Kendrick Lamar News

  • Live Stream Jay Z's "Made In America" Festival [Update: Stream Day 2]
    Live Stream Jay Z's "Made In America" Festival [Update: Stream Day 2]
    Aug 31, 2014 at 03:53pm
    As of 20 minutes ago, both "Made In America" festivals (one in Philadelphia, one in L.A.) are underway. The Jay Z-helmed festival boasts performances by Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, YG, DJ Mustard, Chance The Rapper, Iggy Azalea, Cypress Hill, SZA, Hit-Boy, Big Daddy Kane, Danny Brown, Pharrell Williams, Nipsey Hussle (maybe) and more this year. Lucky for you, the whole thing can be watched from the couch.
  • Flying Lotus: Kendrick Lamar "Took All My Beats"
    Flying Lotus: Kendrick Lamar "Took All My Beats"
    Aug 19, 2014 at 03:38pm
    Kendrick Lamar seems to have taken a liking to Flying Lotus. Since he recruited the avant-garde L.A.
  • Pete Rock Worked With Kendrick Lamar On His New Album
    Pete Rock Worked With Kendrick Lamar On His New Album
    Aug 12, 2014 at 10:02am
    Any details we can get on Kendrick Lamar's new album are welcome, as it is being kept tightly under wraps. Today we get word that Pete Rock made a contribution to the LP, which is as of yet untitled.
  • Top 10: Albums We Can't Wait To Hear
    Top 10: Albums We Can't Wait To Hear
    Aug 11, 2014 at 04:16pm
    Just as a disclaimer, you won't find Detox on this list. We gave up on that a long time ago. We can only assume at this point that Dre is swimming in a literal pool of Apple money somewhere, Scrooge McDuck style. What you will find on this list however is a whole bunch of projects that we cannot wait any longer for, we need them. The anticipation is killing us, and we're tired of the pushbacks and rumors (looking at you, Fif). Hip hop as a genre has been so amazing the past few years, that we can only expect things to keep getting better.
  • Kendrick Lamar To Debut "m.A.A.d" Short Film Next Month
    Kendrick Lamar To Debut "m.A.A.d" Short Film Next Month
    Jul 31, 2014 at 03:52pm
    Though hip-hop artists are currently prone to using the phrase "it's gonna be a movie" when talking about their next project, Kendrick Lamar's semi-autobiographical good kid, m.A.A.d city was one of the few to actually fit that description, detailing a day in the life of a South Central teen. Now it seems as if the project will literally be "a movie," albeit a short one, as Lamar will debut a 14-minute-long film entitled "m.A.A.d" at next month's inaugural Sundance NEXT Fest in L.A.
  • Top 10: Rap Interludes
    Top 10: Rap Interludes
    Jul 28, 2014 at 10:46am
    The interlude has always been an opportunity for an artist to switch up the vibe of their album and transition from one style to another. Sometimes they're musical, sometimes they're a humorous skit (or not so much) thrown in for comic relief. Hip Hop albums have had interludes for a long time, but they're transformed slightly during this current generation of the genre. The skit has almost entirely gone the way of the dinosaur, with very few albums featuring them. However, the musical interlude has flourished, even producing songs that are considered classics.
  • Childish Gambino Calls Out Drake, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q In Sydney Freestyle
    Childish Gambino Calls Out Drake, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q In Sydney Freestyle
    Jul 28, 2014 at 02:13am
    Childish Gambino has never been one for fighting words, but apparently something was in the air this weekend in Australia. The California-born rapper performed at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on Sunday night (July 27th) and left attendees with a show worth remembering.
  • Nas Offers Kendrick Lamar Advice On Following Up A Classic Album
    Nas Offers Kendrick Lamar Advice On Following Up A Classic Album
    Jul 25, 2014 at 05:31am
    Few rappers are as well-equipped to talk about classic albums than Nasir Jones. With almost twenty years of experience in the game and at least four generally-regarded "classic" albums, the Queensbridge emcee is just about the best mentor an up-and-comer could ask for.
  • Kendrick Lamar Covers Complex, Speaks On New Album
    Kendrick Lamar Covers Complex, Speaks On New Album
    Jul 21, 2014 at 01:01pm
    While GQ nabbed Kanye West for their new issue, Complex has taken on West's "Yeezus" tour partner, Kendrick Lamar, as their lead for the August/September issue.
  • Logic's Debut Album Earns Comparisons To Kanye West's "Graduation" And Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city"
    Logic's Debut Album Earns Comparisons To Kanye West's "Graduation" And Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city"
    Jul 10, 2014 at 06:57pm
    Maryland MC Logic is one of the game's most talked-about rappers at the moment, and with good cause. His rapping skills are unparalleled by most of his peers, and with two solid mixtapes in the Young Sinatra series behind him, anticipation is very high for Logic's upcoming debut on Def Jam.
