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.
Watch Chance The Rapper Bring Out Kendrick Lamar And More From T.I.P. Fest
Chance The Rapper
On a mission to be hip hop's premiere nice guy, Chance the Rapper organized a Teens in the Park Festival that went down Wednesday at Northerly Park in Chicago. The festival was free and admission was available only to teens age 13 and 14. Chance performed alongside Donnie Trumpet and numerous Chicago-bred hip hop acts and even brought out surprise guest Kendrick Lamar to the immense delight of the young audience.
60 Seconds With Kendrick Lamar
VEVO does a segment, apparently, called ":60 With" where they spend a minute with an artist and fire off a series of quick questions. Kendrick Lamar is the latest subject of their ":60 With" series, which you can watch above. Among the brief question and answers, Kendrick chooses his favorite letter between "I" and "U"(he chooses "U"), he describes his "King Kunta" instrumental in three words ("aggressive, harsh, unapologetic"), which Tupac track he'd like to drop a verse on ("Ambitionz Of A Ridah") and the new track he's most excited to perform live ("Wesley's Theory").
Kendrick Lamar Visits High Tech High School In New Jersey
A few weeks ago, we heard about a lesson put together at New Jersey's High Tech High School, which used Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly as its subject. Mr. Mooney, the english teacher who organized the class, wrote a blog post about the experience, and it eventually made its way to Kendrick, who instantly decided to visit the students.
Kendrick Lamar On BBC Radio 1
Kendrick Lamar took a trip across the pond, and while there he had a sit-down with BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac. In the two-part interview, Kendrick delves into the creation of To Pimp A Butterfly. Kendrick talks about growing up in Compton and being able to a more positive representation of Compton. He also talks about the jazzy elements of TPAB, and the contributors who helped make the album what it is. Catch that in the first part of the interview above.
Kendrick Lamar Trolls Paparazzi By Filming Them
While it's very easy to be driven into a freakout by paparazzi, one must remember that there is one tried-and-true way to get rabid photographers to back down-- give them a taste of their own medicine. Kendrick Lamar did just that as he was leaving LAX today, filming a TMZ cameraman with his phone, and getting his whole squad to do the same. Not only is it hilarious, it makes the cameraman pretty uncomfortable, which is a W for Lamar on multiple levels. Of course, if all else fails, you can always send the paps after ScHoolboy Q.
Kendrick Lamar Performs "These Walls" On Ellen
Not every rapper gets to perform on Ellen, but the positive message and undeniable talent displayed on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly caught the ear of the TV host, who brought him on yesterday to perform a highlight from the project, "These Walls". Usually backed by a band, K-Dot stood alone on the stage this time around, using a backing track, but delivering a performance electrifying enough to sell it.
Taylor Swift Feat. Kendrick Lamar "Bad Blood (Remix)" Video
Taylor Swift Feat. Kendrick Lamar
Well that didn’t take long. Just moments after catching the audio, we are finally blessed with the official video for Taylor Swift’s new “Bad Blood” remix featuring Kendrick Lamar.
If Kendrick Lamar Were A Super Hero, He'd Be "Hard Body"
Mass Appeal have kicked off a new video series called "Super," where they ask a rapper to detail what super powers they would have in an alternate universe. The video is mixed in with live animation showing off the super powers, adding to the comic book appeal.
BTS Of Glasses Malone & Kendrick Lamar's "Thuggin"
Last week, Glasses Malone scored a huge guest verse from Kendrick Lamar on his song "Thuggin." Today, he shares a BTS video that gets into the making of the song. Watch it above.