years, Cordae has received cosigns from revered hip-hop legends and earned two Grammy Award nominations. Now, he’s set to drop one of the most anticipated projects of his career. Can he deliver on the hype?Words: Keith MurphyEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.When meeting up with one of hip-hop’s most buzzworthy young artists via Zoom, since pandemic life is still very real, the last thing one would expect is a random tutorial on the importance of skincare. And yet, that’s what the slightly cherubic-faced rapper Cordae is doing from his well-manicured Beverly Hills, Calif. home on a...

Hip-Hop’s In-Demand Jewelers Share Stories of Their Rap Clients

[ad_1] All The ShineHip-hop's most in-demand jewelers tell the stories behind working with rap stars to create icy works of art that are completely unmatched.Words: William KetchumEditor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.Jewelry in hip-hop may not be as important as beats, rhymes and graffiti, but it can be just as powerful as a tool of self-expression. Whether it’s the huge gold ropes that Run-DMC wore in the 1980s, Ghostface Killah’s golden eagle bracelet from the 1990s or Gucci Mane’s Bart Simpson pendant in the 2000s, bling has always been a status symbol in hip-hop. Even before Cash Money Records popularized the...