Kevin Hart covers the latest issuse of ANNEX Magazine where he talks about his DUI arrest, while Janelle Monae boasts about Prince and Miguel appearing on her "Electric Lady" disc in BILLBOARD. See highlights and pics from both mags inside…
Funnyman Kevin Hart covers the summer 2013 #NSFW issue of Annex Man Magazine. Deemed the "ALLAN Issue", the fashion-forward magazine features spreads on streetstyle blooger Prince Paleyo, knitwear designer extraordinaire Mark Fast, Chris Brown’s new artist Sevyn Streeter, and actors Gilles Marini, Robbie Jones, Avan Jogia, and Jean-Luc Bilodeau. And in addition to articles on Sex in America and the "Art of the Sextape", the magazine got Kevin to open up about his wild ride through Hollywood…including his DUI!
In the accompanying pictorial shot by photographer Bradford Rogne and styled by creative director AllanTroy Watson, Kevin shares his thoughts on fame, success and fashion. Here are the highlights:
On His DUI:
Don’t drink and drive! Don’t text and drive! Don’t talk and drive! Don’t breathe and drive! Don’t mix anything with driving. But on a serious note, plan your night and act responsibly. I learned a valuable lesson, it will never happen again.
On New film "Let Me Explain":
"Let Me Explain" is a step above…I constantly try to show growth while doing comedy, I feel like my fans appreciate that more. Let me explain is going to shock a lot of people.
On Being a dad:
I have to be uncompromising when it comes to my kids time with me. I have to be committed to my kids or else the industry will always have you away from your family.
On his underrated fashion sense and fashion week:
WHO YOU CALLING UNDERRATED? Is that a height joke? I’m a f***ing sex symbol! I would love to make it to fashion week to answer your question…when and where ever that is…
On reaching a precipice of success and if he’ll ever leave stand up for the movie business:
First of all, I don’t know what "precipice" means so I can only take it as a sign of disrespect. NEXT QUESTION…but seriously I will never stop doing stand up its my foundation.
On Whats Next:
Several movies. 2013 is the year of the movies for me. Starting with my concert movie "Let Me Explain" in theaters July 3rd. I plan to hit the road in 2014 with a brand new hour.
And yes, this photoshoot was serious. Kinda funny to see Kev all fashion’d up. On the cover of ANNEX, Kevin wears a Buki Akib goat hair coat and a perforated Roxanne Nikki shirt.
Feel like he made fun of Kanye for this exact look…
See more from the issue here.
In other music news….
In the latest issue of BILLBOARD Magazine, the gorge Janelle Monae reveals that she’s ready take her music mainstream with her upcoming disc, Electric Lady. The disc (no release date yet) will feature star turns from Prince and Miguel and is ready to set radio on fire. In the cover story, Atlantic Records Group chairman/COO Julie Greenwald tells BILLBOARD,
"This album has a lot of songs that can get played on mainstream radio. Before, we got a lot of attention in the press, on the blogs, on the video networks. But we didn’t crack the code at radio. So if you connect that last dot, it’s going to be a significant improvement from the last album cycle. Which is really going to put her music in so many people’s homes."
Throughout the profile piece, Janelle describe the how she’s decided to shape and define her career on her own terms and how her struggle is universal. Here are a few quotables…
On individuality and controlling her own destiny:
"I never liked people telling me what to do," she says. "I also wanted to own something: I’ve always had this thought of owning my own label, of being in charge of my words, my art, everything you hear. My goal wasn’t to be the most famous person overnight — it was to make music on my own terms, develop myself and understand if my words were necessary to young people like myself and to make my family proud."
On the meaning of the song "Q.U.E.E.N.":
"I feel like there are constant parallels with me as a woman, being an African-American woman, to what it means for the community that people consider to be queer, the community of immigrants and the Negroid-the combination between the ‘N’ and the android. All of us have very similar fights with society and oppressors, with those who are not about love, who are more about judging. There are two different types of people: Some people come into this world to judge, some people come into this world to jam. Which one are you? It’s a question we should all ask ourselves. My job is to create art that starts a dialogue, to create songs and lyrics that ask society these questions, by using myself as a sacrificial lamb."
Janelle’s issue of Billboard is on newsstands now….
On a very special musical footnote, we’d like to wish Prince a happy 54th birthday! What’s your favorite song from the Purple One?
Photos via PCN/AnnexMagazine