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BODY THIS: Solange Knowles Flaunts Those Killer Legs For COMPLEX Magazine, Creates Her Own Music Label “Saint Records”
Solange Knowles knows her body, and knows how to flaunt it. The "Looks Good With Trouble" chick is featured on the cover and pages of COMPLEX magazine’s newest issue in one pieces and high heels. And she also just announced her brand new music label that she can call her very own.
Check the pics and deets inside…
In some summery & hot photos for COMPLEX magazine, Solo is showing us exactly how a 26-year-old mom of one can slay the game on her own terms. In the fashion and non-mainstream music worlds, she’s pretty much the perfect peach everyone loves.
And we’re going to be getting a lot more of those chill vibes as Solo just announced she’ll be releasing her own music through her very own record label, Saint Records. She tweeted this afternoon:
Super stoked to announce I’ve started my own label, SAINT RECORDS,where I’ll be releasing my music & other projects distributed through SONY! Through Saint Records I will have 100% creative/artistic control & continue to passionately pursue my footing in this new musical movement.
Now check out her vintage (remember ya mama and grandma’s couch with the plastic cover?) & bold style photoshoot, rocking Gottex, Louboutin and more, with those big curls we love below:
Stunning as usual. Highlights from her cover story:
On how she first started her rebellion against the industry: “I wanted to make all of the creative artistic decisions but I wasn’t the one paying for it. And they didn’t fully trust me to make them,” she says. “Every decision was a battle. It was exhausting. I wanted to be in a position where not only was the music fully my body of work, but everything thereafter was also my body of work. I knew that meant I had to leave and that I had to struggle.”
On being so ambitious in her own way: “I have a mother who never took no for an answer when it came to her creative pursuits,” Solange says. “She started a hair salon in her spare bedroom and four years later had 30 employees. I have a father who was the first black student at his junior high and high school and had to do a lot to get to that point. So it’s really in my bloodline when it comes to having an idea and making it happen.”
On the writing/recording process with producer Dev hynes for her newer music: “We were either staying in a rented house or he was staying with me, my boyfriend, and my son. Everything that happened on this record was literally waking up, him usually before me, going and creating the bones to the track and then me rolling over and hearing it while I’m fixing breakfast. When you’re making music like that, where it’s a natural extension of your day, it’s so much more enjoyable,” Solange says. “I remember being in writing sessions and having to put disclaimers out every time I was about to share something. You need to be in a space where you can just say, ‘All right. This is what I’m feeling.’”
On her home life: “When I’m home, I’m just straight mommin’ it,” Solange says of life in Brooklyn, which revolves around 8-year-old Juelz. “School runs, play dates, soccer games, etc. You have to constantly fight for that balance and now I kinda got it under control.” After a hectic few weeks on tour, she’s looking forward to leaving town with Juelz later today for a two-week vacation—a week in L.A. and a week in New Orleans, where she feels very, very at home. “I go to crazy bounce clubs,” she says. “I eat crazy po’ boys, drink daiquiris. I ride my bike a lot.”
Check out the full cover story over at COMPLEX.
Photog: Photographer team JUCO for Complex
In the final installment of the Killer Mike and El-P episode of The Combat Jack Show, the panel discusses the expectations of black rappers vs. those of white rappers and the inherent similarities despite different experiences.
Previously: Killer Mike & El-P on The Combat Jack Show (Ep. 2) | Killer Mike & El-P on The Combat Jack Show (Ep. 1)
”Your Thing Is No More Special”
During an appearance on “The Combat Jack Show,” Killer Mike was asked if he believed that White rappers had a tendency to be more honest about their feelings and their angst. Mike adamantly denied the notion, explaining that one form of angst isn’t more valuable than another.
“I think what White people brought was self-pity,” he shared. “Not you in that [talking to El-P] but a lot of the new White rappers just brought that. I’m sorry. It’s no disrespect. Complaining about a parent and sh*t is cool but I’m from a community where mothaf**kas lost both of their parents to crack. Mothaf**kas didn’t even know their… Like, my grandmother raised me. I never knew my mom and dad. So I feel that. And I think that, as a Black audience, we appreciated it because it was something different but that don’t make you more in touch with your feelings than me.”
“I’m not saying that experience isn’t worthy. I’m not saying it isn’t valuable,” he added. “I’m just saying that it’s not special because every human being experiences love, pain and letdown. Your thing is no more special. A lot of times, as Americans and in this country, we feel like our suffering makes us special. You’re special because you’re a human being. How you deal with your suffering can make you extraordinary. Are you going to use it for self-pity or are you going to use it to help others?”
”We Knew We Had Something Special”
Acclaimed rhymer Killer Mike spoke about his career decisions and just how difficult it was during the period shortly after he walked away from a major label deal. The Atlanta rapper says that he never found a musical collaborator he completely trusted before working with producer El-P.
âI trust my producers, but I never just fully trusted one. And El really pushed me to personalize more,â Killer Mike revealed during an appearance on “The Combat Jack Show.” âPeople have seen my ego and not like in a brash, harsh, sh*ttinâ on people kind of way. But theyâve seen the ego cause when I left the major label I got sh*tted on. I got sh*tted on by my city, I got sh*tted on by Outkast fans. Not all, but a lot of people are just like, âF**k you buddy, youâre done.â So, I really had to put on a gruff exteriorâ¦In a way that it was impenetrable. And El really pushed on this one. Like, âSay some real sh*t. Give âem your fears. Your angst. Your everything.ââ
âI gotta say man, in all honesty, I think thatâs why we did it because in the first couple of days we knew we had something special,â said El-P. âWe knew this was gonna work and we also knew that it was gonna work to our advantage that no one thought it would work. So it was like, you knowâ¦We knew we had something, we did.â
After dropping two of 2012′s best Hip-Hop LPs with R.A.P. Music and Cancer 4 Cure respectively, Killer Mike and El-P unite under one of the illest monikers in rap, Run The Jewels. The impromptu announcement is accompanied by their first song as a formal duo, titled “Get It.”
