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Glasses Malone – “Thuggin'” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Like Kendrick Lamar, Glasses Malone grew up in and around the gang life of Compton, California. And like Kendrick's To Pimp A Butterfly, Malone's new single "Thuggin'" is visited by the ghost of Tupac Shakur. It's also visited by Kendrick himself, and the end result is an excellent rap song. Both MCs deliver tough, raspy… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 20, 2015 - 4:04 pm

Watch A New Trailer For Dope, A$AP Rocky’s Feature Film Debut

We saw a brief trailer for Dope, A$AP Rocky's feature film debut, when it premiered at Sundance. Now a much longer, more detailed trailer has emerged, and it makes the movie look pretty awesome. The story revolves around Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a straight-A student from Inglewood, California who plays in a punk band and love… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 17, 2015 - 2:10 pm

Kendrick Lamar Promises Tour, Praises Earl Sweatshirt & Lil Wayne In Twitter Q&A

Kendrick Lamar took to his rarely used Twitter account for an impromptu short Q&A earlier this evening. He didn't answer that many questions, but he did promise that he's arranging a tour, named his favorite artist, paid his respects to Lil Wayne, and a bit more. Read all of his responses below. More »

By: James Rettig / April 15, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Kanye West – “All Day (Remix Feat. Kendrick Lamar)”

A maddeningly short six-second snippet of Kendrick Lamar rapping over Kanye West's "All Day" emerged last week, and now the full song is here. It's basically the original "All Day" with Kendrick swapped in for Theophilus London (hooray!) and the wild meltdown from the end of the song chopped off (boo!). Allan Kingdom's dancehall bit… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 15, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Watch SNL Parody Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, & Die Antwoord In Home 2 Trailer

Last night, Saturday Night Live poked fun at the animated Rihanna vehicle Home by making a trailer for its sequel that has the strongest imaginary cast list this side of a mixtape. Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and Die Antwoord all make an appearance as characters in the film, and a particular… More »

By: James Rettig / April 12, 2015 - 10:20 am

Flying Lotus – “Eyes Above” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

When Flying Lotus interviewed Kendrick Lamar on BBC Radio 1 last night, they revealed a new song. It's the third collaboration the two visionaries have shared after last year's FlyLo gem "Never Catch Me" and To Pimp A Butterfly opener "Wesley's Theory." It's called "Eyes Above," and it's as brilliantly jazz-spazzy as you'd expect. Liste… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 10, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Hear Flying Lotus Interview Kendrick Lamar On BBC Radio 1

Flying Lotus has been hosting BBC Radio 1's residency so far this year, and for this month's program he brought on frequent collaborator Kendrick Lamar to talk about his new album, To Pimp A Butterfly. (FlyLo produced "Wesley's Theory" on the album, and Lamar contributed to last year's You're Dead!) You can listen to the… More »

By: James Rettig / April 9, 2015 - 9:31 pm

Status Ain’t Hood: Kendrick Lamar’s Brilliant, Stupid Week

A quick housekeeping note: We're changing the name of our Week In Rap column because someone else has claimed ownership over the phrase "the week in rap" and because I feel like a total herb every time I use the phrase "hip-hop." Here's the story of the new name: Status Ain't Hood was the name… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 8, 2015 - 10:44 am

Preview Kanye West’s “U Mad” And Kendrick Lamar’s “All Day” Remix

Two sonic snippets related to Kanye West's upcoming album So Help Me God appeared online last night. First: During a DJ set, Vic Mensa played a verse from the studio version of "U Mad," the song Kanye and Mensa performed live in London. Second: There's also a maddeningly brief preview of Kendrick Lamar rapping over… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 7, 2015 - 9:59 am

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s New Reebok Commercial

When you've just made an album that many people consider to be a modern classic of protest art, it seems pretty weird to make a commercial that conflates sneaker ownership with revolution. But that's what Kendrick Lamar has just done. Kendrick has been aligned with sneaker giant Reebok for a little while. He starred inMore »

