Kid Cudi & Jeremy Piven cover Complex

Chalk another striking cover to Complex with Kid Cudi and Jeremy Piven donning their June/July issue in advance of the Entourage Movie this week. In the film, Cudi will be playing Ari Gold’s assistant so it’s cool to see their dynamic pushed out in a big way as a unique part of all the Entourage promotion.

On top of that, the cover story is a nice read too as they explore their odd couple dynamic, their mutual respect, and creative passions. I particularly like how level-headed they are, stressing patience and not to take things personally in business, or in life. So this interview is a gem for its relatable substance and I suggest you hit the link for the full read. (Plus, did you know Piven is a big Biggie fan?)

Here’s a little bit of an excerpt where Kid Cudi first starts talking about music.

KC: Nowadays, anyone can make some shit in their room. It’s easy to make shit. You don’t even need a keyboard now. People make beats, become an artist overnight, and it’s like, “Where’s the hard work?” I remember me and Dot Da Genius sitting for hours, me being on him about the mix for “Day ’n’ Nite,” being like, “It’s not right. We want people to take us seriously.” We listened to Dr. Dre’s beats. We listened to Timbaland’s kicks and drums. Kanye shit—we needed to sound as professional as that. We didn’t have shit, but we approached it with professionalism. I approached it like, “We have to be over-the-top good.” I don’t think kids have that nowadays. They just throw some shit out there, throw some auto-tune on it, like, “I don’t need anybody to tell me if I’m in key. I don’t need anybody with me that has any musical ear at all.”

JP: But the music industry, isn’t it breeding that?

KC: Yeah. But for me, it works. Like, yes, keep doing all the shit you guys are doing, because all I’m going to do is the right thing, and I’m going to end up looking like the genius. Just doing what I’m supposed to do. Fucking making music. Playing the drums or playing the bass. And I hate playing the bass, bro. I’ve been playing the bass because it’s there and I don’t want anyone else to play it. I also feel like I’m at the tail end of an era. I’m the oldest. Me and J. Cole.

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Spike Lee filming new ‘Chiraq’ movie in Chicago

Wow, look at this news. Spike Lee x Chiraq?!

Now, I’m not a fan of declaring our great city Chiraq due to the gun violence that’s been well-documented over the past few years especially. But I accept that it’s been a part of the culture too and if Spike Lee is going to make a film about it, I think he would be the right guy. (At least a right guy.) Let’s see where he goes with this (and even if the title will hold up?)

The news today came via the Chicago Tribune and The Wrap, who additionally reported that Spike is seeking to cast Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, and none other than Kanye West & Common. This, this would also be cool. Story developing…

The Chicago Tribune reports that Lee was in Chitown back in January conducting research with the help of St. Sabina pastor Rev. Michael Pfleger.

“Thanks to Director/Actor Spike Lee,” Pfleger wrote on his Facebook page. “Who spent the day at St. Sabina yesterday talking and interviewing….People who cover the violence, Principals who deal with violence in and around their schools, Brothers from the Blocks who live in it every day and Parents who have lost their children to Violence…..He spent the day from early morning till late in the night….listening and asking questions to try and get a deeper understanding of the plague of violence. Thanks Spike for caring and wanting to understand.”

As a bonus, passing this along via this XXL story as well.

‘Ye recently moved from his longtime agent Cara Lewis and CAA to United Talent Agency (UTA). He’s reportedly looking to increase his profile in the feature world. He had a cameo in Anchorman 2 and has a role in Ben Stiller‘s Zoolander sequel. Common recently won an Oscar for best original song with “Glory” for the movie Selma. He also co-stars in Jaume Collet-Serra’s new movie Run All Night. He is repped by CAA.

(And oh yeah… of course I had to hit ya with the appropriate #TBT photo down below.)

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