Kendrick Lamar Wrote "The Blacker The Berry" Soon After Trayvon Martin's Death
As much as Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly has been talked about, by critics, fans, and Kendrick himself, we're still learning new things about the album each time it's brought up. Seeing that it's probably the densest rap album in recent memory, it's not exactly surprising, and we're eager to hear Lamar reveal more of its intricacies in every interview.
50 Cent Says Chris Brown And Kendrick Lamar Will Appear On "Street King Immortal"
In an interview with Hot 93.7 Hartford earlier this week, 50 Cent revealed he's been working on his forthcoming album Street King Immortal with Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, and Ne-Yo.
Kendrick Lamar Shouts Out Lil B & Lil Wayne For Being Influential Artists
Kendrick Lamar is not the type of dude to be chilling on Twitter shooting the shit -- he's tweeted 11 times in the last seven weeks -- so it's a bit of a surprise whenever he actually say something. Today he took the time to give a shoutout to the two artists he deems the most influential: Lil B and Lil Wayne. "Thank you BasedGod," he wrote. "Teaching us all how to swagg in videos. You and Wayne most influential. Thank you BasedGod."
Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums Of 2015 (So Far)
How the hell did we make it through fifty percent of 2015 already? June has seemingly crept up out of nowhere, marking the halfway checkpoint of a year that, so far, has been ripe with exceptional releases from some of hip-hop’s brightest emcees. Releases-- highly anticipated or dropped by surprise, some commercial mixtapes and some full albums -- have infused the year with some fun that surely help the time pass as we approach the new year.
Kendrick Lamar & Chance The Rapper Perform Together With Earth, Wind & Fire At Bonnaroo
One of the things that makes Bonnaroo a little more special than your average music festival is the jam sessions. Some are organized, while others just seem to happen spontaneously. Earth, Wind & Fires set definitely fell into the latter category last night when they invited a couple of rappers up to freestyle toward the end of their set.
Watch A Live Stream Of Bonnaroo
Bonnaroo is going down this weekend, in fact, it's already kicked off. The weekend-long festival in Manchester, Tennessee is seeing performances from Run The Jewels, Jamie xx, Glass Animals, D'Angelo, SBTRKT, Atmosphere, Kendrick Lamar and more. If you haven't copped tickets, you can enjoy all the performances thanks to a live stream of the event. Unlike the HOT 97 Summer Jam stream, this is available to all, and features three different channels to flip through to catch various performances from some of your favorite artists.
Chris Brown & Kendrick Lamar Tapped To Perform At BET Awards
With the BET Awards quickly approaching, BET announced two big performers, who are both up for nominations this year, will hit their stage on June 28th; Chris Brown and Kendrick Lamar. Chris Brown is ahead of the pack in terms of nominations, he's not only up for the category of Best Male R&B Artist, he's also nominated for Video of the Year as well as Best Collaboration. Kendrick Lamar has one nomination to his name, for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist.
Top 5 Miguel X Rapper Collabs
Miguel isn't the most prolific artist in R&B, but he's one of the most inimitable. As he's become an undeniable fashion icon and sex-symbol, he's still managed to evolve his sound with each subsequent record, sounding like the second-coming of Prince-- less dancey, but more sexy. He's an artist of his own breed, which is why we don't see him on features as much as most R&B artists, who get more hype off their guest appearances on rap albums than on their solo work.
Kendrick Lamar Visited The High School That Used "To Pimp A Butterfly" In English Lessons
Students at New Jersey's High Tech High School are damn lucky. Not only do they have the coolest English teacher in the world, who taught lessons around Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly, but this week, Lamar himself showed up to talk to the kids and perform.
