Kendrick Lamar News

  • "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. 
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: Jan. 27- Feb. 2
    Top Tracks Of The Week: Jan. 27- Feb. 2
    Feb 4, 2014 at 11:38pm
    This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
  • Kendrick Lamar Talks On His Manager Dave Free, Wanting To Collaborate With Erykah Badu
    Kendrick Lamar Talks On His Manager Dave Free, Wanting To Collaborate With Erykah Badu
    Feb 4, 2014 at 05:50pm
    TDE announced yesterday that a new project is "coming soon" from Ab-Soul, and we've also got ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron to look forward to this month, not to mention Isaiah Rashad's Cilvia is still in rotation, but fa
  • What The Kendrick/Macklemore Debate Means For Hip-Hop
    What The Kendrick/Macklemore Debate Means For Hip-Hop
    Feb 4, 2014 at 05:29pm
    There are many out there who are still upset and lay dormant, content to grumble mildly because, after all, it has been a week.
  • Charts Don’t Lie: February 2
    Charts Don’t Lie: February 2
    Feb 2, 2014 at 09:13am
    The Grammys had a positive effect in terms of album sales, as those nominated and those who won both received a boost in the past seven days. Despite Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city not taking home a Grammy, the rapper still saw a spike in his sales and an almost twenty-spot jump up the charts. Of course, four-time Grammy winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also benefited this past week, seeing a ten-spot jump into the top 15 of the Billboard 200 (as if they needed it).
  • Scoop Deville Discusses Making Beats With Kendrick Lamar
    Scoop Deville Discusses Making Beats With Kendrick Lamar
    Jan 31, 2014 at 03:23pm
     Kendrick has been reluctant to talk at all about his upcoming projects. We don't even know what progress he's made on a follow-up album, if any. However, Scoop Deville, with DJ Dahi and THC are a little more forthcoming. When speaking to VIBE, Scoop said: “We’re in the lab right now and we’re creating music,” Scoop Deville says. “I’m working hard on making a sound for [Kendrick] that is definitely going to take him where he needs to be—musically, sonically—the people are going to feel it. That’s what we do it for—we’re not trying to make hit records.”
  • Pharrell Talks About How Lorde and Kendrick Are Shaping The Industry
    Pharrell Talks About How Lorde and Kendrick Are Shaping The Industry
    Jan 31, 2014 at 01:53pm
    Pharrell is one articulate dude, if you haven't heard him speak already. When he sat down with Hardknock TV, he had a lot to say about music as an art form and music as an industry. The interview, which will be posted below, is full of illuminating and well-wrought thoughts about his ever-changing industry. He says:
  • Kendrick Lamar On Grammy Snub: "Everything Happens For A Reason"
    Kendrick Lamar On Grammy Snub: "Everything Happens For A Reason"
    Jan 29, 2014 at 12:15pm
    The Grammy Awards were once again in the crossfire of the hip-hop community when Macklemore took home four Grammys and Kendrick Lamar took home zero. We've heard Macklemore's stance on the subject plenty of times now, he even put a text message he sent to K. Dot following his Grammy win on display for the world to see.
  • Red Carpet, Backstage & Onstage Photos From The 2014 Grammy Awards
    Red Carpet, Backstage & Onstage Photos From The 2014 Grammy Awards
    Jan 27, 2014 at 11:38am
    As per usual, the Grammy Awards proved to be an eventful night. We saw performances from husband and wife, Jay Z and Beyonce, as well as John Legend, Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons, Juicy J alongside Katy Perry, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Madonna and more.
  • Macklemore Tells Kendrick Lamar He Got "Robbed" At Grammys
    Macklemore Tells Kendrick Lamar He Got "Robbed" At Grammys
    Jan 27, 2014 at 10:07am
    As you are probably aware by now, much to the dismay of the rap community, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took home Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song at the Grammys awards last night. This isn't exactly surprising, despite Macklemore himself (among others) asserting that Best Rap Album should go to Kendrick Lamar.
  • List Of Winners From The 56th Annual Grammy Awards
    List Of Winners From The 56th Annual Grammy Awards
    Jan 26, 2014 at 06:58pm
    The Grammy awards air tonight, and we'll be live updating the winners as the show goes on. Winners are presented in bold. So far, the untelevised awards have been presented, the most surprising being Macklemore & Ryan Lewis taking rap album of the year. Check out the nominees and winners below. Best Dance Recording
  • Kendrick Lamar Says "People Forget That Jay Z Is From The Projects"
    Kendrick Lamar Says "People Forget That Jay Z Is From The Projects"
    Jan 25, 2014 at 12:42pm
    Kendrick Lamar covered GQ's man of the year issue last year, and he hasn't stopped showing up on the front page of magazines since. This week he'll be appearing on both ESPN and JET magazine's covers, the latter of which contains an interview with the Grammy-nominated emcee. In the article, K.Dot talks black history, Jay Z, and his writing process. “Hip Hop plays a huge part in Black history," Lamar told JET. "It’s bigger than music. Entertainers are actually leading a generation today as role models, whether they want to or not." 
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