Mamba Day: A Kobe Bryant Retirement Mix
After 20 seasons with the Lakers, 18-time All-Star and 5-time champion Kobe Bryant plays his final game in the NBA tonight. Whether you're a basketball fan or not, the Lakers home game against the Utah Jazz tonight is worth tuning into, if just to witness a piece of history and celebrate a great career. Since the game only starts at 10:30 PM EST, you still have plenty of time to pre-game for the big event, and we've handpicked a selection of songs to soundtrack your night, putting together 20 of the best Kobe-referencing songs on Spotify.
Kendrick Lamar's "Untitled Unmastered" Credits Revealed
We already knew about a few of the credits on Kendrick Lamar's surprise album untitled unmastered. -- Cee-Lo Green, Jay Rock, and Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys' 5-year-old son Egypt, for example.
Watch Kendrick Lamar Induct N.W.A. Into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
It's always great to see an act as important as N.W.A. recognized for their influence, but it's even better when it's the right person doing the honoring. You couldn't really ask for a better speaker for the group's induction to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame than Kendrick Lamar, and he lived up to expectations at the ceremony yesterday.
20 Hip Hop Artists Who Threw Out The Ceremonial First Pitch
The pitcher's mound is a stage, a very different stage from the one rappers and singers are accustomed to standing upon. The ceremonial first pitch is ostensibly a celebration, and throwing the ball 60 feet in a particular direction may not seem like much of a challenge. But much can go wrong. From Kendrick Lamar to Snoop Dogg to MC Hammer to 50 Cent (!), here are 20 hip hop artists who took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.
Kendrick Lamar & Andre 3000 Remember Phife Dawg On Q-Tip's Abstract Radio Show
Earlier in the week, hip-hop experienced a huge loss, as Phife Dawg, legendary rapper and member of a Tribe Called Quest, lost his battle with diabetes. The day he died saw a large outpouring of tributes from artists and fans on social media, but last night, on fellow Tribe member Q-Tip's Abstract Radio show, Phife was honored more extensively. Tip offered a mix of classic verses and rarities, while a few artists who found inspiration in the late rapper's words shared thoughts on his legacy.
Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, Mac Miller & More Pay Tribute To Phife Dawg
The hip-hop community is in mourning following news of Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest's death early this morning. The rapper passed away due to complications resulting from Diabetes. He was 45 years old.
Are Drake & Kendrick Lamar Planning A Collaboration?
Rumors are circulating online suggesting that there could be a collaboration brewing between Kendrick Lamar and Drake. Many have presumed there to be a longstanding beef between the two rappers, though much of that narrative is likely the result of the media being unable to resist the temptation of pitting the game's two biggest stars against one another.
DJ Khaled Reveals Upcoming Anthem With Kendrick Lamar
It's been three and a half years since Kendrick Lamar last jumped on a DJ Khaled track, when he appeared next to J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. on "They Ready," off Khaled's 2012 album Kiss the Ring. Though Kendrick's style isn't exactly suited for Khaled's usual street/club hybrid anthems, there's no star whom the We the Best boss can't inspire, and he's eager to get back in the studio with K. Dot, especially in the wake of the Compton rapper's two consecutive No. 1 albums.
Charts Don't Lie: March 16
With a couple of debuts in the top 5, it was a great week for hip-hop on the Billboard 200. Kendrick Lamar gets crowned with the No. 1 spot with his surprise album, untitled unmastered., a compilation of eight tracks that didn't quite fit onto To Pimp a Butterfly. Despite zero promotion, it's still the top-selling hip-hop album of 2016, though it didn't have to compete with the TIDAL-only release of The Life of Pablo.
Funk Legend George Clinton Compares Kendrick Lamar To Prince & Sly Stone
George Clinton is a music icon. His revolutionary music and wild style choices have cemented him as one of the people who has always pushed envelope in the music industry. He’s recently collaborated with hip hop artists such as the Wu-Tang Clan, Outkast and most recently, Kendrick Lamar.
Kendrick Lamar Calls Lil Wayne "The Greatest"; Weezy Responds
Kendrick Lamar recently sat down with The Coveteur while out in Manchester, England for an in-depth interview about his new deal with Reebok, fashion, style, and how the youth are shaping the culture. But it was his comments about Lil Wayne, that not only caught the internet’s attention, but the YMCMB boss man himself.
Kendrick Lamar Recorded New Music Last Night
It appears that Kendrick Lamar spent his Sunday night laying down fresh vocal tracks in the studio. He was joined by a dog, A&R Brocky Marciano, and TDE co-president Dave Free, who documented the studio session on Snapchat. Sadly, there is no sound on the one Snapchat in which Kendrick dons headphones and records into the mic. But he appears to be vibing out to unreleased material in another Snap. Otherwise, he's just counting like $2 bills like a true G.
Kendrick Lamar's "Untitled Unmastered" Goes No. 1
Kendrick Lamar's surprise compilation album untitled unmastered. tops this week's Billboard 200 chart. According to Nielsen Music, the album moved 178,000 equivalent album units (and 142,000 pure album sales) for the week ending March 10. With this week's top spot, Kendrick Lamar has earned two No. 1 albums in the past year, following To Pimp a Butterfly, released on March 15, 2015.
Review: Kendrick Lamar's "Untitled Unmastered"
B-sides, bonus tracks, and outtakes are usually released to show us the sides of artists that we don't get on their standard commercial projects. Whether it's studio banter, unfinished sketches, failed genre experiments, or alternate versions, these tracks are windows into the minds of those who usually give us polished, exhaustively edited final products-- unscripted, unfiltered, uncut. When it's your everyday run-of-the-mill rapper, outtakes might contain stuff you'd otherwise never hear from the artist in question.
Kendrick Lamar Announces "Untitled Unmastered" Lyric Contest
Kendrick Lamar sent shockwaves throughout the internet late last week when he surprised fans with the release of a new project on iTunes simply dubbed untitled unmastered, which contained 8 untitled demo tracks from his To Pimp a Butterfly recording sessions.
TDE Co-President Punch Plans To Finally Release An Album
TDE co-president Terrence "Punch" Henderson stays behind the scenes most of the time, operating alongside CEO Anthony Tiffith in the shadows. When he does come out of the shadows, it’s to release the occasional musical track. Punch appears on Kendrick Lamar’s recent untitled unmastered. on track 5 of the album to contribute a verse, and this time he won’t be ducking back into the background so quickly.
Physical Copies Of Kendrick Lamar’s “Untitled Unmastered” Reportedly Dropping This Week
While Kanye West may be retiring from the compact disc game, it appears Kendrick Lamar isn’t. On Monday night, TDE CEO Top Dawg pretty much confirmed the news that Kendrick’s latest surprise Untitled Unmastered project would be hitting stores sometime this week.
Metro Boomin Reveals He's Working On Music For Kendrick Lamar & Big Sean
Metro Boomin is riding the fast lane to hip hop ubiquity. He’s produced a number of top tracks over the past 18 months, and now has transcended into meme territory with the “if young Metro don’t trust you, I’m gon shoot you” ad-lib at the beginning of The Life Of Pablo’s “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.”
LeBron James Thanks Kendrick Lamar For His Musical Inspiration
We all have LeBron James to thank for the recent surprise album from Kendrick Lamar, untitled unmastered., which became available across online retailers last Friday (Mar. 4).
First-Week Sales Projections For Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
We just reported on the first-week album sales for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' This Unruly Mess I've Made, and we've now got the initial projections, courtesy of HDD, for the batch of albums that will hit next week's chart (for the week beginning on March 21).