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New Black Hippy Freestyles

We’re still waiting on the new Kendrick Lamar album to drop, but in the meantime, over at the MTV website, they have some news about some new Black Hippy freestyles that are tight! As you know, K-Dot is on the new Amazing Spiderman 2 soundtrack. TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith has said that the new Kendrick solo LP will be out around September of this year but that the new Black Hippy effort is likely to be out a lot sooner.

Kendrick went on to say that he’s still messing around with his new LP and isn’t sure what it’s going to sound like yet. He said that each album is a journey to him. It’s going to be cool to see where the latest one takes him. After all, he’s gone far with the music that he’s done so far. There’s no telling what this next album is going to sound like exactly, but there’s a very good chance it’s going to be even better than Good Kid Maad City.

MTV wrote:

“Yeah, Black Hippy, we’re moving around man. They’ll be getting something soon. They might get a few early freestyles or something, ’cause I know fans are heated for us,” K-Dot told MTV News correspondent Josh Horowitz on Thursday night when he walked the red carpet at “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ in New York City.

This is good news any way you look at it if you ask us. While not a Kendrick solo album, it’s going to be good to hear some new Black Hippy – especially if they’re doing freestyles. They really excel at wandering away from the ordinary and it will be interesting to see what they come up with on this one.

What do you think? Leave us a comment below and share your thoughts on Kendrick’s past music, the Black Hippy freestyles, or even what you think his new LP is going to sound like later this year. One of the signs of a great artist is that they evolve, and we’re pretty sure that there’s going to be some sort of evolution happening and that this new album is going to be even better than his last effort.

New Music: Babylon with SZA Featuring Kendrick Lamar

No, the new Kendrick Lamar album is still not here, but you can hear Kendrick featured on a new single by SZA called Babylon. This track is tight! Both Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper are the big names on the Z EP by SZA (say that three times fast!), but Emile Hayne, DJ Dahi, Mac Miller and Toro Y Moi all helped with production in one way or another. According to an article at Spin, two of K-Dot’s lines include  “I ain’t have nothing to lose / My dark side been running tuned.”

The track is really spaced out – in a good way. You’d expect something like this from the Black Hippy crowd and this song doesn’t disappoint. What’s cool is that the song was actually released last month. With new work, however, this remix is quickly becoming popular on the internet. The original was really “out there” but by adding some Hiii Power via Kendrick Lamar, the song’s aural harmonies take the whole thing to the next level.

According to the Styleite blog:

SZA happens to be bothTop Dawg Entertainment‘s only female artist and one of its hottest talents, weaving her own gauzy vocals into otherworldly soundscapes. To celebrate the EP, she’s has dropped a new version of previously-unveiled Lamar-featuring track ‘Babylon‘. “

Over at Billboard, they go into a little more depth about SZA and the track featuring Kendrick Lamar.

“Z” sounds like the future, or at least SZA’s vision of one — a genre agnostic utopia dripping with mood and SZA’s own gossamer vocals. “Z” straddles the line between minimalist R&B, ’80s synth pop and soul. It sounds like Jill Scott in a pillow fight with Jessy Lanza. It sounds like a Frank Ocean fever dream.

The rest of that article goes into how SZA hooked up with Top Dawg Entertainment and also explains what she brings to the table – which is a lot of talent. Having said that, Kendrick Lamar being featured on the track is some of the reason this song is getting so much attention right now.

Here’s the song on YouTube so you can check it out yourself.

Kendrick sounds great on his verse. If you agree (or disagree), leave a comment below and let us know what your thoughts.

New Music: Alicia Keys ‘It’s On Again’ Feat. Kendrick Lamar

While Kendrick Lamar’s new album for 2014 hasn’t dropped yet, TDE management has said to be patient because it’s on the way. For now, if you’re looking for some new Kendrick Lamar, you can check out Alicia Keys singing ‘It’s On Again’ featuring Kendrick Lamar. It’s not as good as a complete track by Kendrick Lamar, of course, but for fans of his music, it’s always good to hear him whenever possible. And Alicia Keys isn’t a bad singer at all. Some might say that Kendrick made her song better. You can include us in that camp!

