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Kendrick Lamar Discusses Macklemore Text, Plans September Release For New Album

One of the biggest, silliest stories in recent music memory — the apologetic post-Grammys text that Macklemore sent to Kendrick Lamar, and What It Means For Rap — is almost over. Kendrick has already called Macklemore’s Best Rap Album win “well-deserved,” and in a recent Billboard cover story, Kendrick elaborates a bit: “That text surprised… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 3, 2014 - 10:14 am

Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul & Jay-Rock – “U.O.E.N.O. (Black Hippy Remix)”

U.O.E.N.O.,” the recent single from the Atlanta rapper Rocko, earned itself a ton of unwanted notoriety in recent months: It’s the song where Rick Ross bragged about date rape. So consider this a reclamation. All four members of L.A.’s furiously exciting Black Hippy supergroup — Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock — have… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 23, 2013 - 11:26 am

Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank) (Black Hippy Remix)” (Feat. Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock & Ab-Soul)

Hey, another Black Hippy posse cut! I’ll take it! The four members of the furiously creating L.A. rap crew — Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul) don’t all rap on the same song too often. But three of them showed up on Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Pt. 3,” which we already posted today. And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 22, 2012 - 11:27 am

Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Pt. 3″ (Feat. Jay Rock & Ab-Soul)

Tomorrow, Kendrick Lamar releases his absolutely incredible major-label debut Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City. And as an appetizer, he recently posted a non-album track called “The Heart Pt. 3″ on Soundcloud. It has contributions from his Black Hippy crewmates Jay-Rock and Ab-Soul, and it’s got all the same scattered, passionate insight as the album. Download it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 22, 2012 - 9:33 am

Ab-Soul – “Black Lip Bastard (Black Hippy Remix)” Video (Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q & Jay Rock)

L.A.’s Black Hippy may be one of the most exciting rap crews to emerge in recent years, but all four members of the group don’t appear together on the same song very often. When they do, it’s cause for celebration. On the remix to Ab-Soul’s “Black Lip Bastard,” fellow Black Hippy members Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 10, 2012 - 9:31 am

Watch Black Hippy Cover The Temptations

None of the four members of the great California rap crew Black Hippy can sing. But that didn’t stop all four of them (along with some unidentified fifth guy) from singing the Temptations’ “My Girl” on a street corner, old-school doo-wop style, for something called Jabari Presents. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2012 - 4:59 pm

Ab-Soul – “SOPA” (Feat. Schoolboy Q)

The frizzy-haired livewire Ab-Soul may be the least-known member of the left-coast rap quartet Black Hippy, but that seems like it might change soon, since everything he’s been doing has been pure gold. We’ve already heard “Terrorist Threats,” the Danny Brown collab from his forthcoming album Control System. And now here’s “SOPA,” a gloriously unhinged… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2012 - 10:52 am

The 25 Bands We’re Most Excited To See At SXSW 2012

Hey, everybody, it’s that time again! South By Southwest 2012. Are you ready? How’s your hashtag game? Can you feel the early-onset FOMO? As the Austin institution grows larger and larger, with more and more high-level acts (ahem) interjecting themselves into the fray, there’s still plenty of room for the groups that are just starting… More »

By: Stereogum / March 9, 2012 - 11:24 am