First Musical Guest on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’

Stephen Colbert will take over The Late Show after David Letterman’s resignation, and has announced that Kendrick Lamar will be his first musical guest on the show previous to the NBA Draft 2016. In a speech for the Television Critics Association, Colbert shares that since Kendrick performed “Untitled” — a song that still has not […]

Kendrick Lamar’s New Video “For Free?

As a painfully white dude, I feel like there’s a pretty finite amount of value I can bring to the conversation around Kendrick Lamar’s latest opus so I’m sure everyone will take this for what it’s worth. One of the many beauties of To Pimp a Butterfly is its brazen complexity. The album is a […]

The Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator

To follow-up on its official reveal, a lifestyle editorial of the upcoming Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator silhouette is showcased.

Sporting a neutral Off-White colorway overall, the Ventilator inherits subtle contrasting hits of Red and Blue located on the rear of each heel which correlates the gang culture of Kendrick Lamar’s hometown of Compton. The […]

Lamar Delights London’s ‘Wireless’ Festival

The sun was out for double-Grammy-award-winning U.S. rapper Kendrick Lamar this weekend as he performed an energetic set of his hits to an enraptured young North London crowd.

On stage at the Wireless festival on Saturday, previous to Father’s Day, less than a week after winning “Best Male Hip-Hop Artist” at the BET awards, Lamar […]

Kendrick Lamar Opens Up the BET Awards

The rapper opened the 2015 BET Awards on Sunday night in Los Angeles by performing his hit, “Alrite,” standing on top of a graffitied police car. Wearing ripped jeans, leather jacket and sneakers, Lamar stood in front of a giant American flag while dancers also waved large flags around him.

The abundance of American flags […]

Kendrick Lamar-Cosigned Little Simz Goes Hard on Stuttering ‘Lane Switch’

Little Simz has been making noise on the other side of the pond for a little while now, but she’s finally starting to grab U.S. attention following a very noteworthy cosign by Kendrick Lamar.

Now she’s here with “Lane Switch,” a rapidfire, stuttering number that showcases the 21-year-old rapper’s liquid tongue. Last week, she also […]

A Visit From Kendrick Lamar

At around midday Monday at High Tech High School in North Bergen, N.J., about 40 students are crammed into a small classroom, anxiously waiting for Kendrick Lamar to walk into the room.

He glides in with crisp white kicks, a grey long-sleeve shirt, and hair twisting every which way. The 27-year-old rapper has a broad […]

Music Influences

Lamar has stated that Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nas and Eminem are his top five favorite rappers. Tupac Shakur is his biggest influence, and has influenced not only his music, but his day-to-day lifestyle as well. In a September 2012 interview, Lamar stated Detroit-based rapper Eminem “influenced a lot of my style” and […]

Kendrick Lamar visits a High School That Embraces His Work

When Brian Mooney’s students struggled in March to digest the literary themes and dense language in Toni Morrison’s novel “The Bluest Eye,” Mr. Mooney sought inspiration from an unorthodox teacher of his own: the two-time Grammy winner and world-famous rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Mr. Mooney, who teaches freshman English at High Tech High School in North […]

How Kendrick Lamar Became the King of West Coast Rap

An 8-year-old Kendrick Lamar was there, sitting on his dad’s shoulders, transfixed by the West Coast legends. “Subconsciously, it sparked something,” Lamar told WGCI-FM’s The Morning Riot. “I always kept thinking about that moment.”

In the almost 20 years since then, Lamar has hustled his way into the company of those rappers he watched in […]

Life Is Beautiful Festival 2015 Lineup

Las Vegas’s Life Is Beautiful festival has announced the official artist lineup for the third edition of the September festival at the same time of the NCAA Basketball Championship. The 2015 bill is stacked from top to bottom with big time acts including Stevie Wonder, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi and more.

The lineup […]

Kendrick Lamar Covers Ebony Magazine

Kendrick Lamar’s latest offering, To Pimp a Butterfly, made music headlines for months, and thanks to this critical acclaim, the emcee was tapped to cover the special June edition of Ebony magazine in honor of Black Music Month.

In the issue, which recognizes millennial music artists who have been breaking down boundaries, pushing the envelope […]