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Complex has posted a fascinating piece attempting to dissect which hip-hop artist ruled each year of music since 1979. What do you think, do you agree with their selections? Do you think Kendrick (or Future) deserved the nod for 2015 over Drake?
It’s still important to consider that the Best Rapper Alive debate is different from the GOAT conversation. Being the BRA doesn’t mean you’re the biggest or the most successful; it just means you're the Best at one particular moment. Of course in hip-hop, being the best is intrinsically about being BIG. And being at your best doesn’t make you the best, so if your prime coincides with someone else’s, well, hey, there’s always next year.
Craig Ismaili on 01/18/16 - 12:40 PM
Kanye has dropped the delayed installment in his G.O.O.D. Friday series "No More Parties in L.A." featuring Kendrick Lamar with production from Madlib. Stream it in the replies.
Ryan Dennehy on 01/18/16 - 05:46 AM
Kendrick Lamar's Austin City Limits episode can be found here.
Jason Tate on 01/11/16 - 11:36 AM
Update #2: Looks like it's gone again! Someone teach Kanye how to use Soundcloud please. Oh, now it's on www.kanyewest.com. Okay. Whatever, then.

Update: After taking it down due to "distortion in the main loop" of "Real Friends," Kanye has reupped the track to Soundcloud.

Kanye West just dropped "Real Friends" featuring Ty Dolla $ign, and appended a preview of "No More Parties In LA" featuring Kendrick Lamar. The tracks were swiftly taken down from his soundcloud, but can be listened to here.
Ryan Dennehy on 01/08/16 - 11:16 AM
Kendrick Lamar performed a new song called "Untitled 2" on Jimmy Fallon earlier tonight. Hit the replies to check it out.
Eric Wilson on 01/07/16 - 11:04 PM
Kendrick Lamar's video for "God is Gangsta" is in the replies.
Jason Tate on 12/31/15 - 12:41 PM
Kendrick Lamar, who received some criticism for the lyrics on his To Pimp A Butterfly track "The Blacker The Berry" for hewing closely to respectability politics, has shed some more light on the line and clarified it in an interview with NPR. Lamar said "The message I’m sending to myself — I can’t change the world until I change myself first, for instance, when Chad [Keaton, a childhood friend,] was killed, I can’t disregard the emotion of me relapsing and feeling the same anger that I felt when I was 16, 17 — when I wanted the next family to hurt, because you made my family hurt. Them emotions were still running in me, thinking about him being slain like that. Whether I’m a rap star or...
Ryan Dennehy on 12/29/15 - 01:32 PM
Jeff Weiss, writing for Pitchfork, goes long on the two beefs that helped define Drake's (and hip-hop's) 2015: the hot one with Meek Mill and the cold one with Kendrick Lamar:
But it’s more than a simple dialectic between art and commerce. Kendrick’s appearance on Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” remix mars any notion of false purity; Drake has surely written a sincere song or two that doesn’t try to turn a Hooters waitress into Helen of Troy. They’re ultimately wrestling for the throne of an art form with plenty of room for both to co-exist.
Ryan Dennehy on 12/29/15 - 12:57 PM
It's the end of the year, so every one and their mother, and now, their president, are here with their favorite bits of pop culture. President Obama, for some reason, gave an interview to People Magazine and discussed his favorite song of the year, Kendrick Lamar's "How Much A Dollar Cost." The first lady's favorite song? Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk." Wonder what Adele song was Queen Elizabeth's jam.
Blake Solomon on 12/09/15 - 12:06 PM
The Grammy nominees were announced this morning on CBS. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd. Click here to see the full list of nominees.
Craig Manning on 12/07/15 - 06:17 AM
Hit the replies to stream Kendrick Lamar's "Black Friday."
Jason Tate on 11/27/15 - 04:17 PM
Tony Visconti recently sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss David Bowie's forthcoming album ★ (pronounced Blackstar) and how they were heavily influenced by Kendrick Lamar, that it features James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) and a jazz quartet fronted by Donny McCaslin helped the process. Watch the video for the title track in the replies.
"We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar. We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn’t do a straight-up hip-hop record. He threw everything on there, and that’s exactly what we wanted to do. The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock & roll."
