The Biggest Star From Each XXL Freshman Class
The XXL Freshman list continues to be a conversation point between rap fans. Every year, there's talk of who was left off, or who shouldn't have been included, but time seems to be the only deciding factor in the conversation. Over the course of 9 covers, we've seen many artists featured in these special issues go many different ways. Some years have been stronger than others, but every issue has spawned at least one certified star, and today we're looking back at the artists that made the biggest impact following their appearance.
This Clip Of Kendrick Lamar Singing Drake's "Controlla" & Rihanna's "Work" Is Essential Viewing
Kendrick Lamar and Drake may have had their differences in the past (some of them likely imagined by fans), but it doesn't mean they can't enjoy one another's music. A new clip has surfaced in which we hear Kendrick Lamar gleefully singing along to Drake's VIEWS highlight, "Controlla," before moving on to Rihanna's "Work" (which, of course, Drake is also featured on).
These Hip Hop Artists Are "On The Way To Legend" According To Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli can usually be found debating, arguing, or flat out beefing with his Twitter followers. On Tuesday, he responded to a tweet that suggested that there are no one today matches the artistry of golden era greats like Rakim and A Tribe Called Quest. “I disagree,” Kweli wrote. “RTJ, Joey Badass, Kendrick, Cole, Rapsody, Anderson Paak Chance, all great on the way to legend.”
10 Joint Projects That May Or May Not Come Out
For every Watch the Throne or What a Time to Be Alive, there are scores of joint hip hop projects borne of one epic late night in the studio that never crystallize into a fully formed release. As fans, we should know better than to let these glimmers of collaborative greatness get our hopes up. But the possibilities are too great to ignore.
Why Are All The TDE Members Tweeting At Lance Skiiiwalker?
Slightly less than an hour ago, astute twitter users noticed that each member of TDE, namely, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad and Jay Rock, all tweeted the same thing, tagging the same person.
FDT: 10 Rap References To Donald Trump
Donald Trump might be one of the most hated men in hip hop culture, but it wasn't always that way. Before he was touting a racist agenda, Trump was a symbol of success. With a crap ton of money and an entrepreneurial spirit, it's no wonder why Donald Trump was the subject of tracks by Gucci Mane, Mac Miller and Rae Sremmurd.
Kendrick Lamar To Headline Austin City Limits 2016 Festival
Austin City Limits music festival has announced it's 2016 lineup. Kendrick Lamar has been bestowed one of the coveted headline slots, along with Radiohead, Mumford & Sons. and LCD Soundsystem. Other hip hop/R&B acts of note: Schoolboy Q, LL Cool J, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Tory Lanez, Flying Lotus, Gallant, Raury, and Domo Genesis. Also of potential interest to hip hop fans: Major Lazer, Die Antwoord, Corrine Bailey Rae, AlunaGeorge, and Willie Nelson!!!!
Top Tracks: April 25 - May 1
We've officially entered the whirlwind release period of 2016, with hip hop's (arguably) biggest current male and female stars, Drake and Beyoncé, both dropping projects in the past ten days. What's more, Chance 3 should be dropping any moment now.
Review: Beyoncé's "Lemonade"
The credits on Beyoncé's new album Lemonade read like an oddly-selected history of pop, R&B, and rock music, with modern indie names like Ezra Koenig and Animal Collective sitting alongside titanic legends like OutKast, Led Zeppelin, and Isaac Hayes.
Kendrick Lamar & Dr. Dre Perform At Anderson .Paak's Coachella Set
Anderson .Paak is taking full advantage of his newfound status as the critical and popular darling of R&B. He was the MVP of SXSW, performing over a dozen shows in four days, and his name appears on just about every festival billing this summer.
Jay Electronica Offers "Peace" To Kendrick Lamar & 50 Cent
You may remember a certain Periscope session that Jay Electronica shared back in February, where the rapper made some candid remarks about both 50 Cent ("We will slap 50 Cent’s eyeballs loose out his scalp”) and Kendrick Lamar ("Kendrick is my son, Kendrick is my baby, Kendrick wishes he could be me").
Kendrick Lamar & Dr. Dre Perform During Ice Cube's Coachella Set
Ice Cube's set from Coachella weekend 1 was full of surprise appearances, but there was one notable absence that night. While the rest of N.W.A. came out to perform "Fuck The Police" and Straight Outta Compton," Dr. Dre was nowhere to be found. While we were initially disappointed that Dre wasn't able to complete the reunion of surviving members, we should've known that Cube was leaving something to be desired weekend 2.
M.I.A.: "Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar Going to Say Muslim Lives Matter?"
Well-known for her advocacy on behalf of marginalized communities, M.I.A. offered her take on the #BlackLivesMatter movement during a recent interview with London's Evening Standard magazine.
Kendrick Lamar Sued For Sample Used On His 2009 Self-Titled EP
Kendrick Lamar has one of the cleanest legal records in the game, though he has now become the target of a lawsuit put forth by Mattie Music Group, reports TMZ. The music company apparently owns the rights to the song "Don't You Want to Stay," released in 1975 by soul great Bill Withers.
Kanye West, Jay Z, & Kendrick Lamar Attended Kobe Bryant's Final Game
Rappers and hip hop moguls shelled out as much as 40 grand to witness Kobe Bryant's final game in person. And it was worth it. Kobe dropped 60 points, including the Lakers last 15 points of the game, and hit the game-winning jumper with 31 seconds to play.
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.