Kendrick Lamar

Black Friday just delivered the illest gifts from two of the illest rappers of 2015. J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar hopped on each other’s samples for some tag team freestyles, both named “Black Friday.” Cole glided over Kendrick’s “Alright” beat, reminding us of his major boss move this year: “I sold out the Garden/ I […]

The Sound Next week we’ll see if Ty Dolla $ign can synthesize his talents to make a great debut album. Free TC‘s previous tracks suggests he will, and “LA” again proves the hype hasn’t been misplaced. The album-opener debuted on Real 92.3. “LA” is a switch-up from the party jams (“Blasé,” “Saved”) we’ve heard over the past few months. […]

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These days, perhaps no names inspire more confidence in a music video than Kendrick Lamar and Colin Tilley. They delivered the video of the year with “Alright.” Today, they connected again for the  less metaphorical, more joyous “These Walls.” Like “Alright,” it’s another mini-movie that stands out because of its narrative ambition. There’s a house party going on […]

Dr. Dre says he dreams of one day touring Europe with three of his biggest and most successful protégés: Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Dr. Dre made the reveal during this weekend’s episode of his Beats 1 radio show, The Pharmacy, that featured Snoop as a special guest. After the pair reminisced on their […] Kendrick Lamar is hitting the road. Kendrick just announced his “Kunta’s Groove Sessions” tour, which features eight intimate shows in eight different cities. The Compton rapper headlined a few festivals this year, but surprisingly, K. Dot didn’t go on an official promotional tour after the release of his To Pimp A Butterfly album in March. The […]

The Game’s forthcoming album, The Documentary 2, is set to hit shelves in just over a week and anticipation continues to rise daily. “On Me,” one of the project’s most anticipated tracks, hit the Internet last night (September 30). With a Kendrick Lamar guest appearance, the cut, which is produced by Bongo ‘The Drum Gahd, […]

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A live band rendition of To Pimp A Butterfly is in high demand, and you’d have to look no further than Kendrick Lamar‘s performances on Stephen Colbert‘s shows to know why. Lamar has been performing cuts live with a backing track, but that changes for one day later in October. The star will perform To Pimp A Butterfly songs […]

Kendrick Lamar recently caught up with famed music producer Quincy Jones for HYPETRAK Magazine: Volume 2. The two met at a studio in California, where they spoke about a slew of topics including, of course, Michael Jackson’s 1982 Quincy Jones-produced album, Thriller. “You can imagine,” Jones replies when asked to describe the studio’s energy when […]


The 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards are just under a month away and in anticipation of the show’s air date, BET has released the list of nominations to let everyone know who will be battling it out in each category. Leading the nominees pack is none other than Young Money hip hop poster boy Drake, who […]

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Today is another one of hip-hop’s depressing anniversaries: It’s been 19 years since Tupac Shakur passed away at the young age of 25. Like every year, the date inspired a steady stream of tributes. The most noteworthy one this year comes from Kendrick Lamar. The Compton emcee has kept Shakur’s memory alive by releasing To Pimp A Butterfly near the […]

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Although Kendrick Lamar reclaimed the spotlight with his lauded performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the next few days should be all about the Black Hippy crew with Jay Rock‘s 90059 on the way. Hours before its scheduled release, all four members of Black Hippy come through for a surreal, black-and-white video for “Vice City.” Lamar gets roughed up […]

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We’ve already seen how good Kendrick Lamar could be with a live band when he performed “Untitled” on The Colbert Report as the show’s last musical guest. Lamar reminded viewers again when he appeared as Stephen Colbert‘s music guest, this time at his new gig as The Late Show‘s host. With Thundercat again on bass and Bilal backing him, Lamar […]