Kendrick Lamar News

  • Kendrick Lamar Says "People Forget That Jay Z Is From The Projects"
    Kendrick Lamar Says "People Forget That Jay Z Is From The Projects"
    Jan 25, 2014 at 12:42pm
    Kendrick Lamar covered GQ's man of the year issue last year, and he hasn't stopped showing up on the front page of magazines since. This week he'll be appearing on both ESPN and JET magazine's covers, the latter of which contains an interview with the Grammy-nominated emcee. In the article, K.Dot talks black history, Jay Z, and his writing process. “Hip Hop plays a huge part in Black history," Lamar told JET. "It’s bigger than music. Entertainers are actually leading a generation today as role models, whether they want to or not." 
  • Kendrick Lamar Talks Grammy Nominations & His New Album
    Kendrick Lamar Talks Grammy Nominations & His New Album
    Jan 24, 2014 at 01:40pm
    We haven't heard much from Kendrick Lamar lately, but while he hasn't spoken publicly lately, the public has talked a lot about him. After all, despite it being more than several months ago, his appearance on a Big Sean song "Control" garnered more news than most rappers' album releases, as of late. Although to be fair, few rappers can as explosively call out so many rappers by name.
  • Joey Bada$$ Weighs In On The Grammy's Kendrick Lamar Vs. Macklemore Debate
    Joey Bada$$ Weighs In On The Grammy's Kendrick Lamar Vs. Macklemore Debate
    Jan 24, 2014 at 12:18pm
    Yesterday it was revealed that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis almost didn't make it into the rap categories at the Grammys because they've been too successful aka mainstream aka pop this past year. However, in a landslide vote decided by the general Grammy committee, the final decision was to nominate them amongst rap competitors.
  • Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, The Roots & More To Perform At Super Bowl Events
    Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, The Roots & More To Perform At Super Bowl Events
    Jan 11, 2014 at 10:00pm
    Earlier this week, we learned that Diddy's Revolt TV will be hosting a show at Time Warner Cable Studios in New York City during the Super Bowl, which he'll be headlining alongside Drake, Funkmaster Flex and DJ Ross One. 
  • Forbes' "30 Under 30" List Includes Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Drake & More
    Forbes' "30 Under 30" List Includes Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Drake & More
    Jan 9, 2014 at 01:21pm
    Forbes has released their annual "30 Under 30" list, and we see some familiar rap faces on the music section of the list. Wiz Khalifa, for example, makes the list for his third consecutive year. Other rappers who made the Forbes list are J. Cole, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore's producer Ryan Lewis (he's 25 but Macklemore being 30-years old was too old to make the list), Miguel, Janelle Monae, and Rihanna.
  • Final Dates For Kanye West's Yeezus Tour Revealed
    Final Dates For Kanye West's Yeezus Tour Revealed
    Jan 7, 2014 at 09:47am
    Kanye West fans who missed the Yeezus Tour last year are in luck. 'Ye will be embarking on another brief leg of the tour throughout the month of February, performing nine new shows in Canada and the U.S. At this point, Kendrick Lamar's continued involvement in the performances is unknown.  The final leg begins on February 13th at Pennsylvania's State College and ends at Uniondale, New York's Nassau Coliseum. Peep the dates below, and cop tickets via Live Nation.
  • Hip-Hop's New Year's Eve: Rappers Celebrate 2014
    Hip-Hop's New Year's Eve: Rappers Celebrate 2014
    Jan 2, 2014 at 02:00pm
    As we continue to recover from New Year's Eve festivities, memories from the evening are slowly coming back to us. Despite how hype you believe your night was, it probably can't compare to the level at which the rap game's elite partied. From Rihanna's elaborate New York City penthouse bash to Diddy's star-studded party at the Versace mansion in Miami, no one turns up quite like the urban community.  Click through the galleries to see how some of your favorite artists rang in the near year. 
  • Drake Says Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d. city" Was "The Last Great Concept Album"
    Drake Says Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d. city" Was "The Last Great Concept Album"
    Jan 1, 2014 at 02:28pm
    There seems to have been some tension between Drake and Kendrick Lamar this year, but with no one explicitly naming names, it's hard to tell how much of it is imagined by outsiders. One thing is for sure-- they haven't been giving each other many compliments. Thus, it came as a surprise when Drizzy went out of his way to praise Lamar's major label debut in a new interview with Vibe. 
  • Fabolous Explains Why He Waited To Respond To Kendrick Lamar's "Control"
    Fabolous Explains Why He Waited To Respond To Kendrick Lamar's "Control"
    Dec 27, 2013 at 06:14pm
    The responses to Kendrick Lamar's infamous "Control" verse came fast and furious, and Fabolous was one of the first to threaten to get in the studio upon hearing it. Despite the comment, we heard nothing from Fab up until a few days ago when he released his Soul Tape 3 project.
