Eminem Calls Kendrick Lamar's "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" A "Masterpiece"
Kendrick Lamar's sophomore album (and his first on a major label), good kid, m.A.A.d city -- the album that posited the Compton rapper as a prodigy in the eyes of much of the rap world, was released four years ago on this day (Oct. 22). Fans are using the occasion to revisit the album and remember just how special it sounded upon its release. It so happens that another great emcee, Eminem -- one of Kendrick's idols, has offered his thoughts on GKMC, describing it as a "masterpiece."
Kendrick Lamar Talks Eminem's Influence, Unreleased Songs With Rick Rubin
Kendrick Lamar doesn't do too many interviews, but his latest GQ piece isn't just any interview. For the Style section, Kendrick had a conversation with legendary producer Rick Rubin, who had some great questions for the rapper about his creative process, whether or not he could make an album without rapping, and his early influences.You can read the whole interview on GQ. Highlights from the conversation can be found below.
Who Are Your Favorite Rappers Voting For?
Tonight marks the third and final presidential debate before the election on November 8th. Ever since the first one, which took place on September 26th, Donald Trump has taken a huge nose-dive in the polls, but as we've seen in races past, anything can happen in the final weeks.
Bob Dylan Awarded 2016 Nobel Prize In Literature
For years, music fans dreamed that folk legend Bob Dylan (nee Robert Allen Zimmerman) would be acknowledged by the establishment as a brilliant poet, rather than just a pop culture icon. Fortunately for the Dylan-stans, that day of reckoning is upon us, as it has been announced that Bob Dylan is this year's recipient for this year's Nobel Prize in Literature, an unprecedented honor for a singer/songwriter.
Every Kendrick Lamar Feature From 2016 So Far
Kendrick Lamar started the year off strong with the release of untitled. unmastered, but he's also been keeping bust with guest appearances, showing up on range of records from fellow TDE members, underground emcees, and the biggest pop acts going.
Kendrick Lamar To Appear On Maroon 5 Single Dropping Tonight
Interscope has confirmed that Maroon 5's new single "Don't Wanna Know" feat. Kendrick Lamar will be released tonight, October 11, at 9 PM PT. The video for the Benny Blanco-produced track will follow on Friday, October 14. The track will hit mainstream radio on Tuesday, October, 18. New Kendrick! Maroon 5 debuted the single recently at a show in San Antonio. (Watch fan-filmed footage of the performance below.) Exactly how Kendrick fits into the equation remains to be seen, but his contribution will undoubtedly be flames.
19 Rappers Rapping Before The Fame
YouTube is perhaps most useful as a historical archive. When it comes to hip hop, the site is a veritable treasure trove of videos of rappers as they were before the fame, back when their music video budgets hovered in the single digits. These clips are not pretty, but grainier is almost better -- intense pixellation gives these videos the character of artifacts rather than modern footage, even if they are only a few years old.
Top Tracks: September 19 - September 25
Last week's biggest news story continued to be The Game and Meek Mill's beef, which has now spiraled out to include accusations of ratting, an alleged brawl with Beanie Sigel, and
Vote: What Is The Greatest Black Hippy Posse Cut?
Black Hippy is the greatest rap collective this side of the Wu-Tang Clan. Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, & Ab-Soul each possess a unique skill set and temperament and are unstoppable when united. Black Hippy is the rap game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They have released numerous posse cuts over the years, albeit with increasing infrequency. Here are the 11 of the very best:
10 Essential Terrace Martin Productions
You might not know his name, but you've heard his sensuous sax soaring over tracks by Kendrick Lamar, YG, and other top-tier Los Angeles rappers. Or you saw him as the caged bird, shrieking and squawking on his horn from behind bars in Lamar's stupendous 2016 Grammy performance.
Kendrick Lamar Drunkenly Urges Lil Wayne To Not Retire
Lil Wayne's announcement that he had grown "defenseless and mentally defeated" and felt ready to retire made just about everyone sad and elicited supportive responses from dozens of rappers.
Beyonce Hosts Lit "Soul Train"-Themed 35th Birthday Party
Beyonce spent her 35th birthday on Sunday at Made in America Festival in Philly, where Chance the Rapper serenaded her with a special rendition of "Happy Birthday." The proper birthday turn-up didn't commence until Monday night, when Beyonce hosted a "Soul Train"-themed party.
The 5 Best Features On Travis Scott's "Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight"
Travis Scott's debut album, last year's Rodeo, was packed with guest features, coming from the likes of Quavo, Future, Chief Keef, Justin Bieber, and more. In a time when it seems like most stars of his caliber are keeping the guest spots to a minimum, Scott has remained intent on maintaining a collaborative mindset.
Travis Scott To Executive Produce "Cruel Winter," Speaks On Kendrick Lamar Collaboration
Travis Scott is taking over the internet today, with the release of his highly anticipated project Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight. What's making the project even more talked about and hyped up are the wide array of features, including everyone from the elusive Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, 21 Savage, Kid Cudi and more.
Stream Travis Scott's "Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight"
After tiresome delays, Travis Scott finally made good on his promise to release his sophomore album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, which gets its title from a Quavo lyric on "Pick Up the Phone." And he did so first by playing the album live on his ".Wav" radio show on Beats 1. Further indication of his recent deal with Apple, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight is now available for purchase on iTunes and to stream exclusively on Apple Music.
Top 10 Narrative-Driven Rap Albums
About a week and a half ago, Tory Lanez put out I Told You, an album more devoted to an autobiographical through-narrative than any other we've heard this year.
Behind The Beat: Sounwave
“Mustard on the beat, ho!!!” “DJ Esco... The coolest DJ in the world!” *Repeats first beat of the song four times* “If young Metro don’t trust you, I’mma shoot you…”
Frank Ocean's "Blonde" Credits Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, David Bowie & More
Frank Ocean just dropped, and everything seems to be in its right place again. His new album, which appeared on Apple Music in surprise fashion, is entitled Blonde and not Boys Don't Cry, which had been the rumored title for over a year. However, Ocean did put out a magazine called "Boys Don't Cry" in coordination with the release of Blonde. The magazine appeared at four different pop-up shops in four different cities.
Travis Scott Says Kendrick Lamar & Kid Cudi Will Be On "Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight"
Though fans have had to watch another Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight release date come and go, Travi$ Scott did debut some new music on the inaugural episode of his ".Wav" radio show on Beats 1. He kicked off the show with a new BITTSM track, "The Hooch," produced by Boi-1da.
TDE President Shares Mysterious Release Date
Earlier this year, TDE CEO Top Dawg suggested that at least 6 projects would be released by the label in 2016, one from each of its signees, as well as the possibility of music from two unnamed artists (one later revealed to be Lance Skiiiwalker). So far, TDE has dropped Kendrick Lamar's untitled, unmastered and ScHoolboy Q's Blank Face LP, meaning there's a whole lot more to come in the second half of the year.