Kendrick Lamar Talks Album Release Date, Beyoncé, & Playing Prince in a Movie

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar fans may just get what they want for Christmas after all. The “i” rapper says his highly-anticipated sophomore album could arrive before the new year.

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Prince Performs 8-Minute Medley on ‘SNL’

Prince and 3rdEyeGirl

Eight years since his last appearance, Prince made a royal return to this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live.” The music icon served up an uninterrupted eight-minute medley—a first in the 40-year history of “SNL”—with his all-female band 3rdEyeGirl and guest vocalist Lianne La Havas.

“Ladies and gentlemen, you are so lucky tonight,” host Chris Rock told the crowd while introducing Prince.

To kick things off, he dueted with La Havas on “Clouds” off his album Art Official Age. He then segued into “Marz” off his and 3rdEyeGirl’s other new album Plectrumelectrum, and capped things off with Plectrumelectrum‘s “Anotherlove.”

During the episode, it was announced that Kendrick Lamar will perform on the November 15 episode with host Woody Harrelson.

Watch Prince blow the roof off “SNL.”

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Prince Brings Out Kendrick Lamar at Album Release Show

Kendrick Lamar and Prince

Prince celebrated the release of his two new albums, Art Official Age and 3RDEYEGIRL’s PLECTRUMELECTRUM, at his Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis on Tuesday. The two-hour event, which was streamed live on Yahoo!, included a behind-the-scenes tour of the 65,000-square-foot facility and a 20-minute live set from the Purple One.

Kendrick Lamar made a surprise appearance near the end of Prince’s first song of the night. The Compton rapper emerged to perform a new verse while rocking alongside 3RDEYEGIRL and Prince.

“Look in my eyes / Tell me you want me / Tell me you see me / I know you haunt me / I know you love me,” rapped K-Dot.

During the festivities, Prince also previewed a snippet of his grungy collaboration with Rita Ora, which can be heard below.

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Prince to Release Two New Albums in September


Prince will release not one, but two brand new albums this fall.

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Rita Ora Previews Prince Collaboration

Rita Ora

What happens when Rita Ora meets Prince? You get the “single most amazing thing in the room.” The Roc Nation singer has previewed her collaboration with the Purple One in a behind-the-scenes video from Roberto Cavalli’s Autumn/Winter 2015 campaign. The song, entitled “The Single Most Amazing,” was penned by Prince and produced by Josh Welton.

“She didn’t care how many there were and who / ‘Cause she was fallin’ in love with single most amazing thing in the room,” sings Rita over lush horns.

She previously spoke about working with the pop legend. “We did a few tracks together,” she told Paper. “I flew to Minneapolis and went to Paisley Park, which is like his iconic studios and we just made music. I was there for a week. It was the best thing I have ever done in my life.”

In addition to Prince, she has been in the studio with Diplo, DJ Mustard, and Macklemore for her sophomore album, due this fall.

Prince has also recorded an “aggressive and menacing” rap song with Rita for his upcoming album.

Preview “The Single Most Amazing” below.

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Prince Records Rap Song with Rita Ora

Prince and Rita Ora

Rita Ora is getting down with pop royalty. The British sensation has recorded a rap song with Prince.

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Prince Reunites with Warner Bros., Readies New Album


Eighteen years since their highly-publicized fallout, Prince has realigned with Warner Bros. Records and announced a new agreement that will see the release of previously unheard music and remasters.

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