Kendrick Lamar is working to purify hip-hop, a genre he hopes to ground in his true experiences growing up poor in Compton, Calif., the son of a former gangbanger.
-John Francis Peters for The New York Times
Kendrick Lamar is certainly one of the greatist lyricists of this generation. His storytelling skills are bar-none. Every element of his music is thought through to leave you listening while absorbing an experience- his experience, as a rapper, a gang-member, a compton resident, an artist, a poet, a lover, a friend, a family member. This is the story of life as told by hip-hop. Give this album a thoughtful listen. This album isn't out to get radio play, so don't treat it as such. Strap up your ones, brew some coffee, open your sunroof- do whatever you need to do to absorb this piece of art as art like this is few and far between in the hip-hop world these days.
To quote "Hood Politics:"
"Critics wanna mention they miss when hip-hop was rappin, mother****** if you did, then Killer Mike would be Platinum."
This hot new track is making its way around the music blogs and interwebs for the past couple of days, picking up steam now, D.R.A.M.'s breakout track is infectious, melodic, and reminds us a little bit of Kid Cudi or Chance the Rapper.
This is probably why Chance has been singing the praises for this new track.
As part of GQ's 'Most Expensivest Shit' series featuring 2 Chainz, he and Dr.Dina (the real life Nancy Bowtin) who is a weed consultant for celebrities like Snoop Dogg and 2 Chainz, smoke some of the most expensive canned and cured weed in gold leaf joint papers.
Dominique Wilkins, The Human Highlight Reel, Atlanta's Prodigy, the man who put the ATL on the map more than anyone else at his time (save for maybe Hank Aaron and MLK) has been immortalized in the city of Atlanta in front of the Atlanta Hawk's home Philips Arena.
The man may have never won a ring, but Wilkins hung with the city of Atlanta because he loved the fans, and the fans LOVED him. The man could dunk like no other human at his time, the way he seemed to just levitate for moments almost like flying, and although most people outside of the city of Atlanta would claim Michael Jordan is the best dunker, 'Nique had him beat in our book.
There was a private ceremony for Wilkins and his family/friends last night in Philips Arena, it looked awesome.
Wilkins played in a time when every team had a superstar- Byrd, Magic, Drexler, Malone, Barkley, Olajuwon, Stockton, Thomas, Jordan, etc. and he was able to still elevate his team to 4 straight 50 win seasons during the 80's.
Sadly, the team traded Wilkins away in 1994 after him staying with the team for 12 straight years. Despite this (unforgivable) mistake by the organization, Wilkins has maintained close ties with the Hawks and the city of Atlanta working in numerous capacities for the organization.
A true Atlanta Legend gets the honor and respect he deserves here.
"You’ll see it coming from a person who is looking at things from a more mature mindset, with more understanding and growth. I want people to be able to put this album on at different points in their lives and grow with me. This series was meant to show me grow as a man and it would not be right to do MOTM III and have me talking about driving drunk. I didn’t want people to listen and feel like, “Oh he’s giving us a lesson,” rather than be entertained, but I’m not condoning that shit, that’s not cool. When I’m singing about driving drunk on “Pursuit of Happiness” on MOTM, you may remember that it was a nightmare. It was meant to be scary, the craziness, the fact that this person chooses to look for happiness in substances; and that’s scary, that’s a terrible combination, that’s a terrible way to go about things."
— In a November 2013 interview with Music Connection, Cudi spoke on the growth in theMan on the Moon series
Kid Cudi is dropping his newest studio album soon, Man on the Moon 3, and to tease his latest collection of music, the kid dropped this new track.
Listen, Kid Cudi has always experiemented with new sounds and styles, this track is very dope and different.
Kanye talks about his outburst at the Grammy's with Beck, Amber Rose, Kim K, his daughter, relationships with rappers and industry tycoons, and fashion/culture.
As far as his new album: "[It's gonna be] bars, songs, cookout music that just feels good. My last album was a protest to music, I was like 'I'm gonna take my ball and go home'...This album is embracing the music, joy. Being of service to the people. I just hope people like it and enjoy it," Kanye said.
Watch this video before you decide if you hate Kanye West or just don't know the whole story yet.
Enter the world of Mac Demarco as you've never seen him before. This "Macumentary" by Pitchfork explores Mac Demarco's inspiration, travels, friends, and insights in comedic fashion (with a bit of Clockwork Orange thrown in). I started this short film to listen to some music while I worked on a painting. Instead, I was mesmerized by Demarco's quirky demeanor. Mac really strikes a chord with me. Seems like he could've attended my highschool. It also seems like he probably would've driven my teachers crazy with some creative antics. I digress, but watch this film and you'll probably get where I'm coming from.
Kendrick Lamar just took home two of his first Grammys for his new single 'i' - and in typical Kendrick fashion he opted to release a new track instead of attending the cermonies.
After the snub for his amazing album good kid, M.A.D.D city. in the previous Grammy awards, maybe Kendrick figured he would make a statement with releasing this track.
On "The Blacker The Berry," it seems like Kendrick is venting about the recent race/class issues society in America has been facing. Between the events in Ferguson, Missouri involving Mike Brown and in New York City where multiple events have led to a heated situation between the police and the citizens; we can see why Kendrick chose to release this song at this time. Maybe he wasn't making a statement, but then again the genius of Kendrick and his music is that he probably WAS making a statement.
Listen to Kendrick spit venom like a cobra on this hot track.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the very recognizable South African rap duo, Die Antwoord, in the trailer for Chappie. Chappie is this year's first sci-fi tear-jerker starring a robot who, as stated by Yolandi Visser, is "just a kid."
These two were born for showbiz...in a Gummo sort of way.
I'm also looking forward to this movie because it's directed by Neill Blomkamp. Blomkamp directed the movie District 9 which dealt with racial tensions and social issues regarding the wealthy, technological, political elite agenda versus the other guys....aliens.