  • Hottest Singles Of 2013
    Hottest Singles Of 2013
    Dec 27, 2013 at 02:30pm
    Another stellar year for hip-hop. As the digital market continued to flourish, singles did accordingly. From Chicago trap to New York boom-bap to Houston trill, it’s all here. Not only were the year’s top singles diverse, but their marketing tactics were unique as well (take Kanye’s “New Slaves”, for example).
  • E-40 Talks Musical Roots & Storytelling In Rap
    E-40 Talks Musical Roots & Storytelling In Rap
    Dec 25, 2013 at 10:11am
    E-40 is a vet in the game, and he's more prolific than ever. The Bay Area legend has released three albums this year alone, and 12 since 2010. Throughout his career, he's kept an emphasis on narrative. In an interview with XXL earlier this month, he spoke of his feelings of an absence in proper-storytelling in the current rap climate, comments he chose to clarify in an exclusive sit down with HNHH.
  • The Alchemist Reveals "The Cutting Room Floor 3" Album Cover, Tracklist & Release Date
    The Alchemist Reveals "The Cutting Room Floor 3" Album Cover, Tracklist & Release Date
    Dec 23, 2013 at 05:34pm
    The Alchemist has had a busy year, including producing full projects from Prodigy and Boldy James, and most recently put in some work at the studio with none other than Kendrick Lamar.
  • TDE Plans To Drop Six Albums In New Year
    TDE Plans To Drop Six Albums In New Year
    Dec 23, 2013 at 01:35pm
    This is good news for all fans of the TDE roster. TDE's CEO, who goes by Dangeroo Kipawaa on Twitter, announced that six projects are slated to arrive in the New Year from various members of the TDE roster.
  • Hottest Verses Of 2013
    Hottest Verses Of 2013
    Dec 22, 2013 at 05:09pm
    Although there's nothing quite like a dope instrumental, lyricism is arguably the most important aspect of hip-hop, despite the fact that many contemporary artists are out of touch with the the craft. 
  • Kendrick Lamar Performing At 56th Annual Grammy Awards
    Kendrick Lamar Performing At 56th Annual Grammy Awards
    Dec 19, 2013 at 09:46am
    With the end of 2013 fast approaching, so are the annual Grammy Awards. We've already seen the Grammy nominations list, and when it comes to hip-hop, Kendrick Lamar is near the top of the list with 7 nominations for himself (Jay Z surpasses him with nine a piece), while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake also received 7 nods. 
  • Kendrick Lamar Speaks On J. Cole's "Control" Response
    Kendrick Lamar Speaks On J. Cole's "Control" Response
    Dec 15, 2013 at 07:45pm
    There were certainly a lot of "Control" responses within the weeks of Kendrick Lamar's infamous verse, but not one from the actual rappers mentioned. Better late than never, J. Cole offered a unique response (or moreso a reaction) to the call-out this month, with a guest verse on Justin Timberlake's "TKO (Remix)".
  • 50 Cent Explains The Difference Between Him & Kendrick Lamar
    50 Cent Explains The Difference Between Him & Kendrick Lamar
    Dec 10, 2013 at 03:39pm
    50 Cent hasn't been rapping as prolifically as he once did, but he's still observing the game from the sideline, planning his moves accordingly. In a new interview with XXL, Fif speaks on the patience required to enter new industries, his upcoming Animal Ambition project, and the difference between him and Kendrick Lamar.
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: Nov. 25- Dec. 1
    Top Tracks Of The Week: Nov. 25- Dec. 1
    Dec 4, 2013 at 12:09am
    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. This edition features J. Cole, Gucci Mane, Mac Miller and more! Take a look at the list in the gallery above, and feel free to let us know your own favorite tracks in the comments.
  • Photos: Andre 3000, 2 Chainz, T.I., Lil Wayne & More Hit Kanye West's "Yeezus" Tour In Atlanta
    Photos: Andre 3000, 2 Chainz, T.I., Lil Wayne & More Hit Kanye West's "Yeezus" Tour In Atlanta
    Dec 2, 2013 at 04:43pm
    When Kanye West's "Yeezus" tour hit New York, we saw celebrities and fellow rappers alike come out to support Ye and Kendrick Lamar. The same can be said for the recent "Yeezus" tour stop in Atlanta.
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Win Rap/Hip-Hop Album Of The Year At 2013 AMAs [Update: Full List Of Winners]
    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Win Rap/Hip-Hop Album Of The Year At 2013 AMAs [Update: Full List Of Winners]
    Nov 25, 2013 at 09:41am
    The American Music Awards are currently on the air, and although the show is not nearly over yet, we do know the outcome for Rap/Hip-Hop Album Of The Year. The AMAs have the winner of this award also performing tonight, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  
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