"I knew what it was for the culture of hip-hop. You see how excited people are, and I wanted to do that for music—make that play happen. It gave me like the feeling of how hip-hop was. How it used to be.
When I heard that verse I wasn’t about to go back and change my verse—that’s cheating. That ain’t the way of an O.G. That ain’t how G’s move. I wanted to [release the song] for the culture of hip-hop as opposed to myself.”
“I ain’t no hoe ass ni**a like that to hear a verse like that and be like ‘I gotta go back and [rewrite] my shit, I gotta go protect myself.’ Nah, it is what it is. I’m a good ass rapper.
I just want people to remember I had the song, I knew what it was. No, I didn’t change my verse because I’m not a h** ass ni**a. I’m a real ass ni**a from Detroit. I rep for everything that I do. I knew what it was going to do for hip-hop. I knew what it was going to do for the culture. This is the most exciting rap song to drop this year this year. Period."
- Big Sean
Welp, for those who thought Big Sean rewrote his verse to sneak diss Kendrick & Elect on his own song... there ya go. Interesting to hear Sean's thoughts via this interview with VIBE, just a day after "Control"'s release.
I don't know if you heard me counting. I did over a thousand.
For the first time ever, J. Cole and Jennifer Hudson share the stage as J. Hud takes on the hook on the TLC-featured "Crooked Smile". This song jumps up another level live with a stellar performance from J. Cole and some good chemistry between him and Hudson. This is one of the many *Tibs Favs. on Born Sinner as well, so it was cool to see this on the VH1 Do Something! Awards stage. Plus, J. Cole reppin' the Stanley Cup Champs! How appropriate alongside the Chicago-born performer.
Why not make this a double dose of J. Cole news?! Here he is covering the other half of the 20th Anniversary cover of VIBE with Nas (Robin Thicke & Janelle Monae take the R&B side.) Peep the photoshoot footage here.
For the new October/November edition of VIBE, we see none other than Eminem gracing the cover as part of an exclusive reunion of the cast of 8 Mile, 10 years after its release. (Wow... 10 years ago I remember seeing this as a freshman in high school. Thanks for successfully making me feel old, hah!)
The full cover story can be read here - and it's a must-read for fans of the classic movie. It's a ping pong discussion between Em, Mekhi Phifer (Future), Anthony Mackie (Papa Doc), Omar Benson Miller (Sol), and Evan Jones (Cheddar Bob) that ranges from the chemistry and creative process on set, how Mekhi was initially going to pass on the film, and even a dope tidbit on "Lose Yourself", excerpted below.
I remember doing “Lose Yourself.” I went to the trailer during lunch and laid a scratch from top to bottom, just one take through and then stacked some ad-libs and shit. I was going to come back and re-do it. I actually ended up keeping it. That’s my most vivid memory—that song, and walking around set with a pad of paper. If I didn’t have that, I’d write it on my hand. I was like a little hamster: I’d go from my lunch trailer to the treadmill to run and then jump to the music trailer to make some beats.