Posts Tagged ‘Kendrick Lamar’

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To continue building the anticipation for the February 16 release of Marvel’s Black Panther, Top Dawg has dropped the second offering from the soundtrack in “King’s Dead.” It’s billed as a Jay Rock track and you’ll understand why when you hear him spazz on the opening verse. Future goes into strange territory when he begins using weird voices (was that supposed to be some type of homage to Kendrick?). And Kenny plays the closer and gets the benefit of a beat switch.

Since this is also being billed as the first single from Jay Rock’s next project, it would have made more sense for his verse to go last. However, it’s a small nitpick for an overall solid track. The soundtrack will be available February 9.

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[Video] Kendrick Lamar ft. Zacari – “LOVE”

Posted: December 23, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Another world premiere (thanks, Kid Capri). To close out the year, Kendrick has dropped visuals for one of the most pop radio accessible tracks off DAMN in “Love.” If you’re in a serious relationship, I’m sure you can relate to this.

[Video] Rapsody ft. Lance Skiiwalker – “Power”

Posted: October 28, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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“The power of the spirit makes the old heads holler.” Rapsody and Lance Skiiwalker muse on the many levels of strength in these new visuals for “Power.” Unfortunately, Kendrick couldn’t make the video so his part was cut. However, you should still be satisfied as the video jump for beautiful images of power (children growing, women celebrating each other, man working out/sparring) to some that are more destructive (guns, alcohol self-medication etc.). Rapsody’s excellent Laila’s Wisdom album is available now.

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You never know where Kung Fu Kenny is going to end up these days. Still basking in the acclaim of his DAMN project, Kendrick hops on Future’s “Mask Off” for a reflective verse. Expect this feauture to be a bit polarizing as it’s a marked departure from the original’s tone with inflections that are at times reminiscent of Bone Thugs. Content-wise, he takes a surreal attitude at his success.

Platinum Platinum Platinum

Gotta look at self and ask what happened

How y’all let a conscious nigga go commercial while only making conscious albums

How y’all let the braids on TV

How y’all let the hood at the table

Now y’all don’t even know how to rate him…

Check it out and drop your thoughts.

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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.

[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.

 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.