Kendrick Lamar News

  • New Tupac Music Is On The Way
    New Tupac Music Is On The Way
    Mar 28, 2015 at 12:53 PM
    We recently heard Tupac make an appearance on "Mortal Man", the last track off Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly. The recording was taken from a 1994 interview, but it was still chilling to hear Shakur's voice almost 20 years after his death. Now, according to Billboard, we could be hearing brand new Tupac music in the near future. 
  • Charts Don't Lie: March 28
    Charts Don't Lie: March 28
    Mar 28, 2015 at 12:03 PM
    The biggest story from last week's charts is far-and-away Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly, which hit iTunes a week earlier than expected, which seems to have benefitted the LP, despite a rocky start to the release. K-Dot has earned his very first #1 album with TPAB, smashing Spotify streaming records over the first two days of its release, and pulling a feat Madonna could not a week earlier, unseating the Empire soundtrack.
  • Six Kendrick Lamar Songs Make Billboard's Hot 100
    Six Kendrick Lamar Songs Make Billboard's Hot 100
    Mar 28, 2015 at 09:44 AM
    Kendrick Lamar's latest album To Pimp a Butterfly has officially debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, giving K-Dot his first #1 album. Many of the album's tracks found their way onto the Billboard Hot 100 songs, as well. For the week of April 4, Kendrick had a total of six TPAB tracks on the 100 chart, including: "King Kunta", "The Blacker the Berry", "Alright", "Wesley's Theory", "These Walls", and "Institutionalized".
  • Forgot About Dre: Tracking Dr. Dre's Last Five Years
    Forgot About Dre: Tracking Dr. Dre's Last Five Years
    Mar 27, 2015 at 05:27 PM
    "How nigga? My last album was The Chronic." Sure, it took Dre almost seven years to follow up his classic debut with another album, but along the way, he became one of the industry's biggest moguls. He discovered Slim Shady and built an empire around him with Aftermath (and Shady) Records. 
  • Kendrick Lamar Has The First No. 1 Album Ever With "Pimp" In Its Title
    Kendrick Lamar Has The First No. 1 Album Ever With "Pimp" In Its Title
    Mar 27, 2015 at 02:19 AM
    Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly, has just set another record… kinda. According to Billboard, To Pimp A Butterfly is the first album with “pimp” in its title to be No. 1 on the charts. Previously, the highest charting album was Pimpalation by Pimp C, which landed him a No. 3 spot in 2006.
  • Kendrick Lamar Will Never Release The Song From His Colbert Performance
    Kendrick Lamar Will Never Release The Song From His Colbert Performance
    Mar 26, 2015 at 06:23 PM
    Back in December, when we knew very little about Kendrick Lamar's follow-up to good kid, m.A.A.d city, his performance on the series finale of the Colbert Report seemed like a huge hint. While we assumed that the "untitled" song was a sure bet to land on the LP, when To Pimp A Butterfly finally arrived, it was strangely nowhere to be found.
  • Kendrick Lamar Throws a Surprise Concert On A Moving Truck In Hollywood
    Kendrick Lamar Throws a Surprise Concert On A Moving Truck In Hollywood
    Mar 25, 2015 at 03:04 AM
    Kendrick Lamar took his talents to the road Tuesday night (literally) and gave L.A. fans quite the experience.
  • First Week Sales For Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    First Week Sales For Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    Mar 24, 2015 at 05:36 PM
    Though Kendrick Lamar's latest album, To Pimp a Butterfly, was supposed to be released yesterday (March 23), it came out a week early (March 16). Thus, TPAB's first week numbers are in, and the album has taken the top spot on the Billboard 100. According to HDD, To Pimp a Butterfly moved 318,988 copies in its first week. Those figures do not include streaming, so we'll alert you when those numbers come in.
  • 16 Lines From "To Pimp A Butterfly" That Would Make A Great Status Update
    16 Lines From "To Pimp A Butterfly" That Would Make A Great Status Update
    Mar 22, 2015 at 04:30 PM
    Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly seems to be the new standard bearer for provocative Hip Hop music and its titillating subtext. Found in the underbelly of the Compton bred MC’s verses and choruses are messages varying from infuriating to inspirational - from seductive to scornful.   TPAB tracks of dissimilar sound all share one commonality. Lamar’s word wizardry has an ability to worm his messages way into the psyche of the listener, and in turn, creating catchy lines that can get stuck in your head all day.
