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America’s Inaugural Air + Style Festival Sounds Like It Was A Ripoff

There are about a million music festivals across North America right now, and not all of them are run by people who know what they're doing. Case in point: The inaugural Air + Style Festival, which came to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California this past weekend. Other versions of the festival have gone dow… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 23, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Yesterday, we woke up with a new broody Drake short film to watch with breakfast, and by bedtime, we had a new broody Drake mixtape to listen to over sleepy tea. If those 17 songs had dropped Wednesday instead, we'd likely be talking about one of them below. But we'll get… More »

By: Stereogum / February 13, 2015

Michael Chabon Annotates Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker The Berry” At Genius

Genius is a lyric annotation website that was formerly known as Rap Genius, and while anyone is free to contribute, it's clear that the site is aiming toward loftier realms given that former New Yorker critic Sasha Frere-Jones recently joined the site's ranks and Rick Rubin contributed his expertise. More »

By: Caitlin White / February 10, 2015

Kendrick Lamar – “The Blacker The Berry”

Kendrick Lamar caught a lot of flack for his comments about Ferguson in a recent Billboard interview: "What happened to [Michael Brown] should've never happened. Never. But when we don't have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within." The criticism from parties including Azealia Banks suggested… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 9, 2015

Watch The Red Band Trailer For N.W.A Biopic Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton, the forthcoming N.W.A biopic, has been in the news a lot lately, but it hasn't been for good reasons. Suge Knight is in prison right now because he allegedly killed someone in a hit-and-run on the movie set. But the movie is still on the way, and dark context aside, it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2015

Grammys 2015: Winners List

The 2015 Grammys are have officially begun. We'll be updating this post with the winners as they're announced throughout the night. Winners will be appear in bold. To discuss all the performances and winners, check out our comment party. And go here for all the weird memes and best GIFs and tweets the… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 8, 2015

Is Kendrick Lamar’s New Album Coming Out On Tuesday?

Wal-Mart seems to know things -- things that might go beyond how to make billions of dollars by destroying small-town America. For instance: Wal-Mart may have learned, before the rest of the world, that Kendrick Lamar is about to drop a surprise album on the world. Yesterday, as Section Eighty points out, someone posted… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 22, 2015

The Week In Pop: Forecasting 2015’s Event Albums And Rising Stars

Take it from someone who started a weekly pop column last year: 2014 was a bad year for pop music. I write this knowing that there are still many self-satisfied blowhards in the world -- sometimes even in the comments section of this very website! -- who will tell you that every year is a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 8, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This makes two years in a row now that an actual Album Of The Year contender has been released in the pre-holiday murk, a time traditionally reserved for Christmas compilations and extensive box sets, a time after lists of the year's best albums have been published. That's too bad -- it would be nice to… More »

By: Stereogum / December 19, 2014

The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014

The Week In Pop’s Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014

Two weeks ago we looked at the year's biggest pop songs; now let's run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2014

Watch Kendrick Lamar Debut A New Song On Colbert

Kendrick Lamar performed an untitled new song on The Colbert Report tonight. His appearance was announced last week as part of the talk show's final week, and he's the show's last musical guest. The new song is very intense and the polar opposite of lead single "i," opting for a minimal beat that… More »

By: James Rettig / December 17, 2014

Kendrick Lamar Booked For Colbert Report‘s Final Week

To celebrate the final week of the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert has lined up some exciting guests for his last four shows, the first of which airs on Monday. According to New York Times reporter David Itzkoff (via Twitter) Kendrick Lamar will be the guest on the final Tuesday airing of the show. Other… More »

By: Ethan Jacobs / December 11, 2014

Punch – “25” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Terrence "Punch" Henderson is the president of TDE, the California rap label that's brought us people like Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. Obviously, the man has some strong executive instincts. But he's also a perfectly strong rapper in his own right, though he doesn't put out music very often. Today, Punch shared a new track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2014

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s Cinematic Reebok Ad

You know a rapper has reached a rarefied level of fame when a goddam sneaker company is enlisting him for a commercial. It's not exactly a surprise that Kendrick Lamar is a star on the rise, but it's still striking to see Reebok devote considerable resources to a three-minute ad starring the guy. Music-video director… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2014

2015 Grammy Nominees Announced

UPDATE: Read our breakdown of the nominations here. // The Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences has been announcing Grammy nominations one-by-one this morning on CBS This Morning. Irritatingly, we won't learn the nominees for the most important award, Album Of The Year, until tonight; the Academy is announcing them as part of tonight'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014

Watch A Sweaty, Black-Lensed Kendrick Lamar Return To SNL

Kendrick Lamar was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night. He performed his new single, "i," and brought out Chantal Kreviazuk and Jay Rock to do their collaboration "Pay For It." Lamar was pretty intense (and sweaty) and wore black sclera contacts to give the performance a bit of a disconcerting edge. More »

By: James Rettig / November 16, 2014

Watch SNL Parody Ariana Grande, Megan Trainor, Sam Smith, & Lorde With Young Tarts & Old Farts Commercial

A highlight of tonight's funny (really) and cameo-filled (Jennifer Lawrence, Crazy Eyes) episode of Saturday Night Live was the fake commercial for Young Tarts & Old Farts, a compilation of duets in the style of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's recent chart-topping album Cheek To Cheek. This gave the cast an opportunity to break out… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 16, 2014

Hear Kendrick Lamar’s Unreleased Verse From Flying Lotus’ “Eyes Above”

For his new album You're Dead!, the L.A. beat warper Flying Lotus roped in Kendrick Lamar to rap on the dazzling single "Never Catch Me." But that wasn't the only track that the two recorded. Lamar also recorded a verse for "Eyes Above," a track that FlyLo recorded with FKA twigs and Niki… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2014

Watch Kendrick Lamar Get A Piggyback Ride In His SNL Promo

Kendrick Lamar is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend alongside host Woody Harrelson. Today, NBC has released the promos that Lamar, Harrelson, and SNL cast member Kate McKinnon shot, which feature Lamar getting mistaken for a member of the cast of True Detective and getting a piggyback ride. Watch below. More »

By: James Rettig / November 13, 2014
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