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.
6 Things We Learned From Kendrick Lamar's Interview With Flying Lotus
The day Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly came out, Flying Lotus took to twitter to let us know some inside information on the LP. It turns out that FlyLo was helping Kendrick with the visual portion for his opening slot on the "Yeezus" Tour, and, at the same time, he gave the MC a folder full of beats to mess with for TPAB. Apparently, that folder of beats inspired Kendrick's album theme.
Listen To Kendrick Lamar's Entire "Eyes Above" Verse
Back in November, Flying Lotus treated fans at one of his shows to a previously unheard Kendrick Lamar verse, which at the time was rumored to be for his “Eyes Above” record off Lotus’ You’re Dead album.
Kendrick Lamar To Be Interviewed By Flying Lotus On BBC1 Tonight
We first heard Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar paired on the latter's You're Dead!! highlight, "Never Catch Me," but it's clear that the matchup greatly informed K-Dot's sophomore outing, To Pimp A Butterfly. The LP features yet another instrumental from FlyLo, as well as plenty of tracks with his consistent collaborator, Thundercat, whose bass playing has become synonymous with the Flying Lotus sound.
Killer Mike Reacts To Kendrick Lamar's "Hood Politics" Shout-Out
There was certainly a lot to process on the first listen of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly, but one very immediate lines came in "Hood Politics," where K-Dot rapped "Critics want to mention that they miss when Hip-Hop was rappin’/ Motherfucker if you did, then Killer Mike’d be platinum”.
Is Kendrick Lamar Featured On Kanye West’s “All Day” Remix?
If this is true, then we could be in for a real treat here. A brief snippet has surfaced online via YeezyTalk Monday night that features Kendrick Lamar spitting over Kanye West’s “All Day” record.
Chandler Jones Wants Kendrick Lamar To Be A Patriots Ambassador
Kendrick reps the reigning Super Bowl champs with a throwback Patriots varsity jacket in his new "King Kunta" video. Like many people, Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones saw the video, and he believes Kendrick could do great things as the Patriots global brand ambassador, similar to Drake's ambassadorship on behalf of the Toronto Rappers.
Charts Don't Lie: April 4
While there were a couple of debuts this week, the top 2 albums were not able to be unseated. Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly is still sitting comfortably atop the charts, while the Empire soundtrack trails not-so-far behind. Both Action Bronson and Earl Sweatshirt had their opening weeks, with Bronsolino edging out his Odd Future competitor by a good 5 spots on the Billboard 200. Elsewhere, releases from Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Drake, and J. Cole, continued to accumulate sales, with a couple of them edging their way toward platinum status.
Kendrick Lamar To Throw Out First Pitch At A Dodgers Game
By any stretch of the imagination, Kendrick Lamar is now the biggest rapper in L.A. Fittingly, he's now been given a rite of passage by one of his city's baseball teams: the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a game. The L.A. Dodgers announced the news via a tweet, revealing that Kendrick will be kicking off their home game against the San Francisco Giants on April 27th.
Director X Explains Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta" Music Video
Toronto's Director X is now one of the most successful music video directors around. He's directed multiple Drake videos, as well as recent videos for T.I., Iggy Azalea, and Wiz Khalifa. His latest vid is Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta", and its some of his best work yet.
Kendrick Lamar Is Engaged To His Longtime Girlfriend
Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole seem to have a lot in common. The rappers, frequently cited as two of the best in the game, are apparently working on a joint album together, and now we learn that they're both engaged to their longtime girlfriends. We got news of Cole's engagement to Melissa Heholt back in January, and today Lamar confirmed that he proposed to Whitney Alford, who he's been dating for several years and is pictured above.
10 Producers That Should Be On Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole's Joint Album
On his interview with Hot 97 that uploaded to YouTube yesterday morning, Kendrick Lamar said there's "definitely, definitely" going to be a collaboration album with J. Cole. (You can find that tidbit around the 11:25 mark on the interview.)
Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta" Video Is Premiering Today In Times Square
We've already seen some clips of Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta" video, but you'll be able to see the whole thing today-- if you can make it to New York's Times Square in the next hour. Lamar's new clip will be premiering at 46th and Broadway, according to a tweet by Beats By Dre. We don't have any more information, but we assume the clip will be broadcast on one of the many screens in the busy intersection. The visual will be broadcast at 6 PM, so if you're reading this it may be too late, unless you live within walking distance from the area.
Kendrick Lamar Explains "The Blacker The Berry", "Mortal Man" & More
Yesterday, MTV released Part 1 of their interview with Kendrick Lamar, in which the Compton rapper revealed the meaning behind the To Pimp a Butterfly album title and the initial title of Tu Pimp a Caterpillar (acronym for Tupac).