George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic announced their “Mardi Gras Madness” U.S. tour on Wednesday. The funk legends will kick off the 10-date trek February 16th in Pittsburgh and conclude March 4th at Florida’s Okeechobee Festival. On Mardi Gras, February 28th, the band will host a special “Fat Tuesday” celebration at New York’s B.B. King Blues Club.
Whenever Kendrick’s “Money Trees” record is brought up in conversation it typically revolves around whether or not he was murdered on his own track by TDE compatriot Jay Rock, but this time the focus is squarely on the sonic template created by producer DJ Dahi. For “Money Trees,” Dahi sampled “Silver Soul,” a standout selection […]
Cassidy Hill waited in line Saturday for the Camp Flog Gnaw music festival in Exposition Park when she said a twentysomething man knocked into her as he rushed by the gates.
Hill, 33, had come from Texas on a road trip to see the festival, which featured headliners like Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper […]
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington has played alongside rappers like Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar, but his early education lies in jazz.
As a second-year student at UCLA, Washington played saxophone on Snoop Dogg’s tour. After the 2004 ethnomusicology alumnus released his debut album “The Epic” in 2015, he went on to help arrange the string instruments […]
Looking for some late-night grooves? Look no farther than vocalist/violinist/looping specialist Sudan Archives‘ new video. The Ohio-native 22-year-old takes Kendrick Lamar‘s hit track “King Kunta”, from his Grammy-nominated 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly, and makes it her own, breaking down the beat and singing the lyrics in her sultry tone as “Queen Kunta”. She […]
King Kendrick G.O.A.T.? On this week’s Breakdown, Justin Hunte explores the idea of Kendrick Lamar being dubbed the G.O.A.T.
Last week, K. Dot presented legendary West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg with the I Am Hip Hop Award during the BET Hip Hop Awards and he’s President Obama’s favorite rapper. He just might be.
100 Bulletz […]
Kendrick Lamar makes no attempt to hide from his battles with mental health. To Pimp A Butterfly is essentially his couch while we the listeners play therapists; pens in hand while observing his every word choice. Kaiser Permanente took notice of this as well and they’re now incorporating hip hop’s resident poet laureate’s lyrics to […]
When Reebok signed L.A. rapper Kendrick Lamar to a deal at the end of 2014, there was no guarantee it would work. Lamar was popular and only getting more so, but he had also rapped, “I ain’t wearing no more designer shit / White tees and Nike Cortez,” less than a year earlier in what […]
Singer and songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Judith Peraino, a musicologist at Cornell University, says the award finally recognizes the artistry of written lyrics, but the next Nobel committee should consider rappers like Kendrick Lamar for the literature honor.
Peraino says: “This award finally recognizes the artistry […]
“I like to think that I made a punk record,” Solange said of her new album, A Seat at the Table. “A highly honest, disruptive, angsty record with all of the nuances that I wanted to express. With punk music, white kids were allowed to be disruptive, have rage, destroy property and provoke riots. I […]
This is ski mask music for grumpy locals who remember the Church’s Chicken on Oltorf and South First before it was lost forever to gentrification. So why the hell is there a guitar breakdown smeared on my “M.A.A.D City?”
Eminem (2014) was a nostalgic retread by the time he landed at Samsung. Drake (2015) was […]
Kendrick Lamar has been the undeniable highlight of Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 so far. The Los Angeles rapper, following a performance by his TDE label mate ScHoolboy Q, closed out the festival Saturday night on the Samsung Stage.
His was a much more exciting finale compared to Radiohead’s great but extremely chill headlining […]
Kendrick Lamar’s rhyme skills are mind-boggling, but when he taped an episode of “Austin City Limits” a year ago, his sheer emotional force as a performer blew me away. Throughout the performance, he allowed himself to be vulnerable, talking openly about his struggles with depression and how he uses his art as therapy. He invited […]
Ty Dolla $ign, one of the most formidable forces in R&B and hip hop right now, was in beast mode following the release of his project Campaign (Sept. 23). Kicking off Dolla Day weekend in Los Angeles, Calif., the West Coast singer unveiled his pop-up shop and hosted a private dinner, as well as a […]
In an era of e-mail collaborations, Kendrick Lamar’s preference to hole up in the studio with a group of collaborators and improvise new music in real-time is turning into the exception instead of the norm. TDE in-house producer Sounwave has been on record saying the following about the To Pimp A Butterfly sessions: “The whole […]
Danny Brown lit the internet on fire earlier this week when he released the star-studded posse cut “Really Doe,” featuring guest appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and Earl Sweatshirt.
