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Swimming Pools (Drank Rum): Kendrick Lamar Plays The Bacardi Triangle

In this line of work, every now and then you find yourself in some strange places. Working in the music media, you wind up at plenty of secret shows or one-offs in NYC, and it's all pretty great usually. Other times, someone invites you to a three day event Bacardi's throwing at a resort i… More »

By: Ryan Leas / November 6, 2014

Hear Kendrick Lamar Freestyle About White Girls Over, Yes, Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”

Get a room, Kendrick and Tay! Last night we heard Kendrick Lamar lovingly singing Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off", and Swift's love of Kendrick's "Backseat Freestyle" is well-known. The mutual admiration continued this morning on Dallas hip-hop station K104. Having heard tell of Kendrick's affection for "Shake It Off," the DJs asked him… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 5, 2014

Kendrick Lamar Shouts Out Taylor Swift Again, Sings “Shake It Off” In New Interview

Taylor Swift made her love of Kendrick Lamar known in her Rolling Stone profile from earlier this year, and now Lamar is returning the favor. He's already shouted out the pop star once before and he goes on record again about her in a new interview with Fader: "Shout out to Taylor… More »

By: James Rettig / November 4, 2014

Kendrick Lamar – “i” Video

Kendrick Lamar's lush and uplifting single "i" might be the most-discussed rap song of the past few months, and it just got a video. In the '70s-styled clip, we see Lamar leading a raucous party through dark streets, dancing like an old man and screaming out the window of a moving car. There's not… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 4, 2014

Kendrick Lamar Gives Update On New LP, Says “i” Is For Prison Inmates And Suicidal Teenagers

In a recent interview on Hot 97's morning show, Kendrick Lamar talked a bit about "i," his affirmation-heavy single, and about the much-discussed new album that he's still working on. Talking about "i," Lamar said, "I wrote a record for the homies that's in the penitentiary right now, and I also wrote a record… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 3, 2014

Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform “i” At Cleveland Cavaliers’ Season Opener

Kendrick Lamar honored LeBron James' homecoming to the Cavaliers' last night by performing at NBA's Opening Week concert. The show took place outside of Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena, where he did his new single "i" for an energetic crowd of NBA fans. Other celebrities who attended the Cavaliers' season opener were Justin Bieber… More »

By: James Rettig / October 31, 2014

Jay Rock – “Pay For It” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Chantal)

It's been a while since Jay Rock, the toughest and most stolid member of L.A.'s Black Hippy rap crew, came out with a new album, but he's getting pretty active right now. Two weeks ago, he came out with the new solo track "Parental Advisory." And now he's rounded up his superstar stablemate Kendrick… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2014

Kendrick Lamar – “i” Lyric Video

Kendrick Lamar has shared a lyric video for his new single "i" and, as far as lyric videos go, this is a pretty good one! It features a bunch of people doing the heart symbol that's on the song's official artwork -- Lamar even shows up for a bit. The video was directed by Christia… More »

By: James Rettig / October 10, 2014

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Some list-nerd stuff, before we begin. A$AP Rocky's Karl Lagerfeld's The Warriors video for "Multiply" dropped at midnight last night, which means it technically came out this morning. Since this list covers Friday to the following Thursday, that means it wasn't eligible. It would've probably made the list, too. Maybe next week, Rocky! Thom… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 3, 2014

Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform “i” Live For The First Time

A week and a half ago, Kendrick Lamar released his new single "i," and most of his fans have spent the past week trying to figure out whether the song is good or not. (Hint: Yes. It is. It's good.) Last night, Kendrick was a surprise guest at Toronto's We Day festival, where… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 3, 2014

Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) Video

The Flying Lotus/Kendrick Lamar collab "Never Catch Me" is one of the highlights from FlyLo's upcoming album You're Dead, and now it has a great video to go along with it. The Hiro Murai-directed clip follows two kids who start off by jumping out of their coffins at a funeral and launching into a… More »

By: James Rettig / October 1, 2014

Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform With Prince On Paisley Park Webcast

Prince marked the release of his two new albums yesterday with a livestream special for Yahoo that focused on the history of his Paisley Park estate and interviewed collaborators who worked on his most recent records. Towards the end of the 90-minute broadcast, Prince finally performed some songs (three, to be exact) and… More »

By: James Rettig / October 1, 2014

Mayer Hawthorne – “Crime” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) Video (Dir. Rashida Jones)

Mayer Hawthorne's Kendrick Lamar-assisted song "Crime" is over a year old, but it's finally getting an official video. The clip is directed by Parks And Recreation actress Rashida Jones and sees Hawthorne making his way to a white-attire-only party, with Lamar checking in via cellphone for a rap pep talk. "I still can’t believe Rashida… More »

By: James Rettig / September 29, 2014

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

So it has been one hell of a week. And just when we thought it was all wrapped up, Thom Yorke comes outta nowhere and hits us with a whole new album. That's not even fair! Is it? Well, fair or not, Thom was too late to be eligible for this week's 5 Best… More »

By: Stereogum / September 26, 2014

Watch Kendrick Lamar Freestyle And Talk About “i” On Power 106

A lot of rappers record freestyles for radio stations, and then those stations post those videos on rap blogs. They're usually boring and amateurish, and we usually don't post them. But when Kendrick Lamar stops by his local rap giant Power 106 and freestyles for six minutes immediately after releasing a hotly discussed newMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 24, 2014

Kendrick Lamar – “i”

Time to get excited. Kendrick Lamar, maybe the world's greatest working rapper, teased a new single called "i" last week, and now it's here, the first taste of a new album that will follow up the watershed Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City. So it's an important song, simply by nature of existing. But more… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 23, 2014

Kendrick Lamar Teases New Single “I,” Rumored For Next Week

We've been hearing all year that Kendrick Lamar would have a new album out this fall, but up until now there hasn't been any musical evidence to support those claims. That's about to change: The rapper just tweeted cover art for a new single called "I," which is rumored for release next week. More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 17, 2014

Kendrick Lamar Praises Taylor Swift For Liking “Backseat Freestyle”

At the end of Taylor Swift's Rolling Stone profile, she puts on headphones and blasts Kendrick Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle" to block out the crowd of paparazzi and fans that had formed from her visit to Central Park. She said Lamar's music was the "trick to immediately go from feeling victimized to feeling awesome." I… More »

By: James Rettig / September 14, 2014

Kendrick Lamar’s Playing The Bermuda Triangle On Halloween

It's been decades since a plane or ship disappeared without warning in the legendarily mysterious Bermuda Triangle region. But, uh, why would you risk it? Specifically, if you're arguably the greatest rapper working today, why would you agree to play the Bermuda Triangle on Halloween for a shadowy cabal of rich people? But that's what… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 12, 2014

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week brought a small avalanche of new songs from big-ticket names. And four of the tracks that made our list of the 5 Best Songs Of The Week come from such artists -- it easily could have been a full five-for-five if we weren't divided on the new Iceage single ... or the… More »

By: Stereogum / September 5, 2014
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