Z!nk is your girlfriend’s favorite thing to read, the hot girl in the office’s inspiration when she is getting dressed in the mirror, and your dirty little secret that fuels your inner desire to be successful that your crew doesn’t know about. Michael Ishak is the main man *Ahmad Rashad voice* that ties your subconscious love triangle together. Michael is one of those guys that could be nominated as the International Man of Mystery. Do you remember that guy you saw at Happy Hour a couple of weeks ago? The guy who looks like he doesn’t fit in. Not because he is lame, nerdy, or awkward but because he has this aura about him that caused you to ask Dave from accounting “Who is that?”. He is wearing a tailored Tom Ford Suit, a Tag Heuer watch, and Alden shoes. That was not Michael but he is the man who helped mold this sculpture of modern cool. He is the Associate Publisher of Z!nk Magazine.
Two weeks ago I had the chance to speak with Michael and pick the brain of the man who has been influencing your subconscious. Lets call it payback!
IMF: You are the Associate Publisher and current Director of Advertising of Z!nk magazine. What was the original thought process behind developing a luxury lifestyle magazine ?
Michael: I feel like 10 years ago, it was because there existed a void in the U.S.’s publication industry that could be filled by a magazine tackling fashion with an artistic edge and flair rarely seen outside of Europe.
T.I. sits down with DJ Skee for an over the air interview, rocking a Chicago Bulls hat mind you, and mentions how LeBron needs to go somewhere where they haven’t won a championship so that he can claim it as “his town” similar to D. Wade’s situation down in Miami. T.I. also goes on to say that if LeBron does go to Chicago, he has to win 7 rings, Cleveland has a lot of work to do if they want him to stay and if he comes to Atlanta they’ll close church on Sunday. Personally, I hope he comes to Chicago. That’s all.
You don’t think people lose respect for rappers when they don’t come from a street perspective?
Nah, I don’t agree with that. It’s all about skill, you know what I mean? You can’t say that. Just because a motherfucka goes to school he ain’t street no more? He comes from where we come from, it’s just that he has a platform. You know, his education is being dealt with.
Raekwon is gearing up to hit the studio to work on his latest project Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang as well as the four-city Rock The Bells Tour so in the meantime, Bro Bible commissioned DJ Cash to sit down with Rae in New York City to discuss the upcoming album, the state of New York Hip Hop and college kids among other things. Head over to BB to read the whole interview.
HardKnock TV catches up with Dr. Dre and gets him to speak on his upcoming (don’t hold your breathe) album Detox, his song “Under Pressure” with Jay-Z and more. I guess Dre says Detox is dropping this Fall but at this point can we really believe him? Of course his track with Jay is unfinished but unless the production is changing, I’m not sure how different it’s going to really sound. I wasn’t too impressed with the un-finished version anyway.
I love watching Jay interviews. Whether it’s hearing them audio wise or watching him on Letterman, he’s always so laid back and they always end up being funny in a non-comedic sort of way. Here he visits Letterman and speaks on a tall Russia billionaire who also owns the Nets, LeBron coming to the team with a lot of “Mmmm” in between. Letterman states that if LeBron is a real man, he’ll stay in Cleveland instead of leaving and cutting “the heart out” of the city.
Honestly, I don’t see LeBron staying in Cleveland. He’s had numerous opportunities to try and win a championship, they haven’t done it. The coach, well that’s a whole other story. I’d personally like to see LeBron come to Chicago but we’ll just have to wait and see what he chooses to do. My money is on Chicago though. Thoughts?
University of Arizona’s Student radio show “Kamp Radio” sat down with me to talk about my creative process as well as my introduction to the Tucson way of life. There’s much in the making for the future by the way, but I’m keeping things secretive as of now, be on the look out for me. Shouts out to Los Angeles.
In New York City a few weeks ago, Little Brother made a stop at the legendary Fat Beats record shop and the good folks from Good Fella Radio were on hand to see what was good with Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh. Solo albums are discussed, Foreign Exchange, their latest album Left Back and much more. It’s sad that we probably won’t see much from them in the future, but who knows, maybe I’ll be sitting down with them one more time for another interview. I can only hope.
Some of you may know who Lyor Cohen is but for those of you who do not, he’s the Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group or a real life Ari Gold if you will. Starting in the ’80s as Run-DMC’s road manager, the now 50-year-old American-born “tall Israeli” has become hip-hop’s industry standard, having helped build Island Def Jam into a juggernaut by signing acts like Jay-Z, DMX, Slick Rick, EPMD, and Ja Rule.
In 2004, he moved over to Warner and has continued molding stars, including T.I., Trey Songz, and Lupe Fiasco. Cohen recently sat with Complex to discuss why his son doesn’t like talking rap with him, his disappointment over not signing Drake, and the reason he doesn’t see much of himself in today’s young music executives.
He sits down with Complex to talk about the music industry and the state it’s in, Gucci Mane, Drake and more. Very smart man Lyor Cohen is and if you have any interest of the music business, I suggest you head over to Complex and read what he has to say.