21 Savage and G-Eazy Cover XXL Magazine’s Spring 2018 Issue
A gangsta and a gentleman are hip-hop's latest stars. 21 Savage and G-Eazy step into a new season as the cover stars of XXL Magazine's spring 2018 issue. The rappers, each with their own individual cover shot by photographer Travis Shinn, welcomed XXL into their respective homes in the months leading up to their solo cover debuts for exclusive interviews to discuss their lauded careers and rise to stardom.
The streets made 21 Savage, but he's flourished well beyond his Atlanta stomping grounds. The Issa Album rapper, whose hit "Bank Account" has more than 369 million streams on Spotify, has infiltrated the mainstream sector when actors like Seth Rogen are applauding his debut album, which dropped last summer, Fox News correspondent Tomi Lahren is lip-syncing his "Bank Account" lyrics in her Instagram Stories and Ellen DeGeneres welcomes him onto her daytime talk show. His appearance on Post Malone's "Rockstar" last year earned him his first No. 1 Billboard hit for eight straight weeks. It's clear 21 Savage has made it.
Inside his Northwest Atlanta mansion, the 25-year-old artist opens up to XXL's Editorial Site Director Georgette Cline about his recent accomplishments, his forthcoming sophomore album, who he's looking forward to working with on the LP, a new joint project he has in the works with Young Nudy, his thoughts on President Trump leading America and fulfilling his dreams of flying a plane, among other points of discussion. 21 Savage is on a quest to become a better man.
When it comes to G-Eazy, the Oakland native can't be held down. He delivered his fourth studio album, The Beautiful & Damned, in December of 2017. The LP earned a No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 chart with 122,000 units sold, proving his place in hip-hop is no fluke. The rapper's been out here dropping projects since 2009. His biggest hit thus far is "No Limit" featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has amassed more than 223 million streams on Spotify and counting. G-Eazy is continued his ascent up the hip-hop ladder of success.
G-Eazy welcomed XXL contributing writer Sowmya Krishnamurthy to his own Hollywood Hills mansion to chop it up about balancing his new Hollywood life without losing himself, severing ties with H&M after the retail giant featured an advertisement showcasing a young Black child modeling a hoodie emblazoned with the phrase "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle," the internal battle between G-Eazy the artist and Gerald the man and much more. G-Eazy's self-discovery is ongoing.
The spring 2018 issue also has plenty of other interviews with the game's vets and newcomers. Boosie BadAzz keeps pushing with a new album, BooPac, and stellar business acumen, all while flexing an acting career. GoldLink has found his groove with "Crew" and now everyone is falling in line. Lil B is an icon to hip-hop younger generations, all while encouraging love and positivity. Evidence knows the rap game inside and out, and he expels his years of wisdom. Rich The Kid's forthcoming LP, The World Is Yours, is stacked with features, which he details in full. Then there are Show & Prove spotlights on Tee Grizzley, Trippie Redd and J.I.D, and a deep dive into the new generation of hip-hop's obsession with rock. This issue has something for every rap fan.
The new issue of XXL is on stands everywhere March 27.