Kyle Huntington on 11/23/15 - 03:53 PM
Kendrick Lamar's music video/short film for "These Walls" is in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 10/28/15 - 10:03 PM
Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly is getting an official vinyl pressing.

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Jason Tate on 09/21/15 - 06:31 PM
Stephen Colbert's tenure as the host of The Late Show is only two episodes old, and last night Kendrick Lamar stopped by to perform a four song medley of To Pimp A Butterfly tracks. You can watch the clip of "Wesley's Theory," "Momma," "King Kunta," and "u"here. The performance is a sequel of sorts to Kendrick's appearance as the last-ever musical guest on The Colbert Report last year.
Ryan Dennehy on 09/10/15 - 10:11 AM
Kendrick Lamar will be the first guest on Stephen Colbert's "Late Show." The episode will air on September 8th.
Jason Tate on 08/11/15 - 10:51 AM
Hit the replies for Kendrick Lamar's video for "For Free?"
Jason Tate on 08/01/15 - 11:17 AM
Arcade Fire will release The Reflektor Tapes, described as "a unique cinematic experience, meeting at the crossroads of documentary, music, art and personal history" directed by Kahlil Joseph, on September 24th to theaters worldwide for a limited time. You can watch a trailer for the film as well as an eight-minute clip featuring the band's song "Porno" in the replies.
Aaron Mook on 07/15/15 - 06:39 PM
Kendrick Lamar's video for "Alright" is in the replies.
Jason Tate on 06/30/15 - 02:22 PM
Head over to BET to check out Kendrick Lamar opening up the BET Awards with a captivating performance of To Pimp A Butterfly highlight "Alright."
Jake Jenkins on 06/29/15 - 07:59 AM
Hit the replies to check out Kendrick Lamar breaking down some of the songs on To Pimp A Butterfly with MTV News.
Jake Jenkins on 04/04/15 - 03:26 PM
Kendrick Lamar's video for "King Kunta" is in the replies.
Jason Tate on 04/01/15 - 06:28 PM
Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly will spend a second week at #1 on the charts.
Jason Tate on 04/01/15 - 11:01 AM
Kendrick Lamar ended up selling over 320,000 copies of his new album to top the charts last week. Modest Mouse was just over 73,000 to come in at number three. Sleeping with Sirens debut at number six with close to 35,000 sold.
Jason Tate on 03/25/15 - 11:28 AM
Jake Jenkins on 03/25/15 - 08:58 AM
Professor Adam Diehl discusses Kendrick Lamar's albums and elaborates on the context in which they stand as art.
If I had to pick an era of jazz, it would not be pre-jazz, but that being said, jazz is the music of America and it's the most American music form of all except for maybe hip-hop. So I think him appealing to that and appealing to '70s funk and R&B, rather than just trying to get another hit… I wasn't expecting him to be so particular about the feel of the album from a musical standpoint. I thought he was going to have a lot to say lyrically, and the music was going to not be industry-dictated but take more of a backseat to the lyrics. And by no means was that the case.
Jason Tate on 03/18/15 - 12:12 PM
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly broke Spotify's one day streaming record with 9.6 million full start-to-finish streams between 12:01AM and 11:59PM yesterday.
Jason Tate on 03/17/15 - 04:09 PM
Surprise: despite being originally confirmed for a March 23rd release, Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly is available for purchase on iTunes right now.
Ryan Dennehy on 03/15/15 - 09:02 PM
A new Kendrick Lamar song called "King Kunta" has surfaced. To Pimp a Butterfly releases March 23rd.
Ryan Gardner on 03/13/15 - 07:01 PM
Kendrick Lamar has announced that his new album, due out March 23rd, will be titled To Pimp A Butterfly. The album art and a possible tracklisting can be found in the replies.
Ryan Dennehy on 03/11/15 - 10:56 AM
The new Kendrick Lamar album can now be pre-ordered on iTunes. Looks like it's coming out on March 23rd and there will be 16 tracks, including the previously released "The Blacker the Berry."
