Kendrick Lamar

Jan
25
Rap-Up TV: TDE’s SZA and Isaiah Rashad Talk Music, Kendrick, & Grammys

TDE’s newest signees SZA and Isaiah Rashad have been thrust into the spotlight since signing to the hip-hop label last year. Rap-Up TV caught up with the rising stars at “REVOLT Live” in Hollywood, where they shared details about their upcoming projects.

On Tuesday, Isaiah will drop his highly-anticipated album Cilvia Demo. “It’s pretty tight,” said the Chattanooga MC, while SZA was less modest.

“His project is amazing,” she said. “It’s probably one of the most inspiring pieces of work I’ve ever heard.”

The 14 tracks include collaborations with TDE’s own ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and two with SZA herself.

The New Jersey-raised songstress has her own project on the way. “This is probably the hardest I’ve ever worked on anything in my entire life,” she shared. “This might be the first thing I’ve ever been proud of—ever.”

They will be supporting their labelmate Kendrick Lamar at Sunday’s Grammys, where he has seven nominations.

So what can we expect from his performance with Imagine Dragons? “It’s amazing. It’s gonna be crazy, crazy,” said SZA.

Jan
22
Kendrick Lamar and Chris Paul Talk Music and Sports with ESPN The Magazine

Chris Paul and Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar sat down with Chris Paul for the cover of ESPN The Magazine‘s Music Issue. The Grammy-nominated rapper and L.A. Clippers guard, who originally connected on Twitter, went one-on-one to discuss the relationship between music and sports.

While Kendrick is a diehard Lakers fan, he still has love for the Clippers. He also revealed that if he could have any job in sports, he would be a referee “’cause the referees get to be on the court with those players for every game.”

“I can’t play ball, so I’ll be a referee,” said Kendrick.

Chris, who listens to Kendrick’s music to get pumped up for a game, admitted that he envies the Compton MC. “I play basketball and I love what I do, but when I went to Kendrick’s show and saw him on that stage, I was envious. I’m envious of the audience he’s able to touch,” he said.

Chris shared his dreams of being a rapper (He once recorded a song to a No Limit beat) and Kendrick revealed his hoop dreams. “I got game on the court … I just didn’t grow tall enough,” said K-Dot.

The issue, which also features cover stars Nicki Minaj and Eminem, hits newsstands on Friday.

Read the full interview on ESPN.com and go behind the scenes of their photo shoot below.

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Jan
21
Eminem, Nicki Minaj, & Kendrick Lamar Cover ESPN The Magazine

Calvin Johnson and Eminem

The worlds of music and sports collide on the cover of ESPN The Magazine. The biweekly sports publication teams all-star athletes with music’s MVPs for its annual Music Issue.

On one of the three covers, Nicki Minaj shares the spotlight with Kobe Bryant. Looking glamorous in Galliano, a blonde Nicki sits atop a speaker with her hands on the Lakers star’s shoulders.

Eminem reps his city of Detroit alongside Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. The magazine describes the pairing as “a match made in Motor City heaven.”

And despite being a Lakers fan, Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar is all smiles as he kicks it with Clippers point guard Chris Paul on a third cover.

The issue hits newsstands Friday. See the rest of the covers below.

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Jan
10
Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar Party in Vegas for CES

Kendrick Lamar

Dr. Dre closed out CES with a bang, hosting Beats by Dr. Dre’s exclusive after-party at LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday night. After showcasing the latest products from Beats Electronics, the hip-hop icon celebrated with will.i.am, Skylar Grey, and Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall.

DJ Axwell provided the evening’s soundtrack, while Kendrick Lamar took the stage to perform his hits including “Swimming Pools (Drank),” “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” and “m.A.A.d city.”

TDE is looking forward to another big year. ScHoolboy Q will drop his album Oxymoron on February 25, while Kendrick is back in the lab working on his sophomore album.

Meanwhile, Dre is gearing up for this month’s launch of Beats Music’s music subscription service, which will compete with Rhapsody, Spotify, and Rdio.

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Dec
20
Video: Kendrick Lamar – ‘Sing About Me’ [Part 1]

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In addition to platinum records and seven Grammy nominations, Kendrick Lamar wants to be remembered for influencing the culture. The Compton MC reflects on his life and legacy in the visual art piece for “Sing About Me,” a track off his debut good kid, m.A.A.d city. He rides through his city, while artist Eddie Peake creates a mural using lyrics from the song.

The video opens with the following message:

“When the lights shut off, an artist’s dream is that their work will stand the test of time. The ones that influence our culture are the ones we most remember. Here, two powerful creative forces come together to elevate the status quo and lay ground to their legacy. This is their poetry. Sing about them. This is part one.”

Kendrick has a smile on his face as he performs a freestyle with the artwork in the background.

Part 2 of their visual collaboration will drop in January.

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Dec
19
Kendrick Lamar to Perform at Grammys

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The good kid is going to the Grammys. Kendrick Lamar has been announced as one of the first performers for the awards show.

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Dec
15
Kendrick Lamar Brings Out Diddy at Cali Christmas

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After bringing out Lil Wayne during last year’s show, Kendrick Lamar closed out Power 106′s Cali Christmas 2013 with another surprise guest. The Compton MC was joined onstage by Sean “Diddy” Combs during his 50-minute set, which also featured his TDE labelmates ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul.

While performing “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” at Anaheim’s Honda Center, K-Dot surprised the sold-out crowd with the Bad Boy boss, who performed “It’s All About the Benjamins” and the remix to Future’s “Same Damn Time.”

“Make some noise for the motherfu**in’ general, P motherfu**in’ Diddy,” said Kendrick.

Puff praised the 7-time Grammy nominee. “I’m proud of my brother right here,” he said. “Give it up for this young king, Kendrick Lamar, and the TDE crew in this motherfu**er.”

Saturday’s lineup also included Rick Ross, J. Cole, 2 Chainz, B.o.B, and surprise guest Big Sean.

Watch Diddy turn up with Kendrick (starts at the 32-minute mark).

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