In a new interview with Beats 1 Radio host Zane Lowe, during which the pair discuss the difference between recording a posse cut “back in the […]
Mac Miller is in full album promo mode, gearing up for the release of his fourth studio LP The Divine Feminine tomorrow (Sept. 16). The Pittsburgh rapper stopped by Beats 1 recently (Sept. 14) to chop it up with Zane Lowe and in the process, divulged some studio secrets about one of the most anticipated […]
Lupe Fiasco is willing to concede that Kendrick Lamar makes better music than him. The opinionated artist admitted to Kendrick’s superiority in a conversation with some users on Twitter. A fan told Lupe that his music isn’t as good as the TDE MC’s. Lupe agreed but felt that he and Kendrick were evenly matched when […]
Tuesday marks 20 years since legendary rapper Tupac “2Pac” Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas at the age of 25. While his murder remains unsolved, his fans remain resolute in their dedication to upholding all facets of his legacy, including and especially his rap music but also his work as a social activist.
You might not know his name, but you’ve heard his sensuous sax soaring over tracks by Kendrick Lamar, YG, and other top-tier Los Angeles rappers. Or you saw him as the caged bird, shrieking and squawking on his horn from behind bars in Lamar’s stupendous 2016 Grammy performance.
Terrace Martin, 37, is slowly gaining […]
Beyonce Knowles is ready to launch “Freedom” featuring Kendrick Lamar as the next single off her album “Lemonade”. The “Single Ladies” hitmaker released her collaboration with the “m.A.A.d City” rapper in Italy on Friday, September 9 via Sony Music.
Following the surprise release of “Hold Up” music video, it was assumed Beyonce might be […]
Take the case of the highly anticipated but still a pipe dream joint album between hip-hop stars Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole. Talks about a collaboration between the two has been going around since Lamar revealed in 2015 that he wanted to work with Cole. However, there have been rumors that the two have been kicking […]
Fans might dream of a collaboration between Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino, but unfortunately that hasn’t happened yet. Thankfully, someone has stepped up to fill the void. As Reddit users point out, a SoundCloud user named Najvyexi recently put out a full-length rework of Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet, subbing in Kendrick Lamar vocals over […]
Summer festival season inches to its 2016 bow, but Los Angeles’ FYF Fest still has something to say. A relatively new addition to the higher levels of the music festival hierarchy, the once-named “F— Yeah Fest” began in the dingy club The Echo with primarily punk acts back in 2004. Now it attracts the likes […]
Fans have been patiently waiting for Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole’s joint album since the project was teased in 2011. Lately, there has been nothing but rumors about the collaboration, with some even claiming that the project could be released sometime this year. However, Cole’s camp reportedly said that the deal is still under negotiations, […]
Mac Miller took more than two years between his albums Watching Movies With the Sound Off and GO:OD AM, which dropped in Sept. of 2015, but he’ll return almost a year to the day with his next release, The Divine Feminine, which will be out Sept. 16. Whereas his past releases boasted tracklists 15 or […]
BET has announced the nominees for its annual Hip Hop Awards. Drake leads all artists with 14 nominations. He’s up for Best Hip Hop Video (“Hotline Bling”), Track of the Year, (“Hotline Bling” and “Controlla”), Album of the Year (VIEWS), Best Live Performer, MVP of the Year, Hustler of the Year, and more. Other notable […]
Dressed in a black-and-yellow flannel–topped off with a gray trucker hat–Kendrick Lamar floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee during his headlining set at ESSENCE Festival tonight.
With To Pimp a Butterfly—the title of his Grammy-winning second album—emblazoned on the backdrop of his stage set, Lamar demonstrated why he is arguably the best […]
The Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas had a few surprise winners, one of which was the Top Rap Album awarded to Meek Mill’s “Dreams Worth More Than Money,” besting Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Future, and Dr. Dre, who were also nominated for the category. According to the Billboard winner’s list, these were the albums nominated […]
The NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers is underway with the Warriors up 2-0 in the series. The NBA Finals is the biggest event in the NBA and it is only right to see what connections NBA players have with hip-hop.
Two of the biggest stars in the NBA are […]
Valentine’s Day is a time when we’ve put together some of the best hip-hop love songs. Rappers are always putting on this tough image, but they’re human like everyone else and deal with love just like regular people. From DMX rhyming about a special lady, to Ja Rule “harmonizing” about that woman who completes him.
The Grammys had their origin in the Hollywood Walk of Fame project in the 1950s. As the recording executives chosen for the Walk of Fame committee worked at compiling a list of important recording industry people who might qualify for a Walk of Fame star, they realized there were many more people who were leaders […]
Estados Unidos interfiere con los asuntos de la FIFA, e insinuó que pretende arrebatar a Rusia el Mundial de fútbol de 2018, afirmó el jueves el presidente ruso, Vladimir Putin.La fiscalía estadounidense investiga por corrupción a 14 personas, de las que al menos dos tienen ciudadanía estadounidense. Siete de los 14 fueron arrestados el miércoles […]
From 2Pac appreciating his mother to Danzig belting “Mother” at a full-throated, hard-rock howl, there are plenty of ways to toast the women who gave us life on Mother’s Day, this Sunday. Raise a glass this Mother’s Day, and let these songs be your soundtrack.
