Kendrick Lamar News

Kendrick Lamar Covers Ebony Magazine
Kendrick Lamar Covers Ebony Magazine May 22, 2015 at 09:59pm
Thanks in part to his majorly successful sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar was asked to cover June’s edition of Ebony Magazine in honor of Black Music Month. Recognizing millennial music artists who’ve been breaking down boundaries, making waves and changing the game of popular music, I think it’s a no brainer why Ebony Mag asked K. Dot to fulfill these duties. With a cover story to follow, fans can check out K. Dot’s presence on the cover below, along with some behind the scenes footage of his photo shoot as well.
Who Had The Better Verse: Black Hippy (Group Edition)
Who Had The Better Verse: Black Hippy (Group Edition) May 18, 2015 at 03:52pm
After years of embarking on a grueling journey to stardom, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, and Jay Rock finally made it. They came up from nothing and are now swimming in the pools of success. Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q both stunned with their respective albums and have forged lanes of their own as Cali's most talented artists. Ab-Soul and Jay Rock aren't lame duck emcees either and can tango with any of your favorite rappers. With the burgeoning development of Isaiah Rashad and SZA, TDE looks to stay on top for years to come.
BET Awards Announce 2015 Nominees
BET Awards Announce 2015 Nominees May 18, 2015 at 01:35pm
The 2015 BET Awards go down on Sunday, June 28th, and today, we've got the full list of nominees. Check out the hip hop-related ones below, and the full thing here.  Best female R&B/Pop artist BeyonceJanelle MonaeJhene AikoCiaraRihanna Best male R&B/Pop artist Chris Brown Trey SongzThe WeekndAugust AlsinaUsherJohn Legend
Kendrick Lamar Performs New Song, "Money Over Love," In L.A.
Kendrick Lamar Performs New Song, "Money Over Love," In L.A. May 16, 2015 at 02:54pm
Kendrick Lamar made an appearance at Adrian Younge's Linear Labs label launch last night, and while simply performing would have been a blessing in itself, the Compton rapper actually showcased some brand new material.  Teaming up with Bilal (whose vocals can be heard on To Pimp A Butterfly), K-Dot threw down a track reportedly titled "Money Over Love". Only a few Instagram clips have surfaced so far, so it's hard to determine whether its a Kendrick or a Bilal song, but we know the former is rapping his ass off on it.
Bill O'Reilly Thinks Rap Music Is Hurting Christianity
Bill O'Reilly Thinks Rap Music Is Hurting Christianity May 14, 2015 at 01:11pm
Bill O'Reilly has shown a lack of logic throughout his career, most thoroughly in his declaration that you "can't explain" the rising of the tide. Today, he's made yet another unsubstantiated claim, this time targeting one of his favorite scapegoats -- rap music.
State Of California Gives Kendrick Lamar "Generational Icon" Award
State Of California Gives Kendrick Lamar "Generational Icon" Award May 12, 2015 at 01:05pm
It's one thing to have the two most critically-acclaimed rap albums of the last four years, it's another to be recognized by your home state's government for your achievements. Yesterday, Kendrick Lamar became the 35th person in California history to receive the state's "generational icon" award.
Kendrick Lamar To Star In Taylor Swift Music Video
Kendrick Lamar To Star In Taylor Swift Music Video May 11, 2015 at 11:55am
Although the uncompromising To Pimp A Butterfly surely shocked some of Kendrick Lamar's fans, his next move is almost surely more surprising. As announced on Taylor Swift's Twitter, the rapper has joined the already-stacked cast of her upcoming "Bad Blood" music video, which will air during the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 17th.
Rap Industry Recap: April
Rap Industry Recap: April May 1, 2015 at 09:17am
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.
ASAP Rocky Covers Billboard, Confirms "A.L.L.A" Release Date
ASAP Rocky Covers Billboard, Confirms "A.L.L.A" Release Date Apr 30, 2015 at 07:58pm
There have been a couple of reports regarding ASAP Rocky's release date for his sophomore album, A.L.L.A., giving us enough information that the album is indeed set for a May release. However, Rocky had yet to make an official announcement, but his new Billboard interview confirms Hits Daily Double's hunch that the record was coming May 12th.
