Posts Tagged ‘Kendrick Lamar’
Kendrick Lamar is in takeover mode. For GQ’s 18th Man of the Year cover, King Kendrick claims his thrown as Rapper of the Year.
K. Dot continues to flex his right to be on the throne with a dapper freestyle on set of his photo shoot. When it comes to his music, the Compton MC chooses to connect with his fans with lyrics he is sure they can relate to.
“It wasn’t just about money, hos, clothes, drinkin’,” he explained. “I mean, I come from that world, but at the same time, I started to realize that there’s people out there that can’t really connect to that lifestyle. They’re in the struggle.”
Watch Kendrick drop a few bars in the video above. – Alley OlivierRead More
Continuing his world takeover, Kendrick Lamar landed a spot on the cover of the Man of the Year issue of GQ Magazine. “The Next King of Rap Kendrick Lamar Claims The Throne In our Men of the Year Issue,” says the magazine’s cover.
GQ’s Man of the Year issue includes a feature where Kendrick talks about any possible tension with Drake and their interactions following the “Control” verse and the BET Cypher, via Complex.
“[We're] pretty cool,” he says of his current relationship with the Toronto kid. “I mean, I would be okay if we weren’t.”
The Man of the Year issue is on newsstands now; be sure to pick up your copy.–Keith Reid-ClevelandRead More
Amidst celebrating the release of her highly anticipated new EP, Sail Out that is available today via iTunes, a 30-second snippet of the Kendrick Lamar-assisted track hit the net this past weekend. But earlier today, the full version of the smooth track has been released.
The seven-track EP includes features from Childish Gambino, Vince Staples, Ab-Soul and Kendrick Lamar. Catch Jhene Aiko on the some of the Would You Like A Tour? Stops with Drake, Future and Miguel. – Shanae HatchettRead More
Twenty years ago today, the Wu-Tang Clan released their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers. The hip-hop community’s been buzzing with nostalgia and here’s a video of artists like Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean and many more talking about how Wu-Tang influenced them. –Keith Reid-ClevelandRead More
Jhene Aiko will release her upcoming EP, Sail Out, this coming Tuesday (November 12), but to get a preview of what is to come, the singer has provided a snippet of “Stay Ready” which features Kendrick Lamar.
The new release from Aiko will have seven songs with features from Kendrick, Childish Gambino, Ab-Soul and Vince Staples. Sail Out is currently available for pre-order on iTunes.
“Hell yeah,” said Q when asked if he felt the same as Ab-Soul after he took to twitter to express his frustration. “That’s so disrespectful, so disrespectful. But at the same time, you know what I’m saying, we didn’t go into that shoot saying ‘Aw, this is the Kendrick Lamar with Black Hippy photo shoot for the cover.’ Went in there and they said, ‘This is the Black Hippy shoot.’ So we expect a Black Hippy shoot.”Read More
King Kendrick, alongside the A$AP Mob, Jay Rock and ScHoolboy Q, reminded The Breakfast Club that hip-hop is indeed a competitive sport. The artists caught up for an interview before entering the stage for Powerhouse at the Barclays Center this past Saturday (November 2).
When confronted about his BET Cypher verse, Kendrick revealed that there is no ill will between himself and Drake.
“I was having fun rapping. Hip-hop is a sport, and people are going to dissect lyrics. That’s what it’s about at the end of the day,” Lamar said. “I have nothing against Drake.”
The TDE rapper went on to compliment the Toronto rapper’s latest album. Check out the full interview to hear about some more friendly competition above. –Alley OlivierRead More
Brooklyn was apparently the place to be last night (Nov. 2) for Power 105.1′s annual Powerhouse concert. Hosted at the Barclays Center, the event featured performances from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Mob, Meek Mill, Lil’ Kim, Fabolous, Schoolboy Q, Nicki Minaj and more. Take a look at some of the performances after the jump. – Keith Reid-Cleveland (more…)Read More
As a first-time Power 105.1 Powerhouse 2013 attendee, I walked into Brooklyn’s shiny new Barclays Center with admittedly subdued expectations for the night’s events–outside of the same ol’ backstage hustle and bustle. But Hot 97 Summer Jam’s estranged equivalent proved to be a fresh balance of new talent and royal surprises.
After a slow start with R&B’s rebellious souls Sevyn and K. Michelle and a short but meaningful set from Big Sean, Philly’s own Meek Mill aimed “Dreams And Nightmares” at the crowd, finally laying the groundwork for what would be an energetic night. The first of the evening’s major surprises was the blonde-haired Queen Barbie herself, Nicki Minaj, who appeared for Meek’s “Dope Dealer” before launching into “I Wanna Be With You” and “Tap Out” for a roaring audience. [Editor's Note: Jadakiss, Guordan Banks and SBOE helped out the MMG soldier as well.]
A$AP Mob kept things rolling with hits like “Work” and “Shabba Ranks.” But the arena’s energy lulled during Fabolous’ onstage appearance (sorry, Brooklyn), even though Nicki came out for round 2.
Perhaps due to time constraints, the lineup seemed disheveled, and no more was that fact apparent than when a gold chain-dripping 2 Chainz two-stepped and whipped his way across the stage. Running through a solid, 30-minute list of old and new gems–”No Lie,” “Used 2,” “Feds Watching,” “Birthday Song,” and “Where U Been?” included–Tity Two Necklaces made it clear he was the main event and probably should’ve been saved for closer to last.
Sure, the ladies’ excitement heightened following the ATL rapper’s high-energy dance set (insert Trey Songz’s set and bare chest here), but once Kendrick Lamar and his TDE cohorts arrived, a serious but anticipating calm washed over the crowd. (more…)Read More
“I’m probably in the top five of niggas he did mention, so go and do your m-tha f-ckin’ research homeboy,” said Minaj while laughing. “But, I also feel like, maybe, he’s one of those, like, respectful gentlemen that probably wanted to feel like ‘Oh, I didn’t want to say a female’s name.’ Or maybe he just don’t think the kid is ill. But the kid know the kid is ill, so I don’t really need to be on nobody shit.”
She added: “I’m the Queen of New York, I’m the King of New York. Let me tell you why: Platinum albums. Albums, plural. Number one in five m-tha f-uckin’ countries, b-tch! Don’t play with me, you better respect my m-tha f-ckin’ gangsta b-tch! When you got an album that goes No. 1 in Japan and in the UK and Australia, and America, at the same m-tha f-ckin’ time, and in Canada, you can speak my m-tha f-ckin’ name b-tch!”
When asked about why some feel she’s gone deeper into pop music instead of rap, Nicki took time to say her piece.
“That’s the forbidden word, please don’t say it anymore,” said Minaj. “I don’t know. I always had my plan to do that. I never intended on continuing to do pop. I just experimented and then I was going to get back on my third album.” – Keith Reid-ClevelandRead More