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I’ve been writing this column for years now, and this is one of the strongest weeks we’ve ever had, especially with the two sprawling, loony masterpieces fighting it out for the #1 spot. My one complaint, if it can even count as a complaint: This is the last week of Halloween-themed music videos, and yet… More »

Shea Serrano is a writer at Grantland, and he writes long and personal and really funny pieces about, among other things, rap music and action movies. He lives in Texas, and I’ve never met him in person. But I still feel like we’re friends, since things like rap music and action movies transcend geographic space… More »

Have you watched Kendrick Lamar on Colbert? Because holy fuck. If you haven’t watched it, watch it. If you have watched it, watch it again. It’s really something. That’s the best piece of music-related video I’ve seen all week, easily. But regular music videos had a pretty good week, too, and our five picks are… More »

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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
Caitlin White | May 27, 2015 - 4:22 pm
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