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SPECIAL COLLECTORS ISSUE

JULY 2013

MIAMI HEAT 2013 NBA CHAMPS

ICE CUBE

Talks new movie with Chris Tucker

SNOOP LION Reincarnated

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NICKI MINAJ

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CONTENTS BLACK BEAUTY  Jasmine  36 Beauty of the Month ENTERTAINMENT Robert Downey, Jr 40 THE SHOW MUST GO ON Cameron Diaz  41 Signs On For Jay-Z And Will Smith’s ‘Annie’  Eminem  42 How To Make Money Selling Drugs  Fat Joe  44 Heading To Prison  KUSH EXCLUSIVE  NICKI MINAJ  28 Kush Exclusive NEWS & CULTURE  ICE CUBE 12 Preps new LP and talks Last Friday movie MIAMI HEAT 14 Have no picks, unlikely to trade for one 

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BIRDMAN  19 Making Cash Money a Billion Dollar brand SNOOP LION 24 Has spiritual awakening July 2013


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NEWS & CULTURE

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ICE CUBE Preps new LP and talks Last Friday movie

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ce Cube has managed to expand his artist brand to something much more than a successful rap career. The former N.W.A. member made major strides with his albums AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted and Death Certificate. Now, he’s gearing up to release his tenth studio album, Everythang’s Corrupt, later this year. While speaking with Metro, the actor, writer, producer and director discusses his new album, the progress of closing out the Friday franchise, and if the N.W.A. film is still in the works.

director here or no A&R there. That makes it a drag, and being independent, I can just go in the studio and do what I feel.”

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On The N.W.A. Film:

“Everything that you’ve ever gotten from me, I deliver on this record. My style is straight street knowledge. I don’t really cater to what’s going on in hip-hop or what’s going on in the industry, so to speak. I just dial in on Ice Cube fans and try to keep them satisfied, and everybody else gotta get in where they fit in. I don’t want to have to worry about no program

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On Last Friday:

“We’re trying to get it done. New Line has really been neutered by Time Warner, so they can’t do as many movies as they usually do per year. So it’s just a fight to get ‘Last Friday’ on their schedule. They only got three or four movies to do a year, and urban comedy is probably low on the totem pole.” “I want my son OMG to play me. He looks like me and he can act, so he can do it. I just had to meet with [Gray] and Dr. Dre to work on the script and keep getting it tighter and tighter, so we’re in the process of casting the movie now, so it’s full steam ahead. This N.W.A. movie, it’s still my dream. That’s what I’ve been dying to make.”

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MIAMI HEAT Have no picks, unlikely to trade for one

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he Heat are back-to-back champions and don’t need much help in the offseason, but they will have a few decisions to make. They have no picks in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Miami Heat won their second straight title after defeating the San Antonio Spurs in a thrilling seven-game series last week. LeBron James became just the third player in NBA history to win four MVP

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awards and two NBA Finals MVP awards. As long as he stays in Miami, the Heat will be in pretty good shape.A loss in the Finals might’ve hastened a possible breakup of the Big 3, but James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are all likely to be back to go for the three-peat next season. The luxury tax penalties will be stiff, but winning championships makes those payments much easier to bear. July 2013


Miami won’t have many avenues to improve its roster, as they have no draft picks and only have the taxpayer mid-level exception and the minimum to offer in free agency. But it’s not like the Heat need that much improvement and they have proven adept at getting quality players to sign at bargain prices the past few seasons.

Miami has over $86 million in committed salary for next season and it may look to bring that number down a bit. Chalmers has a $4 million team option, but that will likely be picked up. Miller is owed $13 million over the next two seasons, so he could be a candidate to be released with the amnesty   clause.

Draft Picks

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Miami doesn’t have any draft picks this year due to trades. The Heat’s first-round pick at No. 30 belongs to the Phoenix Suns via the James sign-and-trade and Steve Nash trade. Miami’s second-round pick at the end of the draft belongs to the Memphis Grizzlies due to the Dexter Pittman trade.

Point Guard - Mario Chalmers (team option), Norris Cole Shooting Guard - Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen (player option), James Jones (player option) Small Forward - LeBron James, Shane Battier, Mike Miller Power Forward - Udonis Haslem, Rashard Lewis (player option), Juwan Howard (unrestricted free agent) Center - Chris Bosh, Chris Andersen (unrestricted free agent), Joel Anthony

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Miami is thin up front as it is, and that issue could become even more of a problem if Chris Andersen leaves in free agency. Signing a big man will be a top priority this offseason. If Miller is let go, the Heat may want to grab another shooter to replace him. Decent shooters can usually be found at the minimum, so finding a replacement shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Miami has been linked to Greg Oden, and he would be a huge addition if he managed to stay healthy. Oden would allow Bosh to play more of his natural position at power forward and help shore up the Heat’s frontcourt. Miami can offer the taxpayer MLE for Oden, which would seem like a fair contract for a player who has had so many injury issues. Oden’s health is certainly a big question, but signing him could be a risk worth taking.

