Kendrick Lamar Delivers Speech During NYC Show, Thanks Fans
Kendrick Lamar's intimate concert series, Kunta Groove Sessions, came to NYC the other week. The show brings Kendrick's dense To Pimp A Butterfly album to life, but in addition to simply performing it on stage, the NYC audience were treated to a speech that gave fans some insight on the album, the creation of it, and Kendrick's current mindstate. Footage of the speech has just begun circulating online.
Jay Rock Talks Getting Pranked By Kendrick, "90059," & What's Next For TDE
Currently in the midst of the Kunta Groove Sessions tour with Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock took the time to sit down with HNHH correspondent Baker in DC to discuss TDE moves and 90059, which has indisputably been one of the best rap albums to come out in 2015.
Kendrick Lamar Feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat "These Walls" Video
Kendrick Lamar Feat. Bilal & Thundercat
Kendrick Lamar has kicked off his intimate concert series, "King Kunta Groove Sessions," and after hitting Atlanta last night, he comes through with an official music video for "These Walls."
Kendrick Lamar Performs "These Walls" With The National Symphony Orchestra
Last night, Kendrick Lamar and the National Symphony Orchestra joined forces to perform the choicest cuts from To Pimp A Butterfly at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, a sequel to Nas' 2013 performance of Illmatic with the NSO Pops. As symphonies struggle to find an audience with today's young people, these sorts of shows are probably the wisest move they could make.
The Game On Why L.A. Has Outlasted NYC Since The Birth Of Gangsta Rap
The Game dropped his long-awaited sixth studio album, The Documentary 2, today, and in conjunction with the release, we present the second part of our "Documentary 2" interview series, in which Game situates the album within the canon of L.A. gangsta rap.
Ty Dolla $ign Interview With Angie Martinez
Ty Dolla $ign
Ty Dolla $ign visited Power 105.1 to have a conversation with Angie Martinez about his forthcoming album, Free TC, due out on November 13th. The highly anticipated debut album was named after Ty's younger brother, TC, who the singer says has been locked up for eight years on a murder he didn't actually commit. Ty says they gave him life in prison, but he's hoping to change that.
Kendrick Lamar Meets Quincy Jones
Quincy Delight Jones is probably the most successful music producer of all time. Composing film scores (e.g. the epic "Austin Powers" theme song) and producing for artists from literally every genre, he's racked up 27 GRAMMYs over the course of his 70 years in the business and he's still active in the studio.
Jay Rock Feat. Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul "Vice City" Video
Jay Rock Feat. Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q & Ab-Soul
We're less than an hour and a half away from the release of Jay Rock's 90059, and as if the hype already wasn't high enough, Rock has dropped the "Vice City" video, featuring Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul. Black Hippy is back in the building, and they're coming hard. We considered ourselves lucky to catch a "Vice City" leak ahead of the release, but little did we know all four Hippies were gonna show up for the video hours later.
Kendrick Lamar Performs “To Pimp A Butterfly” Medley On Stephen Colbert
As we learned last month, Kendrick Lamar helped Stephen Colbert kick off his late night run on CBS Wednesday night by serving as the show’s first ever musical guest.
Kendrick Lamar Brings Out Mos Def To Perform "Alright" At Osheaga
With Action Bronson pulling out of Montreal's Osheaga festival, Mos Def (who now goes by Yasiin Bey) was brought in to replace him. Not only were Canadian fans treated to a rare performance from the rapper, but he also made an appearance during Kendrick Lamar's set, helping him out on his To Pimp A Butterfly single, "Alright," replacing Pharrell on the hook.
Kendrick Lamar "For Free? (Interlude)" Video
The second track on this year's provocative To Pimp A Butterfly, the "For Free?" interlude is one of the most jarring tracks on the album for a number of reasons. First, there's the free jazz-style hodgepodge that forms the instrumental, making for some extremely slippery footing for Lamar to begin with. Then there's his freewheeling, off-the-wall delivery-- Lamar's really rapping like nobody else around on this track. Anyway, today "For Free?" has gotten a video.
