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[Video] Kendrick Lamar – “DNA”

Posted: April 18, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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What’s in your genetic makeup? Kendrick Lamar pays homage to the homies and sets that molded the man he is today. Acclaimed actor Don Cheadle is also along for the ride as an interrogator. DAMN is available now.

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[Video] Kendrick Lamar – “Humble”

Posted: March 30, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Is it possible to be humble when you’re the most critically-acclaimed emcee of your generation? Kendrick Lamar’s new video puts that question to the test with seemingly random scenes ranging from The Last Supper to mobbing through L.A. streets. “Humble” is our second look at Kdot’s upcoming album — can lightning strike four times in a row?

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Timing is everything in this game. Within the last three months, we’ve seen powerhouse releases from all the elites in the game: J Cole, Big Sean, Future and now Drake. Instead of letting the hype and excitement from Drake’s More Life simmer down, Kendrick Lamar has boldly announced an April 7 date for his new album, and dropped the confrontational “The Heart IV.”

So who is Kendrick going at on this track? Let’s do some quick detective work.

My fans can’t wait for me to son ya punk ass and crush your whole lil shit
I’ll Big Pun ya punk ass, you a scared little bitch
Tiptoein’ around my name, nigga ya lame
And when I get at you homie don’t you just tell me you was just playin’
Oh I was just playin’ with you K-Dot, c’mon
You know a nigga rock with you, bro

Shut the fuck up, you sound like the last nigga I know
Might end up like the last nigga I know

The second verse pulls no punches out the gate. Sure, this could be about Drake since the two have been trading subliminal shots for years and fans definitely want to see the two rap heavyweights go at it. However, Big Sean’s “No More Interviews,” which dropped last year and ridiculed Kendrick’s rhyme style, would seem to be the more likely target for most of the bars with the last two lines alluding to his Cold War with Drake.

ย Hoe, Jay Z Hall of Fame, sit your punk ass down (sit yo’ punk ass down)
So that means you ain’t bigger than rapping (what else?)
So that means no more playing the backseats (what else?)
My spot is solidified if you ask me (what else?)
My name is identified as “that king”
I’ll let y’all worry about a list, I’m on some other shit
A difference between accomplishments and astonishments
You know what time it is, ante up, this is in forever
Y’all got till April the 7th to get ya’ll shit together

Considering Sean has an album called Hall of Fame, this appears to be another obvious shot. However, Drake has exchanged a few shots with Jay Z in recent years, and this line could also function as a reminder to the OVO leader that he will never be on Hov’s level. The remaining bars, much like “Control,” serve to remind the rest of the game that Kendrick remains committed to murdering all his competition.

April 7 is going to be a fun listening experience… unless you’re one of K-Dot’s peers.


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Beef season in Hip-Hop continues with Big Sean somewhat joining the fray with the Amaire Johnson co-produced “No More Interviews.”As the title implies, Sean has an ex to grind with the media, whom he feels routinely misquotes him using inflammatory headlines. Cudi, who sent some thinly veiled shots at Sean due to his association with Jhene Aiko, gets some clear bars that express more disappointment than anger.

So many friends turn to enemies, they frenemies
I donโ€™t know why I act like Iโ€™m surprised or itโ€™s offending me
Iโ€™m saying tho I should have learned from Hov and Dame
From Stunna and Wayne, Cudi and Ye
What happened to our family ways though
When I put you on that song with Nas you had told me that you was forever grateful
And that we brothers, so it hurt to hit the internet to find out that me and you donโ€™t fuck with each other
Over a miscommunication that probably could be fixed with a 5 minute conversation, Iโ€™m still praying

Sean’s ex Naya Riveria doesn’t get name-checked, but he dismissively alludes to her memoir (“…wanted to write a tell all/ But funny thing is she ain’t even tell all”). The track really gets interesting when Sean appears to ridicule Kendrick Lamar’s rhyme style as flashy while lacking substance.

Iโ€™m not impressed with the whoopty woop, I donโ€™t know who is who
And canโ€™t pretend like Iโ€™m hip to it, no hula hoop
And I canโ€™t lie like I like this shit like I usually do
And Iโ€™m just not impressed by you niggas rapping fast
Who sound like one big asthma attack but trash when Iโ€™m rapping it back
Who you put in your top five and claim they the savior of rap

This is puzzling since Kendrick’s infamous “Control” verse dropped in 2013. And back in 2011, Sean also declined a lyrical challenge from Ludacris. Is this an indication we’re going to get a more confrontational Big Sean on his next album?

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The Son of Man is back with an ax to grind. Jay Electronica adopts the persona of a returning savior as he takes lyrical aim at Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent on his new track “Curse of Mayweather.” Jay and 50 have been trading some barbs for the past few weeks, with 50 seemingly getting the last word by stating he had no idea who Jay Elec was. In addition to the song, Jay had some choice tweets for 50 as well.

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As for Kendrick, we have no idea what the core issue is. From the lyrics, you get the feel that Jay views Kendrick as a poor, manufactured imitation and one more palatable for the masses (READ: white people). My gut also tells me the tension probably goes back to Kendrick’s “Control” verse — remember, Jay was featured on the last verse and claimed he had no idea of Kendrick’s plans.

I hope all you guys are ready for the Kendrick-Jay Elec stan wars that will be all over social media for the next week. And let’s not rule out the small chance this maybe the “start” of a publicity run Jay is using to jump start the release of his debut album.

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First previewed on last week’s Good Friday, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar have dropped their soulful collaboration “No More Parties In LA.” Both emcees take aim at the fast life and how celebrity worship warps everything from sexuality to familial relationships.

You can hear Kanye steps it up a notch lyrically just from Kendrick’s presence. And clocking in at over six minutes, focused effort was put here instead of a quick jam session/throwaway.

Ye’s Swish project is coming soon…

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In this short clip, Kendrick Lamar spends quality time with his little brother while pushingย the value of hard work. At first, theย kid is infatuated by the perks that come with the success, but you see the light bulb go off during the last interaction with the old man.

As for Kendrick’s 2015 hard work, he’s reaping the benefits viaย 11 Grammy nominations.