Kendrick Lamar

Sep
15
Kendrick Lamar Brings ‘Aggression and Emotion’ to New Album

Kendrick Lamar

The pressure is on. This fall Kendrick Lamar will deliver the highly-anticipated follow-up to his 2012 debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, and it promises to be worth the wait.

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Sep
11
New Music: Chris Brown f/ Kendrick Lamar – ‘Autumn Leaves’

Chris Brown and Kendrick Lamar

In just five days, Chris Brown will release his sixth album X. The star-studded set features appearances from Usher, Rick Ross, Brandy, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Jhené Aiko, R. Kelly, Trey Songz, and Kendrick Lamar, who appears on the dark ballad “Autumn Leaves,” produced by B.A.M. and RoccStar.

A somber Breezy sings about the demise of a relationship: “Before I sleep I talk to God / He must be mad with me, it’s coming / I’m confused who I’ll spend my forever with.”

K-Dot shares words of wisdom on his introspective verse. “When you make mistakes the most, one day it will make you grow,” he raps.

“I picked Kendrick because his subject matter as a lyricist is beyond everybody else’s,” Chris told Rolling Stone. “There’s a substance to what he says.”

X arrives September 16. Listen to their chilling collaboration below.

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Sep
3
New Music: Jeezy f/ Kendrick Lamar – ‘Holy Ghost (Remix)’

Holy Ghost (Remix)

With his album Seen It All in stores now, Jeezy recruits Kendrick Lamar for the remix to his Don Cannon-produced single “Holy Ghost.” The TDE rapper lets it burn like Usher on his smoking verse.

“This black on black is a blessing / Black on black crime on my weapon / I protect mine on my momma nem / These are my Usher confessions / Let it burn,” he raps.

Jeezy’s album is expected to sell 90-100,000 copies in its first week.

Hear K-Dot set it off and watch the “Holy Ghost” trailer below.

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Sep
2
New Music: Flying Lotus f/ Kendrick Lamar – ‘Never Catch Me’

Never Catch Me

While he readies his sophomore album, Kendrick Lamar has been showing his versatility with features for Jasmine V and SZA. For his latest guest spot, TDE’s golden child joins forces with L.A. producer Flying Lotus on “Never Catch Me.” K-Dot delivers an out-of-body verse over the experimental production, which has been years in the making.

“He came through the crib and recorded it and it was great,” FlyLo told Rolling Stone. “The funny part is, though, that he wanted to keep that shit for his album. When I first sent him the track, he was trying to convince me to give it to him. Like, ‘Nah, man, I need that!’”

Look for their jazzy collaboration on Flying Lotus’ fifth album You’re Dead!, due October 7.

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Aug
31
Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, & Iggy Azalea Invade Made in America Festival

Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar

The Budweiser Made in America Festival touched down in Philadelphia and Los Angeles over Labor Day weekend. The two-day concert event returned to Philly’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday and brought with it an all-star lineup including J. Cole and Kanye West, who closed out the Day 1 festivities with “Black Skinhead,” “Runaway,” and “New Slaves.”

On the West Coast, Hit-Boy and YG repped for their hometown crowds. Fans filled the streets of downtown L.A. to catch the Compton rapper performing his hits including “My Hitta” and “Who Do You Love,” with DJ Mustard on the turntables.

Fresh off her VMA performance, Iggy Azalea graced the steps of L.A.’s City Hall with “Pussy,” “Fancy,” and “Black Widow,” on which she was joined by fellow blonde bombshell Rita Ora.

As the temperature cooled down, TDE came and conquered the main stage with Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q. Kendrick Lamar capped off the 75-minute set with “Poetic Justice” and “m.A.A.d city,” and brought out Q for “Collard Greens.”

SZA, Rita Ora, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, and Kanye West will close out Day 2 in L.A., while Pharrell and YG take on Philly.

Watch the performances and see backstage photos from Day 1 below.

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Aug
22
Video: Jasmine V f/ Kendrick Lamar – ‘That’s Me Right There’

Jasmine V

Jasmine V keeps her love locked down in the Gil Green-directed video for “That’s Me Right There” featuring Kendrick Lamar.

The 20-year-old L.A. songstress, who played Justin Bieber’s love interest in the “Baby” video, heats up the screen with a new man. They cozy up on the basketball court and on the hood of an old school Chevy, while Jasmine busts out some fierce moves. With a hoodie covering his eyes, King Kendrick makes a dark and mysterious cameo seated behind the wheel of a car.

“‘That’s Me Right There’ is talking about being confident in a relationship,” Jasmine told Rap-Up TV. “Basically saying you can leave your man or girl wherever and at the end of the day, nobody can take them from you.”

Jasmine was excited to collaborate with the Compton MC. “He’s amazing. So low key and he’s so quiet, but he’s such a humble guy,” she said. “I was definitely honored and blessed to be on the same set as him.”

Her debut EP is due later this summer via Interscope Records featuring contributions from Ne-Yo, Jeremih, Problem, Harmony Samuels, Sam Hook, and Soundz.

Watch the video and learn more about Jasmine in our exclusive interview below.

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Jul
31
New Music: Hitta J3 f/ Problem, Kendrick Lamar, & YG – ‘Do Yo Gudda (Remix)’

Do Yo Gudda (Remix)

Gangsta boogie. Compton newcomer Hitta J3 rounds up three of his hometown homies—Problem, YG, and Kendrick Lamar—for the remix to his West Coast banger “Do Yo Gudda.” But it’s K-Dot who once again steals the show.

“Little K-Dot from the A-block and I’m Rosecrans thuggin’,” he spits.

Throw on a ski mask and bang this.

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