Kendrick Lamar News

  • Rap Industry Recap: April
    Rap Industry Recap: April
    May 1, 2015 at 09:17am
    Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
  • ASAP Rocky Covers Billboard, Confirms "A.L.L.A" Release Date
    ASAP Rocky Covers Billboard, Confirms "A.L.L.A" Release Date
    Apr 30, 2015 at 07:58pm
    There have been a couple of reports regarding ASAP Rocky's release date for his sophomore album, A.L.L.A., giving us enough information that the album is indeed set for a May release. However, Rocky had yet to make an official announcement, but his new Billboard interview confirms Hits Daily Double's hunch that the record was coming May 12th.
  • 8 Must-See Hip-Hop Tours This Summer
    8 Must-See Hip-Hop Tours This Summer
    Apr 30, 2015 at 11:06am
    The summer concert season is quickly approaching, as we close out the month of April. It’s comparable to Christmas for avid music fans. It doesn’t get much better than beautiful weather complimented by beautiful people dancing to bass-laden tunes. Excess amounts of cheap alcohol and THC add to the excitement at summer concerts.
  • Snoop Dogg Has Some Big Features On His "Bush" Tracklist
    Snoop Dogg Has Some Big Features On His "Bush" Tracklist
    Apr 29, 2015 at 12:22pm
    As we've seen from interviews, Snoop Dogg appears to be pretty excited about his new album, and now that we've seen the tracklist for the LP, we can see why. The ten track album features some pretty phenomenal guest appearances from Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Charlie Wilson, T.I., and Gwen Stefani.Of course, each and every track might as well have a "Feat. Pharrell" tag, as the super-producer will be providing instrumental and vocal contributions to the whole album, which Snoop recently revealed would have very little rapping on it.
  • Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Has A Secret Subtitle
    Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Has A Secret Subtitle
    Apr 29, 2015 at 11:42am
    On first listen Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly seemed to contain a ton of mysteries that needed unpacking. To whom exactly does the butterfly/caterpillar parable pertain? How did he get that Tupac interview? Is he really okay with forgiving Michael Jackson's child molestation charges because of "Billie Jean"?
  • Kendrick Lamar Reveals Which "TPAB" Song He'd Want Tupac On, Covers Mass Appeal
    Kendrick Lamar Reveals Which "TPAB" Song He'd Want Tupac On, Covers Mass Appeal
    Apr 28, 2015 at 03:04pm
    Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly is an album so dense, every interview with the rapper is bound to reveal something new about the politically-charged LP. Lamar appears on the cover of the new issue of Mass Appeal, and he shares plenty more commentary on his new album in the magazine's cover story.
  • Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Schoolboy Q Playing Osheaga 2015
    Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Schoolboy Q Playing Osheaga 2015
    Apr 28, 2015 at 12:08pm
    With Coachella's two weekends officially heralding the start of summer festival season, we're now in full swing with lineup announcements. The latest to share is Osheaga, an annual festival held in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year, Kendrick Lamar is among the three headliners, and Nas, Schoolboy Q, Tyler, the Creator, FKA Twigs, RL Grime, Hudson Mohawke, Action Bronson, Run The Jewels, Charli XCX, Toro Y Moi, Brodinski, G-Eazy, Cashmere Cat, SZA, Raury, Sango and Bishop Nehru also appear on the lineup.
  • Charts Don't Lie: April 25
    Charts Don't Lie: April 25
    Apr 25, 2015 at 06:58pm
    This week we saw debuts from both Tyler, The Creator, and Young Thug. Neither artist is known to play on mainstream radio (though Thug gets a fair share of rap radio play), but each has a pretty supportive fanbase. Tyler managed to crack the top five, despite the experimental leanings of Cherry Bomb, while Thug remained locked out of the top 20, which can be partially attributed to his decision to drop the album on a Friday instead of a Tuesday.Check out this week's rap rankings below.
  • Kanye West: "I Am An Innovator," Not A Musician
    Kanye West: "I Am An Innovator," Not A Musician
    Apr 20, 2015 at 03:51pm
    You can now see Kanye West on the cover of both TIME and PAPER Magazine. His profile in the "TIME 100" issue was written by the multibillionaire engineer Elon Musk, but in PAPER, Kanye delivers a self-penned essay on his status as a modern innovator. 
  • Charts Don't Lie: April 18
    Charts Don't Lie: April 18
    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:18am
    This week marks the end of an era, with Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" unseating the seemingly invincible "Uptown Funk". The success of Khalifa's record was seen in album sales as well with Furious 7 moving up to the top spot on the Billboard 200. This week saw no big debuts, and we watched Wale and Ludacris fall 10-plus spots following their opening weeks last cycle. Take a look at the full breakdown below.
