Posts Tagged ‘Kendrick’

Kendrick Lamar Is At His Breeziest On Anderson .Paak’s ‘Tints’

It’s been two years since Anderson .Paak dropped his musical burst of sunshine Malibu, and it appears his full-length followup, Oxnard (named after another California city), is on the horizon. .Paak’s been hinting at a team-up with fellow L.A. great Kendrick Lamar, and on Thursday (October 4), that collab emerged with “Tints,” an easy, breezy jam about cruising around SoCal with tinted windows. Truly, nothing is more on brand for .Paak.

Over a funk-infused beat, .Paak breezily muses, “I been feelin’ kinda cooped up, cooped up / I’m tryna get some fresh air.” K. Dot, meanwhile, swoops in with an especially effortless verse that’s anything but humble: “Bitch, I’m Kendrick Lamar, respect me from afar / I was made in his image, you call me a god.”

Following the song’s premiere on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, .Paak said of Lamar, “He’s the most selfless, amazing, focused young gentleman I’ve ever met. Some people you can trust to just send it and they gonna send it back and it’s gonna be flames. I just knew that would be the case with him.”

“Tints” marks the pair’s first official team-up on a track, though they were both featured on Dr. Dre’s Compton, and .Paak was one of the artists Kendrick tapped for his star-studded Black Panther: The Album. Hopefully this isn’t the last time we’ll hear the two SoCal kings together.


Watch Kendrick Lamar Pay Tribute To Mac Miller’s Life, Music, And Contagious Smile

While the music world continues to feel the aftershocks from the unexpected passing of Mac Miller — who died on September 7 at age 26 — memorials and tributes for the late rapper have been flowing in. The latest comes from Kendrick Lamar, who thoughtfully remembered his friend and collaborator in a video recorded for Complex’s Open Late With Peter Rosenberg on Wednesday night (September 12).

After calling Miller a “funny, funny, funny individual” and talking about how he had “the same type of sick, twisted sense of humor” as him, Lamar continued, “Great musician, great writer. Just always had a smile on his face, and that’s something that I commend. No matter what he was going through, he didn’t make you feel sorry for him. He was strong about it.”

Lamar, who collaborated with Miller on 2016′s “God Is Fair, Sexy Nasty,” further commended the Pittsburgh MC’s unbridled positive energy.

“He always kept a smile on his face because he wanted you to smile too, and that’s just something I always loved,” he said. “No matter whatever personal issues, he gave you that energy. It wasn’t no ‘misery loves company’ with him. He showed a smile and you gave that smile right back. It made you feel good. So forever we gonna remember the life and we gonna remember that smile. Celebrate. Mac Miller. Love!”

Lamar’s video comes just a day after thousands of Miller’s family, friends, and fans gathered at Pittsburgh’s Blue Slide Park to honor his life with a hometown vigil.

The Open Late episode also featured Miller tributes from Macklemore, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ ign, and more. See the full episode here.


Kendrick Lamar Explains Why White Fans Shouldn’t Say The ‘N-Word’ At His Concerts

Being a rapper is awkward. There is a constant threat of beef, the tendency to have to exude toxic masculinity out of every orifice, and more often than not, white fans screaming the “N-word” back at you in concert. Kendrick Lamar, in his latest Vanity Fair profile, discussed a May incident where a white fan was brought onstage to help with “m.A.A.d. City,” but couldn’t find the decency to censor one word.

“Let me put it to you in its simplest form,” Lamar said. “I’ve been on this earth for 30 years, and there’s been so many things a Caucasian person said I couldn’t do. Get good credit. Buy a house in an urban city. So many things — ‘you can’t do that’ — whether it’s from afar or close up. So if I say this is my word, let me have this one word, please let me have that word.”

On a more positive note, Kendrick also opened up about what it was like for DAMN. to be the first non-classical or jazz album to win a Pulitzer Prize.

“It was one of those things I heard about in school, but I never thought I’d be a part of it,” he said. “I thought, to be recognized in an academic world…whoa, this thing really can take me above and beyond. It’s one of those things that should have happened with hip-hop a long time ago. It took a long time for people to embrace us — people outside of our community, our culture — to see this not just as vocal lyrics, but to see that this is really pain, this is really hurt, this is really true stories of our lives on wax.”