Jake Jenkins on 03/06/15 - 03:52 PM
Zane Lowe just revealed a huge chunk of this year's Reading and Leeds festivals on the BBC Radio 1 including the third headliner in the form of The Libertines. Other acts announced include Kendrick Lamar, American Football, The Cribs, New Found Glory, Rae Sremmurd, Bring Me The Horizon and of course, The Maccabees. Hit the replies to see the poster with the line up so far.
Kyle Huntington on 02/24/15 - 12:29 PM
Rembert Browne wrote a really great piece on Kendrick Lamar's "The Blacker the Berry" for Grantland:
Kendrick is attempting a lot in one song. It’s an internal monologue, made public, in which he’s working out his own issues, acknowledging his own demons. Is it conservative? Is he coming down hard on black people? Is he coming down surprisingly hard on white people? Does he fully understand race and power and inequality as much as one perhaps should before jumping in this sea of generalizations? There are days and weeks and months and infinities left to parse out these ideas. But what is true from even the first listen is that Kendrick is talking directly to black people.

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Jason Tate on 02/12/15 - 12:34 PM
Author Michael Chabon has written his thoughts on Kendrick Lamar's "The Blacker The Berry."
In this final couplet, Kendrick Lamar employs a rhetorical move akin to—and in its way even more devastating than—Common’s move in the last line of “I Used to Love H.E.R.”: snapping an entire lyric into place with a surprise revelation of something hitherto left unspoken. In “H.E.R.”, Common reveals the identity of the song’s “her”—hip hop itself—forcing the listener to re-evaluate the entire meaning and intent of the song. Here, Kendrick Lamar reveals the nature of the enigmatic hypocrisy that the speaker has previously confessed to three times in the song without elaborating: that he grieved...
Ryan Gardner on 02/10/15 - 08:44 PM
Hit the replies to stream a new Kendrick Lamar song titled "The Blacker the Berry."
Ryan Dennehy on 02/09/15 - 03:37 PM
Hit the replies for an interview with Macklemore where he talks about race, white privilege, and Kendrick Lamar.
"As a white dude, as a white rapper, I'm like, how do I participate in this conversation? How do I get involved on a level where I'm not co-opting the movement, where I'm not making it about me, but also realizing the platform that I have and the reach that I have?"
Jason Tate on 12/31/14 - 12:08 PM
Kendrick Lamar debuted a new untitled track on Colbert last night.
Jason Tate on 12/17/14 - 12:29 PM
Kendrick Lamar was recently on Sirus XM and said his little brother is the only person who has heard his new album.
No, real talk. He has it. He has the album and he told me what he likes. That’s my A&R right there. He has a sophisticated ear. He’s in somebody’s elementary [school] right now knowing all the lyrics. Telling ’em, Watch.
Jason Tate on 11/13/14 - 11:03 AM
The Hood Internet gave the world the one mash-up it didn't specifically ask for, but probably sorta secretly wanted. Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" mashed up with Kendrick Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle" is in the replies.
Thomas Nassiff on 11/11/14 - 03:47 PM
Kendrick Lamar's new music video for "i" can be seen in the replies.
Keagan Ilvonen on 11/04/14 - 04:34 PM
Hit the replies to watch the incredible video for "Never Catch Me," Flying Lotus' equally incredible collaboration with Kendrick Lamar. FlyLo's new album You're Dead! is out October 7th via Warp, and you can catch him on one of the tour dates in the replies..
Ryan Dennehy on 10/01/14 - 08:30 PM
Mayer Hawthorne recruited the help of Rashida Jones to direct his video for "Crime" which features Kendrick Lamar. You can check out the video in the replies.
Keagan Ilvonen on 10/01/14 - 09:46 AM
Hit the replies to hear Kendrick Lamar's new track titled "i".
Kyle Huntington on 09/23/14 - 05:07 AM
It seems as though Kendrick Lamar will release his new single entitled "i" next Tuesday. This will be his first cut from his follow up to 2012's phenomenal, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. You can find the cover art for the release in the replies.
Keagan Ilvonen on 09/17/14 - 10:04 AM
Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar's new collaboration track "Never Catch Me" can be heard in the replies. The cut is from Flying Lotus' new album, You're Dead!, which will be out on October 7th via Warp.
Keagan Ilvonen on 09/03/14 - 08:35 AM
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