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

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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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Kendrick Lamar’s Sophomore Album Slated for September

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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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Rap-Up TV: ScHoolboy Q Talks Competing with Kendrick, Tyler, the Creator, & Grammys

With his major label debut Oxymoron in stores now, ScHoolboy Q is feeling pretty good about himself. During a listening session in L.A. last week, the confident Black Hippy discussed the friendly competition between him and his TDE labelmate Kendrick Lamar.

“Most people think that we really like tryna battle for a spot,” he told Rap-Up TV. “Kendrick’s a lot bigger than me, realistically. I would love to take his spot, but if I don’t, I’m always happy that it’s my friend that’s in front of me. You can never be more happy.”

Kendrick, who is featured on “Collard Greens,” has given Oxymoron his stamp of approval. “He thought it was hard,” said Q. “He said, ‘That shit crazy.’ He ain’t heard nothing that crazy in a long time.”

However, after going to bat for Kendrick after his Grammy shutout, Q has decided to keep his mouth shut. “It happened. It’s over. I’ma stop talking about the Grammys ’cause stuff like that…they may not want to invite me so I’ma leave that out of everything,” he said.

In addition to K-Dot, he collaborated with Tyler, the Creator (“The Purge”). “I’ve always been a fan of Tyler,” he said of the Odd Future frontman. “Tyler, I come to find out he was a fan of me.”

It was their mutual friend Earl Sweatshirt who brought them together. “Me and Earl Sweatshirt are real cool and that energy feeds off. It fed off to Tyler and we just linked. One of us said, ‘Fuck it,’ and hit each other on the text and it actually came through.”

Starting next month, Q will hit the road on his “Oxymoron” tour. So what can fans expect?

“They ain’t never seen a fat boy move the way I move. You’ll never see a fat boy as electrifying as I am on stage. I let it out. I don’t care if I throw up on stage, if I gotta bend over and breathe, I don’t care if ya’ll see that. I’m leavin’ it on stage.”

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ashanti, & 2 Chainz Attend NBA All-Star Game

French Montana, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Diddy, Drake

From Ashanti to Snoop Dogg, there were plenty of star sightings on and off the court at the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans on Sunday. Drake, Diddy, Ludacris, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, and Busta Rhymes piled into the Smoothie King Center to watch the East claim victory over the West.

After participating in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest on Saturday, October’s Very Own showed his hometown pride by singing along to the Canadian National Anthem. Rocking black Timberlands and a leather jacket, he traded photos and jokes with About Last Night star Kevin Hart.

“@kevinhart4real has so much food under his seat it’s almost weird,” tweeted Drizzy.

Fresh off his performance at All-Star Saturday Night, Kendrick kicked back and watched Pharrell and Janelle Monáe entertain the crowd.

2 Chainz, sporting his own “2 G.O.O.D. 2 Be T.R.U.” adidas high-tops, enjoyed courtside shots with Drake, Kevin Hart, and Diddy.

The Bad Boy mogul brought his sons Quincy and Christian, while Ludacris and his girlfriend Eudoxie made it a date.

Check out the all-star lineup of talent below.

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Kendrick Lamar Performs at NBA All-Star Saturday Night

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Kendrick Lamar brought Compton to New Orleans while performing at NBA All-Star Saturday Night. Prior to the Sprite Slam Dunk contest, the Grammy-nominated rapper served up a slam dunk performance during the entertainment series at Smoothie King Center.

Wearing a black hoodie and Air Yeezy II Red Octobers, Kendrick took the court to perform a medley of “m.A.A.d city” and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” as Drake, Ludacris, Diddy, and 2 Chainz looked on.

During Sunday’s All-Star Game, Pharrell will perform with special guests Diddy, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, and Busta Rhymes during player introductions, while Janelle Monáe and Earth, Wind, & Fire rock the halftime show.

Watch K-Dot kill it on the court.

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