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CASH MONEY

BIRDMAN Birdman Talks “Baby Money,” Retirement & Making Cash Money A Billion-Dollar Brand

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ryan “Birdman” Williams has spent the last two decades building Cash Money Records, the label he and his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams founded in 1991, into one of the most powerful teams in hip-hop history. His YMCMB imprint, stacked with Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and a gang of other successful artists, keeps racking up No. 1s, largely thanks to the #1 Stunna’s relentless drive and work ethic. The 43-year-old mogul, who’s known for his flashy lifestyle, could be kicking his feet up, but instead whe keeps doing 12-hour studio sessions daily as he plots to make Cash Money the music industry’s first billion-dollar brand. In fact, he says he has never taken a vacation. Read on for the raw uncut as Birdman tells us how he discovered Nicki Minaj, why he didn’t get involved in the Drake/Common beef, and whether or not he plans on signing Rick Ross to Cash Money.

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What is the difference between the music lasted as long as it did. We our own bosses, run business today and 10 years ago? our own ship.For years we did it all off our own money. [The Universal deal] was a risk from Time changes time. Everything about the game day one, but I refuse to let somebody take changed from 10 years ago to now. You never something that we work hard for and just take had none of the things that we have now, like half of it. I couldn’t see myself doing that. the Internet. So many different ways for us to make money now in music. And it’s so digital. What do you see happening in the future of We’re a digital-driven brand, we’re an Internet the music business? brand. We global nowadays. 15 years ago, when It’s gonna keep getting bigger. Music is spreading we first jumped on the scene with Universal, into all TVs, networks, and sports. It’s gonna we had gotten too big as artists to be keep expanding. There gonna be quicker ways independent. But I still look at us as an indie to become a millionaire. People gonna be company because we’re self-contained, we’re playing with millions off of music. It’s more self owned. We came in the game self-contained, prosperous, we have so much technology. You we probably the last independent label that don’t have to be an artist if you got some Page 20 | Kush Up Magazine

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“I’ll also say we’ll be the first billion dollar brand of music” different type of technology—you can make money in a lot of different ways. I’ll also say we’ll be the first billion-dollar brand of music, that’s our goal. We never had a billionaire brand in music, the closest thing we had was Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson sold 750 million records. I think we’re gonna set the tone for other youngsters to make more money and see that a billion dollars can be accomplished. How many records has Cash Money sold so far? We sold 150 million so far. Our track record runs deep. We’ve been the most dominant force of 2011, we gonna be the most dominant force of 2012. We have 16 releases in the first six months of this year. Our goal, as a brand, is to put out 100 albums a year. So I’m trying to figure out how we gonna reach that… 100 albums a year? We gonna do 16 in the first six months and we gonna try this year to try to put out at least 30 this year. Next year, we’ll try to put out 50. We just gonna keep growing. To have 100 active acts is a lot. It ain’t just rappers, it’s different artists in different parts of the country: rap, pop, country, gospel—its everything. July 2013

What was the hardest lesson for you to learn? We sold 150 million so far. We’ve been the most dominant force of 2011, we gonna be the most dominant force of 2012. We have 16 releases in the first six months of this year. Our goal, as a brand, is to put out 100 albums a year. Staffing and being able to run your machine. For years, I was so dependant on Universal to do things but the way we work and the way we drop records—they don’t work like that. It’s hard to with with a label because they’re not used to a brand like us who will just drop a record in the morning and work it [the rest of the day. We had to have our own staffing to do our own things in conjunction with their staffing so they can get the feel of what we do. Its more understandable now that we’ve been working together for a long time. Now they allow us to do what we wanna do, how we wanna do  it. Did you ever have any self-doubt? [When I was] young I was doubtful about life after losing so much at a young age. But losing in this game can’t compare to the losses that I already had lost in life so we just kept it  moving. Page 21 | Kush Magazine


