Cover Story: Eminem
"All I see is sissies in magazines smilin'," Eminem rapped on the title track to The Marshall Mathers LP back in 2000. "What ever happened to whylin' out and bein' violent?" Thirteen years have passed since Em dropped the album that still stands as the greatest artistic achievement in his exceptional catalog. Coming on the heels of The Slim Shady LP, MMLP cemented Em's spot in the pantheon of rap gods with mind-bending joints like "Stan," "Kim," and "The Real Slim Shady." So it's understandable that anticipation has been hot and heavy ever since this August's announcement that his next album would be titled The Marshall Mathers LP 2. From what we've heard already, tomorrow's release will be one of those rare moments in hip-hop where you definitely should believe the hype.
Cover Story: Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande is going places. The girl who made her acting debut on Broadway and went on to featured roles on the Nickelodeon teen sitcoms Victorious and Sam & Cat is all grown up now. These days she's a certified R&B/pop hitmaker managed by Scooter Braun, the man behind Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, and One Direction. Her debut album, Yours Truly, was produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and debuted at the top of the Billboard charts. Babyface originally wrote her hit single, "Baby I," for Beyonce. But after B decided to pass, Ariana stepped up and made it her own.