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (April 11 - April 17)
    140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (April 11 - April 17)
    Apr 17, 2015 at 07:12pm
    Barter 6. Cherry Bomb. OMEEKA. This week was filled with activity in the hip hop world, and as usual, a lot of it spilled onto Twitter. We saw a little bit of non-confrontational beef, some trolling and some self-congratulatory behavior-- so it was a pretty standard week, all in in all.  Read on to get the funniest, most noteworthy tweets of the week, and let us know what we missed in the comments section.
  • Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Goes Gold
    Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Goes Gold
    Apr 17, 2015 at 11:53am
    2015's looking better for big sellers in the record industry than its predecessor. At this point last year, only three albums had gone gold (one of them being Beyoncé), but with Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly just now surpassing the 500,000-copies-sold benchmark, we've already got seven this year.
  • Poetic License: The Art Of Writing
    Poetic License: The Art Of Writing
    Apr 17, 2015 at 11:33am
    Poetic license is not a new concept. The idea of poetic license can be traced back to the Greco-Roman classical era and is derived from the Latin words, 'poeta' ('maker') and 'licentia' ('to be permitted,' 'liberty'). The concept was encouraged by a Greek philosopher by the name of Aristotle (maybe you've heard of this dude?). In one of the first-ever treatise to describe poetry and literary theory, the philosopher referred to something called "poetic effect"-- which, today, we would call poetic license.
  • Kendrick Lamar Speaks On Earl Sweatshirt, Lil Wayne, & More In Twitter Q&A
    Kendrick Lamar Speaks On Earl Sweatshirt, Lil Wayne, & More In Twitter Q&A
    Apr 15, 2015 at 11:27pm
    We all know Kendrick Lamar isn’t one for the social media limelight, but on Wednesday afternoon TDE president, Punch, convinced K.Dot to hop on Twitter and answer a few questions for the fans. Answering a wide array of questions, K. Dot spoke on everything from Lil Wayne & the creative process behind To Pimp A Butterfly to the possibility of a TPAB tour and who his favorite artist is at the moment, which he answered with Earl Sweatshirt surprisingly.
  • Jay 305 Speaks On "Taking All Bets," Unreleased Collaboration With Future
    Jay 305 Speaks On "Taking All Bets," Unreleased Collaboration With Future
    Apr 15, 2015 at 04:32pm
    Jay 305's buzz is beginning to transcend the internet and his native West Coast, with the release of his lead single "Thuggin," produced by DJ Mustard. The OPM-affiliated rapper may already have a major label deal under his belt (Interscope), however he's still pretty new to this rap thing, and was thus a perfect match for our On The Come Up series. 
  • Top Five Jhene Aiko Features
    Top Five Jhene Aiko Features
    Apr 11, 2015 at 03:32pm
    Not a lot of people can captivate their listeners in the realm of R&B anymore. Do you remember when Mary J. Blige soulfully wowed us on Jay Z’s “Can’t Knock The Hustle”? Do you remember when Jamie Foxx channeled his inner Ray Charles on Kanye West’s “Gold Digger”? Times like that were special.
  • Listen To Kendrick Lamar's Full Verse On Kanye West's "All Day" Remix
    Listen To Kendrick Lamar's Full Verse On Kanye West's "All Day" Remix
    Apr 11, 2015 at 12:12pm
    Last week (April 7), we posted a brief snippet (since taken down) of Kendrick Lamar rapping over Kanye West's "All Day". Four days later, it looks like this remix is for real--you can now listen to Kendrick's full verse on what promises to be a special collaboration. Though the leak isn't top-quality, it's good enough to quench us over until the full remix emerges. 
  • 6 Things We Learned From Kendrick Lamar's Interview With Flying Lotus
    6 Things We Learned From Kendrick Lamar's Interview With Flying Lotus
    Apr 10, 2015 at 02:01pm
    The day Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly came out, Flying Lotus took to twitter to let us know some inside information on the LP. It turns out that FlyLo was helping Kendrick with the visual portion for his opening slot on the "Yeezus" Tour, and, at the same time, he gave the MC a folder full of beats to mess with for TPAB. Apparently, that folder of beats inspired Kendrick's album theme. 
  • Listen To Kendrick Lamar's Entire "Eyes Above" Verse
    Listen To Kendrick Lamar's Entire "Eyes Above" Verse
    Apr 9, 2015 at 09:36pm
    Back in November, Flying Lotus treated fans at one of his shows to a previously unheard Kendrick Lamar verse, which at the time was rumored to be for his “Eyes Above” record off Lotus’ You’re Dead album.
  • Kendrick Lamar To Be Interviewed By Flying Lotus On BBC1 Tonight
    Kendrick Lamar To Be Interviewed By Flying Lotus On BBC1 Tonight
    Apr 9, 2015 at 02:24pm
    We first heard Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar paired on the latter's You're Dead!! highlight, "Never Catch Me," but it's clear that the matchup greatly informed K-Dot's sophomore outing, To Pimp A Butterfly. The LP features yet another instrumental from FlyLo, as well as plenty of tracks with his consistent collaborator, Thundercat, whose bass playing has become synonymous with the Flying Lotus sound. 
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