Kendrick Lamar, Future, Fetty Wap, & More To Headline Okeechobee Fest
If you'd never heard of Okeechobee Music Festival, you have now. It's in Florida, and it's first ever weekend is going down next year March 4-6. In terms of hip hop, the festival will feature performances from Kendrick Lamar, Big Grams, Fetty Wap, Miguel, Future, Skrillex, Michael Christmas, & Shabazz Palaces. Others of possible interest to hip hop heads include Gramatik, Flying Lotus/Thundercat affiliate Kamasi Washington, and WeDidIt member RL Grime.
Dr. Dre Wants To Tour Europe With Snoop Dogg, Eminem & Kendrick Lamar
Snoop Dogg guested on Dr. Dre's Beats 1 radio show "The Pharmacy" last night (Oct. 10), and as the legendary duo reminisced about their classic collaborations, Dre spoke of a wild concoction that he wants to employ in the future. European hip-hop heads will be happy to know that one of Dre's future dreams is to take a full live show to Europe and bring his most renowned collaborators with him -- Snoop, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar.
J. Cole, Diddy, Jeezy & More March On 20th Anniversary Of The Million Man March
Today, October 10, thousands gathered in Washington D.C. for the Justice Or Else march, which comes on the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, led by Minister Louis Farrakhan, who also led today's march. Many of hip-hop's elite, including Diddy, Jeezy, Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Ty Dolla $ign, and Jay Electronica, showed up to walk and show solidarity in the fight against police violence.
Drake's "IYRTITL" Is 2015's Highest-Selling Digital Album Through Q3 By Far
The official SoundScan report for the first three quarters of 2015 is in. Taylor Swift's 1989 is the overall top selling album, Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" is by far the best-selling single of the year, and Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late is far and away the best-selling digital album in the entire music industry.
Kendrick Lamar Shares "Kunta's Groove Sessions" Tour Dates, Jay Rock To Support
Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly is still among the very best rap albums released this year, but unfortunately, we still haven't seen a proper tour in support of the ambitious LP. Today, Lamar has shared dates for the "Kunta's Groove Sessions" tour, which he teased as "8 cities. 8 nights, 8 intimate shows" earlier this week. The poster also promised "Music! Dance! Performance! and More!".
10 Artists That Dr. Dre Put On
Dr. Dre is one of the most legendary figures in hip hop history. From his early days with the influential N.W.A. through to his most recent release Compton, the 50-year old artist has conquered multiple industries. For us, his most important contributions have been to rap music.
Kendrick Lamar Writes Letter To Eazy-E For PAPER Magazine
While always breaking new ground with his music, Kendrick Lamar has also made sure to pay tribute to the artists who've inspired him. Tupac's presence was felt heavily on To Pimp A Butterfly, but in a new piece for Paper magazine, K.Dot has decided to write about a fellow Compton emcee, Eazy-E.
Kendrick Lamar Announces "Intimate" 8-City Tour
Not known for his social media presence, Kendrick Lamar is nevertheless sure to make his posts count. Today, he announced the first annual "Kunta's Groove Sessions" tour via his third Instagram post ever. "8 cities. 8 nights, 8 intimate shows," he wrote.
Kendrick Lamar To Perform Special Concert With National Symphony Orchestra
Apparently, Kendrick Lamar is taking notes from Migos. The celebrated rapper has announced that he will be performing a very special concert with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Mike Dean Says Kanye, Kendrick, Pusha T Song Is Not Real, We're "Thirsty" To Assume It Could Be
There's a lot of thirst in the rap world -- from fans and media alike, and when it comes to Kanye West, who's been promising his new album, SWISH, all year, that thirst is particularly magnified right now.
Royce Da 5'9" Hints At "PRhyme 2," Requests Features From Kendrick Lamar & Eminem
Royce Da 5'9" has decided to conceptualize another new project with DJ Premier on Twitter today. He started out by launching the hashtag, "#PRhymeTWO," before hitting Premier with some motivation, writing "I need to let these ideas out my brain bruh." From there, he called out to Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and The Game, looking for potential collaborators -- "real lyricists" who are "ready to spar".
Mike Dean Hints At Collab From Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T & More
Mike Dean has been a busy man recently. The hall of fame producer executive produced Travi$ Scott's Rodeo and has been playing guitar for Travi$ on tour. He is also playing live guitar for Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" shows in L.A., the second of which is happening tonight (Sept. 26). Of course, Dean is friends with some of the most talented folks in the game, and he just tweeted at several of them, perhaps implying that a massive collaboration might be on the way.
Kendrick Lamar Reportedly Picks Next Single From "To Pimp A Butterfly"
A week after releasing To Pimp A Butterfly in March, Kendrick Lamar announced he would push "King Kunta" as an album single, and then in June he did the same with "Alright." In keeping with this trend of releasing singles in three month intervals, the new TPAB single will be "These Walls," reports HipHopnMore.
Review: Jay Rock's "90059"
Would you believe that Jay Rock has been signed to Top Dawg Entertainment for ten years? They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, and apparently TDE wasn’t either, because Anthony Tiffith and his group of MCs have been hacking at this hip hop thing for a while now.
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.