Kendrick Lamar Prank Calls Jay Rock
During his appearance on Power 106's "The Lift Off," Jay Rock received a flattering on-air call from a female fan who wanted to let him know that she loved ("looooved") the album. Jay Rock was taken aback but played it smooth, "Man, I appreciate that, baby." The caller let Rock know that she likes 'em "tall, dark, and handsome" and asked for his digits. Jay Rock laughed it off. "You know I don’t give my number out on-air,” he said. “Hit me up on Tinder.”
Promise That You Will Sing About Me: How Tupac Has Influenced Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar is a nimble, flexible rapper who uses clever wordplay to shift between characters, places, times, to explore worlds other than this, the composite of all which is a multi-dimensional self-portrait. There is a prominent spiritual component to all this, and and the person who's spirit Kendrick attempts to channel more than anyone is Tupac Shakur. It may sound corny, but when you look at Kendrick’s body of work... it’s true. If he is Simba, Tupac is his Mufasa in the clouds: "Remember who you are."
Read Kendrick Lamar's Letter To Tupac On The 19th Anniversary Of His Death
Kendrick Lamar has always made an effort to pay tribute to Tupac Shakur -- always citing the late rapper as one of his greatest influences, and even featuring his voice on his latest album, To Pimp A Butterfly, creating a mock interview at the end of the album (on that note, TPAB was originally meant to be called To Pimp A Caterpillar, making the acronym, 2PAC).
Marvel Reworks Album Art From Raekwon, Kendrick Lamar & Kool Keith
This summer, Marvel has fully entered the hip-hop world by reimagining a ton of classic hip-hop album covers and inserting their superheroes and supervillains into the artwork. The results have been highly enjoyable.
Real 92.3 LA Announces Inaugural Show Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Future, Fetty Wap & More
Big Boy made the move recently from Power 106 to competitor Real 92.3 LA. He continues to help build Real 92.3's brand and their relationship together, with the announcement of their first show, The Real Show, featuring a pretty solid line-up of rap artists. Big Boy announced the line-up for the first Real Show event, and performers include: Kendrick Lamar, Future, Fetty Wap, Rae Sremmurd, Jeremih, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign and Jidenna. Big Boy will serve as the night's host.
10 Essential Jay Rock Tracks
Jay Rock has made quite the name for himself over the past few years with strong features alongside his peers Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and Schoolboy Q. Just recently, the California native released his second full-length album 90059, so what better time to look back at some of the essential tracks he's delivered throughout his tenure, both from that album and prior.
Glasses Malone Releases "GlassHouse 2: Life Ain't Nuthin But..."
Glasses Malone has quietly dropped his new album, GlassHouse 2: Life Ain't Nuthin But... Though Malone was relatively unknown outside of L.A. before this year, GlassHouse 2 has a star-studded list of guest features. Granted, most of those come from L.A., including The Game, Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga, but Malone also recruited additional spots from Kirko Bangz, B.o.B and Baby Bash (remember him?).
Powerhouse 2015 Line-Up Includes Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Future & More
This morning, the Power 105.1 team shared the performers that'll be hitting the stage at this year's Powerhouse 2015. The annual event goes down on October 22nd, and with the first day of September arriving, the Powerhouse team is getting their promo on.
Top 10 Moments From The 2015 MTV VMAs
While the 2015 VMA's had its share of fireworks, it was quite the vanilla affair.
Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" Inspires College Scholarship For Students
Inspired by the teacher who used Kendrick Lamar’s TPAB lyrics in his English class a few months back, a Philadelphia website, ogeewoogee.com, has decided to create an annual “Be Alright” scholarship fund for the students at High Tech High School in New Jersey.
Top 5 Black Hippy Posse Cuts
At a 90059 listening party in LA over the weekend, Jay Rock revealed that the album would feature a brand new Black Hippy posse cut called "Vice City." There hasn't been such a collaboration since 2013's "U.O.E.N.O.
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.