Google officially unveiled its new flagship ‘Pixel 4’ smartphone today.
With a camera that captures detail that others can’t, a new way to use your phone without touching it, a new Google Assistant, and a fast and responsive display, Pixel 4 packs new technology into a new design. Best of all, Pixel includes the latest version of Android, which gets better with each update. Read more
On the seventh episode of Season 2 for SOTC, Joe Budden and co-hosts Remy Ma, Jinx & Eboni K. Williams touch on the following topics: Fat Joe’s Latino comments, Black Excellence, Tekashi 6ix9ine snitching, Antonio Brown wants back in NFL, New Music, Best diss track debate, and Fantasia on women being submissive. Read more
Watch the Live Stream of Apple’s Live Launch event hosted by Tim Cook for the upcoming iPhone 11, Apple Arcade, iOS 13, iPadOS, Apple TV+, macOS Catalina, watchOS 6, hopefully, some new AirPods and much much more.
Stream below. Read more
On the second episode of Season 2, Joe Budden and co-hosts Remy Ma & Jinx sound off on the following topics: Top 50 best rapper list, Mass Shooting in Texas & Ohio, Cyntoia Brown released from prison, Illinois prison population down by 20%, Black Excellence, The female impact on Hip Hop, Spinderella sues Salt N Pepa for unpaid royalties, Reginae Carter caught spying on boyfriend at party. Read more
XXL presents the 2019 XXL Freshman Class featuring Comethazine, Tierra Whack, DaBaby, Lil Mosey, Roddy Ricch, YBN Cordae, YK Osiris, Rico Nasty, Gunna, Megan Thee Stallion and the 10th Spot winner, Blueface.
J. Cole and the entire Dreamville crew appear on the cover of XXL’s 2019 Spring Issue. Check out the full cover story here.
Go behind the scenes with Dreamville Records’ J. Cole, Bas, Cozz, EarthGang, J.I.D, Lute, Omen and Ari Lennox for the cover of XXL magazine’s spring 2019 issue.
As the new face of freedom and criminal justice reform, Meek writes a letter to his younger self about perseverance, race in America and recognizing his power for his XXL cover story. Read more
The 2018 XXL Freshman Class has finally arrived. Now in its 11th year, the Freshman franchise has exploded into popularity over the past decade thanks to the internet, social media and, more importantly, the hip-hop fans.
Every year, the XXL Freshman Class comes together the same way as when it first started. XXL talks to everyone they possibly can—industry tastemakers, rappers, their friends, fellow hip-hop heads, the guy working at the corner store, whoever—to get their input on who they think should be picked for the class. Then they argue it out as a staff and narrow down the list.
This year’s Freshman Class includes Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s Ski Mask The Slump God, Miami’s Lil Pump, Miami’s Smokepurpp, Atlanta’s J.I.D, London’s Stefflon Don, Memphis’ BlocBoy JB, Birmingham, Alabama’s YBN Nahmir, West Palm Beach’s Wifisfuneral and Canton, Ohio’s Trippie Redd. The 10th Spot winner was Waynesboro, Pa.’s Lil Skies who unfortunately refused to attend the shoot after originally accepting the offer. Read more
The Price of Ye
Addressing Kanye West’s latest antics in the media, journalist Naoka Foreman made issue number 7 of The Majority about how Kanye is still the old Kanye but with a different message against being enslaved to the commoditization of everything in human relations. In this issue Foreman ties in lyrics from the album College Dropout and Yeezus to draw a comparison of West’s criticism towards big business and crass consumerism. Foreman dissects the meaning of “400 bucks” in the song ‘All Falls Down’ and relates it to West exposing human surplus value in industries. She proclaims that “if people inherited an attitude like West towards big business and acknowledge their surplus value… perhaps his statement [slavery was a choice] would have been met with a different attitude”.
With the very first of The Majority, entitled Probation: The Leash, being about the disproportionate incarceration of rapper Meek Mill, social activist, Naoka Forman decided to make her sixth issue about Meek’s release from prison.
In this month’s issue, Foreman compares the treatment of Stanford University swimmer, Brock Turner, to musical artist Meek Mill and how their social relations create different outcomes within the justice system. Foreman goes in-depth about how an affluent pedigree can alter judgment in a system that is presented to be fair and just. Astounding and appalling, she ties in how social capital is a luxury, inherited by class privilege and “promotes the development or underdevelopment of a human being.” Digital and print copies are expected with upcoming releases.
Previously: Naoka Foreman – The Majority | Issue #4
Cole took to his Twitter earlier to announce his “KOD Tour” with Thugger which kicks off August 9th in Miami and runs thru October 10th. Pre-sale tomorrow, all other tix on sale Saturday. Read more
For his XXL Magazine spring 2018 cover story, 21 Savage speaks to XXL Editorial Site Director Georgette Cline about the plans he has for his upcoming sophomore album, Donald Trump’s presidency, what he’s looking for in a perfect America and his love for flying planes, among other topics.
Read 21 Savage’s XXL cover story here.