The producer is one of the most crucial yet anonymous figures in all of music. Every other week, with Beat Construction, an extension of our column in the magazine, we aim to illuminate the role producers are playing in creating some of our favorite music. This week’s subject, The Alchemist, should need no introduction, with heavyweight collaborators like Lil Wayne, Nas, Eminem, Mobb Deep and Curren$y padding his resume. Alc’s new album, Russian Roulette, is set to drop next week, with guest shots from the likes of Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q and Action Bronson. So, naturally, he took some time out to talk to us about Das EFX, turkey bacon and Australian money.
Aziz Ansari’s character Tom on Parks and Recreation is a known fashion fan, buying all his clothes from the little boys department at Brooks Brothers and wearing LED belt buckles. But Ansari loves style in real life, too, and has long been a fan of L.A. label Band of Outsider’s preppy take on the classics (designer Scott Sternberg is pictured above with Ansari). Last night he hosted a little party to celebrate Band’s New York Fashion Week men’s show in midtown Manhattan and we asked him about his style inspirations. [Read More…]