Interview Magazine | Common Interview

Interview Magazine | Common Interview

Common, the 39-year-old hip-hop veteran slash actor slash writer has had an exceptional 2011 to say the least. It’s been mostly a turning of a new leaves as he’s explored new avenues like authoring a book — his memoir, One Day It’ll All Make Sense — and even landing a role on AMC TV show Hell On Wheels. Beyond all the new, the Chicago-bred artist stays in touch with his old self with the release of his upcoming album, The Dreamer, The Believer. Slated for a December 20th release, the album features appearances by fellow Chi-Town native John Legend, Nas and an original work by Maya Angelou. Common even takes a shot at the soft-sounding works of contemporaries with a new song called “Sweet”.

Interview Magazine spoke to Common about the track, Hell on Wheels, and his memories of living with his late colleague, celebrated producer J Dilla. A few notable excerpts can be found below with the full feature available at Interview Magazine.

iTunes Match Now Available

iTunes Match Now Available

Apple has released iTunes 10.5.1 which brings along a few minor fixes but also gives users access to iTunes Match, a feature in iTunes that users can subscribe to for $24.99 annually. It’s listed as a beta feature, and beta subscribers are warned that their iCloud libraries will be deleted at the end of the beta. To thank beta testers for their participation, Apple is offering them an additional three months on their subscription.

GQ Presents | The Survivors

GQ Presents | The Survivors

As part of their Music Issue, GQ Magazine has released some really amazing content as part of The Survivors series. The feature highlights music legends and legends in the making. The list is pretty reputable with the likes of Keith Richards, Eminem, Lil’ Wayne, and a few other selects making the list. The content is rich and is available now online ahead of the spread in GQ’s November 2011 issue. Check the teaser below.

Jay-Z ‘The Blueprint’ 10th Anniversary Vinyl

Jay-Z 'The Blueprint' 10th Anniversary Vinyl

News of Jay-Z releasing The Blueprint in a limited edition, numbered vinyl set to mark the album’s 10th anniversary broke early last week. I was so busy grabbing one for myself that I didn’t even think to turn you all to it. “My bad” on this one. Fear not, it’s still in stock on Jay’s online store on Live Nation. Each one is individually numbered and limited to 2001 sets.

The Throne | Jay-Z & Kanye West ‘Otis’ Video

The Throne | Jay-Z & Kanye West Otis Video

The music video for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Otis just premiered on MTV and you can check it out below in case you haven’t peeped it. Watch The Throne is an epic album and this is one heck of a video. Directed by Spike Jonze. Just one thing — What the heck is Aziz Ansari doing? Comedic relief FTW!

Now Available | Jay-Z & Kanye West ‘Watch The Throne’ Album

Now Available | Jay-Z & Kanye West 'Watch The Throne' Album

If you pre-ordered Jay-Z & Kanye West’s Watch The Throne album through www.watchthethrone.com, you’ve probably already gotten a link to the download. The highly anticipated album is now available through iTunes as well. The Deluxe version features 4 bonus tracks. The hard copy drops on the 12th but digital’s reigning supreme right now. In the modern digital era, Watch The Throne may be the first major album to not leak before its release date. I’m almost done going through my first complete listen of WTT and I’ve been thoroughly impressed.

Jay-Z & Kanye West ‘Watch The Throne’ Documentary

Jay-Z & Kanye West 'Watch The Throne' Documentary

With the highly anticipated Watch The Throne album releasing on August 1st, Jay-Z and Kanye West have dropped this ten-minute documentary giving us a behind-the-scenes look at how this collaboration came to life. Look for the digital version of Watch the Throne to drop on August 1, 2011 and the hard copy to release on August 5, 2011.

Incase Audio Headphones

Incase Audio Headphones

Incase has been crafting some groundbreaking product ever since the brand’s inception in 1997. They’re known for their full line of Apple accessories for MacBook and iPad all the way down the chain to the iPhone and iPod. They’ve just announced their own brand of headphones dubbed “Incase Audio,” and we’re impressed from the initial looks. The line features four unique designs in matte black shells and Incase’s Sound Design technology on the inside.

Incase will be making these headphones available come September.