Kendrick Lamar News

  • 16 Lines From "To Pimp A Butterfly" That Would Make A Great Status Update
    16 Lines From "To Pimp A Butterfly" That Would Make A Great Status Update
    Mar 22, 2015 at 04:30pm
    Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly seems to be the new standard bearer for provocative Hip Hop music and its titillating subtext. Found in the underbelly of the Compton bred MC’s verses and choruses are messages varying from infuriating to inspirational - from seductive to scornful.   TPAB tracks of dissimilar sound all share one commonality. Lamar’s word wizardry has an ability to worm his messages way into the psyche of the listener, and in turn, creating catchy lines that can get stuck in your head all day.
  • Thousands Line Up For Kendrick Lamar Album Signing In Compton
    Thousands Line Up For Kendrick Lamar Album Signing In Compton
    Mar 22, 2015 at 12:44pm
    An estimated 2,500 fans turned out for Kendrick Lamar's Saturday album signing at a Best Buy in Compton, his first public appearance in his hometown since the release of To Pimp A Butterfly earlier this week. “It feels good to be back in my city, to go out here and see these kids still motivated by my music and by my dreams and aspirations,” he told ABC7.
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (March 20)
    140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (March 20)
    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:15am
    Last week was a great one to be a hip-hop fan, but a bad one to be a record label executive. To Pimp A Butterfly has some considering it a classic already, and we have a new Earl Sweatshirt album to look forward to next week. Sony and Interscope may have gotten put on blast, but it's OK: Chris Brown's off probation.
  • Review: Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    Review: Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    Mar 20, 2015 at 03:31pm
    After 2013’s wildly successful good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar had an opportunity that very few artists ever receive. For his third album, he could have continued to make tracks like the wavy “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”, the hook-laden “Fuckin’ Problem", or the festival-banging “m.A.A.d city”, and still had a top-selling album. But instead of recreating music that he’s already conquered, Kendrick set out to make the best work of art possible.
  • Analyzing The Hidden Influences On Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly"
    Analyzing The Hidden Influences On Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly"
    Mar 19, 2015 at 05:09pm
    Kendrick Lamar’s latest installment into his discography To Pimp a Butterfly has only been a part of the Hip Hop world less than a week and yet critics, fans, and fellow musicians alike aren’t shying away from heralding it as a modern day classic.
  • Samples Of The Week: March 19 (Kendrick Lamar Edition)
    Samples Of The Week: March 19 (Kendrick Lamar Edition)
    Mar 19, 2015 at 02:14pm
    Whatever the conversation is in hip-hop this week, it'll be dominated by Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. Even though it has almost as much live instrumentation as a Roots album, the epic project also manages to incorporate a ton of samples that pull from past eras of music. 
  • First Week Sales Projections For Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    First Week Sales Projections For Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    Mar 18, 2015 at 05:24pm
    After setting a Spotify streaming record, with almost 10 million streams on its first day, the next question on everyone's mind: What kind of numbers will To Pimp a Butterfly move in its first week? Remember that TDE CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith predicted a whopping one million.
  • 6 Lines From Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly" We're Still Chewing On
    6 Lines From Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly" We're Still Chewing On
    Mar 18, 2015 at 03:32pm
    Kendrick Lamar's latest and arguably most impressive effort "To Pimp a Butterfly" is laden with dazzling bars, equipped with illuminating lyrics, all of which marinate in the back of your head like a mind-fuck film might. Released early, right around the two-decade anniversary of 2Pac's "Me Against the World" record, Lamar (dare I say it?) picks up where Pac left off, leaving a trail of cryptic brain candy behind in almost every track.
  • Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Sets Spotify Record
    Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Sets Spotify Record
    Mar 17, 2015 at 09:00pm
    Well that didn’t take long. According to reports (& Top Dawg), Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly, has already set the record for most album streams in a day. In total, the album was streamed 9.6 million times on Spotify on Monday, which broke the previously record set by Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late project last month.
  • Quiz: Which TDE Rapper Are You?
    Quiz: Which TDE Rapper Are You?
    Mar 17, 2015 at 05:05pm
    Yesterday we tried out our first-ever quiz on the site, a la Buzzfeed, to find out how well you consumed Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly upon first listen.
  • A Track-By-Track Guide To Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    A Track-By-Track Guide To Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    Mar 16, 2015 at 07:17pm
    Last night, Kendrick Lamar, or someone at Interscope, perhaps, released To Pimp a Butterfly a week ahead of its initial March 23 release date. Already the most anticipated album of the year, Kendrick's follow-up to Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is unlike anything he's ever done, though it could've only come from the man himself. 
