Kendrick Lamar

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

Kendrick Lamar

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’

Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift

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’

Kendrick Lamar

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

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

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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

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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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