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”People Who Die From Drugs Are Just Weak-Minded”
After A-Trak mentioned him in a Huffington Post piece about drug culture in rap music, Trinidad James offered his own perspective on drugs, hip-hop and influence. Speaking to XXL, the rapper who became known for his “popped a molly, I’m sweatin’!” catchphrase said that drug abuse is the result of a weak mind.
“Iâm my own man, and I have my own reasons for why I do anything,” James said. “But I respect where [A-Trak is] coming from, because when someone like him starts that conversation, itâs going to influence somebody. I have a strong mind, but people are going to read his thoughts, and hopefully his message reaches a kid or an adult who doesnât have a strong mind so they wonât even waste their time with drugs because if they do theyâll end up being an addict and dying. I feel like people who die from drugs are just weak-minded.”
“If you have three people talking about the subject, you have one person whoâs never done drugs, period; you have one person who does drugs currently; and you have one person whoâs done drugs but doesnât do it anymore,” he says. “Every one of those peopleâs opinions isnât necessarily wrong, itâs just their outlook on it. To say that theyâre wrong? Not necessarily. Because at the end of the day, doing drugs is not right. Itâs not right. Doing drugs is not right.”
“I watch the energy that I put out in the world,” he says. “I try to put a positive energy out in the world, but my music is still real and it has its ratchet moments. But at the end of the day, itâs about how you take it. You canât blame Trinidad for nothing. Nothing.”
Dazed offers an insightful look at “this year’s nicest street rapper” French Montana. The Morocco-born rapper caught up with Harrison Boyce while on tour with A$AP Rocky. The conversation touches a range of subjects such as his cultural origin, his views on America as well as his new album Excuse My French, which arrived this week, and more. Definitely a a great piece that highlights a lesser known side of the Harlem rapper. Make sure to stream his latest mixtape Coke Boys 3 down below for your own convenience.
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”It’s Awesome When It’s Done Right”
Actress (and Lil Wayne baby mama) Lauren London opened up in this month’s issue of VIBE Vixen about relationships and marriage. The actress says that she has to find someone that can “keep up” with her personality.
“I think itâs awesome when itâs done right,” she said. “I donât think anyone is supposed to be alone, you know. Having a partner and having somebody that is with you through the ups and downs is awesome. Iâm all about connection. If I connected with someone and met a nice guy maybe, but I just havenât ran into that yet.[...]Iâm not dating at all. I donât know if Iâll have the time. But Iâm very fiery and sassy, so I need someone to keep up with that.”
So what kind of man is she looking for?
“Grown, secure in himself and who he is, aware of what he wants and willing to learn and grow with somebody else,” she added. “I think everybody is waiting for me to settle down and find him [Laughs]. Iâm really selective and picky.”
Ludacris is back with his first project in three years, DTP Presents: I Don’t Give a Fuck. On the eve of its release, the Atlanta rapper-actor-businessman shared some insight into the star-studded set, which features Chris Brown, Young Jeezy, Mac Miller, Pusha T, French Montana, and more.
He explained why he decided to release a free mixtape at this point in his career. “Basically, I put this mixtape out as an appreciation for all the fans that’s been supporting me for over a decade,” Luda told Rap-Up TV.
Chris Brown is featured on two tracks including Da Internz-produced “Dancing Dirty.” “I feel like it’s a club record, I feel like it’s something women can appreciate,” he said. “I vibe in the studio so much with Chris Brown. We play each other so many records and there’s no method to the madness.”
He has also recorded a song called “Fantasy” for Breezy’s upcoming album X, but he’s unsure if it will make the cut.
Brown also makes an appearance on “Mad Fo” featuring Meek Mill, Swizz Beatz, and Pusha T. “That record is talking back to all the haters. What the hell are you really mad fo?” explained Luda.
He wanted to work with Mac Miller (“She’s a Trip”) because he respected his independent movement. “I love the fact that he had this underground following,” said Ludacris, who also got his start independently.
His eighth album Ludaversal is due later this year, while Fast & Furious 6 hits theaters Friday. But despite his success in Hollywood, music will always be Luda’s first love. “This mixtape is showing everybody how hungry I still am and that the music is still number one in my life regardless of how many movies I’ve shot.”
”We Hire Guys Who Are Supposed To Have Harvard Degrees”
Fat Joe pleaded guilty to tax evasion in December, and the hip-hop star was honest about the possible ramifications. In the wake of Lauryn Hill being sentenced to three months for failing to file federal taxes, Joe opened up about his own situation during an appearance on MTV’s “RapFix Live.”
“I can’t really explain that ’cause I got a real court case going on, like facing jail time. But I guess after June 24. Hopefully, it goes well,” said Joe. “At the end of the day, I’m paying all the money back that’s owed â actually I have and I’ma just go like a man, stand up.”
