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The Week In Pop’s Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014

Two weeks ago we looked at the year’s biggest pop songs; now let’s run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. (“Bang… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Watch Kendrick Lamar Debut A New Song On Colbert

Kendrick Lamar performed an untitled new song on The Colbert Report tonight. His appearance was announced last week as part of the talk show’s final week, and he’s the show’s last musical guest. The new song is very intense and the polar opposite of lead single “i,” opting for a minimal beat that gradually build… More »

By: James Rettig / December 17, 2014 - 12:18 am

Kendrick Lamar Booked For Colbert Report’s Final Week

To celebrate the final week of the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert has lined up some exciting guests for his last four shows, the first of which airs on Monday. According to New York Times reporter David Itzkoff (via Twitter) Kendrick Lamar will be the guest on the final Tuesday airing of the show. Other… More »

By: Ethan Jacobs / December 11, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Punch – “25” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Terrence “Punch” Henderson is the president of TDE, the California rap label that’s brought us people like Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. Obviously, the man has some strong executive instincts. But he’s also a perfectly strong rapper in his own right, though he doesn’t put out music very often. Today, Punch shared a new track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2014 - 11:00 am

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s Cinematic Reebok Ad

You know a rapper has reached a rarefied level of fame when a goddam sneaker company is enlisting him for a commercial. It’s not exactly a surprise that Kendrick Lamar is a star on the rise, but it’s still striking to see Reebok devote considerable resources to a three-minute ad starring the guy. Music-video director… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2014 - 9:09 am

2015 Grammy Nominees Announced

UPDATE: Read our breakdown of the nominations here.


The Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences has been announcing Grammy nominations one-by-one this morning on CBS This Morning. Irritatingly, we won’t learn the nominees for the most important award, Album Of The Year, until tonight; the Academy is announcing them a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014 - 9:02 am

Watch A Sweaty, Black-Lensed Kendrick Lamar Return To SNL

Kendrick Lamar was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night. He performed his new single, “i,” and brought out Chantal Kreviazuk and Jay Rock to do their collaboration “Pay For It.” Lamar was pretty intense (and sweaty) and wore black sclera contacts to give the performance a bit of a disconcerting edge. The… More »

By: James Rettig / November 16, 2014 - 9:39 am

Watch SNL Parody Ariana Grande, Megan Trainor, Sam Smith, & Lorde With Young Tarts & Old Farts Commercial

A highlight of tonight’s funny (really) and cameo-filled (Jennifer Lawrence, Crazy Eyes) episode of Saturday Night Live was the fake commercial for Young Tarts & Old Farts, a compilation of duets in the style of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s recent chart-topping album Cheek To Cheek. This gave the cast an opportunity to break out… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 16, 2014 - 9:18 am

Hear Kendrick Lamar’s Unreleased Verse From Flying Lotus’ “Eyes Above”

For his new album You’re Dead!, the L.A. beat warper Flying Lotus roped in Kendrick Lamar to rap on the dazzling single “Never Catch Me.” But that wasn’t the only track that the two recorded. Lamar also recorded a verse for “Eyes Above,” a track that FlyLo recorded with FKA twigs and Niki Randa. I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2014 - 10:24 am

Watch Kendrick Lamar Get A Piggyback Ride In His SNL Promo

Kendrick Lamar is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend alongside host Woody Harrelson. Today, NBC has released the promos that Lamar, Harrelson, and SNL cast member Kate McKinnon shot, which feature Lamar getting mistaken for a member of the cast of True Detective and getting a piggyback ride. Watch below. More »

By: James Rettig / November 13, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Kendrick Lamar’s 10-Year-Old Brother Has The Only Copy Of His New Album

We’re all anxiously awaiting Kendrick Lamar’s followup to good kid, m.A.A.d city, and it looks like the only person who has a copy is his 10-year-old brother. As NME points out, Lamar did an interview with Sirius XM’s DJ Whoo Kid and when asked who had a copy, the rapper said, “You gonna have to… More »

By: James Rettig / November 12, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Here’s The Inevitable Taylor Swift x Kendrick Lamar Mashup

After all of the back-and-forth between Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar over the past few weeks, it was only a matter of time until someone mashed the two together. Thankfully, it ended up being the Hood Internet, who have a pretty good track record with these sorts of things, and their mix of “Shake… More »

By: James Rettig / November 10, 2014 - 6:25 pm

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 - 10:17 am

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 to freestyle… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 5, 2014 - 2:02 pm

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 Swift. You can’t… More »

By: James Rettig / November 4, 2014 - 6:54 pm

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 much… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 4, 2014 - 12:25 pm

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
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