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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was a week crammed full of great videos, way too many to fit onto this list. But my favorite subplot was this: Taylor Swift drummed up weeks of hype and probably spent a fortune to make her kung-fu feminist G.I. Joe cameo party and to unveil it in the biggest way possible for a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Kendrick Lamar & Lady Gaga – “PARTYNAUSEOUS”

Back in 2012, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar hyped up a single called “PARTYNAUSEOUS,” which was originally supposed to be included on good kid, m.A.A.d. city, but was scrapped at the last minute. Gaga cited creative differences with Lamar’s camp, but stressed that it was in no way his fault. A few years later during… More »

By: James Rettig / May 20, 2015 - 11:05 pm

Thug Life: Rap Music And The Word “Thug”

Last week, Young Thug released a new song called “Power.” The Atlanta rapper is ascendent — as Tom Breihan noted in his Album Of The Week review, Young Thug’s new Barter 6 makes a “full-on rap-star leap” — but he’s just one of many in the game to employ and embrace the word “thug.” Some… More »

By: Collin Robinson / May 18, 2015 - 11:19 am

Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood (Remix Feat. Kendrick Lamar)” Video

Taylor Swift built the “Bad Blood” video to be a massive spectacle. On 5/7, she sent out the first poster featuring a character from it, and from then on it was hard to escape the onslaught of big names as we creeped closer to the video’s debut. Each was met with a flurry of fanfare… More »

By: James Rettig / May 17, 2015 - 8:17 pm

Watch Kendrick Lamar Debut New Song In Los Angeles

Kendrick Lamar made a surprise appearance during last night’s Adrian Younge concert at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles. He brought along To Pimp A Butterfly featured player Bilal along with him, and they debuted a new song that Okayplayer says is called “Money Over Love.” You can watch some short Instagram videos of the… More »

By: James Rettig / May 16, 2015 - 12:46 pm

Watch California State Senate Honor Kendrick Lamar

The California State Senate named Kendrick Lamar the 35th Senate District’s “Generational Icon” Monday and presented him with an award in the capitol building. Senator Isadore Hall III, who is also from Compton, introduced Kendrick and commended the 27-year-old for maintaining ties with his home community. The rapper made a brief acceptance speech in which… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 12, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Kendrick Lamar’s In Taylor Swift’s Star-Studded “Bad Blood” Video

Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 breakout album Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City sold 241,000 copies in its first week, but it never made it to #1, since it had the misfortune to come out the same week as Taylor Swift’s Red. But Kendrick holds no grudges. Since then, Taylor has become a loud and vocal Kendrick fan, telling… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 11, 2015 - 9:48 am

Watch Kendrick Lamar Explain What Kind Of Superhero He’d Be

Kendrick Lamar recently covered the latest issue of Mass Appeal, and the magazine has slowly been revealing gems from the time they spent with the Compton rapper. Earlier this week, Lamar revealed that the title of his new album To Pimp A Butterfly had a hidden additional phrase accessible through braille on the physical copies,… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 1, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Hidden Braille Message Reveals Full Title Of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

In a recent interview with Mass Appeal, Kendrick Lamar revealed that his already fraught-with-meaning album title To Pimp A Butterfly has yet another layer. In the physical booklet for the CD there is some braille that includes an additional part of the album title. Here’s the artwork in question:… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 29, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Kendrick Lamar Teams Up With Sweetgreen For “Beets Don’t Kale My Vibe” Salad

Since 2013, sustainable health food chain sweetgreen has been selling T-shirts bearing the phrase “beets don’t kale my vibe,” a doubly punny reference to one of the best songs on Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Now that Kendrick is booked for sweetgreen’s annual Sweetlife Festival, the gag has been expanded into an actual salad. More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 28, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Watch Kendrick Lamar Throw Out The First Pitch For The Dodgers

Kendrick Lamar threw out the first pitch at tonight’s Dodgers game against the Giants. Recently, Lamar rocked a hat for the team in his “King Kunta” video to show support for his hometown. And compared to some of the first pitches we’ve seen from musicians in recent years, he did an admirable job. Watch him… More »

By: James Rettig / April 27, 2015 - 10:16 pm

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
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