Kendrick Lamar

Nov
26
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.

Nov
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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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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