Samples Of The Week: March 19 (Kendrick Lamar Edition)
Whatever the conversation is in hip-hop this week, it'll be dominated by Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. Even though it has almost as much live instrumentation as a Roots album, the epic project also manages to incorporate a ton of samples that pull from past eras of music.
First Week Sales Projections For Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
After setting a Spotify streaming record, with almost 10 million streams on its first day, the next question on everyone's mind: What kind of numbers will To Pimp a Butterfly move in its first week? Remember that TDE CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith predicted a whopping one million.
6 Lines From Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly" We're Still Chewing On
Kendrick Lamar's latest and arguably most impressive effort "To Pimp a Butterfly" is laden with dazzling bars, equipped with illuminating lyrics, all of which marinate in the back of your head like a mind-fuck film might. Released early, right around the two-decade anniversary of 2Pac's "Me Against the World" record, Lamar (dare I say it?) picks up where Pac left off, leaving a trail of cryptic brain candy behind in almost every track.
Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Sets Spotify Record
Well that didn’t take long. According to reports (& Top Dawg), Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly, has already set the record for most album streams in a day. In total, the album was streamed 9.6 million times on Spotify on Monday, which broke the previously record set by Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late project last month.
Quiz: Which TDE Rapper Are You?
Yesterday we tried out our first-ever quiz on the site, a la Buzzfeed, to find out how well you consumed Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly upon first listen.
A Track-By-Track Guide To Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
Last night, Kendrick Lamar, or someone at Interscope, perhaps, released To Pimp a Butterfly a week ahead of its initial March 23 release date. Already the most anticipated album of the year, Kendrick's follow-up to Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is unlike anything he's ever done, though it could've only come from the man himself.
Quiz: How Well Did You Listen To Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"?
It's safe to say that most of us have been listening to Kendrick Lamar's new album, To Pimp A Butterfly, since the early hours of the morning, when it suddenly dropped online. Whether it happened inadvertently or was concocted as part of some weird marketing scheme, it's out now, and listeners are rejoicing (for the most part).
Flying Lotus Explains His Involvement In "To Pimp A Butterfly"
As we learned last year when the producer said Kendrick Lamar "took all of [his] beats," Flying Lotus found a big fan in the L.A. rapper. First linking up for "Never Catch Me" last year, the two L.A.
Listen To The Tupac Interview Sampled On Kendrick Lamar's "Mortal Man"
One of the most interesting moments on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly comes in the lengthy closer, "Mortal Man," when he simulates a conversation with Tupac by sampling a rare interview with the West Coast legend. As the album opener, "Wesley's Theory," includes a sound bite from Dr. Dre, the album is bookended by quotes from two of Cali's greatest.
Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Reverts Back To Pre-Order Status On iTunes [Update: iTunes Link Is Being Fixed]
Strange things have been happening with Kendrick Lamar's highly anticipated To Pimp A Butterfly in the last 24 hours. First, the album became available to download (the clean version, mind you) on iTunes a week early, with a Spotify stream quickly following.
TDE Boss Blames The Early "To Pimp A Butterfly" Release On Interscope
Earlier tonight, Kendrick Lamar shocked the hip-hop world by releasing "To Pimp a Butterfly" a week ahead of the album's initial March 23 release date. We thought the early release was Kendrick's effort to beat the leakers, but according to TDE boss Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, the TDE camp was not on board.
Kendrick Lamar Releases "To Pimp A Butterfly" A Week Early [Update: Stream Available]
Earlier today (March 15), Kendrick Lamar added to his upcoming album's tracklist by revealing all of the guest features on To Pimp a Butterfly, including: Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, and Ronald Isley, among others.
TDE Boss Thinks Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Will Sell One Million In A Week
We just got the tracklist for Kendrick Lamar's upcoming album, To Pimp a Butterfly, which will be released on March 23. With the singles "i" and "The Blacker the Berry" already out, expectations will be sky-high for Kendrick's third album, and none higher than those of TDE boss Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith. Today (March 14), Tiffith tweeted at his followers to tell him what his goal for TPAB should be. He then tweeted, "we have 2 put that goal out 2 the universe.. what u think is wit u get.... I'm thinking 1 week 1 mill".
This Is Reportedly Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Tracklist
Kendrick Lamar has slowly been rolling out the details of his upcoming studio album, How To Pimp A Butterfly, and according to DJ Booth, they've now acquired the full tracklist from Universal Music Group.
Kendrick Lamar Announces Album Title & Release Date [Update: Official Artwork & Title Revealed]
Last weekend, we got the title of Kanye West's new album and now we've gotten similar news for another one of the year's most anticipated projects. Kendrick Lamar's new album just appeared for preorder on iTunes with a title and release date. As of now, the album is being called [Untitled] and will drop March 23rd.
Kendrick Lamar Gave Michael Jackson's Son A Preview Of His New Album
Kendrick Lamar has been kind of stingy with sharing new music this year, leaking tracks off his untitled album sparingly. The two official singles he has shared, "i" and "The Blacker the Berry," are enough to get most of us hype for what's to come, and fiend for more (so the plan is working).
Kendrick Lamar & Mary J. Blige To Headline Essence Festival 2015
It's no accident that most festival lineups are announced in the dead of winter. The thought of seeing your favorite artists performing on a beautiful summer day seems so unattainable during the miserably cold season that buying tickets to an event 6 months away seems like your only escape.
Assassin Details His Contribution To Kendrick Lamar's "The Blacker The Berry"
Kendrick Lamar's new song "The Blacker The Berry" once again put the internet topsy-turvy, with the rapper dropping it the day after The Grammys and managing to take the spotlight away from the awards show, instead placing it on his powerful record. The cut featured a dancehall artist from Kingston, Jamaica, Assassin.
Top Tracks Of The Week: February 3 - February 9
After a few paltry weeks, we finally have a chart we can be proud of. Good on you, HNHH fam. Our Top 100 chart contained a number of notable tracks this week. These are songs that generated a lot of interest, whether it be through comments or views, and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration.
A Tale Of Two Kendricks: "i" Vs. "The Blacker The Berry"
On paper, the two new Kendrick Lamar songs we've received in the past six months couldn't be more different.