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Watch Cleveland Protestors Respond To Police Harassment By Chanting Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”

During the Civil Rights movement of the 20th century, protestors joined together and sang “We Shall Overcome.” As the 21st century’s Civil Rights movement unfolds, the rallying cry of choice might well be “We gon’ be alright.” Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly single “Alright” directly addresses the trend of white police killing unarmed black… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 29, 2015 - 11:36 am

Here Are The 2015 MTV VMA Nominations

Who could’ve predicted that after wagging a foam finger all over Robin Thicke, two years later Miley Cyrus would end up hosting the VMAs? Guess it’s not that surprising, but it certainly guarantees a good show, which is the whole point of the VMAs, anyway. What isn’t the least bit surprising is that Taylor Swift… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 21, 2015 - 11:45 am

Jidenna – “Classic Man (Remix Feat. Kendrick Lamar)” Video

Jidenna, the charming Janelle Monáe associate who’s well on his way to becoming a star this year, already had a video for his excellent breakout hit “Classic Man.” But after the song blew up, Kendrick Lamar jumped on a remix to spit some excited bars, and now the remix has a video, too. And it’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 15, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Straight Outta Compton Soundtrack Has Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem

The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, which includes Ice Cube and Dr. Dre as producers, is coming out next month. As MTV reports, Dre is also curating the soundtrack, which includes Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and new material by Dre himself. “Dr. Dre, it took him 15 years to step out and say, ‘I want to… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 11, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Preview A New Kendrick Lamar Verse, Possibly From A Collaboration With The Game

While The Game is better known these days for his sexually explicit Instagram phraseology, he’s been teaming up with big names for his forthcoming album Documentary 2 as well. Drake showed up on a Game song called “100,” delivering that freestyle he’d been performing live over the track’s warm soul sample and burbling, snap-click beat. More »

By: Caitlin White / July 6, 2015 - 11:34 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Tom’s off 5 Best Videos duty this week, so I’m taking over. The last time I was tasked with arranging this list, Rihanna dropped the video for “American Oxygen” exclusively on Tidal and I speculated on whether or not it would have been worthy of inclusion if I had been able to view it. Thi… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 3, 2015 - 1:23 pm

You’ll Never Guess What Fox News Thinks Of Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar opened Sunday night’s BET Awards with an explosive, politically charged, and all-around awesome performance of “Alright,” rapping “We hate po-po/ Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho” from atop a vandalized police car while a giant American flag waved in the background. Surprisingly, Fox News didn’t love it. On the panel… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 30, 2015 - 7:21 pm

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” Video

Kendrick Lamar’s stunning new video for his To Pimp A Butterfly highlight “Alright” has a scene where a little kid throws money out a muscle car window while Kendrick does donuts and more little kids dance on top of a cop car. It has scenes where Kendrick levitates along city streets. It has a scene… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 30, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Watch Kendrick Lamar Open The 2015 BET Awards

The 2015 BET Awards are happening tonight, co-hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater. Just one day after performing at last night’s BET Experience event, Kendrick Lamar opened the proceedings with an explosive performance of “Alright,” the newest single from To Pimp A Butterfly. He brought along a whole crowd… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 28, 2015 - 9:13 pm

Watch Kendrick Lamar Join Chance The Rapper At TIP Fest

Chance The Rapper put on his free Teens In The Park (TIP) Festival for 13-24-year-olds at Chicago’s Northerly Island today. Chance’s buddy Donnie Trumpet was scheduled to headline, but of course Chance also came out to perform some of their collaborative album Surf, one of the best albums of the year. The part that wasMore »

By: Peter Helman / June 24, 2015 - 10:54 pm

Mitski & Ryan Hemsworth Predict The Song Of The Summer 2015

The song of the summer is a slippery, ephemeral thing. You can try to predict it, labels can (and will) try their hardest to make sure that their song is the one that comes out on top, but it’s still an imprecise science. It means different things to different people, certain niches will gravitate toward… More »

By: James Rettig / June 24, 2015 - 11:07 am

Jidenna – “Classic Man (Remix)” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Arts Society is getting ready to release a new compilation EP called Wondaland Presents: The Eephus, and amazingly, the breakout early track isn’t Monáe’s catchy-as-hell “Yoga.” Instead, it’s the previously unknown dandy Jidenna’s deeply funky “Classic Man.” And now that song gets another boost, with current rap deity Kendrick Lamar jumping o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 22, 2015 - 10:57 am

D’Angelo Discusses Racial Injustice With Black Panther Party Co-Founder Bobby Seale

On last year’s stunning Black Messiah, D’Angelo directly confronted the realities of being black in America and this country’s long history of institutional racism, so it’s no surprise that he has a lot to say about racial injustice. For his second official interview since the release of Black Messiah, D’Angelo brought a New York TimesMore »

By: Peter Helman / June 19, 2015 - 7:35 pm

The Week In Pop: Hilary Duff Joined Tinder And, Oh Yeah, Made A Decent Album Too

It was obvious from the beginning that Hilary Duff signing up for Tinder was a stunt to promote her comeback album. What wasn’t obvious was what an elaborate stunt it would turn out to be — not just a headline-grabbing move to get people talking about Duff again but the premise for a craven music… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 18, 2015 - 9:42 am

The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

The amount of great music in the past six months has been almost unfair. As in: How are we supposed to process all this? How can we fully appreciate one major piece of work when there’s always another one coming right around the corner. And when the huge, fully-formed masterpieces are dropping from the sky… More »

By: Stereogum / June 16, 2015 - 11:08 am

Bilal – “Money Over Love” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Neo-soul auteur Bilal is one of the many key players on Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp A Butterfly, and the Compton rapper returned the favor. He appears on a song off Bilal’s forthcoming album In Another Life called “Money Over Love” that first premiered live at an Adrian Younge show. Now a studio versio… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 15, 2015 - 12:07 pm

D’Angelo Says A Black Messiah “Companion Piece” Is On The Way

In his first interview since the release of last year’s surprise album Black Messiah, D’Angelo told Rolling Stone that his new album is only the beginning of his new music. The long-dormant R&B legend followed up his first two albums, 1995’s Brown Sugar and 2000’s Voodoo, with a 14-year-silence. Last year, the widely-lauded Black MessiahMore »

By: Caitlin White / June 15, 2015 - 10:24 am

7 Memorable Sets From Bonnaroo 2015 Thursday & Friday

By its early reputation and the sheer nature of it, Bonnaroo should be a complete mess. But the staff are universally nice and the people who attend are typically good all-around, too. It’s a sprawling, often muddy festival that can be overwhelming for its wealth of choices, but it’s so well-run and so laid-back that… More »

By: Ryan Leas / June 13, 2015 - 7:34 pm

Watch Kendrick Lamar & Chance The Rapper Join Earth, Wind & Fire At Bonnaroo

There can definitely be some not-so-great things about music festivals, but that sort of charged, overcrowded atmosphere can also lead to some very cool things that really would never happen anywhere else. For example: At Bonnaroo last night, Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper joined legendary funk act Earth, Wind & Fire on stage. Festival… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 13, 2015 - 11:16 am

Watch Kendrick Lamar Visit The High School Class That Studied To Pimp A Butterfly

The rippling effects of Kendrick Lamar’s politically-charged new album To Pimp A Butterfly, a body of work that unflinchingly confronts the experience of being black in America, are spreading ever-outward throughout the country. Now, they’ve spread to the classroom. More »

By: Caitlin White / June 9, 2015 - 2:58 pm
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