Kendrick Lamar

Jul
23
Rap-Up TV: Common Talks State of Hip-Hop, Praises Kendrick Lamar and Nicki Minaj

With his 10th album Nobody’s Smiling in stores, Common sat down with Rap-Up TV for part two of our exclusive interview. A 20-year veteran himself, the Chi-town MC weighed in on the current state of hip-hop.

“I love hip-hop. I love where hip-hop is. There’s future in hip-hop,” he said. “You always have dark, light, quality, non-quality, but there’s some quality hip-hop out there.”

He singled out the TDE camp in particular. “I can appreciate the aspects of the quality hip-hop and the freedom that I get out of artists, whether it’s Ab-Soul or Kendrick Lamar,” he said. “Their whole team does unique things.”

So can we expect a collaboration between him and the Compton MC? “Man, I would love to do a record with Kendrick,” said Common. “That album [good kid, m.A.A.d city] to me is like one of the most complete albums we’ve heard in hip-hop in a long time. It was the album that set a milestone [...] from the new era of rap artists.”

He also praised Nicki Minaj’s Chicago-inspired record “Chi-Raq.” “I love that joint. I was rockin’ it as soon as I heard it,” he said. “I think Nicki Minaj is a dope MC. She can really rhyme to me. From what she did on ‘Monster’ to now, she still is snappin’. When you hear her rap, you’re like, damn, this woman is cold. I mess with Nicki Minaj.”

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Jul
11
Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown Celebrate Hennessy x Shepard Fairey Launch

Chris Brown and Karrueche

Hennessy shut down Hollywood while celebrating the launch of the Hennessy V.S Limited Edition bottle by Shepard Fairey at Create nightclub on Thursday.

DJ D-Nice kicked off the evening with a hip-hop-heavy set, followed by Z-Trip and Fairey (aka DJ Diabetic), who showed off his skills on the 1s and 2s.

They warmed up the stage for Kendrick Lamar, who delivered crowd favorites including “Poetic Justice,” “Swimming Pools (Drank),” and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” plus his verse from Jeezy’s “R.I.P. (Remix).”

Guests snapped photos in the interactive photo booth, and toasted with Hennessy V.S mixed drinks including Fairey’s Hennessy Revolution.

Chris Brown cozied up in VIP with on-again girlfriend Karrueche Tran. Other guests included Ne-Yo, Travis Barker, Sevyn Streeter, Amber Rose, Melody Thornton, Hit-Boy, and more.

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Jul
3
Kendrick Lamar Karaokes to Eminem, Jay Z, & 50 Cent

Kendrick Lamar

Even when it comes to karaoke, Kendrick Lamar is a beast on the mic.

While visiting the XXL offices, the Compton lyricist found himself alone in a room, rapping along to some hip-hop hits from a karaoke machine. In the rare footage, K-Dot channels Eminem on “My Name Is.” He also spits Jay Z’s bars on “Big Pimpin’,” and mimics 50 Cent’s moves during “Candy Shop” and “In Da Club.”

He appears to be having a good time until someone bursts in and tries to ruin the fun by asking, “Whatchu doing, dawg?”

Bitch, don’t kill his vibe.

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Jun
16
New Music: Mike WiLL Made-It f/ Future, Lil Wayne, & Kendrick Lamar – ‘Buy the World’

Buy the World

Mike WiLL Made-It teams with Future, Lil Wayne, and Kendrick Lamar for “Buy the World,” the follow-up to his smash “23″ featuring Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Miley Cyrus.

Weezy and Kendrick explode over the motivational track, while Future delivers a sing-song hook: “Tell me what you think we hustle for / I just wanna buy the world, do the impossible.”

The super-producer is readying his solo album Est. in 1989 Pt. 3 for release later this year.

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Jun
14
New Music: Mike WiLL Made-It f/ Future, Lil Wayne, & Kendrick Lamar – ‘Buy the World’ [Snippet]

Buy the World

In between producing for everyone from Miley to Mariah, Mike WiLL Made-It is readying his solo album Est. in 1989 Pt. 3.

The super-producer enlists the all-star trifecta of Future, Lil Wayne, and Kendrick Lamar for “Buy the World,” the follow-up to his smash “23″ featuring Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Miley Cyrus.

Weezy and Kendrick explode over the motivational track, while Future delivers a sing-song hook: “Tell me what you think we hustle for / I just wanna buy the world, do the impossible.”

The full song hits iTunes on Tuesday. Listen to a snippet below.

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Jun
11
Dr. Dre Is Working on Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre may be a billionaire, but he hasn’t abandoned music. Apple’s newest employee is working on Kendrick Lamar’s upcoming album.

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May
28
SZA and Kendrick Lamar Perform ‘Babylon’

Kendrick Lamar and SZA

SZA brought her Z EP to life during an intimate show at Red Bull Studios in L.A. last night. TDE’s first lady performed the project in full alongside some special guests including Kendrick Lamar, who joined her for the first performance of their duet “Babylon.”

Mac Miller also hit the stage for “Ur,” one of two songs he produced for Z.

“Thank you to the fucking incredible @MacMiller for grabbing that guitar and playing ‘UR’ on the spot like an angel <3 bless you love,” tweeted SZA.

REVOLT was on the scene and captured footage. Watch below.

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