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Rap-Up TV: Ty Dolla $ign Taps Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly for New Album

Ty Dolla $ign has had an incredible year, and he’s looking forward to an even bigger 2015. The “Paranoid” hitmaker is planning a March/April release for his long-awaited debut Free TC. But the project, named after his brother who is behind bars, represents more than just an album.

“It’s for a purpose,” the Taylor Gang member told Rap-Up TV. “He’s locked up for something that he didn’t do. It’s many people out here that get injustice, as you’ve seen Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, everything that’s happening on the news right now. It has a purpose. It’s gonna be the biggest album of 2015.”

The Diplo and DJ Dahi-produced first single “Stand For” is already gaining spins, and he’s assembled an all-star roster of talent including Jagged Edge, YG, Wiz Khalifa, and R. Kelly, who appears on a record called “Actress.”

“It’s definitely a jam and I can’t wait to see what it does out here in these streets,” he said.

His fellow Cali native Kendrick Lamar also guests on the aptly-titled “L.A.” “It’s like an anthem for L.A. It’s gonna be crazy,” he said. “Kendrick is the homie and I hope I can get on his new project.”

Following the album’s release, Ty plans to embark on his “Free TC” tour.

Plus, find out how he plans to spend Christmas and his New Year’s resolution.

Kendrick Lamar Debuts New Song on ‘Colbert Report’

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Kendrick Lamar stopped by Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” on Tuesday as part of the show’s finale week. TDE’s golden child, who scored two Grammy nominations for “i,” debuted an untitled new song and went down in history as the final musical guest.

Wearing his hair in dreads like his “SNL” appearance last month, he performed the powerful track with help from Bilal, Thundercat, Anna Wise, and Terrace Martin.

“What the black man say? / Tell ‘em we don’t die, we don’t die, we multiply,” declares Kendrick over the saxophone.

K-Dot has been in the studio finishing his sophomore album, which is expected to arrive early next year.

He also sat down to discuss his Compton roots, Dr. Dre, fame, and why he prefers to be called a writer instead of a rapper.

“I pride myself on that. It’s more storytelling than actually rhyming words together,” he explained.

Watch King Kendrick world premiere his new song (begins at 4:05).

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Kendrick Lamar Partners with Reebok to Empower Youth

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Kendrick Lamar is making major moves. The “i” rapper has partnered with Reebok to inspire and empower youth through programs designed to provide a positive alternative to the streets.

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Rap-Up TV: YG Talks ‘Blame It On the Streets,’ Fergie, & Kendrick Lamar’s ‘i’

YG topped the charts and won critical acclaim for his debut My Krazy Life, and before the year is over, he will release his first movie and soundtrack Blame It On the Streets. The 30-minute short film, which he stars in and co-wrote with Lucky Rodgers, was inspired by his “krazy” life in Compton, and the nine-track album features DJ Mustard, DJ Quik, Nipsey Hussle, Mack 10, and more.

Before he hit the red carpet at the L.A. screening at Hollywood’s famed TCL Chinese Theatre, he sat down with Rap-Up TV to reflect on his incredible year.

“I feel good. [When] we came into the whole making of My Krazy Life, one of the goals was to come out the studio with a classic album and to come out with a short film for the album,” he explained. “We couldn’t get the movie done in enough time to come out with the album ’cause there was a lot of shit going on. But we figured out a way to still put an album out the same year with the label’s support and that was do a short film with the soundtrack.”

On Sunday, he shared the stage with Fergie while performing “L.A.LOVE (la la)” at the American Music Awards. “That shit was crazy. Shout out to Fergie for fuckin’ with me on that record, for real,” said YG. “She really fuck with people. She’s showin’ us love.”

He worked with fellow Compton MC Kendrick Lamar on My Krazy Life, so what does he think of his self-love single “i”?

“I fuck with it hard,” said YG. “He did his shit right there. That’s gon’ take him to a whole ‘nother level.”

My Krazy Life has been praised as one of the best rap albums of 2014, but YG remains humble.

“It was a bad year for the rap game,” he said. “For me, it was easy ’cause it really wasn’t no albums that dropped like that. It was like five rap albums. You got [ScHoolboy] Q, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Future…”

So will we see a new album in 2015? “Shit, I don’t know. Maybe 2016,” he said.

Blame It On the Streets will be available in stores and online on December 15.

Kendrick Lamar Performs on ‘SNL’

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All hail King Kendrick. The Compton rapper made an epic return to “SNL” this weekend and proved why he’s one of hip-hop’s best with an exhilarating performance of his single “i.”

With his hair half braided, black contacts in his eyes, and sweat dripping down his face, Kendrick tore through the Isley Brothers-sampled song, dedicating it to his homies in the pen. He even recreated some of his famous dance moves from the music video.

For his second performance of the night, he brought out his TDE labelmate Jay Rock to perform “Pay for It.” They traded chilling verses against harsh white lights, while Canadian singer Chantal Kreviazuk played piano and sang the hook.

He also appeared in a funny skit for a celebrity duets record called Young Tarts & Old Farts, which paired old timers with new artists. The Kendrick rapped alongside a fake Barry Manilow, while other pairings included Lionel Richie and Ariana Grande, Diana Ross and Macklemore, James Taylor and 2 Chainz, and Elton John and Blue Ivy.

Get out your seat in praise of K-Dot.

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Flying Lotus Debuts Unreleased Kendrick Lamar Verse

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Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar teamed up on “Never Catch Me,” but that’s not the only collaboration they recorded.

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Kendrick Lamar Gets Piggyback Ride From Woody Harrelson in ‘SNL’ Promo

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Kendrick Lamar returns to “SNL” as musical guest this weekend. In the first promos for the show, K-Dot exchanges some funny banter with host Woody Harrelson and “SNL” cast member Kate McKinnon. The TDE rapper fools McKinnon and pretends to be Harrelson’s True Detective co-star Matthew McConaughey, and even hitches a piggyback ride to 55th Street on Woody’s back.

You can expect to see Kendrick perform his latest single “i” and possibly even debut a new song off his upcoming album, which may arrive before 2015.

Hopefully, K-Dot will also appear in a skit or two. The last time he was on “SNL” in January 2013, he starred in a digital short called “YOLO” with The Lonely Island (relive it here).

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