2Pac’s “Dear Mama”
In the late, great 2Pac’s tribute to […]
La convocatoria a elecciones 2017 se hará el 18 de octubre de 2016 y los partidos tendrán un mes de plazo para inscribir a sus candidatos. El Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE) anunció este jueves que los comicios presidenciales y legislativos en Ecuador se celebrarán el 19 de febrero del año próximo 2017.
El calendario electoral […]
Mistah F.A.B. enlists Kendrick Lamar for his latest single, “Survive.” On the track, Kendrick delivers an intense and equally poignant verse about vicious cycles of violence. “You ever been a victim of being a prisoner inside your own mind?” he asks before rapping, “Life of a young delinquent/Even stole him a Lincoln, at 15/Middle fingers, […]
After 20 seasons, tomorrow (April 13) marks Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game. The Los Angeles Lakers are sending the legend off in style, and that includes a stirring video toast from one of L.A.’s favorite native sons, Kendrick Lamar.
ESPN nabbed Lamar to narrate the bite-sized “Fade to Black,” and it’s all wins. Kendrick’s never […]
Compare that to the reality-show circus that has surrounded every aspect of Kanye West’s new album The Life of Pablo: his daily Twitter rants, his star-studded listening party-fashion show at Madison Square Garden, his ongoing tweaks of its tracklist, lyrics and mixes. Only after The Life of Pablo moved from the streaming service Tidal to […]
The Internet praised Kendrick Lamar for his surprise Untitled Unmastered release (March 4), a project that finds the West Coast rap god infusing religion into eight tracks.
Whether requesting to “get God on the phone” or shouting out Allah or Buddha, the Grammy-winning MC salutes the powers on high with holy references throughout UU. […]
Kendrick Lamar’s surprise Untitled Unmastered project debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 178,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 10, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 142,000 were in pure album sales.
The set was released without advance notice on March 4 and gives Lamar his second chart-topping […]
Rapper Kendrick Lamar surprise-dropped a brand new album on Thursday night, untitled unmastered, a collection of eight tracks, some of which Lamar had previously performed live. The new album comes only weeks after Kendrick Lamar’s powerful performance at the Grammys during which he addressed police brutality and mass incarceration.
“Untitled 03 05.28.2013,” is the third […]
Ken Ehrlich, producer of the Grammy Awards, has been putting on the show since 1980, and he’s seen the face of the show change dramatically. In an interview in Variety this week, he’s quick to acknowledge the influence of black music, but insinuated the Grammys don’t have the same issues with diversity as the Oscars […]
He stole the show with a stunning performance, cruised to five Grammy wins and declared his Best Rap Album victory a win for hip-hop. But Kendrick Lamar, for the second time now, was shut out of the major awards for his latest album, To Pimp A Butterfly, and its anthemic song “Alright.” Instead, it was […]
We could call Kendrick Lamar and Michael Jackson the two “Kings of the Grammys;” they now hold the two highest records for number of nominations in a single night, at 11 and 12 nominations respectively. Aside from this shared title, however, the music stars represent vastly different types of royalty.
Jackson is almost inarguably […]
It appears another Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar collaboration is on its way. Just days after the completed version of “No More Parties in L.A.” – which, as it turns out, samples Drake‘s uncle, Larry Graham – was released, Yeezy has shared a photo of the pair back in the studio together. “We just wanna […]
Kendrick Lamar was the musical guest on Thursday night’s episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” He performed a brand new song called “Untitled 2.” Kendrick also sat down for an interview with Fallon. They chat about playing video games as kids, To Pimp a Butterfly, Grammy history, and more. Watch his performance below. […]
2015 has come and gone, but the music that made the last 12 months still remains. Though the airwaves last year may have been filled with sultry R&B, bizarre viral hits and more Justin Bieber than a lot of people find tolerable, in all corners of the musical spectrum, some of the best music in […]
David Bowie is putting the finishing touches on a new full-length titled ★ (Blackstar). According to Tony Visconti, who first worked with Bowie all the way back in 1969, a certain MC played a large role in their creative process. “We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar,” the producer told Rolling Stone. “We […]
Before playing his final song on Tuesday evening, SummerSlam night, Kendrick Lamar asked the sold-out auditorium in Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center for a moment of silence. This was not a political gesture. He wanted everyone to “feel the energy in the room,” which they did, at least until someone in the balcony seats yelled, “Vibe!” […]
Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean each took home three trophies at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards, which took place last weekend in Atlanta and aired Tuesday night after the Video Music Awards , with Snoop Dogg as host.
Kendrick won three awards: Best Hip Hop Video, Lyricist of the Year, and Impact Track, all […]