“I’m very excited to be a part of such a powerful collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer,” Keys said in a press release recently. “This is the next chapter in the ‘Spider-Man’ legacy and we really feel ‘It’s On Again’ captures the experience, the story — and most importantly — the meaning behind the film, which is that we all have the potential to be extraordinary. There’s a little bit of a super hero in all of us.”

If you ask us, Kendrick Lamar is the super hero of Rap – East Coast AND West Coast. If you disagree, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know why. Even if you’re not a fan of the new Amazing Spider-Man movies, we think you should take the time to check out her new single. We went through the work and found a copy on Soundcloud. If you look around, you’re going to be able to find it yourself. Or you can just go the the Apple music store and grab a copy of it.

Speaking of spending money to support Kendrick Lamar, be sure to check out our latest Kendrick Hiii Power gear over at the shop. We have a bunch of new styles you should check out. As you know, t-shirt weather is almost here again and there’s nothing like having some fresh Kendrick Lamar gear. Anyway, while we’re probably not going to be watching the new Spider-Man 2 movie that’s coming out, it’s good to see other artists like Alicia Keys working with up and coming talent like Kendrick Lamar.


Kendrick Lamar And Tame Impala: Divergent Jam

If you haven’t heard about the Divergent movie yet, you will soon. It’s set to be as big as Hunger Games when it comes out. The really cool news is that Kendrick Lamar got together with Tame Impala to do a track for the movie! You can hear it online. Over at MTV, they have a little information about the new track - Backwards. For those who love when rappers experiment and come up with a new sound, this is definitely one to check out as soon as you can.

The tune was released last Friday on the web, and has been spreading quickly. What do you expect from Kendrick Lamar? The song is actually a new version of Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.” That was on the band’s 2012 record Lonerism. Even if you’ve never heard them before, you’re going to want to take a listen to the new version with K-Dot that was made for the Divergent movie.

Here’s a listen to the song, which is available on SoundCloud as well.

A very, very different sound, but we like it – a lot. This song just goes to show how powerful and versatile Kendrick is as a musician. He’s able to take the work of someone else and put his own spin on it. That’s truly the sign of someone who is going to be remembered a long time for his talent.

Whether you like the new Backward track or not, leave a comment and let us know what you think. And yes, one of the best ways to listen to it is while you’re sporting your Kendrick Lamar gear. Here at the office, we’re always trying to one-up each other with what Kendrick Lamar apparel we wear.

Anyway, enjoy the new song from Kendrick Lamar and be sure to check back often as we keep you up to date on all the latest – and most interesting – Kendrick news and information. Whether it’s new songs or things being said about him in the media, we have you covered!

Jay Rock feat. Kendrick Lamar in To The Top

Yes, another member of Black Hippy – Jay Rock – has come out with a new track featuring Kendrick Lamar. In an article over at Vibe magazine, they talk about the track. In other Kendrick Lamar news, James Blake Remixes Kendrick Lamar’s “mAAd city” which is very cool in our book. According to Pitchfork magazine, the remix is credited to Harmonimix, which is Blake’s remixing alter ego. He did the remix on a plane in his spare time.

According to Vibe, ” In 2007, the Cali-natives recorded “To The Top,” a foreseeing track produced by Million $ Mano, which detailed the emcees’ plan to make it out of their then situation to the peak of the rapping totem pole.” You’re going to have to hunt around a little bit to find this song, or you can let us find it for you! Here’s a look at the song on YouTube. While it was unreleased, a lot of people are excited that it’s finally out. What’s cool is that the lyrics are all about them wanting to make it to the top. And now, seven years later, they’ve both arrived.

If you listen to the track (see first video below), you’re going to notice it’s a totally different sound for Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar. This isn’t a bad thing, though. In fact, it just shows how much both performers have grown over the years. At its core, it’s still a Black Hippy tune with mostly Jay Rock but some undeniable Kendrick Lamar thrown in for good measure. If you love the track or hate it, leave a comment below and let us know what you think about it.

And here’s the James Blake remix so you can check it out yourself:

Listening, it’s easy to see why James Blake is so talented. We’re interested in whether our readers like this version of the song or not. Not all remixes are good, but we’re liking this one. We’ve had it playing in the office for a while now. And, of course, we’re all sporting the latest Kendrick Lamar gear so everyone knows we’re fans. People keep asking, “Who is that?” when they stop by the office and we tell them it’s Kendrick Lamar with that Hiii Power, baby!

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