Crowd Responds To Police Harassment By Chanting Kendrick Lamar's "Alright"
After police arrested a 14-year old during a street gathering in Cleveland, the crowd chanted the refrain from Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" in protest. Here's how the person who uploaded the video described the scene... "While everyone was demanding his release an officer pepper sprayed the crowd and further escalated the situation. In unity and solidarity everyone was demanding that he be released, and we stayed and protested until they released him!"
Pirus & Crips Share Their Thoughts On Kendrick Lamar's Reeboks
"If Pirus & Crips, all got along." In a nice piece of branded content, a pair of gang members, G Weed (Piru) and Jigga (Crip), sit down and talk about the nature of gang culture in Compton, such as how kids get indoctrinated at a young age. “You know it’s like the real definition of ‘Only the strong survive’ right here,” Jigga said. They then busted out the unreleased Kendrick Lamar Reebok Ventilators that read "red" on one shoe and "blue" on the other.
Jidenna Feat. Kendrick Lamar "Classic Man (Remix)" Video
Jidenna Feat. Kendrick Lamar
Jidenna's "Classic Man" was doing just fine off the strength of a Janelle Monae co-sign, but putting Kendrick Lamar on the remix should put it over the top. While we heard the new version a few weeks back, it now has its very own video, which isn't all too different from the first, but there's a whole lot more Kendrick this time around, plus cameos from Monae, and for some reason, Ty Dolla $ign.
Kendrick Lamar Talks "TPAB," Reaching The Youth, & More With Peter Rosenberg
While at Wireless Festival 2015 this past weekend in London, TDE’s Kendrick Lamar took time out of his busy schedule and sat down with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg for a little interview following his performance. Running just shy of 8-minutes in length, K. Dot talked about everything from his new album To Pimp A Butterfly & its album sales to reaching the youth and paying homage to some of the West Coast legends. Anytime we get K Dot sitting down for an interview is always a treat. Check out the informative chat above.
The Game Previews New Collaboration With Kendrick Lamar
The Game Feat. Kendrick Lamar
We already knew quite a few of the producers involved in the making of Game's upcoming studio album, The Documentary 2, as well as artists like Drake, Dej Loaf and (possibly) Migos, who have all appeared on pre-release songs so far, but today, Kendrick's involvement has been confirmed.
Bilal Feat. Kendrick Lamar "Money Over Love" Video
Bilal Feat. Kendrick Lamar
Bilal shares the video for his single "Money Over Love" feat. Kendrick Lamar off In Another Life, which dropped Monday and also features an appearance from Big K.R.I.T.
Kendrick Lamar "Alright" Video
Juxtaposed by being placed back-to-back on the To Pimp A Butterfly tracklist, Kendrick Lamar's "u" and "Alright" represent opposite ends of the spectrum for the emotionally powerful rapper. Today, strains of the former introduce the latter's video.
Kendrick Lamar Performs "Alright" At BET Awards
About 30 minutes before winning Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Kendrick Lamar brought down the house at the BET Awards with his opening performance of "Alright." Rocking out in a sea of dancers, cop cars, and a dude waving the American flag, Kendrick demonstrates that he is an excellent performer and not just a rapper who brings the heat in the studio. Everyone and their momma is performing at the BET Awards, here is the complete list:
J. Cole Brings Out Kendrick Lamar In L.A.
J. Cole Feat. Kendrick Lamar
J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar's mutual respect is well-documented, with the two rappers consistently hinting at a collaborative project that has still yet to surface. With that being said, we hadn't seen or heard them together in a minute, so Lamar's appearance at J. Cole's Dollar and a Dream show in L.A. was a pleasant surprise. Kendrick performed “Alright” and the fan favorite, but seldom-performed b-side, "Cartoons & Cereal". Maybe later that night they got back in the studio together? We can only hope.