Kendrick Lamar News

  • YG Explains Why Kendrick Lamar Chose "Really Be" As His Feature
    YG Explains Why Kendrick Lamar Chose "Really Be" As His Feature
    Mar 22, 2014 at 05:41pm
    YG has been enjoying decent reception for his album My Krazy Life since it was released a few days ago. It has a dirty, thorough sound that the recalls the echoes of previous recent masterpieces, like Kendrick's "GOOD Kid" record. That's exactly why YG thought Kendrick would be so keen to make an appearance on the record and he shared as much when talking to MTV about the record.
  • Pitchfork Music Festival Lineup Announced With Kendrick Lamar As Headliner
    Pitchfork Music Festival Lineup Announced With Kendrick Lamar As Headliner
    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:25pm
    It's that time of year again, folks. The lineup for the annual Pitchfork Music Festival has been announced, and it finds Compton's own Kendrick Lamar headlining the event alongside Neutral Milk Hotel and Beck. Other hip-hop and R&B acts scheduled to perform at the event include K.Dot's TDE affiliates ScHoolboy Q, SZA and Isaiah Rashad, as well as Danny Brown, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Ka and Twin Peaks.
  • Crew Love: TDE
    Crew Love: TDE
    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:58am
    Top Dawg Entertainment, or TDE for short, is one of the biggest success stories in hip-hop in recent memory. Founded in 2004 by Anthony Tiffith, the label didn't release its first mixtape until 2008, and its first album until 2010, but since then, has reached commercial and critical heights the likes of which most other independent labels couldn't imagine.
  • Alicia Keys Talks About Working With Pharrell & Kendrick Lamar On Upcoming Spider-Man Soundtrack
    Alicia Keys Talks About Working With Pharrell & Kendrick Lamar On Upcoming Spider-Man Soundtrack
    Mar 14, 2014 at 03:30pm
    It's no small undertaking when Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, and th legendary film composer, Hans Zimmer, get together for a project. But that's just what we have here as all five of the musical giants got together to create the track "It's On Again," for the upcoming "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel, which will also star Jamie Foxx as the film's main antagonist, Electro.
  • Ty Dolla $ign Says His Kendrick Lamar Collab Is L.A. Equivalent To "Empire State Of Mind"
    Ty Dolla $ign Says His Kendrick Lamar Collab Is L.A. Equivalent To "Empire State Of Mind"
    Mar 13, 2014 at 03:53pm
    Ty Dolla $ign's profile is rising. We've recently seen the singer popping up on plenty of collaborations, including new tracks from Meek Mill and Lupe Fiasco. Turns out, there will be no shortage of big names on his debut album, Free TC either. In an interview with Fuse, Ty let us in on some of things we can expect to hear on the record, as well as sharing some of his early experiences with music.
  • Stalking SXSW: Instagram Photo Recap (Part 2)
    Stalking SXSW: Instagram Photo Recap (Part 2)
    Mar 13, 2014 at 02:04pm
    South By Southwest continues in Austin, Texas today, we've once again rounded up some of the best flicks depicting the what went down around Austin in the past few days. SXSW actually kicked off on March 7th, and lots has happened during the past week that warrants a look or two. The conference continues until Sunday, March 17th when it'll wrap up. Until that time, for all those who weren't able to fly/drive down to Texas to be there in person, we're providing you with the next best thing (?): an Instagram recap via all those using #SXSW.
  • Samples Of The Week: March 13
    Samples Of The Week: March 13
    Mar 13, 2014 at 10:03am
    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh huh honey."  This week, see who Kid Ink, Jay Z, A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar chose to sample in their recent releases, all of which you can find on HNHH. 
  • Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys & Pharrell Contribute To "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" Soundtrack
    Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys & Pharrell Contribute To "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" Soundtrack
    Mar 12, 2014 at 01:19pm
    Kendrick Lamar just contributed a song to the Divergent soundtrack, and it looks like he's not done making music for films just yet. The upcoming superhero flick, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2", will feature a new song from Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar titled "It's On Again". Lamar is said to be taking on a featuring role in the Keys song. Alicia shared some details on the collaboration in a press release.
  • Top Music Videos Of February
    Top Music Videos Of February
    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:00am
    We're kicking off a brand new monthly recap feature on HotNewHipHop, where we look for the top music videos of the past month. Each month we'll round up the visuals that caught our eyes, from big and small rappers alike; this also gives you an opportunity to catch up on videos you may have missed. The videos listed aren't necessarily the most popular or talked-about, but rather the most creative, and best-crafted. In their own way, each visual adds another element to the song, broadening its message.
  • Kendrick Lamar Explains Top Dawg's Success
    Kendrick Lamar Explains Top Dawg's Success
    Feb 28, 2014 at 07:42pm
    We now know Kendrick Lamar is planning to release a new album in September, but Kendrick took a pause to consider his success so far. Coming off of the heels of the Good Kid fumes and the successful launch of Schoolboy Q's Oxymoron, Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment are making their way towards a cultural zeitgiest.
  • Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Billboard [Update: Kendrick Planning To Drop New LP In September]
    Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Billboard [Update: Kendrick Planning To Drop New LP In September]
    Feb 28, 2014 at 03:48pm
    There's no denying that Top Dawg has come up. With ScHoolboy Q's highly anticipated Oxymoron album about to take over the Billboard 200 and debut at #1, and with Ken
  • "Divergent" Soundtrack To Feature New Music From Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky & Chance The Rapper
    "Divergent" Soundtrack To Feature New Music From Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky & Chance The Rapper
    Feb 24, 2014 at 04:35pm
    You may know "Divergent" as that movie that kind of looks like a bootleg "Hunger Games", but what you likely didn't know is that its soundtrack hosts some exclusive new material from your favorite rappers. That's right, the "Divergent" soundtrack will feature cuts from A$AP Rocky, Chance The Rapper, and Kendrick Lamar-- though all of them will be paired with unlikely collaborators.
  • Ty Dolla $ign Reveals Debut Album "Free TC" To Feature Kendrick Lamar & YG
    Ty Dolla $ign Reveals Debut Album "Free TC" To Feature Kendrick Lamar & YG
    Feb 24, 2014 at 09:45am
    Fresh off the success of his introductory Beach House EP, Ty Dolla $ign has began working on his next venture, a project titled Free TC. While talking to The Lesbakeradio Show, the TGOD signee revealed his debut album title and what to expect from it, as well spoke on his appearance on fellow West Coaster YG's album My Krazy Life.
  • Suge Knight Says Kendrick Lamar & Game "Got Two Of The Worst Deals In The Industry"
    Suge Knight Says Kendrick Lamar & Game "Got Two Of The Worst Deals In The Industry"
    Feb 19, 2014 at 05:35pm
    Suge Knight, who recently was in the news for getting into some trouble at a weed dispensary in L.A., hit up Arsenio Hall's talk show as a guest last night. He talked about the situation at the pot store, briefly, and also spoke on major labels all the issues he has with contracts from major labels. He even went so far as to compare contracts to slavery.
  • Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T & More Set To Perform At Pitchfork Festival 2014
    Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T & More Set To Perform At Pitchfork Festival 2014
    Feb 14, 2014 at 02:05pm
    Pitchfork's annual festival is usually more on the indie side than the rap side, but nonetheless they tend to incorporate a bit of hip-hop into the line-up. This year the festival has announced that Kendrick Lamar is headlining, as are Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel. In addition to those acts, Pusha T will take the Pitchfork stage, Grimes, Death Grips and more. Not much in the way of rap has been announced just yet, but there are plenty more artist announcements to come, as Pitchfork says these are less than half the acts they've got lined up.
  • Drake, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar & More Nominated For 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards
    Drake, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar & More Nominated For 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards
    Feb 12, 2014 at 03:02pm
    The mtvU Woodies are one awards show where hip hop gets a good look. The show -- which takes place during SXSW, and honors the artists that college students are listening to -- has previously been hosted by Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino), and seen the likes of Odd Future, Mac Miller, Lil B, and Yelawolf grace the stage, or take home awards. This year is no different, with nominations going out to Chance The Rapper, Jay Z, Kanye West and more. Drake and Pharrell also both show up in the "Woodie Of The Year" category.
  • Drake Calls Macklemore's Apology Text To Kendrick Lamar "Wack As Fuck"
    Drake Calls Macklemore's Apology Text To Kendrick Lamar "Wack As Fuck"
    Feb 12, 2014 at 01:53pm
    Drake isn't usually one to start beef or call people out, so this headline may come as a bit of surprise.
  • Charts Don’t Lie: February 9
    Charts Don’t Lie: February 9
    Feb 9, 2014 at 01:10pm
    This past week has been pretty interesting for the Billboard 200. Following the Grammys and more recently, the Super Bowl, we've seen several artists gain substantial increases in sales. First, the song that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed at the Grammys, "Same Love", as we reported earlier this week, saw a crazy increase in sales of 350%, while their album, The Heist, saw a 62% increase.
  • Pharrell & Kendrick Lamar Set To Perform At NBA All-Star Weekend 2014
    Pharrell & Kendrick Lamar Set To Perform At NBA All-Star Weekend 2014
    Feb 6, 2014 at 12:12pm
    The NBA All-Star Weekend 2014 goes down later this month in New Orleans. Every year the weekend sees the biggest and brightest rappers and ballers come out, whether it be to perform or simply to party. Last year there were events put on by Diddy and Rick Ross, among others, while Alicia Keys headlined the half-time performance.
  • The TDE Timeline: A Magnified Look At Top Dawg's Rise To The Top
    The TDE Timeline: A Magnified Look At Top Dawg's Rise To The Top
    Feb 5, 2014 at 09:27am
    For Top Dawg Entertainment, it's been all grind. A decade ago, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith began building the groundwork for the independent label. The first artist signed by Tiffith was Watts, Los Angeles rapper Jay Rock. The next was K-Dot, a king now known as Kendrick Lamar. From there TDE's success gradually snowballed, effectively becoming the West Coast powerhouse they are today. 
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