Mens Strike A Pose: D’Angelo for GQ Magazine, Nas for Complex Magazine
Do Mondays suck or do Mondays suck? That said, you deserve some eye candy! Two glamtastic magazine editorials just hit our inbox that you are going to love!
First up, D’Angelo. Glamazons, he is back and reportedly working on his first album in twelve years (that MAY be released this September…fingers crossed as his first two albums are still in heavy rotation in my iTunes!). The R&B crooner poses in suits and cornrows for GQ Magazine June 2012. From the looks of things, he hasn’t lost an ounce of fine! Check it out below:
Yep, I’m going to act like that mug shot and those extra pounds he reportedly gained never happened. He opens up about his hiatus and the ‘evils’ of fame in the article. Here are excerpts:
On the ‘evil’ in music:
“There’s forces that are going on that I don’t think a lot of motherf-ckers that make music today are aware of,” he says. “It’s deep. I’ve felt it. I’ve felt other forces puling at me.” He stubs out his cigarette and leans toward me, taking my hand. “This is a very powerful medium that we are involved in,” he says gravely.” “I learned at an early age that what we were doing in the choir was just as important as the preacher. It was a ministry in itself. We could stir the pot, you know? The stage is our pulpit, and you can use all of the energy and that music and the lights and the colors and the sound. But you know, you’ve got to be careful.”
On people treating D’Angelo like a stripper after his ‘Untitled’ video:
“One time I got mad when a female threw money at me onstage, and that made me feel like f-cked-up, and I threw the money back at her. I was like, ‘I’m not a stripper.’”
?uestlove on D’Angelo’s hiatus:
“On the last day of the eight-month tour, Questlove says D’Angelo told him, ‘Yo, man, I cannot wait until this f-cking tour is over. I’m going to go in the woods, drink some hooch, grow a beard, and get fat.’ Questlove thought he was joking. ‘I was like, ‘You’re a funny guy.’ And then it started to happen.That’s how much he wanted to distance himself.’”
Angie Stone on being shunned as D’Angelo became more famous:
“Angie Stone, the mother of one of D’Angelo’s kids detailed a time that she had to wait in the wings while he walked in an awards show with actress Vivica Fox. Stone remembers an event in Manhatten in September 1996 that was billed as Giorgio Armani’s tribute to D’Angelo. Stone-thirteen years older than D-was three months pregnant with their son. They headed to the event together in a limo, but as they neared the venue where D was going to perform, it suddenly pulled over. He was asked to get into another car, where he would be escorted by Vivica Fox,” Stone says, her voice breaking slightly. The lissome Fox had just appeared with Will Smith in the blockbuster Independence Day. ‘It was a Hollywood moment. They wanted a trophy girl. I had to walk in behind them to flashing cameras. It started the wheels turning of what was yet to come.’”
On Madonna pursuing D’Angelo:
“When Madonna turned 39, she asked him to sing “Happy Birthday” at her party. One press report had her sitting on his lap and French-kissing him. In fact, two sources say that ultimately D rebuffed her advances at another gathering not long after. At that event, the sources say, Madonna walked over and told a woman sitting next to D, ‘I think you’re in my seat.’ The woman got up. Madonna sat down and told him, ‘I’d like to know what you’re thinking.’ To which D replied, ‘I’m thinking you’re rude.’”
Couldn’t you see Madonna doing that? LOL!
The “Brown Sugar” singer is slated to perform at Essence Music Festival. ::immediately, drops everything to attend::
And in other sex symbol news, my favorite rapper and June Ambrose‘s muse Nas covers the June/July 2012 issue of Complex Magazine.
From the brick building in the background to the crates with records, this editorial is quintessential Nas:
And yes, he still looks 17 after 20 years in the game. Swoon.
What do you think of D’Angelo and Nas‘ magazine features? Are you drooling like me?