Kendrick Lamar

Nov
15
Kendrick Lamar Performs on ‘SNL’

Kendrick Lamar

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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Nov
14
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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Nov
13
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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Nov
7
Kendrick Lamar Talks Album Release Date, Beyoncé, & Playing Prince in a Movie

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Kendrick Lamar fans may just get what they want for Christmas after all. The “i” rapper says his highly-anticipated sophomore album could arrive before the new year.

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Nov
5
Kendrick Lamar Sings Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’

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Kendrick Lamar is a Taylor Swift fan. The “i” rapper proved it by singing the pop superstar’s single “Shake It Off.”

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Nov
4
Video: Kendrick Lamar – ‘i’

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Kendrick Lamar celebrates life in the video for “i.” In the Alexandre Moors-directed clip, the Compton rapper takes a trip through his ‘hood and sees people going through their daily battles, whether it’s with the cops, domestic abuse, or suicide. He also showcases a brand new dance as he makes his way through the streets with his crew in tow.

He eventually meets up with Mr. Biggs aka Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers, whose song “That Lady” he sampled. K-Dot rides in the backseat and sticks his head out the window, while Mr. Isley takes the wheel.

The empowering anthem was written with two groups in mind. “I wrote a record for the homies that’s in the penitentiary right now,” Kendrick told “Ebro in the Morning.” “And I also wrote a record for these kids that come up to my show with these slashes on their wrists saying they don’t want to live no more.”

He is working with Dr. Dre, Pharrell, and TDE’s in-house producers on the follow-up to good kid, m.A.A.d city.

“It’s really been a process about me grabbing from these different types of inspirations that I’ve been growing up off of and putting them into my own batch of hip-hop,” he said.

Watch K-Dot get his groove on.

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Nov
3
Kendrick Lamar Talks New Album, Working with Pharrell, & Macklemore’s Text

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During his visit to New York to prepare for his November 15 appearance on “SNL,” Kendrick Lamar stopped by “Ebro in the Morning” on Hot 97. Rocking an “i” hat to cover his longer hair (“I’m just in the studio. I ain’t got time to look cute”), he spoke about everything from Lady Gaga and Macklemore to his new single “i” and upcoming album.

He’s been in the studio with Dr. Dre and Pharrell (“We went in and did a few records”), but he’s working mostly with in-house producers. “I really stick with four producers that I’ve been working with since day one,” he said. “I don’t really go outside the box of that—Sounwave, Thundercat, Rahki, Tae Beast.”

The follow-up to his critically-acclaimed debut good kid, m.A.A.d city will encompass his diverse tastes. “It’s really been a process about me grabbing from these different types of inspirations that I’ve been growing up off of and putting them into my own batch of hip-hop,” said K-Dot.

Kendrick, who doesn’t smoke and occasionally drinks wine, revealed that he wants to have a big family one day. “I love kids. I wanna have like 10 kids.”

He also called out Macklemore for publicly sharing a text conversation they had following the Grammys. “I think it was uncalled for,” he said.

Plus, find out why he stays off social media and what he thinks of Lady Gaga.

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