Drake Or Kendrick Lamar? Barack Obama Shares His Answer
After delivering his eighth and final State of the Union address earlier this week, President Obama sat down with Adande Thorne (better known by his YouTube alias Swoozie) to answer a multitude of questions posed via the hashtag #YouTubeAsksObama. Among the questions was one that has been cause for contentious debate within the hip hop community: Drake or Kendrick Lamar? "Gotta go with Kendrick," Obama said. "I’m just saying. I think Drake is an outstanding entertainer but Kendrick, his lyrics, his last album was outstanding. Best album I think last year."
Kendrick Lamar Reacts To Being Given Key To City Of Compton
Kendrick Lamar has always repped his hometown of Compton, California. Now, he’s getting recognition from the city for everything he has done to tell the city’s story and put it on the map (again). Today on Twitter, Compton mayor Aja Brown tweet at Kendrick to announce he’d be receiving a key to the city on February 13th. Kendrick responded briefly and graciously. He included the phrase ‘HUBLUV’, a reference to Compton’s nickname ‘Hub City’ due to its central location within Los Angeles county.
#TBT: Mixtape Kendrick
Kendrick Lamar has captured the attention of all of us with his studio albums. Section.80 broke him into the mainstream, good kid, m.A.A.d city established him as a hip hop heavy-hitter, and To Pimp A Butterfly put him at the top. However, like most great artists, Kendrick struggled for years to get to the point he's currently at.
10 Other Rappers Who've Visited The White House
Yesterday, we learned that Kendrick Lamar fulfilled a wish he's had ever since the "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" remix ("In the White House with a mink/Running through that bitch like it's my house," although he didn't seem to be wearing any fur at the time), paying a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as a guest of one of his biggest fans, President Obama. He and his crew were given a tour, hitting a rap squat along the way, and making for a pretty historic moment.
Freddie Gibbs Says He's On Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole's Level
In December Freddie Gibbs put out Shadow of a Doubt. It was a sonic departure from Piñata, his previous record with Madlib, but familiar to anyone who had followed Gangsta Gibbs from before that acclaimed 2014 album. In December 2015, he sat down with NPR’s “Microphone Check” for a long, in-depth interview.
Top Tracks: January 4 - January 10
2016 is looking like it's gonna be a fast year. Yeezy decided to become the year's frontrunner after jumping over Jumpman on New Year's Eve, and somehow, he outdid himself the next week, dropping a two-in-one package that had one of the craziest debuts in HNHH history -- and continues to do huge numbers.
President Barack Obama Met With Kendrick Lamar In The White House
Buzzfeed recently hosted White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett on their podcast “Another Round,” and she revealed a recent guest the White House welcomed: Kendrick Lamar.
Here's Kendrick Lamar's Full Austin City Limits Performance
If you weren't lucky enough to score tickets to one of the select dates on Kendrick Lamar's Kunta's Grooev Sessions tour, you haven't completely missed out, as PBS is now streaming the rapper's Austin City Limits set in full. The performance aired on the network Saturday night, but can now be watched via their website, and it's everything we hoped it would be.
TDE President Promises Four New Albums This Year
Top Dawg Entertainment had a strong year in 2015, releasing two fantastic albums in Jay Rock’s 90059 and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Don’t ever think that they’ll take a minute to rest on their laurel’s though.
Kendrick Lamar Has A New Reebok Sneaker On The Way
In 2015,Kendrick joined a lot of rappers by releasing the Kendrick Lamar X Reebok Ventilator sneakers. However, not many rappers created their kicks with the express purpose of helping end gang violence. The neutral beige tones were subtly accented with red and blue colors on each shoe to signify the harmonization of the Bloods and Crips.
Kendrick Lamar To Appear On Jimmy Fallon This Week
Kendrick Lamar is responsible for one of the GOAT talk show musical performances, his rendition of an untitled track on The Colbert Report in 2014 - the first and last time that song saw the light.
Kendrick Lamar Says Drake & Future Made Some Of His Favorite Rap Music Of 2015
Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly was probably the densest album of the year, through a combination of its grandiose musical arrangements, disparate influences, political themes, and very technical rapping. While this made the album a critical success, it also made it the go-to project for a certain type of rap fan to describe as "real hip-hop".
Kendrick Lamar Describes Witnessing His First Murder
Kendrick Lamar is capping off 2015 with an interview that reflects on his youth in Compton and his struggle in coping with fame and success off the back of a platinum debut album, and more recently, 11 Grammy nominations. The rapper sat down with NPR and delivered insight on all these fronts.
Kendrick Lamar Brings Out Big Sean & Ty Dolla $ign At TDE Holiday Concert
TDE hosted their second annual holiday concert yesterday at Nickerson Gardens, the Watts, CA housing projects where Jay Rock and TDE head honcho Anthony "Top Dog" Tiffith grew up. After giving away innumerable toys, the squad got together for a brief set, performing "Vice City" and their biggest individual hits before bringing out Big Sean for "Alright" & "Blessings" and then Ty Dolla $ign for "Blase." The overcast skies prevented TDE and its fans from enjoying some classic LA sunshine, it was an afternoon for the ages in South Central.
Hottest Album Covers Of 2015
The Golden Era of cover art likely ended with the rise of CDs. But even with the Golden Age of CDs behind us, cover art still plays a vital role in the listener's consumption of music. Along with the album title, it serves as a sort of opening salvo or prelude that sets the tone for the music itself, and it is often the last image that remains in the listener's mind. It is the face of the music. With that in mind, here our picks for the best cover art of 2015.
Hottest 50 Songs Of 2015
It's holiday season, and that means it's time to start rolling out the year-end lists. There was almost too much good music to handle, as notable releases week after week meant that only the hottest tracks were able to attain a shelf-life of longer than a couple of months.
TDE Trolls Fans With Footage Of "Fight" Between Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q
Today some reports/rumors have been circulating that a fight went down between Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q. The details surrounding the fight are sparse, but when a twitter use asked TDE's CEO about it, he brushed it off as a "family disagreement."
The Obamas' 10 Most Hip Hop Moments
President Obama recently made headlines when he announced that his favorite song from the year was Kendrick Lamar's "How Much A Dollar Cost?" If there's one year-end list you want to be on, it's the President's. Our current commander-in-chief, and his family, have been the most culturally-savvy first family that this country has ever had, and a big portion of that is how their names continuously pop up next to hip hop culture.
Kendrick Lamar Covers XXL
XXL have revealed their Winter 2015 magazine cover, going with none other than the Grammy leader, Kendrick Lamar. It's been a year since Kendrick penned his own cover story for XXL's 2014 Winter issue, so it seems like a good time to follow-up with the rapper. Once again, K. Dot writes his own story for the magazine. You can read an excerpt from his write-up below, and check out the cover in the gallery above.
Kendrick Lamar Was Grand Marshal Of The Compton Christmas Parade
Kendrick Lamar was the Grand Marshal of the Compton Christmas Parade today. He was given the honor by Major Aja Brown, who also invited Bompton's own YG to join the parade and spread the holiday cheer. Lamar rode in the backseat of a slick beige lowrider next to his girlfriend, and YG was decked out in his usual all-red, perfect for the occasion. Watch a clip of K-Dot addressing the Compton crowd below.