Pt. 3 of the XXL Freshmen Roundtable is above as Troy Ave, Lil Bibby, Jarren Benton and Jon Connor talk about representing their city and the diverse styles of all the artists on the cover.
ICYMI, Pt. 2 is below and features Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, and Lil Durk on telling their stories and being authentic and original. And yeah, we’ll run it back to Pt. 1 when Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Kevin Gates, Isaiah Rashad and August Alsina got together to talk about blending hip hop and R&B and performing for the large crowds.
Lupe Fiasco sat down with EBro, Peter Rosenberg, and Laura Stylez of Hot 97 to discuss a bevy of topics across 35 minutes. The great part about it: it’s all music talk.
First, the new single “Mission” – where the inspiration came from (started by his grandmother’s passing due to cancer) and what doors it has opened to organizations Lupe is now working with. Along the way, Lupe revealed some exciting new details about the upcoming album, Tetsuo & Youth including for the first time saying he’s got multiple collabs with fan-favorite Nikki Jean for the album. And yes, that’s collabs with an ‘s’. Stoked for their sounds to combine once again. Plus, Lu hints that the next single may be the Ty Dolla $ign-featured “Everything Look Better With A Bitch Next To It”, which is already the most eye-catching title off Tetsuo & Youth.
While we stay tuned for more new music, we can also hear Lu’s current mindframe toward hip hop, namely his respect for Kendrick Lamar & TDE (though he doesn’t go as far as Rosenberg the “nut-hugger”, ha!) and for the following emcees: Young Thug, MF Doom, King Los, Logic, Cassidy, Hollow Da Don, Joe Budden, and AZ. Most notably, Lupe says MF Doom is the best lyricist and that King Los and Logic are better than Kendrick – a comment that gets Rosenberg (and probably you reading this too) all up in arms. It’s hard to type that last sentence with proper context so I suggest before jumping to anything to hear the words from the man himself in the latter third of the interview. Press play and let it run, you will certainly enjoy – especially if you’re a fan of trolling as much as I am… because there’s a lot of it. Ha!
With Trey Songz‘ new album, Trigga, less than a month away, more details emerge with the newly revealed tracklist and features. Justin Bieber, Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign and Mila J will all appear on the singer’s summer album that already has one standout track IMHO, “Change Your Mind“.
UPDATE: Nicki Minaj, too! As Trey says in this entertaining Hot97 interview.