Magazine: Beyoncé Covers TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World

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Beyoncé has earned TIME magazine’s front cover of their 100 Most Influential People in the World issue. After her husband landed the cover last year, the megastar poses on the black-and-white cover in a photo shot by Paola Kudacki. In the issue, Bey talks about her mother and own daughter Blue Ivy being the biggest influential figures in her life:

“I feel like my mother and my daughter have been probably the most influential, and becoming a mother, looking at my daughter in her eyes, made me into a woman and made me very, very strong,” she states.

Bey also talked about feeling very humble for being part of the list: “Shooting for TIME magazine was eventually one of the goals in my life. It’s something important for me as an artist because it’s not about fashion or beauty or music. It’s about the influence I’ve had on culture and to be amongst the other influential people is a huge honor for me.”

President Obama, Pope Francis, Serena Williams, Kerry Washington, Miley Cyrus, and Pharrell Williams were also included on the list. Take a look at Beyoncé’s cover shoot and read more at TIME.com.

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New Interview: CRWN 10 – Future

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Elliott Wilson hit the road and landed in Atlanta earlier this week for the 10th episode of his #CRWN interview series. There, the OG met up with Future to talk about his latest album and much more during their 30-minute conversation. The two talked about working with Andre 3000, the controversy surrounding “Drunk In Love”, his relationship with Ciara, and releasing “Good Morning”. Watch the full interview above!

News: Nas’s ‘Illmatic’ Album Sees Increase in Sales From Last Week

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Time is definitely Illmatic. Following the re-release of his hip-hop classic last week, Nas’s original album has experienced a 844% increase from last week’s numbers that sold 1,588 copies. This week, Nas managed to sell 14,897 copies of the original album following the release of Illmatic XX and his Time Is Illmatic documentary. The album’s total sales has now been bumped to 1,686,232 copies and has even earned a 300% increase on streams via Spotify. Congrats Mr. Jones!

News: Pharrell Launches ‘Inspiration’ Social Media Book

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If you didn’t think it could get any better for Pharrell this year, the happiest man on the planet just penned his first-ever social media book today. Sponsored by Bic’s Tipp-Ex, Skateboard P launched his latest project, a participatory book, he’s calling Inspiration. The book is translated into five languages and talks about the producer’s personal life and what truly inspires him as a musician. It also features an interactive section by allowing readers to help finish the book by suggesting words to complete it. Once the book is complete, it will be published and sold with all proceeds going to Pharrell’s From One Hand To AnOTHER organization that supports disabled children.

Fans can head over to Pharrell’s website now and help him complete the book.

New Interview: Drake Sits Down with Bill Simmons & Jalen Rose

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In a recent interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose, Drake couldn’t help but talk about his Raptors. The Toronto rapper, who serves as the Global Ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, talked about his hometown team’s chances at winning a championship, what it would mean to the city of Toronto for them to win, and his greatest memories of the franchise. Watch above!

New Music: Elle Varner – Fuck It All

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Elle Varner drops the fourth release of her four-letter word series in “Fuck It All”. The uncut Pop & Oak-produced record is dedicated to the word “loss” and captures the emotional sentiment we can expect from Varner’s upcoming album. 4 Letter Word is expected to release later this year, but fans can stream the latest offering below!

News: 2 Chainz Announces ‘Freebase’ EP Tracklisting

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Before he releases his third album, 2 Chainz will be dropping a new EP he’s calling Freebase. The project will come out on May 5 and will include five new records. The Young Chop-produced “A-Rod” featuring French Montana that dropped last month is expected to be one of the songs included on the EP.

“It has been a minute since the release of my album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time and I wanted to give something special to my fans while I record my follow-up album,” 2 Chainz said. “This is a taste of what is to come, and is most importantly, for them.”

UPDATE: Catch the official tracklisting to the project after the jump!

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News: Nicki Minaj Doesn’t Want To Be Called A Female MC Anymore

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She’s made it clear – Nicki Minaj no longer wants to be called a “female rapper”. In a recent interview, Nicki told MTV, “I do not see myself as a female rapper anymore.” Say what? Let’s back up here a little. She still wants to be called a rapper, but she doesn’t want to have to put “female” in front of it because of the respect she’s gained in her career. “I’ve worked with the greats and I’ve held my own with the greats and they respect me,” she said. “So I should respect myself enough to see myself the same way they see themselves.”

During the interview, the Young Money rapper praised Jay Z, Kanye West, and Madonna for paving the way earlier in her career. You can catch the full interview over on MTV.

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