Bill O'Reilly Thinks Rap Music Is Hurting Christianity
Bill O'Reilly has shown a lack of logic throughout his career, most thoroughly in his declaration that you "can't explain" the rising of the tide. Today, he's made yet another unsubstantiated claim, this time targeting one of his favorite scapegoats -- rap music.
State Of California Gives Kendrick Lamar "Generational Icon" Award
It's one thing to have the two most critically-acclaimed rap albums of the last four years, it's another to be recognized by your home state's government for your achievements. Yesterday, Kendrick Lamar became the 35th person in California history to receive the state's "generational icon" award.
Kendrick Lamar To Star In Taylor Swift Music Video
Although the uncompromising To Pimp A Butterfly surely shocked some of Kendrick Lamar's fans, his next move is almost surely more surprising. As announced on Taylor Swift's Twitter, the rapper has joined the already-stacked cast of her upcoming "Bad Blood" music video, which will air during the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 17th.
Rap Industry Recap: April
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
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
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
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
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'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
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
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
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
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)
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
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 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
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'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
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
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.