Kendrick Lamar

Dec
6
Jay Z Leads Grammy Nominations

Jay Z

All hail Hov. Jay Z leads the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

The Roc Nation mogul was nominated nine times this year in categories including Best Rap Album for Magna Carta…Holy Grail and Best Rap Song for “Holy Grail.”

Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis follow with seven, while Drake and Daft Punk score five nods. Bruno Mars, Lorde, and Taylor Swift pick up four apiece.

“Very surreal moment. It’s like we’re not supposed to be here, but we’re here,” said Macklemore, who was nominated in the coveted Album of the Year and Song of the Year categories.

Robin Thicke was humbled by his three nominations including Record of the Year for “Blurred Lines.” “What an incredible honor, thank you to the Grammy committee for the nomination,” he tweeted. “This is the icing on the cake for this year.”

The nominations were announced during “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!” special at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Friday.

The awards will be handed out during the live ceremony on Sunday, January 26, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

See a list of nominees below.

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Dec
6
Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar Preview New Song in Beats by Dre Ad

Kendrick Lamar

Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar are adding some boom to the holidays. The hip-hop icon and his protégé cook up a new collaboration in a commercial for Beats by Dr. Dre.

The West Coast kingpins hit the studio at 4 a.m. to work on a new track, but Kendrick is just not feeling it, so they decide to break and resume later. The “Poetic Justice” MC takes a trip to the barbershop to play the new song on his Pill speaker, while Dre listens to it at home on his Pill XL.

After figuring out what’s missing from the track, Dre gives Kendrick a call and they get back to work. Dre adds some drums and K-Dot lays down some fiery bars to complete the song.

Get a taste of their explosive collabo below.

UPDATE: The three-minute director’s cut has been added.

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Nov
24
Kendrick Lamar Performs at AMAs

Kendrick Lamar

From Compton to the AMAs. Kendrick Lamar capped off a tremendous 2013 by performing at Sunday’s American Music Awards from the Nokia Theatre in his hometown of L.A.

GQ’s “Man of the Year” delivered two of the biggest hits off his debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Poetic Justice,” with some help from TDE songstress SZA. He had the crowd on its feet and even had Taylor Swift grooving along.

Watch King Kendrick shut it down.

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Nov
15
Kendrick Lamar Boycotts GQ ‘Men of the Year’ Party Over ‘Offensive’ Interview

Kendrick Lamar

Justin Timberlake and Pharrell were among those celebrating their GQ “Men of the Year” honors this week, but one “Man of the Year” was missing from the party. Kendrick Lamar boycotted the magazine’s event over an “offensive” interview.

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Nov
13
Kendrick Lamar Suits Up and Freestyles for GQ

Kendrick Lamar

In celebration of GQ‘s “Men of the Year” issue, cover star Kendrick Lamar is suiting up. The Compton MC, who was named “Rapper of the Year,” gets dapper in the pages of the men’s magazine.

The 26-year-old rocks colorful suits and patterned shirts by Tommy Hilfiger, Zara, Georgio Armani, and Ralph Lauren Black Label. The one-man band man rocks out on a guitar and plays the drums in the photos by Sebastian Kim.

In the interview, K-Dot reflects on his success and shares how a vision of Tupac influenced his approach to his music. He also speaks out about his relationship with Drake post-“Control” and what’s in store for his second album.

Plus, watch him spit a freestyle while stylists touch him up for his photo shoot.

Read highlights and see photos from the issue below.

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Nov
11
Kendrick Lamar Covers GQ’s ‘Men of the Year’ Issue

Kendrick Lamar

From the streets of Compton to the cover of GQ, it’s been a hell of a year for Kendrick Lamar. One year after releasing his breakthrough debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, the TDE rapper claims his throne on the cover of the magazine’s “Men of the Year” issue.

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Nov
9
New Music: Jhené Aiko f/ Kendrick Lamar – ‘Stay Ready (What a Life)’ [Snippet]

Sail Out EP

Jhené Aiko has become hip-hop’s go-to girl, collaborating with Drake (“From Time”), J. Cole (“Sparks Will Fly”), and Big Sean (“Beware”). Now the L.A. songstress links with fellow L.A. native Kendrick Lamar on “Stay Ready (What a Life),” one of the cuts off her 7-track EP Sail Out.

“It reminds you of a Janet Jackson real sexy type of song,” said Aiko, who is currently on tour with Drake.

Sail Out arrives Monday featuring Ab-Soul, Vince Staples, and Childish Gambino, who appears on the single “Bed Peace.”

Listen to a 90-second snippet below and preview the rest of the tracks on iTunes.

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