Kendrick Lamar

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

Kendrick Lamar

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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Oct
30
Kendrick Lamar Performs ‘i’ at Cavaliers Season Opener

Kendrick Lamar

Before the Cleveland Cavaliers took on the New York Knicks, Kendrick Lamar kicked off NBA opening night on TNT with a bang.

Following an introduction from Kevin Hart, the TDE all-star celebrated LeBron James’ return to Cleveland by performing his new single “i” in front of the Quicken Loans Arena as part of TNT’s free “Coming Home” concert, which also featured Imagine Dragons.

Cavs co-owner Usher later took the court to sing the national anthem as Justin Bieber, David Beckham, and Spike Lee looked on.

Watch K-Dot set it off in Cleveland.

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Oct
29
New Music: Jay Rock f/ Kendrick Lamar & Chantal – ‘Pay for It’

Pay for It

After dropping “Parental Advisory” earlier this month, Jay Rock connects with his Top Dawg labelmate Kendrick Lamar on their chilling collaboration “Pay for It.”

As usual, K-Dot delivers an explosive verse (“I tell ‘em all to hail King Kendrick, resurrect in my vengeance”), Jay Rock comes alive with his impassioned rhymes, and singer Chantal lays down the haunting hook.

Hear TDE set it off below.

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Oct
3
Kendrick Lamar Performs ‘i’ at We Day

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar took a break from recording and touched down in Toronto on Thursday for a surprise performance at We Day, the inspirational and educational youth empowerment event. TDE’s MVP had the crowd of 20,000 youth and educators clapping along while performing his new single “i” for the first time at the Air Canada Centre.

“This is a celebration right now. We Day, ya’ll did it,” said K-Dot.

In addition to Kendrick, Big Sean, Nelly Furtado, Joe Jonas, and Selena Gomez also took part in the star-studded event.

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Oct
1
Video: Flying Lotus f/ Kendrick Lamar – ‘Never Catch Me’

Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus explores life after death in the Hiro Murai-directed video for “Never Catch Me,” which expands on the fantastical dream state imagery found in the video for ““Until the Quiet Comes”.”

The dark visuals start off at a funeral for a young boy and girl, but the sadness soon fades. Their souls rise out of their coffins and start to dance in front of the mourners before playing games in the backyard. With a smile on their faces, they drive off in a hearse as children chase them down the street.

The song will appear on Flying Lotus’ album You’re Dead! (due Oct. 7) featuring Snoop Dogg, Thundercat, and Kendrick.

“It just came about sort of naturally,” Lotus told Rolling Stone of collaborating with K-Dot. “He came through the crib and recorded it and it was great. 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!’”

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Oct
1
Prince Brings Out Kendrick Lamar at Album Release Show

Kendrick Lamar and Prince

Prince celebrated the release of his two new albums, Art Official Age and 3RDEYEGIRL’s PLECTRUMELECTRUM, at his Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis on Tuesday. The two-hour event, which was streamed live on Yahoo!, included a behind-the-scenes tour of the 65,000-square-foot facility and a 20-minute live set from the Purple One.

Kendrick Lamar made a surprise appearance near the end of Prince’s first song of the night. The Compton rapper emerged to perform a new verse while rocking alongside 3RDEYEGIRL and Prince.

“Look in my eyes / Tell me you want me / Tell me you see me / I know you haunt me / I know you love me,” rapped K-Dot.

During the festivities, Prince also previewed a snippet of his grungy collaboration with Rita Ora, which can be heard below.

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Sep
25
Kendrick Lamar Collaborates with Lil Wayne for ‘Tha Carter V’

Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is not only working on his new album, he’s also been in the studio with Lil Wayne.

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