“You gotta understand we hire guys who are supposed to have Harvard degrees to take care of us,” he added.
“All the time you see artists, the first thing they did to you when you caught money was introduce you to a bunch of fancy guys with bow ties who are gonna take care of your money and all that and then you always see an artist or a celebrity or somebody like that goin’ down for it and these guys never go down for it,” he also said.
”I’d Rather Raise My Kids Globally”
Eve has spent the better part of the last few years living in Great Britain, and the Philly native told Complex that she thinks raising a kid in Europe would be much better for them culturally than raising them in the States.
“I’d rather raise my kids globally than exclusively in the U.S.” she said directly.
“There is so much culture and history in Europe. We have culture in the U.S. but you have to look for it,” she added. “A lot of the kids I’ve met in Europe are more mature because they’ve gotten to travel. In an hour, you can be in a different country. I’m going to be one of those crazy parents who wants her children to speak three languages. They’re going to hate me, but they will love me for it in the end.”
Fabolous is currently traveling across the country with Pusha T on “The Life Is So Exciting” tour, which wraps next month. Fresh off the stage at Club Nokia in L.A. last Friday, Loso caught up backstage with Rap-Up TV.
Surrounded by ladies and his friend Trey Songz (who he brought out to perform with Cassie), the Brooklyn MC told us what to expect from his upcoming album Loso’s Way 2: Rise to Power.
“Just a little bit of growth. I’ma give you what I do and some collaborations here and there, but definitely some evolution as an artist, as a man, as a father, as a friend,” he said of the sequel to 2009’s Loso’s Way. “Just talking about some real shit and still doing what I do, giving you some witty lines, giving you some catchy stuff for the ladies. Just good music overall.”
The album will feature collaborations with Future, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Ne-Yo, 2 Chainz, and Trey Songz, who was in the room during the interview.
Previously due June 18, Loso’s Way 2 will now arrive in late July (either the 23rd or 30th). “We actually pushed back a little bit. We needed to handle some technicalities.”
Twelve years after releasing his debut, Fab feels confident about his status in the game. “I’m cool, I’m blessed, and God has blessed me to be here,” he said. “This is a young man’s game, so it’s a blessing just to be here still now.”
He plans to do some acting, but music remains his focus. “I definitely want to get more present in the game.”
A$AP Rocky is no stranger to the sports world, as he recently contributed to both the adidas #QuickAintFair campaign and EA Sports commercial for FIFA Soccer 13. In brand new sit down interview on Cabbie Presents, with Canadian sportscaster Cabral Richards, Rocky discusses his cosign from LeBron James, his resemblance to soccer star Didier Drogba and a few other sports-related topics.
”If They Cut A Check For -16 Mil”
Juicy J is focused on his solo career, but the longtime Three 6 Mafia leader said that he wouldn’t be opposed to reuniting with his old group, under the right circumstances. J said in an interview that he would reform Three 6 for the right price.
“If they cut a check for – mil,” Juicy told “RapFix Live.” “It’s really up to Columbia Records, man. I feel like Columbia Records put that group on the shelf so it’s their call when they wanna bring back the Three 6 Mafia.”
“The contracts are still signed,” J added. “The group is still signed with Columbia so it’s really up to the label.”
In light of today’s unpredictable climate and active lifestyles, it’s always nice to know that a brand has you covered — regardless of weather or occasion. New York-based ISAORA uses high-tech materials and construction to add value and functionality to each garment, offering value without sacrificing style. New for Spring/Summer 2013 is a line of technical surfwear designed in conjunction with Thomas Meyerhoffer — shorts, board shorts, tees and tanks in fabrics like water-repellent Aquastop and Schoeller-dryskin. As with all ISAORA garments, they’ll “look, feel and perform wherever your pleasure takes you” — ensuring the focus is solely on surfing without concern regarding uncomfortable garbs. Below is an interview between ISAORA and Thomas Meyerhoffer regarding the project and Meyerhoffer’s own unique approach to design.
Look for the Thomas Meyerhoffer x ISAORA “SURFORWRD” collection now at our online store.
Hi Thomas! For those unaware, please introduce yourself and what Meyerhoffer is all about.
I’m interested in creating new stories and experiences through innovative design. My hope is that whatever I work on can help people see the world from a new perspective. I tend to gravitate towards designs that are simple and pared down…things at their most essential.
I worked at Apple for some time with Jonny Ive but ultimately left as I wanted to work outside of tech, so I started my own studio on the beach. Today, you can find me developing strategic designs for well-known brands or experimenting with whatever I find interesting… like surfboards or this collaboration with ISAORA, for example.
