Friday, November 16 2012 12:10 PM EST | Posted by: Big Homie | Posted in: Blog, R&B
Looking determined as ever, Miguel’s mug is plastered on the 83rd issue of Fader. Below is an excerpt addressing some of his misconceptions. Full story here.
“It’s not like I speak like a fucking hood dude,” Miguel says, discussing the misconceptions that followed his debut over spinach salad and mint lemonade the next night at a small restaurant near his apartment. “My mother is a very eloquent woman, and my father is a teacher. Between the two, they raised me to speak a certain way. So the way I spoke, the way I dressed, all of that was like, ‘Wow, wait a second. This isn’t black… Oh, then he must be gay.’ Now, whether or not I’ve worn things that are questionable—oh my god—I look at pictures of shit I’ve worn, and you know what? I don’t really blame anyone. I get it. But I was learning. I was trying to hold on to some sense of individuality in the midst of being convinced that I had to appeal to a certain kind of crowd.” On the cover of All I Want Is You, Miguel’s small head is shaved; he sneers behind oversized, frameless, red-lensed sunglasses and a leather jacket with a triple-high collar, pulled up to his ears. “I was exclusively marketed as an ‘urban artist,’” he says with air quotes, “and I mean that in the most generic way. But I have never been one to live within a stereotype. My lifestyle has always been alternative in comparison to what’s expected from an ethnic male from Los Angeles. With my first album, not only was I being misunderstood, I was misunderstood, and it was distracting people from the music. Now, I want to make sure that everything I do is the best, most rounded projection of who I really am.”
Tuesday, September 25 2012 11:24 AM EST | Posted by: B.Dot | Posted in: Blog, Newsstand Stan
French Montana returns to his native Morocco for the cover of FADER‘s annual Photo Issue. The magazine drops October 9th, but you can peruse the feature here.
Monday, February 20 2012 11:14 AM EST | Posted by: B.Dot | Posted in: Blog, Newsstand Stan
FADER‘s cover subjects are always out the box. And for their Spring Style issue, Kendrick Lamar and Danny Brown get their shine on. Issue hits newsstands March 6th, but you can read K-Dot’s story here and Danny’s here.
Tuesday, December 06 2011 7:05 PM EST | Posted by: Big Homie | Posted in: Blog, Newsstand Stan
FADER looks towards the future (no pun) for their NOW issue. Sharing the cover with Rock star Cass McCombs is Mr. Tony Montana himself (no Al Pacino).
Having a breakout year, Odd Future’s Frank Ocean get his first cover story with FADER. Catch the fade and read an excerpt below.
When he was nine, Frank Ocean’s godfather subscribed him to Robb Report, a magazine for the ultra-rich. Less interested in fiduciary smarts, it’s a catalog of conspicuous consumption, highlighting tropical vacations, invaluable antiques and, as Ocean came to know, really expensive cars. Though he comes from a middle class family, he obsessively read the magazine’s classified ads, fixating on exorbitantly priced used Bentleys and Maybachs. “I would just fall in love with all their cars. That was the start.” Ocean, whowas born Christopher Breaux (and goes by Lonny to friends), downscaled his material desires, and when he was 13, began going door-to-door, detailing cars for cash. “I would bring all my supplies. Literally, it was like a movie, I had a wagon, those long red wagons, like a Radio Flyer-type wagon, and I used to buy my own soaps.”
Now, Ms. Wallace has another magazine to smile about. For issue #73, Biggie covers Fader‘s annual icon edition. The mag hits newsstands on May 3rd, but the cover feature, written by Noz, is available to read now.