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noop went to Jamaica a Dogg but returned a Lion after a religious and artistic awakening. Rastafarian priests bestowed the new moniker Snoop Lion upon the music icon when he visited Jamaica in search of “a new path.” “I didn’t know that until I went to the temple, where the High Priest asked me what my name was, and I said, ‘Snoop Dogg.’ And he looked me in my eyes and said, ‘No more. You are the light; you are the lion.’ From that moment on, it’s like I had started to understand why I was there,” he explained at a press conference. Born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., Lion has

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always felt a special connection with Jamaica’s most celebrated music legend, according to news.com.au. “I have always said I was Bob Marley reincarnated,” Lion said. “I feel I have always been a Rastafari. I just didn’t have my third eye open, but it’s wide open right now.” This spiritual development has revived Lion’s artistic energy. After years in the music industry, rap started to stale for the 40-year-old music icon. Ever since he appeared on the scene with “Doggystyle” in the early 1990s, Snoop has been a prominent player in west coast hip-hop. But Lion welcomes musical change and growth.

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NICKI MINAJ Nicki Minaj Tones Down Sexiness For The Youth And Has Big Plans For Her Clothing Line.


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icki Minaj might have been born in Trinidad and raised in Jamaica, Queens, but the 29 year-old rapper and one-woman style tornado makes music like she comes from another planet. Minaj’s Harajuku Barbie aesthetic and penchant for autographing the breasts of her devoted female fans, she is arguably one of the strongest female voices to emerge in hiphop in the last decade. “I don’t mind being called a weirdo,” says Minaj. “There are a lot of people in hip-hop who are probably never going to get what I do. But, by just being myself, I end up touching a lot

more people who might never have paid much attention to a female rapper.” Minaj has worked hard to establish her own voice, writing all her own material and not leaning on sex appeal. “I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness,” she says. “I want people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that.” It was Minaj’s oversize personality and kaleidoscopic raps that drew the attention of her new friend and mentor Lil Wayne , who signed her to his Young Money label in 2009.

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“I want people, especially young girls, to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal.�

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inaj recently revealed a few of the new creations that will be featured in her Kmart fashion line on her Twitter page, giving fans a preview of what’s to come. The singer landed a deal with the department store to launch her own line of clothing and accessories in January, and shared photos of

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some of the designs with fans, looking for some feedback. “Barbz (fans), go to http:// shopyourway.com/nicki and give ur (your) feedback on everything I’ve posted,” she wrote. The singer is currently working on adding new designs for men as well. Check out a few of Nicki’s designs below.

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BLACK BEAUTY Jasmine Adams Jasmine Adams was born July 21 in Louisiana. Shortly after, Jasmine was approached by local modeling agencies in her area. She decided it was time to seriously pursue her career as a model, she began networking, hosting events, appearing in music videos and building a strong portfolio with notable photographers.

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“I’m a woman with ambition, I plan to show the world I’m the next brightest star!”

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he 5’8 winsome model identifies the term of brains & beauty. Jasmine also plans to branch off into radio, movies, and community outreach projects as time progresses. The work of an ambitious, balanced leader is never complete. “Walk with God as he shows you the path to your destination.” Those are inspiring words spoken by a humble and persistent young woman who is determined to succeed.

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THE SHOW MUST GO ON Robert Downey, Jr. Signs On To Two ‘Avengers’ Sequels

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obert Downey, Jr. has officially signed on to reprise Tony Stark/Iron Man in two sequels of “The Avengers.” The blockbuster was the highestgrossing film of 2012.Marvel Studios announced the news on Thursday but didn’t mention making an “Iron Man 4.” Downey, Jr.’s “Iron Man 3” made more than $1 billion in global ticket sales, making it the second biggest superhero flick of all time - after “The Avengers.”

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Rumors circulated that Downey, Jr. delayed signing a deal unless he received a big enough paycheck for the project. He told GQ magazine earlier this year that he made $50 million for the first “Avengers” movie. The actor recently joked about asking fans to contribute to funding “Iron Man 4,” saying: “(My) buddies told me there was a Kickstarter thing, and so if you wanna see a sequel please go to Kickstarter. com and put in your vote.” Downey, Jr. was July 2013


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referring to Zach Braff, who successfully raised funds for a “Garden State” sequel, prompting various celebs to launch their own crowdsourcing projects. “The Avengers 2” will likely hit theaters in 2015. Mark Ruffalo (Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America) are also expected to star. Meanwhile, Downey, Jr. reportedly just signed a $12 million deal with HTC to market the company’s smartphone.

