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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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

Kendrick Lamar Finally Plays “King Kunta,” “The Blacker The Berry,” “Hood Politics” In Concert

When Kendrick Lamar played Sasquatch and Sweetlife last month, he made the frustrating decision to not do any To Pimp A Butterfly songs outside of “Alright,” but he course corrected during his Hot 97 Summer Jam set last night and kicked things off with “The Blacker The Berry,” performing it live for the first time. More »

By: James Rettig / June 8, 2015 - 11:38 am

Hot 97 Summer Jam Will Livestream On Tidal

Usually the annual Hot 97 Summer Jam concert is livestreamed for free on the Hot 97 website, but this year it will stream exclusively on Tidal, Jay-Z’s subscription-based music streaming service. More »

By: Grace Birnstengel / June 5, 2015 - 11:53 am

The Week In Pop: The Unstoppable Competent Mediocrity Of Jason Derulo

“Broke,” the last song teased from Jason Derulo’s new Everything Is 4 before the album’s release this week, both encapsulates and subverts the approach that has made Derulo one of pop radio’s most unavoidable sub-superstars. Ever since the former industry songwriter broke through as a solo artist with 2009’s Imogen Heap-sampling #1 smash “Whatcha Say,”… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 4, 2015 - 2:35 pm

Watch Kendrick Lamar Bring A Fan Onstage To Rap “m.A.A.d city” At Sweetlife Festival After Sweetgreen CEO Whiffs

Kendrick Lamar played Sweetlife Festival this weekend — sponsored by the company that gave the rapper his very own salad — and brought up a fan from the audience to rap along with him to “m.A.A.d. City.” Billboard reports that he looked around the crowd to find a fan who would “know every single world… More »

By: James Rettig / May 31, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Watch Kendrick Lamar Rap Atop A Traffic Light Pole For “Alright” Video

In Kendrick Lamar’s last video, the great “King Kunta” clip, Lamar rapped from the rooftop of a closed-down Compton swap meet. He’ll do that one better in his new video for “Alright,” the Pharrell collaboration from his new album To Pimp A Butterfly. (It’s good to see that “Alright” is about to become a single… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 29, 2015 - 9:51 am

The Week In Pop: Meet Twenty One Pilots, The Biggest Band You’ve Never Heard Of

Grandpa can keep U2; you can leave Coldplay for Mom; Mumford & Sons are strictly the province of perilously uncool older siblings. For a growing swath of America’s teenagers, Twenty One Pilots are the biggest rock band in the world — or are they are pop? Rap? EDM? Forward-thinking mainstream music has always been the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 28, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform “These Walls” For The First Time On Ellen

Kendrick Lamar rarely performs on TV, but he dropped by The Ellen Degeneres Show to do “These Walls” off his new album To Pimp A Butterfly and talk briefly with the gregarious host. She could barely contain her enthusiasm and adoration for Kendrick; she called him brilliant several times and cited his recent honors, from… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 27, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Kendrick Lamar Performed At Sasquatch! And Only Did One Song From To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp A Butterfly is one of the year’s most highly regarded records. In turn, excitement has been building for Kendrick’s tour; he’s well known as a phenomenal live performer, and people are eager to see how he brings the new material to life. More »

By: Caitlin White / May 26, 2015 - 7:26 pm

Ty Dolla $ign – “L.A.” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

The sonically playful and perpetually horny Californian R&B singer Ty Dolla $ign has left a seismic imprint on his genre, and he’s done it without, as yet, releasing a proper studio album. That’s scheduled to change this September, as the official debut Free TC looms. And from the looks of things, the LP will feature… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 26, 2015 - 10:11 am

Dr. Dre – “2Nite” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jeremih)

Rumor has it that someone out there is sitting on a veritable treasure trove on unreleased rap tracks, just waiting for the right time to leak them. Allegedly, that’s been the source of the recent Drake leaks, and the Kendrick Lamar/Lady Gaga one as well. And there’s apparently even more where that came from. The… More »

By: James Rettig / May 24, 2015 - 1:11 pm

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
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