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…]
Ever since 2001, when a teenaged Remy Ma snatched the mic and out-shouted M.O.P. and Busta Rhymes on a remix of “Ante Up,” the New York rapper’s raspy voice and thick Bronx drawl have struck terror in whatever poor squad found itself standing opposite. Her aggressive style recalls the shut-em-down boot-stomping of late-’90s East Coast rap, but delivered from a woman’s perspective. Her cameo on Terror Squad’s crossover smash “Lean Back” brought her within inches of a major pop breakthrough. But on a hot July night in 2007, an altercation with a woman over money led to a shooting, and eight months later, Remy was sent to prison for assault. A few weeks shy of her release, we spoke to Remy over the phone from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York. She recalled her life-changing first encounter with Big Pun and explained how six years in prison has changed her perspective.[Read more:]