How about some new Ciara photos for your weekend? No doubt the stunning singer catches your eye as this new photoshoot is released, and accompanied by an interview. See more of both below.
GQ: This year’s been great for you. Your new album, Ciara, was a hit and “Body Party” went Gold—it’s one of my favorite tracks this year. Ciara: It’s one of those songs that happened fast, because it has such a sweet vibe. I can’t even lie, when we were mixing it, I was listening to it over and over like a fan. I don’t like using obvious samples, but it felt right—I couldn’t ignore the track the way [producer] Mike Will flipped the sample of “My boo.” It’s one of those songs a girl can sing to her man and where guys don’t have to feel too cool to slow dance with your girl.
GQ: And you’ve just released your new single, “Overdose.” Ciara: The song’s got a throwback ’80s vibe with a modern twist; I think that’s unexpected. It’s more a product of my experimentation—it has a vintage-y feel, but I feel like everyone can love it. And what’s better than to dance to the feeling of love? The song’s about embodying that energy.
GQ: Speaking of dancing, you’re one of the best. How would you advise the GQ guy? Ciara: Go with the flow; don’t overthink it. If you’re a head-nod kind of guy, nod your head. If you’re a guy who likes to coast out and rock or sway, just do that. Whatever you do, don’t get out there and try do something you haven’t practiced. Do what shows your style and vibe—let me catch that without you trying to show me anything. I’m kind of okay to just chill. Keep it simple and let the girl guide you a little bit. If you can do that, I think you’ll be all right.
GQ: One more GQ-centric question: What are your style dos and don’ts for guys? Ciara: I love when people have their own creative vision, when a person stands out and tries different things. I also think less is more. A T-shirt and some Balmain jeans or even just simple jeans can still look nice—it can be powerful, too. There’s nothing better than when a man is in tune with who he is. I believe a person’s style is an expression of who you are—way more than dancing. And confidence is everything. Confidence is what makes that simple white tee and jeans look good.
In an interesting development to this week's GQ Man of the Year issue reveal, one of the cover boys and "best rapper alive" Kendrick Lamar and his TDE camp are upset at the cover story. So much so that TDE top dawg (pun intended) Anthony Tiffith pulled out K. Dot of his performance for the GQ Man of the Year party earlier this week. Here's parts of his statement:
"This week, Kendrick Lamar was named one of GQ's 2013 Men Of The Year, an honor that should have been celebrated as a milestone in his career and for the company," TDE CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith said in a written statement issued to MTV News on Friday (November 15). "Instead, the story, written by Steve Marsh, put myself and my company in a negative light."
In the article he compared Tiffith, to reputed Death Row Records CEO Marion "Suge" Knight and remarked at the TDE crew's discipline and good nature. "You guys seem so calm," he quoted himself as telling Tiffith in the story.
"Marsh's story was more focused on what most people would see as drama or bs. To say he was 'surprised at our discipline' is completely disrespectful," Tiffith's statement read. "Instead of putting emphasis on the good that TDE has done for west coast music, and for hip hop as a whole, he spoke on what most people would consider whats wrong with Hip Hop music."
"Furthermore, Kendrick deserved to be accurately documented," the statement read. "The racial overtones, immediately reminded everyone of a time in hip-hop that was destroyed by violence, resulting in the loss of two of our biggest stars. We would expect more from a publication with the stature and reputation that GQ has."
- TDE President, Anthony Tiffith
And here's GQ's statement:
“Kendrick Lamar is one of the most talented new musicians to arrive on the scene in years. That’s the reason we chose to celebrate him, wrote an incredibly positive article declaring him the next King of Rap, and gave him our highest honor: putting him on the cover of our Men of the Year issue. I’m not sure how you can spin that into a bad thing, and I encourage anyone interested to read the story and see for themselves. We were mystified and sorely disappointed by Top Dawg’s decision to pull him at the last minute from the performance he had promised to give. The real shame is that people were deprived of the joy of seeing Kendrick perform live. I’m still a huge fan.”
UPDATE: Here's Kendrick Lamar's GQ Freestyle (above) and his words on the state of his relationship with Drake (you know, like they're dating..)
On the state of his relationship with Drake:
“Pretty cool.” Shrugs. “And I mean, I would be okay if we weren’t.”
