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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,… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 26, 2015

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 i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2015

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

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'… More »

By: James Rettig / March 25, 2015

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,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 25, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Serious giants occupy 5 Best Songs this week. You've got Kendrick Lamar, the architect of a new album so utterly dizzying and forceful it survived its semi-botched surprise release completely unscathed. Then you've got Grimes and Bleachers on the same track, plus an explosive new one from Death Grips, and of course, another… More »

By: Stereogum / March 20, 2015

Kendrick Lamar Is Doing A Signing At Rough Trade NYC Tomorrow

Kendrick Lamar released To Pimp A Butterfly, his highly anticipated follow-up to Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City, this week. It's a huge, complicated, ambitious statement of an album, one that will likely take some time to understand more fully. Tomorrow (Friday 3/20), though, while you're still digesting, you can head to Rough TradeMore »

By: Peter Helman / March 19, 2015

Who’s Who On Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

Even after less than a week's worth of impressions, To Pimp A Butterfly leaves a distinct impression: Kendrick Lamar needs a lot of collaborators to help him figure out who has his back. Kendrick's focus on working his post-fame nerves from every angle -- self-awareness, self-doubt, self-centeredness, self-love -- pushes back against the… More »

By: Nate Patrin / March 18, 2015

The Week In Rap: The Great Drake/Kendrick Lamar Rivalry

This year, the best story in rap -- and the best story in music, and maybe the best story in popular culture in general -- is the three-way dance that Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West have been dancing. They've all been throwing huge shadows over rap for years, and they're all entangled with one… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 18, 2015

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Sets Spotify’s Global One-Day Streaming Record

Late Sunday night, a week ahead of its intended 3/23 release date, Kendrick Lamar released his ambitious avant-jazz-rap statement To Pimp A Butterfly on iTunes and Spotify, exploding the internet, your productivity, and quite possibly your consciousness. According to The Wall Street Journal, another casualty of this surprise release was Spotify's record… More »

By: Peter Helman / March 17, 2015

Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly

To talk about To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar's new album, we need to talk about Tupac Amaru Shakur. Tupac is the ghost that haunts To Pimp A Butterfly, and among so many other things, the LP functions as a piece of Pac hero-worship. Kendrick surprise-released the album a week early so that it would… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015

Flying Lotus Explains His Role In Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

Last night Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly became available on iTunes a week before its scheduled release date 3/23. Fans, critics, and TDE executives reacted to the surprise release, but so did some of the album's key collaborators, including experimental producer Flying Lotus. Responding along with the rest of those… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 16, 2015

Surprise! Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Is Out Now

Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly went live on iTunes tonight, ahead of its planned 3/23 release date. The clean and explicit versions are available to buy -- you can purchase it right here. You can also stream it on Spotify below. More »

By: James Rettig / March 15, 2015

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Features George Clinton, Snoop Dogg, Thundercat

The tracklist for Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly surfaced last week, but didn't have any features attached. Now, iTunes has the official tracklist up and, along with that, the confirmed features for each of the songs. There aren't that many: George Clinton appears on opening track "Wesley's Theory," along with… More »

By: James Rettig / March 15, 2015

Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”

Kendrick Lamar's rabidly anticipated new album To Pimp A Butterfly is finally coming out later this month, and in recent months, we've heard two of its songs, "i" and "The Blacker The Berry." Tonight, a third showed up online. "King Kunta" is a ferocious, racially charged song that references Roots and Michael… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 13, 2015

Kendrick Lamar Unveils Cover Art For New Album To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar posted the artwork for his upcoming new album on his Instagram earlier tonight. The album is due to come out on 3/23, and still doesn't have a title yet. Lamar noted during an interview with Big Boy earlier this week that he's keeping the title under wraps for now, but the… More »

By: James Rettig / March 11, 2015

Hear Kendrick Lamar Freestyle Over Classic Notorious B.I.G. Beats

Kendrick Lamar set the internet roiling last Friday night when he casually tweeted a link to his album's release date -- exactly two weeks from now on 3/23. In the lead-up to the eventual drop of the Compton rapper's sophomore album, he's been doing the typical media appearances but delivering atypical content. For instance,… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 9, 2015

Kendrick Lamar Announces New Album Out This Month

Kendrick Lamar's new album is finally upon us. King Kendrick just tweeted a link to an iTunes pre-order for what appears to be his next LP, due out 3/23. The album art is a black box, the project is listed as [Untitled], and only one of the 16 tracks has a name assigned to it. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 6, 2015

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
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