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The best video of the week isn’t a video at all. It’s the movie that plays in your head when you listen to Dr. Dre’s Compton on headphones, possibly while high. That movie is probably not the same movie as Straight Outta Compton, but we won’t really find out about that until next Friday, whe… More »

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 »

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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…
James Rettig | May 24, 2015 - 1:11 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2015 - 5:30 pm
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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.
James Rettig | May 20, 2015 - 11:05 pm
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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
Collin Robinson | May 18, 2015 - 11:19 am
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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,…
James Rettig | May 17, 2015 - 8:17 pm
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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
James Rettig | May 16, 2015 - 12:46 pm
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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…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | May 12, 2015 - 12:07 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | May 11, 2015 - 9:48 am
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Watch Kendrick Lamar Explain What Kind Of Superhero He’d Be

Kendrick Lamar recently covered the latest issue of Mass Appeal, and the magazine has slowly been revealing gems from the time they spent with the…
Caitlin White | May 1, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Hidden Braille Message Reveals Full Title Of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

In a recent interview with Mass Appeal, Kendrick Lamar revealed that his already fraught-with-meaning album title To Pimp A Butterfly has yet another layer. I…
Caitlin White | April 29, 2015 - 3:12 pm
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Kendrick Lamar Teams Up With Sweetgreen For “Beets Don’t Kale My Vibe” Salad

Since 2013, sustainable health food chain sweetgreen has been selling T-shirts bearing the phrase "beets don't kale my vibe," a doubly punny reference to one
Chris DeVille | April 28, 2015 - 5:14 pm
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Watch Kendrick Lamar Throw Out The First Pitch For The Dodgers

Kendrick Lamar threw out the first pitch at tonight's Dodgers game against the Giants. Recently, Lamar rocked a hat for the team in his "King
James Rettig | April 27, 2015 - 10:16 pm
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Glasses Malone – “Thuggin'” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Like Kendrick Lamar, Glasses Malone grew up in and around the gang life of Compton, California. And like Kendrick's To Pimp A Butterfly, Malone's new…
Chris DeVille | April 20, 2015 - 4:04 pm

Watch A New Trailer For Dope, A$AP Rocky’s Feature Film Debut

We saw a brief trailer for Dope, A$AP Rocky's feature film debut, when it premiered at Sundance. Now a much longer, more detailed trailer ha…
Chris DeVille | April 17, 2015 - 2:10 pm
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Kendrick Lamar Promises Tour, Praises Earl Sweatshirt & Lil Wayne In Twitter Q&A

Kendrick Lamar took to his rarely used Twitter account for an impromptu short Q&A earlier this evening. He didn't answer that many questions, but he…
James Rettig | April 15, 2015 - 9:07 pm
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Kanye West – “All Day (Remix Feat. Kendrick Lamar)”

A maddeningly short six-second snippet of Kendrick Lamar rapping over Kanye West's "All Day" emerged last week, and now the full song is here. It'…
Chris DeVille | April 15, 2015 - 4:30 pm
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Watch SNL Parody Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, & Die Antwoord In Home 2 Trailer

Last night, Saturday Night Live poked fun at the animated Rihanna vehicle Home by making a trailer for its sequel that has the strongest imaginary…
James Rettig | April 12, 2015 - 10:20 am
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Flying Lotus – “Eyes Above” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

When Flying Lotus interviewed Kendrick Lamar on BBC Radio 1 last night, they revealed a new song. It’s the third collaboration the two visionaries have…
Chris DeVille | April 10, 2015 - 5:18 pm
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Hear Flying Lotus Interview Kendrick Lamar On BBC Radio 1

Flying Lotus has been hosting BBC Radio 1's residency so far this year, and for this month's program he brought on frequent collaborator Kendrick Lamar…
James Rettig | April 9, 2015 - 9:31 pm

Status Ain’t Hood: Kendrick Lamar’s Brilliant, Stupid Week

A quick housekeeping note: We're changing the name of our Week In Rap column because someone else has claimed ownership over the phrase "the week…
Tom Breihan | April 8, 2015 - 10:44 am
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