The FADER has just announced that Academy Award winning artist JUICY J, and teen rapper EARL SWEATSHIRT (in his first solo cover), will cover its annual Photo Issue, hitting newsstands May 7th. Read the Juicy J cover story right now over at Fader, and go behind the scenes on his cover shoot with photographer John Francis Peters and style editor-at-large Mobolaji Dawodu here.
The FADER speaks with the rap’s hedonistic elder statesman Juicy J before his solo album, Stay Trippy, is released by Kemosabe/Columbia Records this summer. After his success with Three 6 Mafia and a Best Original Song Oscar for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” in 2005, the resilient force has maintained his presence as a successful solo artist with his platinum selling #1 track “Bandz A Make Her Dance” ft. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz; his current single “Show Out” ft. Big Sean and Young Jeezy; and as partner and A&R rep at Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang Records.
“Watch a guy who’s been doing this for 20 years…when I get old, I’ll be one of those dudes that’s had a real good rich life, a successful life, but not a real life.” – Juicy J
The FADER’s feature on Earl Sweatshirt will appear online Tuesday, May 7th, at TheFADER.com.
The FADER #85, the magazine’s annual Photo Issue, also features powerful images from Chicago’s most violent communities, in a photo essay shot by photographer Daniel Shea, who photographed The FADER’s Chief Keef feature in Chicago last year. Shea returns to the same South Side neighborhoods to look at the impact of violence on teenagers whose careers haven’t spirited them away from their home blocks by documenting the city’s epidemic of youth violence. These provocative images document those affected by random acts of violence in Chicago, from the families desperately trying to avoid it, to the organizations trying to stop it. Also included is an in-depth interview with Chicago’s most dedicated journalist, Alex Kotlowitz, and various interviews with some of The FADER’s favorite upcoming artists including Bodega Bamz, King Tuff, Shlomo, Stevie Neale, and more. Stay tuned for those features and more to appear in the next couple of weeks at TheFADER.com.