The Black Hippy crew, consisting of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul, are featured on the new XXL cover. You may have noticed though, that the cover headline says "With Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy...TDE Rap's Illest Crew," thus making it seem like Black Hippy is a separate entity from K. Dot.
Yesterday Travi$ Scott voiced his opinion on his own freestyle during the BET cyphers, saying he was "underwhelmed" by the beat. Today the talk of the BET cyphers continues, as ScHoolboy Q talks about the TDE cypher with Sway In The Morning.
TDE just delivered a pretty memorable cypher on last night's BET Hip Hop awards, and now they're taking the cover of XXL. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, and Jay Rock will appear on the front of the October/November 2013 issue, with a cover story on "Rap's Illest Crew".
The 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards aired last night, and we saw memorable performances from Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Rick Ross, Diddy, and many more, not to mention the highly anticipated BET cyphers.
This is going to be big. Kanye West has announced a Yeezus tour with Kendrick Lamar.
Check the tour dates in the gallery above. The tour kicks off October 19th and runs through out the U.S. and Canada until December 12th.
Who wants tickets for this?
[UPDATE: 2 More New York Shows Added On Yeezus Tour]
Jhene Aiko's upcoming EP, Sail Out is due out November 12th, and the project now has cover art as well as a full tracklist. The 7-track effort will feature guest appearances from Vince Staples, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and as previously heard, Childish Gambino.
Much has been said about Kendrick's BET cypher verse, especially considering it hasn't even been released in full yet. There's been confusion over who the Compton rapper is targeting in the snippet, though most have assumed it to be Drake.
Mike WiLL Made It is having a big year. In a short span, the Atlanta producer has gone from an in-house beatmaker for Gucci Mane to working with some of the biggest names in the pop world. One landmark achievement that came in 2013 was working with Jay Z, though their collaboration was a bit of a tease.
The Grammy nomination deadline of September 30th has come and pass, and if there'll be one rapper most of us will be looking for on the nominations list, it'll be Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar. The rising rapper's debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, has been critically acclaimed and it's quite likely that K.
Outside of Kendrick Lamar's infamous "Control" verse, we're in the no-names era of rap disses. While rappers sub-tweeting each other in their verses can be interestingly cryptic, it's often led to listeners creating beef that doesn't exist.
There's been a lot of talk about Kendrick's BET Cypher verse, and who it was directed at. While it seemed pretty clear that K.Dot was going at Drake (who has recently been denouncing the influence of the rapper's "Control" verse), the possibility that Kendrick was targeting Papoose has been brought up.
The final part of Kanye West's hour-long interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe arrived today. We've seen a lot of the conversation has been focused on the fashion industry and Kanye's frustrations, and this segment follows in that vein.
Drake was interviewed by Elliott Wilson for his CRWN interview series this past Sunday. The night of the event, tidbits of what Drake said during his interview made their way online through Twitter. Most of what we heard revolved around Kendrick Lamar, and Drake's response to the "Control" track.
Drake finally dropped his Nothing Was The Same album today, and thus has naturally started his promotional tour. The Toronto emcee stopped by LA's Power 106 to talk about his relationship with Nicki Minaj, the many memes he's inspired, and of course-- whether he likes it or not --Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse.
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion.
All the commotion surrounding Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse has subsided, and one question remains-- are you still bumping the track? It's a question Drake asked during his interview with Elliott Wilson for Elliott's CRWN series.
The Soul Train Awards are going down once more this year on December 1st. Today the nominations have been revealed, and Kendrick Lamar continues his ruling streak, leading the pack with six nominations, followed by Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke and Chris Brown, who each garnered five.
Last week we heard about a collaboration from Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar off the former's upcoming album My Name Is My Name. Today we get the cover art for the highly anticipated single.
Def Jam says the song is coming soon, the album drops on October 8th. Peep the art in the gallery above.
50 Cent stopped by Funkmaster Flex's evening mixshow last night, and went on air to discuss Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse, his relationship with Nas, the status of G-Unit and more.
Fif praised K. Dot's verse, as many have already, saying it's good to see the competitive spirit in rap.
Although many rappers continue to respond to Kendrick Lamar's verse on "Control" K. Dot doesn't seem content with any of the responses yet.
Running into TMZ, Kendrick whose fame found new heights following the verse, spoke briefly on the responses and gave one piece of advice, "they gotta try harder."
Pusha T previously revealed quite a few of the features and producers we can expect on his upcoming album My Name Is My Name. One of those artists is Kendrick Lamar, and Pusha has now revealed more details on their collaboration, called "Nose Stalgia."