When did you realize that the surfboard was a design medium that you wanted to commit yourself to evolving?
When I surfed the first boards I ever made. In the beginning, the boards were more like sculptural art pieces, but after taking them out I realized that they functioned incredibly well, too. The hardest part was the next step, which involved consciously deciding on design choices. Ultimately, I went with my gut in regards to what I felt might work best on the waves. A few millimeters of surface discrepancy can spell the whole difference between a good and great board. Last year, I made over 40 prototype boards. Every time I go out, I surf a different board to keep my mind fresh.
How do you differentiate between upgrading/progressing an existing surfboard in your collection and knowing that it’s time to develop a completely new one?
I don’t. It’s all one single process for me. I always keep forward momentum in mind when it comes to design. A new board is ready when it has its own soul. Whenever I release a new board, what you see, feel, and ultimately surf is a direct result of that spirit of progress. The current lineup is comprised of boards that are all highly evolved to perform optimally in the water. I consider them finished, for now.
Many people identify the SLIP IN as your most radical surfboard design. Could you please discuss the process that inspired and created that board, as well as what went into naming it?
Actually it shares DNA with this one longboard that has the same tail and that negative cut. I was in Barbados with my friend Zed, a great surfer who runs our test center out there. He suggested I should do a shorter version of the longboard. When I went back home I created a few prototypes and brought them out to the Maldives a month later. We rode them in head-high waves and they worked beautifully straight out of the box – it slips into any wave. It’s a single fin and trims like one, but it turns more like a thruster with the negative cut in the tail. You can adjust how radical you want to be by moving your back foot. We won best in show at Boardroom last October and have seen a lot of orders come through since.
Say you were given the opportunity to visit the year 2087. What innovations in surfboard design do you hope humanity would have made by then?
I’m working on that as we speak .
We are huge fans of how considered your home, and everything in it, is. Assuming you sometimes have large groups of people over to your house, are you ever anxious that entropy will prevail and all of your things will be out of order by the time everyone leaves?
Thank you, I appreciate that. The short answer is no, not really. As long as most of my surfboards are still there when everyone leaves!
As a clothing brand, we are clearly very invested in aesthetics and color. Can you discuss your favorite color scheme and how you decide what color arrangements will appear on your respective boards. /strong>
This year, I wanted to highlight the shape of the boards so I went with solid colors that contextualized the boards as single, coherent objects. I went with matte textures and stayed in the warmer side of the color spectrum –- lots of reds and oranges, some browns and ultimately a bit of black. For the next collection, I’ll invariably do something different. I like looking towards fashion for inspiration… at the moment I’m toying with the idea of making a metallic blue, transparent board.
You made some of the most forward-thinking upgrades to snowboard goggle designs for Smith. Any thoughts about protective eyewear in surf? Is this a field worth exploring?
No, I don’t think so J. Not currently, anyways.
We were recently fortunate enough to create a collaborative line, ISAORA x Meyerhoffer. Please tell us a little bit about the design philosophy/approach behind the collection.
Certainly where we’re situated geographically influenced the design of the collection. We wanted to create a line that you could wear in California and New York; the beach and the city, if you will. The line is casual aesthetically but is built from high quality performance materials… we wanted to make sure that you could
wear all of these pieces at every level of activity.
Integrated technical details like the panels of Schoeller®-dryskin tech fabric used under the arm panel to help deal with the wax when carrying the boards. The same fabric is used on the seat of one of our sweatpants, keeping you dry and more comfortable while you to sit on rocks checking the surf.
I don’t design retro surfboards; I’m constantly looking towards the future. That’s where the SURFORWRD concept grew out of -– the desire to never go backwards. The Slip In and the Longboard, as well as this collection, are all manifestations of that philosophy.
It’s difficult to choose, but can you tell us which two pieces from the ISAORA x Meyerhoffer line are your favorites and why?
I would have to say the gray sweater and the dark blue pants. I’ll wear those everywhere, whether I’m checking the surf, concepting in the studio, or loading the truck with some prototypes or jumping a flight to Barbados.
If we’re visiting Montara & Half Moon Bay (where you’re based), what are three things we absolutely have to do?
Surf Grey Whale Cove, hike Montara Mountain (the third tallest peak in the Bay Area), and of course, check out Mavericks (in the winter). It’s crazy to witness how far out people need to paddle.
Finally, we’d love to know what’s next for Meyerhoffer.
We just wrapped a collaborative project with Coca-Cola on a heritage glass. It’s the first time in 84 years that they’ve taken a look at reinventing this iconic form. We launched it at colette in Paris and they’ll be ready Stateside by July. We’ll also be at the US Open this summer with an entirely new board collection, so
stay tuned for that.