This track is just as grimace inducing as fans would imagine, and features both Killer Kill From Adamsville and El-Producto decimating the sonically menacing track with sharp bars.
More importantly, “Get It” is a sampling of new tunes to come from the two, who have a deal in place to drop a free project on Fool’s Gold in June. That means the Internets will receive more of Killer’s socially conscious, but gritty rhymes over El-P’s knocking production. Company Flow P’s role will extend past manning the boards this time around as well, so expect A-1 lyrics on the album.
To top it off, there will be a 29-city tour to accompany the LP beginning July 10 at the Ottawa Blues Fest. See the schedule on the following page, and feast your ears to “Get It” below.
El-P and Killer Mike have joined forces to become Run the Jewels. The two established their undeniable chemistry on Killer Mike’s album, R.A.P. Music, which El-P produced the entirety of. “Get It” is the first single off of Run the Jewel’s free album due out this summer. Run the Jewels will be touring with Despot and Kool AD (formerly of Das Racist) to promote their album. View the dates below.
WED 7/10 – OTTAWA, ON – Ottawa Blues Fest
THU 7/11 – TORONTO, ON – Hoxton
FRI 7/12 – MARIAVILLE, NY – Camp Bisco
SAT 7/13 – PITTSBURGH, PA – Altar Bar
SUN 7/14 – LOUISVILLE, KY – Forecastle Festival
TUE 7/16 – NASHVILLE, TN – Exit In
WED 7/17 – ST. LOUIS, MO – Firebird
THU 7/18 – IOWA CITY, IA – Gabe’s Oasis
FRI 7/19 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Varsity Theater
SAT 7/20 – MADISON, WI – UW Memorial Union
SUN 7/21 – CHICAGO, IL – Pitchfork Festival
WED 7/24 – EDMONTON, AB – Starlite Room
THU 7/25 – CALGARY, AB – Republik
FRI 7/26 – VANCOUVER, BC – Biltmore
SAT 7/27 – SEATTLE, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
SUN 7/28 – PORTLAND, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
TUE 7/30 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Independent
THU 8/1 – LOS ANGELES, CA – Echoplex
FRI 8/2 – SANA ANA, CA – The Observatory
SAT 8/3 – PHOENIX, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
MON 8/5 – AUSTIN, TX – Mohawk
TUE 8/6 – BATON ROUGE, LA – Spanish Moon
WED 8/7 – ATLANTA, GA – Masquerade
THU 8/8 – ASHEVILLE, NC – Orange Peel
FRI 8/9 – CHAPEL HILL, NC – Cat’s Cradle
SAT 8/10 – WASHINGTON DC – 9:30 Club
MON 8/12 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Union Transfer
TUE 8/13 – BOSTON, MA – Paradise
WED 8/14 – NEW YORK, NY – Webster Hall
Kelly Rowland worked on her brown & bronzed glow while chatting on the phone and soaking up some sun in Miami yesterday. Check out the beach babe relaxing and looking extra happy inside….
We can’t blame her for being so happy these days when she looks this good even makeup free. Kelly Rowland took some beach time for herself to relax over the weekend in Miami, and showed off her legs at the same time:
The "Kisses Down Low" singer offered up kisses to a mystery male friend and was joined by other friends on the beach:
Loving her fedora and bright green and zebra print cover up. Kelly is now set to release her upcoming studio album Talk A Good Game on June 18th, the same day she will be rocking the stage on "GMA."
El-P and Mike offer opinions on various topics such as Hulk Hogan’s hypocrisy, men in dresses, fatherhood and much more for Pitchfork’s “Over / Under” series.
In case you missed it, check out a snippet of Mike and El’s “Banana Clipper” here.
Previously: Killer Mike – Villain | Killer Mike – Untitled (Live On Letterman)
Prolific MC Killer Mike is getting those video game checks, as ARTISTdirect.com has partnered with Injustice: Gods Among Us – The Album to premier a song from the project called “Villain.”
Though Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, WaterTower Music and DC Entertainment aren’t releasing the soundtrack to the upcoming video game until April 16th, we receive this sampling, which sounds as devious as the title implies.
Killer Mike, being the expert lyricist that he is, tailors his verses to the topic at hand by mentioning villains in both our and the comic worlds, despite the track’s sonically clear trap influences.
If anything, “Villian” speaks volumes to the Atlanta rapper’s proficiency as a MC, and is the only Hip-Hop song slated to appear on the Injustice: Gods Among Us project. Among others, the 11-song album will feature AWOLNATION, Depeche Mode, MSTRKRFT, and The Faint.
Delve into the seedy world of superheroes and their arch nemesis on “Villains” below.
William Williams To Serve 21 Years
William “Billy” Williams, the man who murdered radio and TV personality DJ Megatron in New York City two years ago, has been sentenced. According to reports, Williams was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Wednesday (April 3rd.)
He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in January.
The second defendant in the murder case is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.
DJ Megatron was shot and killed in March 2011 near his home in Staten Island.