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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Serious giants occupy 5 Best Songs this week. You’ve got Kendrick Lamar, the architect of a new album so utterly dizzying and forceful it survived its semi-botched surprise release completely unscathed. Then you’ve got Grimes and Bleachers on the same track, plus an explosive new one from Death Grips, and of course, another song from… More »

By: Stereogum / March 20, 2015 - 4:33 pm

Kendrick Lamar Is Doing A Signing At Rough Trade NYC Tomorrow

Kendrick Lamar released To Pimp A Butterfly, his highly anticipated follow-up to Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City, this week. It’s a huge, complicated, ambitious statement of an album, one that will likely take some time to understand more fully. Tomorrow (Friday 3/20), though, while you’re still digesting, you can head to Rough Trade NYC to get… More »

By: Peter Helman / March 19, 2015 - 11:05 pm

Who’s Who On Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

Even after less than a week’s worth of impressions, To Pimp A Butterfly leaves a distinct impression: Kendrick Lamar needs a lot of collaborators to help him figure out who has his back. Kendrick’s focus on working his post-fame nerves from every angle — self-awareness, self-doubt, self-centeredness, self-love — pushes back against the ego-trip narrative… More »

By: Nate Patrin / March 18, 2015 - 1:42 pm

The Week In Rap: The Great Drake/Kendrick Lamar Rivalry

This year, the best story in rap — and the best story in music, and maybe the best story in popular culture in general — is the three-way dance that Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West have been dancing. They’ve all been throwing huge shadows over rap for years, and they’re all entangled with one… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 18, 2015 - 11:08 am

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Sets Spotify’s Global One-Day Streaming Record

Late Sunday night, a week ahead of its intended 3/23 release date, Kendrick Lamar released his ambitious avant-jazz-rap statement To Pimp A Butterfly on iTunes and Spotify, exploding the internet, your productivity, and quite possibly your consciousness. According to The Wall Street Journal, another casualty of this surprise release was Spotify’s record for most stream… More »

By: Peter Helman / March 17, 2015 - 6:20 pm

Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly

To talk about To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar’s new album, we need to talk about Tupac Amaru Shakur. Tupac is the ghost that haunts To Pimp A Butterfly, and among so many other things, the LP functions as a piece of Pac hero-worship. Kendrick surprise-released the album a week early so that it would… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015 - 10:13 am

Flying Lotus Explains His Role In Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

Last night Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp A Butterfly became available on iTunes a week before its scheduled release date 3/23. Fans, critics, and TDE executives reacted to the surprise release, but so did some of the album’s key collaborators, including experimental producer Flying Lotus. Responding along with the rest of those lucky enough… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 16, 2015 - 2:35 pm

Surprise! Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Is Out Now

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly went live on iTunes tonight, ahead of its planned 3/23 release date. The clean and explicit versions are available to buy — you can purchase it right here. You can also stream it on Spotify below. More »

By: James Rettig / March 15, 2015 - 11:55 pm

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Features George Clinton, Snoop Dogg, Thundercat

The tracklist for Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp A Butterfly surfaced last week, but didn’t have any features attached. Now, iTunes has the official tracklist up and, along with that, the confirmed features for each of the songs. There aren’t that many: George Clinton appears on opening track “Wesley’s Theory,” along with Thundercat who’… More »

By: James Rettig / March 15, 2015 - 9:29 pm

Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”

Kendrick Lamar’s rabidly anticipated new album To Pimp A Butterfly is finally coming out later this month, and in recent months, we’ve heard two of its songs, “i” and “The Blacker The Berry.” Tonight, a third showed up online. “King Kunta” is a ferocious, racially charged song that references Roots and Michael Jackson and Bill… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 13, 2015 - 8:30 pm

Kendrick Lamar Unveils Cover Art For New Album To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar posted the artwork for his upcoming new album on his Instagram earlier tonight. The album is due to come out on 3/23, and still doesn’t have a title yet. Lamar noted during an interview with Big Boy earlier this week that he’s keeping the title under wraps for now, but the description o… More »

By: James Rettig / March 11, 2015 - 1:17 am

Hear Kendrick Lamar Freestyle Over Classic Notorious B.I.G. Beats

Kendrick Lamar set the internet roiling last Friday night when he casually tweeted a link to his album’s release date — exactly two weeks from now on 3/23. In the lead-up to the eventual drop of the Compton rapper’s sophomore album, he’s been doing the typical media appearances but delivering atypical content. For instance, today… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 9, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Kendrick Lamar Announces New Album Out This Month

Kendrick Lamar’s new album is finally upon us. King Kendrick just tweeted a link to an iTunes pre-order for what appears to be his next LP, due out 3/23. The album art is a black box, the project is listed as [Untitled], and only one of the 16 tracks has a name assigned to it. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 6, 2015 - 5:57 pm

America’s Inaugural Air + Style Festival Sounds Like It Was A Ripoff

There are about a million music festivals across North America right now, and not all of them are run by people who know what they’re doing. Case in point: The inaugural Air + Style Festival, which came to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California this past weekend. Other versions of the festival have gone dow… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 23, 2015 - 10:17 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Yesterday, we woke up with a new broody Drake short film to watch with breakfast, and by bedtime, we had a new broody Drake mixtape to listen to over sleepy tea. If those 17 songs had dropped Wednesday instead, we’d likely be talking about one of them below. But we’ll get to Drake next week. More »

By: Stereogum / February 13, 2015 - 5:40 pm

Michael Chabon Annotates Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker The Berry” At Genius

Genius is a lyric annotation website that was formerly known as Rap Genius, and while anyone is free to contribute, it’s clear that the site is aiming toward loftier realms given that former New Yorker critic Sasha Frere-Jones recently joined the site’s ranks and Rick Rubin contributed his expertise. More »

By: Caitlin White / February 10, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Kendrick Lamar – “The Blacker The Berry”

Kendrick Lamar caught a lot of flack for his comments about Ferguson in a recent Billboard interview: “What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within.” The criticism from parties including Azealia Banks suggested that… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 9, 2015 - 5:37 pm

Watch The Red Band Trailer For N.W.A Biopic Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton, the forthcoming N.W.A biopic, has been in the news a lot lately, but it hasn’t been for good reasons. Suge Knight is in prison right now because he allegedly killed someone in a hit-and-run on the movie set. But the movie is still on the way, and dark context aside, it look… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2015 - 9:00 am

Grammys 2015: Winners List

The 2015 Grammys are have officially begun. We’ll be updating this post with the winners as they’re announced throughout the night. Winners will be appear in bold. To discuss all the performances and winners, check out our comment party. And go here for all the weird memes and best GIFs and tweets the night i… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 8, 2015 - 6:13 pm

Is Kendrick Lamar’s New Album Coming Out On Tuesday?

Wal-Mart seems to know things — things that might go beyond how to make billions of dollars by destroying small-town America. For instance: Wal-Mart may have learned, before the rest of the world, that Kendrick Lamar is about to drop a surprise album on the world. Yesterday, as Section Eighty points out, someone posted a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 22, 2015 - 9:31 am
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