10 Essential Thundercat Tracks
Whether you've been listening to Thundercat for years or just now hearing his name mentioned alongside Kendrick Lamar's, there is an undeniable mystique about this bassist / singer virtuoso. Born Stephen Bruner in Los Angeles, Thundercat is currently making serious waves in the worlds of hip hop, jazz, R&B, and funk.
Kendrick Lamar Responds To Fox News Criticism Of BET Awards Performance
Kendrick took to TMZ Live today to react to criticism from Fox News pundit Geraldo Rivera in regards to his performance at Sunday's BET Awards. After Kendrick opened the ceremony by rapping "Alright" from atop a police car, Rivera remarked, "this is why I say that hip hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years."
Meek Mill Says Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Don't Inspire HIm
Meek Mill was on Power 105 to discuss Dreams Worth More Than Money the other day, and while speaking with Angie Martinez, gave us a window into his personal taste in music. He was quite honest with Martinez, laying it all out there with artists that he both likes and dislikes. Most notably, he said that he wasn't a fan of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole.
FOX News Pundit On Kendrick Lamar: Rap Does "More Damage To Young African-Americans Than Racism"
At Sunday's BET Awards, Kendrick Lamar delivered a rousting performance of "Alright" that featured a vandalized cop car and a huge American flag, but apparently, not everyone was a fan. The most vehement (and absurd) takedown of the show came from a very predictable place, namely FOX News, where hip hop is routinely villainized by out-of-touch talking heads. A whole roundtable was hosted on the subject, but the most striking accusation came from Geraldo Rivera.
Review: King Los' "God, Money, War"
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Complete List Of 2015 BET Awards Winners
Along with the full set of performances that went down on the BET Awards stage last night, we've also got the complete list of artists who took home awards.
Watch All The 2015 BET Performances Including Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj & More
The 2015 BET Awards went down in L.A. last night resulting in performances from Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Big Sean, as well as reunions from Bad Boy and N.W.A., and more.
5 Things We Want From The Game's "Documentary 2"
In the past few weeks, we've been stoking our curiosity about rappers' new albums by coming up with wish lists of the various things we'd think would ensure dopeness. We've already dreamed up idealized versions of Childish Gambino's upcoming project and Lil Wayne's quickly approaching Free Weezy Album, and now it's time to tackle a long in-the-works sequel to one of Cali's most celebrated albums of the 2000s.
Chance The Rapper Brings Out Kendrick Lamar At T.I.P. Festival
After releasing SURF with Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Chance the Rapper has been busy preparing for the first Teens In the Park Festival, which took place this afternoon on Chicago's Northerly Island. The free festival was only available to young Chicagoans, ages 13 to 14, and it featured musical performances from Chance, Donnie Trumpet, DLow, and more young acts hailing from Chicago.
Public Enemy Announce New LP "Man Plans God Laughs"
Public Enemy have been inspired by rappers who provide political and social commentary, namely, Kendrick Lamar and Run The Jewels, so much so that they're dropping a new album.
10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time
The hip hop crew is an essential part of success. Whether big or small, every rapper has an entourage. Sometimes it's full of rappers, and other times it's just his buddies from back in the day, nonetheless, weak links in a crew can water down the crew as a whole-- something we took into consideration when crafting this list. You have the multimedia approach that Odd Future takes, and also the full-on lyrical assault that Wu-Tang Clan makes. Both are great crews, but who would comprise a list of the best rap crews of all time?
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.