Assassin Details His Contribution To Kendrick Lamar's "The Blacker The Berry"
Kendrick Lamar's new song "The Blacker The Berry" once again put the internet topsy-turvy, with the rapper dropping it the day after The Grammys and managing to take the spotlight away from the awards show, instead placing it on his powerful record. The cut featured a dancehall artist from Kingston, Jamaica, Assassin.
Top Tracks Of The Week: February 3 - February 9
After a few paltry weeks, we finally have a chart we can be proud of. Good on you, HNHH fam. Our Top 100 chart contained a number of notable tracks this week. These are songs that generated a lot of interest, whether it be through comments or views, and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration.
A Tale Of Two Kendricks: "i" Vs. "The Blacker The Berry"
On paper, the two new Kendrick Lamar songs we've received in the past six months couldn't be more different.
10 Essential 9th Wonder Productions
North Carolina's Patrick Douthit isn't like most hip-hop stars. He's uninterested with chains, fame, cars, clothes and objectifying women. He's concerned with honoring classic soul music through his sample-based hip-hop beats. That has been enough to catch the attention of Jay Z, Beyonce, De La Soul, Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., Erykah Badu and many more.
Oh Let's Duet: Most Unlikely Grammy Performance Pairings
The Grammys bring all of recorded popular music together under one roof. It's the only time you can see Snoop Dogg and Billy Joel at the same party (because Billy's a Piru for life). After several years of awkwardly sitting rap's biggest stars next to pop's schmaltziest, some enterprising show producer decided to bring that contrast to the main stage, throwing rap artists and pop artists together to see what sticks.
5 Times The Grammys Got 'Best Rap Album' Wrong
With the Grammys coming up this Sunday, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the times they have upset us, the hip-hop community, the most. Because nobody is perfect and the Grammys are certainly no exception. While there are a few time they got the 'Best Rap Album' right (and we will take a look at the flip side of this list later today, so keep an eye out), there have also been quite a few instances where they picked the absolute wrong album, upon general consensus.
Drake, Kendrick Lamar & Nicki Minaj Headline UK Wireless Festival [Update: A$AP Rocky, Pusha T & More Added]
The annual Wireless Festival in the UK has announced a rap-heavy line-up today, with headliners Drake, Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar set to perform during the three-day event. Drake will kick off the fest on Friday July 3rd, followed by Kendrick Lamar and Avicii headlining Saturday July 4th, and finally Nicki Minaj and David Guetta are headlining Sunday July 5th. The festival goes down at Finbury Park in London.
Kendrick Lamar & Snoop Dogg Are In The Studio Together
Snoop Dogg seems to be a pretty busy man, but it hasn't stopped him from keeping his Instagram insanely up-to-date. The sea of memes that is his account sometimes means missing some important posts, including one photo of the Doggfather and Kendrick Lamar in the studio a couple days ago.The caption for the pic was simply "Work!! K. Dot", which doesn't reveal all that much, other than we should be expeting a collaboration from the two west coast talents in the near future. The question is, wil the song land on Kendrick's upcoming project, or Uncle Snoop's?
Big Sean On "Control" Not Making His Album: "I Don't Fuck With Negative Shit"
Big Sean scored the biggest hit of his career this summer, and he's preparing to conjure the creative energy that made "IDFWU" such a success for his upcoming album, Dark Sky Paradise. The GOOD Music rapper sat down with Complex to discuss his next moves.
Dr. Dre & Kendrick Lamar Guest At Game's "The Documentary" 10th Anniversary Concert
Game's debut album, The Documentary just celebrated its tenth anniversary this weekend, and on top of making hip hop heads world-wide feel old, the Compton rapper decided to toast the occasion with a special concert.
Bonnaroo 2015 Lineup Revealed; Kendrick Lamar To Headline
It looks like Hip-Hop will be represented once again at this summer’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Tonight, the official lineup was revealed during a live stream (see below) and it looks pretty deep. The festival will be headlined by Kendrick Lamar, Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, & Deadmau5. While other notable acts to perform include Flying Lotus, SBTRKT, Run the Jewels, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Childish Gambino, G-Eazy, Dej Loaf, and many others. Don't be surprised if more artists get added in the coming months.
Azealia Banks & Lupe Fiasco Go At It On Twitter [Update: Kid Cudi Gets Involved]
This was bound to happen sooner or later. In the age of online beefing, Azealia Banks and Lupe Fiasco are two of the most prolific personalities in hip-hop. While they may often struggle to get their music out, their opinions seem to face no such problems. Lately, they've been circling each others' orbits, nearly always coming out on the opposite sides of issues, but never colliding head-on until now.
Azealia Banks Lashes Out At Kendrick Lamar's Comments On Ferguson
Today Kendrick Lamar's Billboard magazine cover, as well as the story that goes along with it, was unveiled in its entirety. Kendrick isn't the most outspoken individual in the rap game, he's not the type to take his opinions and blast them all over twitter (like someone else in this news article), but he doesn't shy from offering an opinion when asked directly.
Rae Sremmurd Talk Kendrick Lamar Tweet & "Unlock The Swag"
It's not often that the reclusive TDE rapper Kendrick Lamar tweets, so when he does, twittersphere pays attention. This was the case three days ago when K. Dot surreptitiously tweeted lyrics from Rae Sremmurd's album cut "Unlock The Swag." Basically, it meant Kendrick had been listening to the album and enjoying it, a definite co-sign for the fast-rising duo, at least for those who know the reference.
Kendrick Lamar Covers Billboard Magazine
After appearing on the cover of XXL magazine and writing his feature story himself, Kendrick Lamar has nabbed another magazine cover, this time with Billboard.
Kendrick Lamar Reflects On "good kid, m.A.A.d city"
In the new issue of XXL, we get to hear directly from Kendrick Lamar-- instead of going the typical and sometimes boring interview route, Kendrick Lamar writes about himself in the first person. In K. Dot's article, the rapper assesses being famous, what it means (or does not mean) to him, his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city, and of course what's ahead. For a glimpse into the mind of the TDE rapper, check out some choice excerpts below.
Hottest Music Videos Of 2014
Music videos have always been an integral part of hip-hop. Whether it’s shots of the neighborhoods that birthed some of the world’s biggest stars, or the spoils that come with commercial victories, the visuals are a crucial component to solidifying artistic expression.
Ty Dolla $ign Says Kendrick Lamar & R. Kelly Will Be On "Free TC"
Next year, hopefully in March or April, Ty Dolla $ign will be dropping his hotly-anticipated debut album, Free TC. Thus far, virtually all we know about the album is that "Stand For" will be the lead single, but today we get some additional info. In an interview with Rap-Up, Ty Dolla reveals some big-name features that will be on the album.
Kendrick Lamar Covers XXL
In September, we got the news that there wouldn't be anymore print editions of XXL Magazine, but thankfully, we learned a few weeks later that wasn't going to be the case.
Kendrick Lamar Set To Perform On The Colbert Report Next Week
Next year, the beloved host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert, will be leaving his job to take over for David Letterman on "The Late Show." Before he concludes his current program on December 18th, he'll host several incredible guests next week, including Kendrick Lamar on the 16th (Tuesday). David Itzkof of the New York Times tweeted out a schedule that includes Seth Rogen, author Phil Klay and "Stephen's friend Grimmy." View that below.