On if Drake is one of his role models:
“No—peer. If anything. We all peers.”
GQ's Men of the Year annual issue is going to hit newsstands with a variety of covers. Among them are a couple of musicians who had a big 2013: Kendrick Lamar & Justin Timberlake. JT on GQ should be of no surprise, but Kendrick? He's suited up above as the "King of Rap". This is definitely a big way to close out 2013, huh?
Here's JT's cover, and just for fun, Will Ferrell's cover.
...Unless you consider that python her top. Regardless, here's Ri-Ri's latest eye-raising photos (almost made it through one full day) for British GQ. We don't post every single magazine cover — really, only ones we have a general reaction too. This, aside from Rihanna's beauty, is actually a pretty cool concept and artfully done with the snakes (clearly), but also the snake eyes and the highlight of her tattoo that naturally fits the concept too. Here's a few more photos for you fellas to feast your eyes on.
Drake covers the July, 2013 issue of GQ and in a cover story titled "How To Drake It In America", Drake sits down with Michael Paterniti and covers a wide range of topics.
The Nothing Was The Same tidbits start with the headline: a sample of Whitney Houston will be used, as well as one of Curtis Mayfield from a 1987 Montreux concert saying, "Having the same fears, shedding similar tears, and of course dying in so many years, it don't mean that we can't have a good life."
Here's what Drake also had to say about the album:
"This is my fucking moment to say if I wanted to rap all the time, really rap, I would, but I also love to make music. I'll do this for you right now. But it's for me, too. It's my story...I'm trying to get back to that kid in the basement. To say what he has to say. And I'm trying to make it last."
On "Started From The Bottom:"
"I think a lot of people wish their favorite rapper wrote it—as if a song like that should be gangster—but I was the one who wrote it, and everyone has their bottom."
"As for my whole story, I wouldn't change a thing. I've told bits and pieces of it—and I'll tell more. Maybe because I had friends who grew up in the hood, I could have acted like I had, too, and perpetrated a different lifestyle, and it would be eating away at me because it wouldn't be the truth. i'm actually here in front of you living the truth. I wake up int he morning and my heart is light, man. It's not heavy. I don't have skeletons in the closet on their way out. This is my real age, my real name, my real past, and I'm good with that."
On other rappers hating on him:
"You notice they don't criticize the music itself, though...I'm okay with that."
"You know the way fighters don't fuck before the fight? Sometimes I feel like I'm so focused on training my body and getting my mind right to create this album that sex isn't one of my main priorities. If someone is around that I know and trust, I'm down. But I'm not going to end up with some stranger at this party."
On Chris Brown:
"I hear he has everything he could want now. I don't want my name to be synonymous with that guy's name. I really don't. I wish we could sit down just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man. But that's not going to happen. I'm not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I'm not going to back down. If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly...Like, it gets really dark."
"[Will Smith said] It's not about wanting anymore, you need that person. Hearing that, I don't know if I've ever felt that way...I've made a lot of music about love being the only thing I'm missing. I think this is the first album I've made saying, 'I'm okay, I'm enjoying it right now.' Maybe this is my time to grind it out, make a run for it, and add some memories with my boys."
So there ya have it. More Drake news and tidbits below from the past 24 hours. *tips hat*Complex
Big Sean is the latest big name artist to link up with GQ for a hip hop/fashion crossover. Above are some photos of him rockin' some fresh winter gear (coatless is the theme) and below is a bonus freestyle he hit the Mag with (although it's really just a verse from "100" off the Detroit mixtape).
Do you and Lebron and Chris Bosh coordinate your looks out there?
No, never. We're three guys who love to dress, and we love to see what each other wears from game to game, so we're all surprised when the other walks in. Some days it's weird, because we're color coordinated, and you're like, "why are we picking the same color right now?"
Though he claims that he does not purposely coordinate with Lebron James, the Miami Heat, Dwayne Wade, is definitely not a stranger to fashion. He curates his own collection available on Gilt today. Eccentric pieces, eclectic details, and definite masculine style looks great on that athletic body. :)
Rapsody streams us one off her upcoming deluxe version release of The Idea of Beautiful. This one's entitled "Beautiful Music," and features Childish Gambino and GQ. Hit play above. The Idea of Beauty drops Tuesday!