Kendrick Lamar

Apr
7
New Music: SZA f/ Kendrick Lamar – ‘Babylon’

Z

Kendrick Lamar joins his TDE labelmate SZA on the album version of her song “Babylon,” for which she previously released a video. The Compton MC drops a dark verse over the ethereal song, produced by DJ Dahi.

SZA’s 10-track album Z hits iTunes on Tuesday featuring appearances from Isaiah Rashad and Chance the Rapper.

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Mar
31
New Music: Alicia Keys f/ Kendrick Lamar – ‘It’s On Again’ [Produced by Pharrell]

It's On Again

Alicia Keys joins forces with Kendrick Lamar on “It’s On Again” for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Produced by Pharrell Williams, the upbeat, yet foreboding number kicks off with a fiery verse from Kendrick before Alicia chimes in with her silky vocals.

“Working with such talented artists like Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, and the king of movie scores, Hans Zimmer, was an incredible experience,” said Alicia, who recently shot a video in L.A. “What I love most about our song ‘It’s On Again’ from The Amazing Spider-Man is the message that we all have the potential to be extraordinary. That is something I believe in. We can all be superheroes in our own lives!”

The soundtrack arrives April 22 featuring another song from Pharrell (“Here”), while the film opens in U.S. theaters on May 2.

Listen to Alicia’s blockbuster collaboration below.

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Mar
13
Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q Take Over iTunes Festival

Kendrick Lamar

While Kanye West and Jay Z were headlining a show for Samsung at South by Southwest, Kendrick Lamar and his TDE family took over the second night of the iTunes Festival at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre on Wednesday in Austin.

TDE’s newest signee Isaiah Rashad kicked things off, showcasing his Cilvia Demo EP, followed by ScHoolboy Q, who performed a 35-minute set consisting of cuts off his No. 1 album Oxymoron.

King Kendrick opened his set with “m.A.A.d City,” performing tracks off his mixtape Section.80 and his debut good kid, m.A.A.d city. Jay Rock surprised the crowd with his verse on “Money Trees” and his own song “Hood Gone Love It,” while SZA filled in on “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.”

Watch TDE’s SXSW invasion below.

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Mar
12
New Music: YG f/ Kendrick Lamar – ‘Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)’

My Krazy Life

Things ain’t always what they seem. YG gets candid with fellow Compton MC Kendrick Lamar on “Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin).” On the introspective cut, produced by Ty Dolla $ign, YG opens up about the pressures in his life—from providing for his family to protecting himself.

“If I don’t make it with this rap shit, ni**a, I might be homeless,” he confesses, while K-Dot gets real about his past.

“Meanwhile, I’m grindin’ ’cause drug money ain’t like rap money / Four white kilos, snow bunny, equals one whole show, dummy,” he raps.

YG’s debut My Krazy Life drops March 18 featuring Drake, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Rich Homie Quan, and more.

Listen to their confessional cut below.

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Mar
11
Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, & Pharrell Team Up for ‘Spider-Man 2’ Soundtrack

Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, and Pharrell

Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, and Pharrell Williams are combining their musical superpowers. The all-star trio has collaborated on a song for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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Mar
7
New Music: Tame Impala f/ Kendrick Lamar – ‘Backwards’

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar continues to transcend hip-hop. After linking with Imagine Dragons on the remix to “Radioactive,” the TDE lyricist rocks with Aussie psych-rock band Tame Impala on “Backwards,” their genre-bending collaboration for the Divergent soundtrack.

K-Dot unleashes a vicious verse on top of the lush production, which is a reworking of Tame Impala’s Lonerism cut “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.”

Due March 11, the Divergent soundtrack also features Pia Mia, Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Ellie Goulding, and more.

Listen to “Backwards” below and stream the entire soundtrack at Pitchfork.

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Feb
28
Kendrick Lamar’s Sophomore Album Slated for September

Kendrick Lamar

TDE has a busy year ahead. With ScHoolboy Q’s album Oxymoron set to debut at No. 1 next week, the label is readying new albums from the rest of its roster including Kendrick Lamar.

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