  • Thousands Line Up For Kendrick Lamar Album Signing In Compton
    Thousands Line Up For Kendrick Lamar Album Signing In Compton
    Mar 22, 2015 at 12:44 PM
    An estimated 2,500 fans turned out for Kendrick Lamar's Saturday album signing at a Best Buy in Compton, his first public appearance in his hometown since the release of To Pimp A Butterfly earlier this week. “It feels good to be back in my city, to go out here and see these kids still motivated by my music and by my dreams and aspirations,” he told ABC7.
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (March 20)
    140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (March 20)
    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:15 AM
    Last week was a great one to be a hip-hop fan, but a bad one to be a record label executive. To Pimp A Butterfly has some considering it a classic already, and we have a new Earl Sweatshirt album to look forward to next week. Sony and Interscope may have gotten put on blast, but it's OK: Chris Brown's off probation.
  • Review: Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    Review: Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    Mar 20, 2015 at 03:31 PM
    After 2013’s wildly successful good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar had an opportunity that very few artists ever receive. For his third album, he could have continued to make tracks like the wavy “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”, the hook-laden “Fuckin’ Problem", or the festival-banging “m.A.A.d city”, and still had a top-selling album. But instead of recreating music that he’s already conquered, Kendrick set out to make the best work of art possible.
  • Analyzing The Hidden Influences On Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly"
    Analyzing The Hidden Influences On Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly"
    Mar 19, 2015 at 05:09 PM
    Kendrick Lamar’s latest installment into his discography To Pimp a Butterfly has only been a part of the Hip Hop world less than a week and yet critics, fans, and fellow musicians alike aren’t shying away from heralding it as a modern day classic.
  • Samples Of The Week: March 19 (Kendrick Lamar Edition)
    Samples Of The Week: March 19 (Kendrick Lamar Edition)
    Mar 19, 2015 at 02:14 PM
    Whatever the conversation is in hip-hop this week, it'll be dominated by Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. Even though it has almost as much live instrumentation as a Roots album, the epic project also manages to incorporate a ton of samples that pull from past eras of music. 
  • First Week Sales Projections For Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    First Week Sales Projections For Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    Mar 18, 2015 at 05:24 PM
    After setting a Spotify streaming record, with almost 10 million streams on its first day, the next question on everyone's mind: What kind of numbers will To Pimp a Butterfly move in its first week? Remember that TDE CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith predicted a whopping one million.
  • 6 Lines From Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly" We're Still Chewing On
    6 Lines From Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly" We're Still Chewing On
    Mar 18, 2015 at 03:32 PM
    Kendrick Lamar's latest and arguably most impressive effort "To Pimp a Butterfly" is laden with dazzling bars, equipped with illuminating lyrics, all of which marinate in the back of your head like a mind-fuck film might. Released early, right around the two-decade anniversary of 2Pac's "Me Against the World" record, Lamar (dare I say it?) picks up where Pac left off, leaving a trail of cryptic brain candy behind in almost every track.
  • Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Sets Spotify Record
    Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Sets Spotify Record
    Mar 17, 2015 at 09:00 PM
    Well that didn’t take long. According to reports (& Top Dawg), Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly, has already set the record for most album streams in a day. In total, the album was streamed 9.6 million times on Spotify on Monday, which broke the previously record set by Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late project last month.
  • Quiz: Which TDE Rapper Are You?
    Quiz: Which TDE Rapper Are You?
    Mar 17, 2015 at 05:05 PM
    Yesterday we tried out our first-ever quiz on the site, a la Buzzfeed, to find out how well you consumed Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly upon first listen.
  • A Track-By-Track Guide To Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    A Track-By-Track Guide To Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    Mar 16, 2015 at 07:17 PM
    Last night, Kendrick Lamar, or someone at Interscope, perhaps, released To Pimp a Butterfly a week ahead of its initial March 23 release date. Already the most anticipated album of the year, Kendrick's follow-up to Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is unlike anything he's ever done, though it could've only come from the man himself. 
  • Quiz: How Well Did You Listen To Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"?
    Quiz: How Well Did You Listen To Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"?
    Mar 16, 2015 at 04:45 PM
    It's safe to say that most of us have been listening to Kendrick Lamar's new album, To Pimp A Butterfly, since the early hours of the morning, when it suddenly dropped online. Whether it happened inadvertently or was concocted as part of some weird marketing scheme, it's out now, and listeners are rejoicing (for the most part).
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