8 Must-See Hip-Hop Tours This Summer
8 Must-See Hip-Hop Tours This Summer Apr 30, 2015 at 11:06am
The summer concert season is quickly approaching, as we close out the month of April. It’s comparable to Christmas for avid music fans. It doesn’t get much better than beautiful weather complimented by beautiful people dancing to bass-laden tunes. Excess amounts of cheap alcohol and THC add to the excitement at summer concerts.
Snoop Dogg Has Some Big Features On His "Bush" Tracklist
Snoop Dogg Has Some Big Features On His "Bush" Tracklist Apr 29, 2015 at 12:22pm
As we've seen from interviews, Snoop Dogg appears to be pretty excited about his new album, and now that we've seen the tracklist for the LP, we can see why. The ten track album features some pretty phenomenal guest appearances from Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Charlie Wilson, T.I., and Gwen Stefani.Of course, each and every track might as well have a "Feat. Pharrell" tag, as the super-producer will be providing instrumental and vocal contributions to the whole album, which Snoop recently revealed would have very little rapping on it.
Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Has A Secret Subtitle
Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Has A Secret Subtitle Apr 29, 2015 at 11:42am
On first listen Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly seemed to contain a ton of mysteries that needed unpacking. To whom exactly does the butterfly/caterpillar parable pertain? How did he get that Tupac interview? Is he really okay with forgiving Michael Jackson's child molestation charges because of "Billie Jean"?
Kendrick Lamar Reveals Which "TPAB" Song He'd Want Tupac On, Covers Mass Appeal
Kendrick Lamar Reveals Which "TPAB" Song He'd Want Tupac On, Covers Mass Appeal Apr 28, 2015 at 03:04pm
Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly is an album so dense, every interview with the rapper is bound to reveal something new about the politically-charged LP. Lamar appears on the cover of the new issue of Mass Appeal, and he shares plenty more commentary on his new album in the magazine's cover story.
Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Schoolboy Q Playing Osheaga 2015
Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Schoolboy Q Playing Osheaga 2015 Apr 28, 2015 at 12:08pm
With Coachella's two weekends officially heralding the start of summer festival season, we're now in full swing with lineup announcements. The latest to share is Osheaga, an annual festival held in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year, Kendrick Lamar is among the three headliners, and Nas, Schoolboy Q, Tyler, the Creator, FKA Twigs, RL Grime, Hudson Mohawke, Action Bronson, Run The Jewels, Charli XCX, Toro Y Moi, Brodinski, G-Eazy, Cashmere Cat, SZA, Raury, Sango and Bishop Nehru also appear on the lineup.
Charts Don't Lie: April 25
Charts Don't Lie: April 25 Apr 25, 2015 at 06:58pm
This week we saw debuts from both Tyler, The Creator, and Young Thug. Neither artist is known to play on mainstream radio (though Thug gets a fair share of rap radio play), but each has a pretty supportive fanbase. Tyler managed to crack the top five, despite the experimental leanings of Cherry Bomb, while Thug remained locked out of the top 20, which can be partially attributed to his decision to drop the album on a Friday instead of a Tuesday.Check out this week's rap rankings below.
Kanye West: "I Am An Innovator," Not A Musician
Kanye West: "I Am An Innovator," Not A Musician Apr 20, 2015 at 03:51pm
You can now see Kanye West on the cover of both TIME and PAPER Magazine. His profile in the "TIME 100" issue was written by the multibillionaire engineer Elon Musk, but in PAPER, Kanye delivers a self-penned essay on his status as a modern innovator. 
Charts Don't Lie: April 18
Charts Don't Lie: April 18 Apr 18, 2015 at 10:18am
This week marks the end of an era, with Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" unseating the seemingly invincible "Uptown Funk". The success of Khalifa's record was seen in album sales as well with Furious 7 moving up to the top spot on the Billboard 200. This week saw no big debuts, and we watched Wale and Ludacris fall 10-plus spots following their opening weeks last cycle. Take a look at the full breakdown below.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (April 11 - April 17)
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (April 11 - April 17) Apr 17, 2015 at 07:12pm
Barter 6. Cherry Bomb. OMEEKA. This week was filled with activity in the hip hop world, and as usual, a lot of it spilled onto Twitter. We saw a little bit of non-confrontational beef, some trolling and some self-congratulatory behavior-- so it was a pretty standard week, all in in all.  Read on to get the funniest, most noteworthy tweets of the week, and let us know what we missed in the comments section.