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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

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s New Reebok Commercial

When you’ve just made an album that many people consider to be a modern classic of protest art, it seems pretty weird to make a commercial that conflates sneaker ownership with revolution. But that’s what Kendrick Lamar has just done. Kendrick has been aligned with sneaker giant Reebok for a little while. He starred inMore »

By: Tom Breihan / April 6, 2015 - 10:54 am

Kendrick Lamar Announces Engagement, Reveals Origin Of Tupac Interview On The Breakfast Club

Kendrick Lamar’s pivotal album To Pimp A Butterfly has his name back on everyone’s lips, but his career isn’t the only thing that’s reached another level. In an interview with the Breakfast Club the Compton rapper confirmed that he’s engaged to longtime girlfriend Whitney Alford. The two have been dating since high school and Lamar… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 3, 2015 - 1:49 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The best music-related video this week may have been something that didn’t have any music. I’m talking about Hannibal Buress consuming Justin Bieber’s soul. There are days when I want to turn this entire column into a tribute to Buress, who is not a musician in any way. (Proof.) Nevertheless, there were a bunch of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2015 - 10:53 am

The Week In Pop: Roast Aside, Justin Bieber Might Secretly Be On The Right Track

The Roast Of Justin Bieber was tough to sit through — almost as tough as the transition from teen idol to grownup pop star Bieber is trying to pull off. For every Justin Timberlake there are many Jordan Knights, and Bieber risks becoming the next Aaron Carter if he can’t get back to making headline… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 2, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta” Video

Talk about an entrance: Kendrick Lamar debuted his new “King Kunta” video on a Beats-branded billboard in Times Square earlier this evening, and it has now made its way online. We’ve already seen a short behind-the-scenes clip of the video shoot last week, so we knew a little bit of what we’d be getting: It’… More »

By: James Rettig / April 1, 2015 - 9:06 pm

Kendrick Lamar To Headline Hot 97 Summer Jam 2015

With apologies to Atlanta’s Birthday Bash, New York radio station Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam show is still the gold standard for annual rap spectacles. Once a year, Hot 97 takes over New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, bringing some of rap’s biggest stars and piling on the unexpected cameos and collaborations. (It’s famously the show where… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 31, 2015 - 9:14 am

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, already talked about how… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 26, 2015 - 5:21 pm

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 is currently filming… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2015 - 1:33 pm

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 - 10:39 am

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’s IfMore »

By: James Rettig / March 25, 2015 - 11:43 am

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, with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 25, 2015 - 8:49 am

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 song from… More »

By: Stereogum / March 20, 2015 - 4:33 pm

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 Trade NYC to get… More »

By: Peter Helman / March 19, 2015 - 11:05 pm

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 ego-trip narrative… More »

By: Nate Patrin / March 18, 2015 - 1:42 pm

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 - 11:08 am

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 for most stream… More »

By: Peter Helman / March 17, 2015 - 6:20 pm

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 - 10:13 am

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 lucky enough… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 16, 2015 - 2:35 pm

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 - 11:55 pm
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