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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Macklemore and Fences Perform ‘Arrows’ on ‘Ellen’


Macklemore has been laying low while he records a new album, but the Seattle rapper made a special appearance on Wednesday’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Dressed in a fringe vest and wide-brimmed hat, the Grammy-winning MC joined his friend Fences to perform their collaboration “Arrows.”

The song will appear on Fences’ upcoming debut Lesser Oceans, which hits stores on January 13.

Catch their energetic set below.

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Video: Fences f/ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Arrows’


The rise and the fall. Macklemore chronicles his journey in the cinematic video for “Arrows,” the lead single from Seattle artist Fence’s upcoming debut Lesser Oceans.

Directed by Jason Koenig and award-winning photographer John Keatley, the visually-stunning clip was shot in Seattle over the course of a week.

“From a day dream to a warehouse. This is video is my entire aesthetic embodied,” said Fences’ Christopher Mansfield. “I lost a friend and found love and was killed by an arrow. I hope you all get lost in the world we built.”

Macklemore added, “This music video was our baby. And we raised that baby. We put hella time, love, and energy into that kid of ours. Dozens of all-nighters and studio sleep overs to make sure that kid was the best it could be before we put it out into the world, gave the kid some shoes and told our child to run. Run into the world. Show them who you are. You deserve to be free, baby.”

Lesser Oceans arrives October 14.

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New Music: Fences f/ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Arrows’


While they ready the follow-up to their Grammy-winning album The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis return to the scene on “Arrows,” the debut single from singer-songwriter Fences.

The Seattle rapper gets blinded by the limelight and searches for an escape on the Ryan Lewis-produced song, which is set to appear on Fences’ debut Lesser Oceans, available October 14.

“Tom Petty in this motherfu**er, all I wanna do is free fall,” raps Macklemore.

In addition to “Arrows,” he guests on another song called “Songs About Angels,” which is also available on iTunes.

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Teyana Taylor Sings National Anthem at Jordan Brand Classic

Teyana Taylor and Michael Jackson

Teyana Taylor showed her stars and stripes while performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the Jordan Brand Classic 2014 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday. Rocking a Chicago Bulls snapback in honor of Michael Jordan, G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady had the audience in its feet with her rendition of the National Anthem.

She also got to meet her idol for the first time and snapped an Instagram photo.

“And then this happened! #YepICriedSoWhat #FinallyMetMJ #MyIdol #HeCalledMeTheQueenOfJays #IWasLikeHowDidUKnow #HeWaSLikeWatsUpTeyUKilledTheNationalAnthem,” tweeted Teyana.

The event, showcasing the best basketball talent at the high school level, also featured a halftime performance from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Watch Teyana belt out the patriotic tune below.

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Drake Blasts Macklemore for Grammy Text: ‘That Shit Was Wack’

Macklemore and Drake

The fallout from Macklemore’s Grammy wins continue. Drake has put the “Thrift Shop” rapper on blast for airing out his conversation with Kendrick Lamar.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Talk ‘Emotional’ Grammy Performance on ‘Ellen’

Ryan Lewis, Macklemore, and Ellen

Fresh off their four wins at the Grammys, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis returned to where it started. The hip-hop duo, who made their first appearance on “Ellen” in 2012, spoke about their headline-making Grammy performance, where 33 couples including Ryan Lewis’ sister were married onstage while they performed “Same Love.”

“I got emotional during rehearsal and I got emotional during the performance,” admitted Macklemore.

Queen Latifah officiated the ceremony, while Madonna performed “Open Your Heart.” “She was so gracious to come and share the stage, and killed it,” he said of the pop queen, adding, “Still don’t have her cell phone number.”

Ellen also delved into their personal relationships. Macklemore is engaged to his longtime girlfriend and tour manager, Tricia Davis, who’s been with him from the start.

His fiancée got emotional when the group won for Best New Artist. “She broke down into tears and I was like, ‘We’re definitely being watched by like 30 million people right now,’” he said.

Next up, the Seattle duo will attend Sunday’s Super Bowl, where they will be rooting for the Seahawks. In honor of their Grammy wins, Ellen presented them with their own hilarious jerseys.

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