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Kendrick Lamar Cancels St. Louis Show (Again)

Kendrick Lamar was supposed to be the headliner at the  Summer Jam concert presented by Hot 104.1 (WHHL) according to a River Front Times blog post. According to them, no reason for the cancellation has been given. This isn’t the first time he’s cancelled a show in St. Louis either. He was supposed to drop by with Kanye West as part of the Yeezus tour in 2013, but the gig “was canceled after some of the gear for the stage show was damaged in an accident.”

The blog goes on to say they’ll be updating as more information becomes available. It’s going to be interesting to see if a reason for the cancellation is given by anyone in Lamar’s camp. While the show last year was due to equipment, there’s no telling why the show won’t go on in wonderful St. Louis this year. Apparently, Kendrick isn’t the only musician to cancel a show in the city.

The River Front Times wrote:

In the last six months a bevy of high-profile pop and rap artists have canceled their St. Louis stops, including Big Boi, Miley Cyrus and West. Kendrick Lamar now joins that list…again. St. Louis just can’t catch a break, it seems.

And according to St. Louis Today, “Added to the bill are rappers Yo Gotti, Ty Dolla Sign and Cash Out.”

The good news? Kendrick Lamar is still going to be playing a lot of shows in a lot of other places. What was your favorite place to see Kendrick play? Leave us a comment below and tell us your story of the best K-Dot concert you’ve seen.  Some of the best shows have been the ones in smaller venues. That said, Kendrick still knows how to kick it for a large crowd. It’s all about that Hiii Power and what you can achieve when you chase your dreams.

Kendrick Lamar Covers Tupac at Awards Show

As you know, we think that Kendrick Lamar is the king of Hip Hop currently. All you have to do is listen to his music or read the news and you’ll see that he has the talent as well as the determination to make it. Over at Rolling Stone, they have a round-up of Kendrick’s performance recently at the iHeartRadio award show last Thursday in Los Angeles. If you missed the show, you missed a good one.

“In the memory of Tupac Shakur, I need everybody to put one hand up right now; I need everybody to put two hands up right now,” Lamar shouted at one point, and the crowd went wild. What came next was one of the best covers of California Love of all time. (Disagree? Leave a comment and let us know why!) Seriously, this was a performance that really shows Kendrick Lamar knows what he’s doing and is on his way up.

Compton has a special place in K-Dot’s heart. No matter how big he gets, he’s never going to forget where he came from originally. The streets of Compton are tough, but they managed to produce the singing sensation known as Kendrick Lamar. After singing California Love, he had a segue into m.A.A.d. city, which caused the fans to go even wilder.

He really manages to honor Tupac Shakur, Eazy E, and Nate Dogg, fallen soldiers who did a lot for the rap game. Kendrick appeared to have a lot of fun doing the show, but the words he had to say about Tupac and others who are no longer with us goes to show that he’s not all about himself. The whole scene was drenched in Hiii Power as the king of Hip Hop continued to show the world while he deserves the crown.

Here’s a look at his California Love performance on YouTube.

Be sure to let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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.

Suge Knight: Kendrick Lamar Treated Like a Slave

Is Kendrick Lamar a slave or a king? If you ask Suge Knight (which BET did recently), you’re going to be surprised at the answer. He’s saying that Kendrick Lamar (and the Game) are both being treated like slaves rather than royalty. Don’t worry. K-Dot has someone watching his back. The top dog at Top Dawg Entertainment responded to the accusation. We’re going to take a look at what Suge Knight said last week to BET as well as the response from Kendrick’s camp – which is right-on if you ask us.

Suge talked about the problems of Kendrick Lamar late last year, but he’s beating his drum again, saying it’s “not fair” that so much money is taken and not given to the rappers. This sounds horrible if you just listen to Suge Knight’s version, but if you step back and do some research, you’re going to find that TDE doesn’t believe they’re being ripped off by the music industry. First, let’s take a look at what Suge Knight had to say exactly before we go over the response from Top Dawg Entertainment.

Here’s what Suge told BET in the interview:

[All I was saying was] it’s not fair for two n****s from Compton to be gettin’ f****d, and it’s not good for me to have knowledge and not pass it on to them. It wasn’t about putting them as men down or as artists down, it was about putting the person who’s in control down, saying ‘How are you f****ng over these dudes from Compton when they’re making a difference for your company?’

What do you think? Does Suge Knight know what he’s talking about or is he just blowing air? Let’s take a look at Kendrick Lamar’s response over at SOHH.

Also, you have to consider that Kendrick himself hasn’t been complaining. As the King of Hip Hop at the moment, he’s on top of his game and riding higher all the time. With Hiii Power on your side, the sky’s the limit to what can be achieved. What do you think? Leave a comment and let us know.

Kendrick Lamar Inspired by Nas

Over at BET online, they have a write-up by Latifah Muhammad about Kendrick Lamar talking about the 20th anniversary of Nas’s Illmatic debut and how the Queens MC inspired K-Dot. Kendrick talked about the way they both grew up in tough neighborhoods and used music as a way to escape peacefully. While they grew up on opposite sides of the country, they both used rap responsibly.

Kendrick isn’t the only artist speaking up about the Illmatic anniversary. According to sources, Google Play has picked Lama, ScHoolBoy QJay RockTech N9ne and even Nas to discuss the release of the special edition LP Illmatic XX. We’d like to know whether or not you’re planning on buying it to show your support, so leave a comment. Should be interesting to see how it sells twenty years after the original.

If you’re a Nas fan, he’s actually on tour to honor the album that came out twenty years ago. There’s also a special LP release called Illmatic XX to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the album he said changed the game. “I rap from the perspective of a human being, and in rap that wasn’t really the thing,” he told BET.

Here’s some of Kendrick’s thoughts on Illmatic according to BET:

You hear it in my music what’s surrounded me. And just to be able to elevate your mind a little bit further past that through writing is bigger than one song. In order to do that and craft that, it’s on another plane, and I wouldn’t have been able to do that if it wasn’t for that album, truthfully…

And here’s a classic track from Nas to get your hear bobbing.

Can you tell how it influenced Kendrick Lamar? Leave a comment and let us know what you think about either artist.

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