  • Best Hip-Hop Break Up Tracks
    Best Hip-Hop Break Up Tracks
    Jul 8, 2014 at 04:36am
    Today, we take enjoyment from the misery of others. It's no secret that most artists experience creative highs at their personal lows. Sadly, there's nothing like a good travesty to really make someone look deeper and pull meaning from their experiences--unless you're Robin Thicke; then it's just an opportunity to embarrass yourself in front of a nation with an album filled with contradictory lyrics and lazy instrumentals (sorry, Robby, I'm still a fan).
  • Kendrick Lamar Sued For "Keisha's Song (Her Pain)"
    Kendrick Lamar Sued For "Keisha's Song (Her Pain)"
    Jul 6, 2014 at 05:17pm
    According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Kendrick Lamar is being sued by Woolfsongs Limited for not getting a sample cleared for his 2011 song “Keisha’s Song (Her Pain)." 
  • Kendrick Lamar: "Everybody In The Industry Has Lost Their Edge"
    Kendrick Lamar: "Everybody In The Industry Has Lost Their Edge"
    Jun 25, 2014 at 03:03pm
    Despite not releasing an album in 2013, Kendrick Lamar managed to keep his name on the tip of everyone's tongue. Whether through his unavoidable "Control" verse, his opening slot on Kanye West's Yeezus tour, or his much-talked about snub at the Grammys, K.Dot kept his profile up throughout the year. The true test now lies with his follow-up to GKMC, which is said to be dropping this year. 
  • Stream Ab-Soul's "These Days..."
    Stream Ab-Soul's "These Days..."
    Jun 24, 2014 at 09:25am
    Here it is, the moment every TDE fan has been waiting for: the stream of Ab-Soul's long-awaited These Days... The album leaked in entirety yesterday, so it appears that Soulo wanted to counter the leak with a SoundCloud stream of his own -- check it out below.
  • Kendrick Lamar Talks "good kid, m.A.A.d city" Being Called A Classic, Follow Up Album
    Kendrick Lamar Talks "good kid, m.A.A.d city" Being Called A Classic, Follow Up Album
    Jun 23, 2014 at 06:55pm
    Expectations are high for Kendrick Lamar's follow-up to good kid, m.A.A.d city. The rapper's 2012 effort (which you can't call his debut album or his sophomore album without pissing someone off) was greeted with almost unanimous praise within days of its release, which makes the pressure pretty high for the next album, but according K.Dot, he's not feeling all that much.
  • Fantastic Flows Follow Up: MCs With The Best Flows
    Fantastic Flows Follow Up: MCs With The Best Flows
    Jun 19, 2014 at 03:21pm
    Two days back we had an article about the origins of certain flows, and some of our ever reliable commenters took it to be some sort of ranking of the best flows, which was not the case. The entire point of the article was to point out that some flows are influenced by region, and some by other artists. It was in no way a ranking of the best flows, yet the internet kids kept yelling "HOW IZ WIZ NOT BE ON DA LISST?" and "YOUNG THUG HAZ BEST FLOWS OF ALL TYME". Yet, there was no list.
  • Accents, Ad-libs & Animation: Rappers With Distinctive Voices
    Accents, Ad-libs & Animation: Rappers With Distinctive Voices
    Jun 18, 2014 at 03:44pm
    While emcees and rappers are mostly lauded for their lyrical capability, there’s something astonishing about having voice control, diversified delivery and for whatever reason, having a voice that stands out.
  • Listen To Snippets From Ab-Soul's "These Days..."
    Listen To Snippets From Ab-Soul's "These Days..."
    Jun 14, 2014 at 08:35pm
    Just a day after Ab-Soul let us in on the These Days... tracklist, Amazon has made snippets of each of the album's tracks available for streaming.
  • Kendrick Lamar Is Feeling No Pressure For His Next Album
    Kendrick Lamar Is Feeling No Pressure For His Next Album
    Jun 13, 2014 at 02:56pm
    With Kendrick Lamar's last album, 2012's good kid, m.A.Ad city receiving more critical praise than any other hip-hop album of the year, you'd think the L.A. rapper would be feeling some heat to craft a follow-up that matches its predecessor's acclaim, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
  • Kendrick Lamar Says Dr. Dre Is Working On His Album, Responds to Troy Ave's "Weirdo" Comment
    Kendrick Lamar Says Dr. Dre Is Working On His Album, Responds to Troy Ave's "Weirdo" Comment
    Jun 10, 2014 at 12:42pm
    While he didn't actually release an album last year, Kendrick Lamar managed to put the rap game in a stir. "Control" kept the rapper in the conversation throughout 2013, but in the new year, the rapper has been a little more low-key. One would assume that this is because K.Dot is getting ready to drop his highly anticipated follow-up to good kid, m.A.A.d city.
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