Cameron Diaz Signs On For Jay-Z and Will Smith’s ‘Annie’

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ameron Diaz has signed on to play for Best Actress after her role in Beasts of The villainess Miss Hannigan in an Southern Wild. upcoming film adaptation of the Deadline reports that Diaz nabbed the role classic after Sandra Bullock passed on it following musical “Annie.” Will lengthy negotiations. Jamie Foxx is on board Smith and Jay-Z are to play Daddy Warbucks. Comedy director producing the upcoming Will Gluck, who produced and directed Easy film, and Quvenzhawne A and Friends with Benefits, will helm the Wallis has been cast upcoming film. It’s hoped that the movie will as the titular character. be ready for a Christmas 2014 release. Wallis was the youngest Currently, there is no word if Jay-Z’s actress ever to receive version of “Hard Knock Life” will be selected an Oscar nomination for the film’s soundtrack. July 2013

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Eminem Opens Up About Substance Abuse In ‘How To Make Money Selling Drugs’

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minem has come clean about his struggle to get sober in a new documentary; assuring suffering addicts life “does get better” once they conquer their dependency demons. Now, the 40 year-old rapper is sober after a four-year addiction to painkillers and sedatives, which led to a near-fatal overdose in 2005, and he has shared his experiences in new movie How To Make Money Selling Drugs. Discussing his overdose, Eminem says, “My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything. They were going to have to put me on dialysis. They didn’t think I was gonna make

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it. My bottom was gonna be death. Within a month (after leaving hospital), I had relapsed and shot right back up to the same amount of pills that I was taking. I remember just walking around my house thinking every single day, I’m gonna f**king die.” Eminem also talks about the challenges of quitting his drug habit, recalling, “Coming off of everything, I literally was up 24 hours a day for three weeks straight. I mean not sleeping, not even nodding off for a f**king minute. I literally was just up, looking at the TV.” The 8 mile actor is still recovering from the damage he inflicted on his body, but he goes on to offer July 2013


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words of support to others in the throes of addiction. He adds, “I had to regain motor skills, I had to regain talking skills. It’s been a learning process, I’m growing. You just couldn’t believe that anybody could ever be naturally happy, or naturally function or just enjoy life in general without being on something. I

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would say that to anybody that it does get  better, it just does.” Film maker Matthew Cook’s documentary was produced by Entourage actor Adrian Grenier and also features an interview with marijuana enthusiast Woody Harrelson. Courtsey of Allhiphop.com

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LUDACRIS GETS SUED Hip-hop star Ludacris has been hit with a lawsuit over allegations of copyright infringment. Little known Chicago, Illinois rapper Marvo is suing the Area Codes hitmaker over his song Sex Room, which the plaintiff claims he had been working on with producer Kajun in 2009. He alleges Kajun sold the track to Ludacris without his knowledge, but kept many of Marvo’s original lyrics and later released it as a duet with R&B singer Trey Songz in 2010. Marvo insists he has not received any payment for his work and is demanding an unspecified amount of compensation from both Ludacris and Songz, reports TMZ.com.

Fat Joe Heading To Prison

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at Joe has been sentenced to serve four months in prison for tax evasion. The rapper pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion in December for failing to pay over $700,000 to the IRS in 2007-08; and he was also fined $15,000 and handed a year of probation, according to TMZ.com. Fat Joe, real name Joseph Cartagena, claims his accountants were responsible for his financial troubles. The “Lean Back” singer was ordered to begin his prison stay by August 26 during his sentencing at a Newark, New Jersey, federal court on Monday.

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do a lot of molly and bring adderall”—to the occasional social commentary (on his song “Juno” Danny raps about pregnant teenage girls, “Nobody else care, ‘cause 2Pac ain’t there”). With songs such as “Die Like a Rockstar,” Danny Brown is a welcome alternative to today’s cheesy, dance-floor pop-rap. Just a man going his own way with a sense of humor and flatironed, Flock of Seagulls hair. Page 49 | Kush Magazine


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Top Ten Strains of 2013 Pot possession used to be a binary thing: you either had it or you didn’t. No longer.

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annabis strain reference site StickyGuide lists more than 500 validated strains and climbing. Marijuana is a multibillion dollar, globalized industry, with the market providing strong incentives for international breeders from the Netherlands to South Africa to come up with their own stable of “brands”. Dozens of pot competitions each year help sort through all the innovation, with the best strains standing out. In turn,

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growers purchase winning seeds and clones for the most in-demand and hence valuable flowers. The average cannabis neophyte might not notice the difference, but bud shape, density, color, smell, and structure are all dead giveaways to its parentage and effect. In states where medical marijuana is legal, expert dispensary buyers can tell the difference between an OG Kush and Grand Daddy Purple from across the  room.

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