  • Quiz: How Well Did You Listen To Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"?
    Quiz: How Well Did You Listen To Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"?
    Mar 16, 2015 at 04:45pm
    It's safe to say that most of us have been listening to Kendrick Lamar's new album, To Pimp A Butterfly, since the early hours of the morning, when it suddenly dropped online. Whether it happened inadvertently or was concocted as part of some weird marketing scheme, it's out now, and listeners are rejoicing (for the most part).
  • Flying Lotus Explains His Involvement In "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    Flying Lotus Explains His Involvement In "To Pimp A Butterfly"
    Mar 16, 2015 at 02:18pm
    As we learned last year when the producer said Kendrick Lamar "took all of [his] beats," Flying Lotus found a big fan in the L.A. rapper. First linking up for "Never Catch Me" last year, the two L.A.
  • Listen To The Tupac Interview Sampled On Kendrick Lamar's "Mortal Man"
    Listen To The Tupac Interview Sampled On Kendrick Lamar's "Mortal Man"
    Mar 16, 2015 at 01:30pm
    One of the most interesting moments on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly comes in the lengthy closer, "Mortal Man," when he simulates a conversation with Tupac by sampling a rare interview with the West Coast legend. As the album opener, "Wesley's Theory," includes a sound bite from Dr. Dre, the album is bookended by quotes from two of Cali's greatest. 
  • Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Reverts Back To Pre-Order Status On iTunes [Update: iTunes Link Is Being Fixed]
    Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Reverts Back To Pre-Order Status On iTunes [Update: iTunes Link Is Being Fixed]
    Mar 16, 2015 at 01:12pm
    Strange things have been happening with Kendrick Lamar's highly anticipated To Pimp A Butterfly in the last 24 hours. First, the album became available to download (the clean version, mind you) on iTunes a week early, with a Spotify stream quickly following.
  • TDE Boss Blames The Early "To Pimp A Butterfly" Release On Interscope
    TDE Boss Blames The Early "To Pimp A Butterfly" Release On Interscope
    Mar 16, 2015 at 01:37am
    Earlier tonight, Kendrick Lamar shocked the hip-hop world by releasing "To Pimp a Butterfly" a week ahead of the album's initial March 23 release date. We thought the early release was Kendrick's effort to beat the leakers, but according to TDE boss Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, the TDE camp was not on board. 
  • Kendrick Lamar Releases "To Pimp A Butterfly" A Week Early [Update: Stream Available]
    Kendrick Lamar Releases "To Pimp A Butterfly" A Week Early [Update: Stream Available]
    Mar 16, 2015 at 12:20am
    Earlier today (March 15), Kendrick Lamar added to his upcoming album's tracklist by revealing all of the guest features on To Pimp a Butterfly, including: Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, and Ronald Isley, among others. 
  • TDE Boss Thinks Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Will Sell One Million In A Week
    TDE Boss Thinks Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Will Sell One Million In A Week
    Mar 14, 2015 at 10:08pm
    We just got the tracklist for Kendrick Lamar's upcoming album, To Pimp a Butterfly, which will be released on March 23. With the singles "i" and "The Blacker the Berry" already out, expectations will be sky-high for Kendrick's third album, and none higher than those of TDE boss Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith. Today (March 14), Tiffith tweeted at his followers to tell him what his goal for TPAB should be. He then tweeted, "we have 2 put that goal out 2 the universe.. what u think is wit u get.... I'm thinking 1 week 1 mill". 
  • This Is Reportedly Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Tracklist
    This Is Reportedly Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Tracklist
    Mar 12, 2015 at 01:25pm
    Kendrick Lamar has slowly been rolling out the details of his upcoming studio album, How To Pimp A Butterfly, and according to DJ Booth, they've now acquired the full tracklist from Universal Music Group.
  • Kendrick Lamar Announces Album Title & Release Date [Update: Official Artwork & Title Revealed]
    Kendrick Lamar Announces Album Title & Release Date [Update: Official Artwork & Title Revealed]
    Mar 11, 2015 at 01:24am
    Last weekend, we got the title of Kanye West's new album and now we've gotten similar news for another one of the year's most anticipated projects. Kendrick Lamar's new album just appeared for preorder on iTunes with a title and release date. As of now, the album is being called [Untitled] and will drop March 23rd.
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