Top Tracks: June 1- June 7
After a relatively stagnant week, HNHH readers decided they wanted something new in the first week of June. Let’s get to it: 10) The Weeknd – In The Night This currently-unavailable Weeknd track managed to hold on in spite of a lukewarm reaction from readers. Abel’s latest dropped six spots to land at number 10 in its second week. 9) Juicy J ft. Ty Dolla $ign, Drake – Tryna Fuck
Summer Jam 2015 Recap
Summer's here, and festival season has arrived. Unfortunately, for hip-hop heads, most of the summer's premier music destinations are filled with laptop DJs or bands that introduced your parents to LSD 40 years ago. Luckily, for all of us on the East Coast, there's Summer Jam. Though it's just one day, the HOT 97-curated concert features over 10 hours of straight hip-hop in Giants' stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
N.W.A To Reunite For Performance In L.A.
The story of one of rap's most important crews, N.W.A, will be told on the big screen this summer. To celebrate the biopic, "Straight Outta Compton," the veteran rap group will reunite on stage for the first time in 26 years.
Stream HOT 97's Summer Jam Live
As announced the other week, TIDAL users have the exclusive opportunity to live stream HOT 97's Summer Jam, which is happening right now. Both the Festival Stage and Main Stage are available for streaming, so if you weren't able to cop tickets you can enjoy the performances in the comfort of your home.
An Analysis Of "Money Trees Deuce" Vs. "Money Trees"
After Kendrick Lamar delivered upon the immense anticipation surrounding his third album, To Pimp a Butterfly, the follow-up to 2012's game-changing good kid, M.A.A.D city, it looks like the next album out of the TDE camp will come from Jay Rock, who hasn't put out an LP since Summer 2011. Yesterday (June 2), we got Jay's first single of 2015, "Money Trees Deuce," which happens to be a sequel to a record on K-Dot's GKMC, one on which Jay Rock laid his most noteworthy verse ever.
Analyzing "To Pimp A Butterfly" Against "At.Long.Last.A$AP"
The year 2015 is proving to be a landmark year for hip-hop, with seemingly every week having at least one noteworthy release. Perhaps most appealing to onlookers of the genre is the budding growth of some of the best emcees this generation has to offer.
Kendrick Lamar Is Only Performing One "To Pimp A Butterfly" Song Live
When artists tour behind a recently-released album, there's kind of an unwritten rule that they'll perform at least a few tracks from it at every show. That's not holding true for Kendrick Lamar on his post-To Pimp A Butterfly summer dates, which is especially bewildering when you consider how well-received the album was.
Kendrick Lamar Brought A Fan Up To Rap "M.A.A.D. City" And She Killed It
Kendrick Lamar's performance at the Sweetlife Festival in Maryland last night was turnt as you might expect, but the undisputed highlight of the night was an impromptu performance of "m.A.A.d. City" by a young female fan whom Kendrick invited on stage.
Charts Don't Lie: May 30
It was another less-than-stellar week on the Billboard 200, at least for rap releases. Jamie Foxx managed to sneak into the top ten with his new LP, Hollywood: A Story of A Dozen, but for the most part we saw the big releases continuing their slow descent into top 30-40 territory. Slowly but surely, Drake and J. Cole are still in a tight race toward platinum status, with IYRTITL just barely edging out 2014FHD.
Kendrick Lamar Continues To Film "Alright" Video In Los Angeles
Over this past weekend, Kendrick Lamar was spotted in the Bay Area shooting his new video off To Pimp A Butterfly for “Alright”. Well it turns out the video wasn’t entirely finished as K. Dot was seen throughout his hometown of Los Angeles Thursday afternoon shooting more scenes for it.
Kendrick Lamar Scores First Number One Record
Teaming up with Taylor Swift might be the absolute safest way to get a number one on the Hot 100, and when it's paired with the hype for the "Bad Blood" video, it's pretty much a guarantee. Not so surprisingly, Kendrick Lamar and Swift's remix of "Bad Blood" jumped to the top spot this week after setting a VEVO record for streams on its first day. This is Kendrick Lamar's first #1, which ties him with Drake, who got to the top spot through his Rihanna collab, "What's My Name".