Jay Rock's "90059" To Feature A New Black Hippy Posse Cut
Jay Rock held a listening session for his upcoming album, 90059, out in L.A. over the weekend. The listening session proved to be a fruitful source of information regarding the new album, with bits and pieces about the features, sound and more making their way online.
Kendrick Lamar Interviews N.W.A For Billboard Magazine
Here goes yet another magazine cover, with Dr. Dre and Ice Cube featured prominently.
Review: Dr. Dre's "Compton"
For over fifteen years fans of Dr. Dre awaited the follow-up to 2001. Detox was rumored to drop basically every year that followed, but was ultimately sidelined as Dre turned his attention to Eminem and 50 Cent, and later, the success of Beats headphones.
Kendrick Lamar To Be First Musical Guest On “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”
If you remember, Kendrick Lamar helped Stephen Colbert end his run on Comedy Central when he performed (and debuted) the never-before-heard track “Untitled” to close out “The Colbert Report.” Doing it all over again, Colbert just revealed that he’s tapped Kendrick once again to help him kick start his run on CBS when he takes over for Letterman’s spot come this Fall.
Is Kendrick Lamar Going At Drake On His Verses From Dr. Dre's "Compton"?
Kendrick Lamar and Drake's alleged "beef" has been so entirely subliminal that there's a chance fans just concocted the whole thing themselves. Then again, once in a while a line goes by that seems a little too loaded to be coincidence, for instance, when Kendrick spits "Motherfucker, know I started from the bottom," to open his "Deep Water" verse on Dr. Dre's Compton.
Photos: Kendrick Lamar At Osheaga 2015
This past weekend was festival heavy. Festivals were going down across North America, from Lollapalooza in Chicago, to HARD Fest in California, to OVO Fest in Toronto, and finally Osheaga in Montreal. Most have wrapped up by now, apart from OVO which sees its final day of festivities today.
Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
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.
5 Things We Want From Dr. Dre's "Straight Outta Compton" Soundtrack
Tomorrow, Dr. Dre is dropping... something. Ice Cube said as much in an interview earlier this week, calling the release in question "an album inspired by the "Compton" movie," referring to the August 14th N.W.A. biopic that he, Dre and director F. Gary Gray have been working on. But will this be just another "music inspired by the film"-style soundtrack? Or something bigger?
The 10 Best Diss Tracks Of The 2010s
Of the many things that old heads will insist "were better back in the day," diss tracks are among the few that most younger rap fans can also agree upon. Even if you didn't live through them, the 2Pac / Biggie, Eazy-E / Dr. Dre and Jay Z / Nas beefs all produced shot-firing tracks that still loom large today-- Notorious' "Who Shot Ya" is still referenced by rappers all of the time, and Nas' "Ether" is now so baked into the foundation of rap that its title is now synonymous with a devastating diss.
BJ The Chicago Kid's Major Label Debut Will Feature Chance The Rapper & Kendrick Lamar
For several years now, BJ The Chicago Kid has been one of R&B's unsung heroes. He's guested on tracks by Freddie Gibbs, Casey Veggies, Big K.R.I.T., Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Joey Bada$$ and pretty much everybody in TDE, and now it's time for him to step into the spotlight as a solo artist. This fall, he'll release his major label debut, In My Mind (not to be confused with Pharrell's debut album of the same name), on Motown, and it'll have some pretty massive features on it.
Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap & More Nominated For VMAs
This year's MTV VMA award show is going down on Sunday, AUgust 30th, and today, the full list of nominees has been announced. View that below. Video Of The Year Beyoncé, “7/11” Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk” Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Eminem Says Hip Hop "In A Good Place Right Now"
In a new interview with the New York Times, Eminem stated his belief that hip hop is in a good place in 2015. The interview mostly addressed Eminem's role and experience working on the soundtrack for the upcoming 50 Cent-produced film Southpaw, but also took the time to share his opinion on the state of the genre. Here's what he had to say:
TDE's YouTube Channel Has Been "Terminated" Due To Copyright Infringement
TDE hasn't had a very good week when it comes to copyright claims. Yesterday, news of a lawsuit over the image used on Kendrick Lamar's "The Blacker The Berry" artwork made the rounds, and today, it's been discovered that the label's YouTube page has been "terminated".
Kendrick Lamar Facing Lawsuit Over "The Blacker The Berry" Artwork
Kendrick Lamar is the subject of a new lawsuit, which also names Interscope and Aftermath as plaintiffs. The lawsuit comes from a photographer who alleges Kendrick stole his image of a mother breastfeeding for the single art of his single "The Blacker The Berry" off To Pimp A Butterfly.
Glasses Malone Shares Artwork & Tracklist For "#GH2: Life Ain't Nuthin' But"
Over the past few years, L.A.'s Glasses Malone has quietly been building a buzz, collaborating with everyone from Ty Dolla $ign to Tyga before 2015. It was really "Thuggin'," a Kendrick lamar-featuring track shared earlier this year, that made him a household name, and now he'll be capitalizing on that with a new album. #GH2: Life Ain't Nuthin' But doesn't have a release date yet, but Malone's just shared the artwork and star-studded tracklist. View the former in the gallery above, and the latter below.
10 Essential Thundercat Tracks
Whether you've been listening to Thundercat for years or just now hearing his name mentioned alongside Kendrick Lamar's, there is an undeniable mystique about this bassist / singer virtuoso. Born Stephen Bruner in Los Angeles, Thundercat is currently making serious waves in the worlds of hip hop, jazz, R&B, and funk.
Kendrick Lamar Responds To Fox News Criticism Of BET Awards Performance
Kendrick took to TMZ Live today to react to criticism from Fox News pundit Geraldo Rivera in regards to his performance at Sunday's BET Awards. After Kendrick opened the ceremony by rapping "Alright" from atop a police car, Rivera remarked, "this is why I say that hip hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years."
Meek Mill Says Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Don't Inspire HIm
Meek Mill was on Power 105 to discuss Dreams Worth More Than Money the other day, and while speaking with Angie Martinez, gave us a window into his personal taste in music. He was quite honest with Martinez, laying it all out there with artists that he both likes and dislikes. Most notably, he said that he wasn't a fan of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole.
FOX News Pundit On Kendrick Lamar: Rap Does "More Damage To Young African-Americans Than Racism"
At Sunday's BET Awards, Kendrick Lamar delivered a rousting performance of "Alright" that featured a vandalized cop car and a huge American flag, but apparently, not everyone was a fan. The most vehement (and absurd) takedown of the show came from a very predictable place, namely FOX News, where hip hop is routinely villainized by out-of-touch talking heads. A whole roundtable was hosted on the subject, but the most striking accusation came from Geraldo Rivera.