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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 for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 3, 2014 - 1:51 pm

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 and Usher,… More »

By: James Rettig / October 31, 2014 - 10:46 am

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 Lamar… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2014 - 11:32 am

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 - 8:14 pm

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 Yorke'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 3, 2014 - 4:20 pm

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 he performed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 3, 2014 - 1:50 pm

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 an rapturou… More »

By: James Rettig / October 1, 2014 - 8:28 pm

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 brought out… More »

By: James Rettig / October 1, 2014 - 9:14 am

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 - 12:07 pm

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 Songs. More »

By: Stereogum / September 26, 2014 - 5:52 pm

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 new single,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 24, 2014 - 11:29 am

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 importantly, it'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 23, 2014 - 7:42 am

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. Early reportsMore »

By: Chris DeVille / September 17, 2014 - 12:54 pm

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." In a… More »

By: James Rettig / September 14, 2014 - 11:20 am

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 - 9:08 am

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 new… More »

By: Stereogum / September 5, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Jeezy – “Holy Ghost (Remix)” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

The not-so-young-anymore Jeezy's Seen It All dropped yesterday, and today he followed that with a remix of single "Holy Ghost." When posting the original, Tom noted the song is a rare departure into "thoughtful, introspective mode," which makes it the perfect Jeezy song for a Kendrick Lamar guest verse. Listen below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 3, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Kendrick Lamar Sued For Stealing “Rigamortis”

Today in "artists keep suing each other": TMZ reports that the jazz musicians Willie Jones III and Eric Reed are suing Kendrick Lamar for stealing the music that became his song "Rigamortis." "Rigamortis" was one of the singles on Section 80, the 2011 album that made Kendrick a rap cult hero, before Good Kid, m.A.A.d. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 3, 2014 - 9:09 am

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

The spaced-out production guru Flying Lotus has lined up some big names to guest on his forthcoming album You're Dead!, and we've already heard what happens when Herbie Hancock jumps on a track with him and Thundercat. But the most immediately intriguing track on the You're Dead! tracklist was always "Never Catch Me," which unite… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 3, 2014 - 8:07 am

College Professor Builds English Course Around Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

Several reviewers compared Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city to James Joyce's modernist novel Ulysses, in that both of them chronicled the twists and turns of a day in the life of a young urbanite. The comparison wasn't lost on Adam Diehl, a professor at Georgia Regents University, who built an entire English course using… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 2, 2014 - 3:39 pm
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