By: Tom Breihan / April 6, 2015 - 10:54 am

Kendrick Lamar Announces Engagement, Reveals Origin Of Tupac Interview On The Breakfast Club

Kendrick Lamar's pivotal album To Pimp A Butterfly has his name back on everyone's lips, but his career isn't the only thing that's reached another level. In an interview with the Breakfast Club the Compton rapper confirmed that he's engaged to longtime girlfriend Whitney Alford. The two have been dating since high school and Lamar… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 3, 2015 - 1:49 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The best music-related video this week may have been something that didn't have any music. I'm talking about Hannibal Buress consuming Justin Bieber's soul. There are days when I want to turn this entire column into a tribute to Buress, who is not a musician in any way. (Proof.) Nevertheless, there were a bunch of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2015 - 10:53 am

The Week In Pop: Roast Aside, Justin Bieber Might Secretly Be On The Right Track

The Roast Of Justin Bieber was tough to sit through -- almost as tough as the transition from teen idol to grownup pop star Bieber is trying to pull off. For every Justin Timberlake there are many Jordan Knights, and Bieber risks becoming the next Aaron Carter if he can't get back to making headline… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 2, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta” Video

Talk about an entrance: Kendrick Lamar debuted his new "King Kunta" video on a Beats-branded billboard in Times Square earlier this evening, and it has now made its way online. We've already seen a short behind-the-scenes clip of the video shoot last week, so we knew a little bit of what we'd be getting: It'… More »

By: James Rettig / April 1, 2015 - 9:06 pm

Kendrick Lamar To Headline Hot 97 Summer Jam 2015

With apologies to Atlanta's Birthday Bash, New York radio station Hot 97's annual Summer Jam show is still the gold standard for annual rap spectacles. Once a year, Hot 97 takes over New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, bringing some of rap's biggest stars and piling on the unexpected cameos and collaborations. (It's famously the show where… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 31, 2015 - 9:14 am

That Kendrick Lamar Song From Colbert Hasn’t Been Recorded, Won’t Be Released

Way before the frenzy surrounding the release of To Pimp A Butterfly erupted, Kendrick Lamar caused another mini-stir when he performed a moving, untitled, jazzy, funky song as the last musical guest on The Colbert Report. One of his collaborators on the song (and extensively on Butterfly and elsewhere), Terrace Martin, already talked about how… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 26, 2015 - 5:21 pm

Watch Some Behind-The-Scenes Clips From Kendrick Lamar’s “King Kunta” Video

"King Kunta" is a knotty and troubled song. But in the context of Kendrick Lamar's complicated-as-fuck new album To Pimp A Butterfly, it's also a rare burst of funk and swagger. It makes sense, then, that "King Kunta" will be the next track from the album to get the video treatment. Kendrick is currently filming… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2015 - 1:33 pm

The Week In Pop: What’s Next For Zayn Malik, One Direction, And The World?

Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction was announced the only way it could be in 2015, via an official statement on the group's Facebook page. (I suppose a series of Snapchats would also have been appropriate.) The crucial sentence and obvious pullquote is this: "I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 26, 2015 - 10:39 am

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Tops The Album Charts

Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly has come in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. The album -- which was officially released (with some snafus) on 3/15 -- comes in with 363,000 equivalent album sales (actual sales + streaming) over the past week. It's the second-largest sales week this year after Drake's IfMore »

By: James Rettig / March 25, 2015 - 11:43 am

Kendrick Lamar Played A Surprise Concert On A Reebok Flatbed Truck Last Night

If you wanted to see Kendrick Lamar play his first live show since the release of To Pimp A Butterfly, you had to run to catch it. Literally. Last night, Kendrick tweeted a location in L.A. and said to meet him there. When people got there, they were greeted with the sight of Kendrick, with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 25, 2015 - 8:49 am
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