Read the entire profile at Vanity Fair.


Kendrick Lamar Is The Best Hype Man On Jay Rock’s Triumphant ‘Win’

TDE is currently in the midst of The Championship Tour, and they finally have their rallying cry. “Win” sees Jay Rock riding over a soaring beat produced by Vinylz and Boi-1Da. Over booming horns Rock raps, You either with me or against me, hoe / You either with me or / Win win, win, win, win,” as Kendrick Lamar delivers energetic adlibs.

“Win” is the second single from Jay Rock’s upcoming album after “King’s Dead.” In a January interview on Real 92.3, the OG member of TDE gave an update on his album’s release and the 2016 motorcycle accident that delayed it.

“The album is done. I just had a minor little setback,” Rock said. “As far as those who don’t know I was in an accident, you know? I was just healing up, and when I healed up, I just locked in the studio.”

The 90059 artist then explained that once samples are cleared, and the business side of the process is done, fans will get the project.

“It’s already done,” he continued. “It’s mixed up. It’s ready to go. It’s the business side as far as getting things cleared and things of that nature, but it’s ready to go.”

Until then it looks like Jay Rock is getting comfortable with the concept of winning. When is the ring ceremony?


Kendrick Lamar Wants To Play A Misunderstood Villain In Black Panther 2

With Black Panther establishing a groundbreaking hit franchise for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans are already looking ahead to the (practically inevitable) sequel. One such fan is Kendrick Lamar, the film’s sonic maestro, who curated its star-studded, chart-topping soundtrack.

In a new interview with BBC Radio 1 — following his fiery BRITs performance — host Clara Amfo asked Kendrick about the possibility of landing a cameo role in the next Black Panther flick.

“Come on, I got to now!” the rapper responded, adding that he’d love to portray a multi-layered antagonist like Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger. “I really enjoy Killmonger’s character, just off the simple fact that he was a villain but he came with some real [talk]. … He was a villain but he was loved and misunderstood. So if I could, I’d play a Killmonger for sure.”

Kendrick also spoke about crafting the Black Panther soundtrack, saying, “Not even talking about the music – just the movie and the cast and the director – I think it’s something that not only stands within its moment, but stands within time. We’re talking about timeless films and things that are going to curate after this film. When we got to the music, I just wanted to make sure that I could complement that and be a part of [it] in the best way I could.”

From everything we’ve seen, Kendrick and Black Panther have been a truly excellent match, so here’s hoping he can take that relationship to the next level and land that coveted cameo.


Kendrick Lamar Officially Signs With Nike

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Cortez Kenny signs on the dotted line. The Los Angeles native Artist Kendrick Lamar took to Twitter this afternoon to officially announce a partnership with Nike.

After completing his first shoe deal with Reebok, which came by surprise after rapping the lyrics “And I ain’t rockin’ no more designer sh*t / White T’s and Cortez,” the superstar Rapper was spotted on his DAMN Tour wearing Nike Cortez during every performance as his character Kung Fu Kenny. He also has been often seen training during off days in the Kim Jones x NikeLAB Air Zoom LWP.

The partnering of Nike and Kendrick Lamar is something sneakerheads and fans of Hip Hop alike have been anticipating.

In an official statement issued to Nice Kicks, Nike had the following to say:

Kendrick has an authentic, genuine love of Nike and we’re looking forward to partnering with him on some exciting projects.

With the reemergence of the Cortez this year during the height of Lamar’s career, the potential impact of a collaboration would be impressive. Stick with Nice Kicks for future updates and news as this partnership evolves.


Why Kendrick Lamar’s 11 Grammy Nominations Are Just the Next…

Why Kendrick Lamar’s 11 Grammy Nominations Are Just the Next Stage in His Master Plan 


Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Gracing the stage for an inaugural performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Grammy Award-winning Kendrick Lamar performed a mixture of songs from his album, To Pimp a Butterfly. Bringing life to the songs “Wesley’s Theory,” “Momma,” “King Kunta” and “U,” it seemed to be a match made in heaven for Lamar to be the show’s first artist to perform. Watch the performance above, peep Stephen’s tweet underneath and be sure to cop the newest issue of HYPETRAK featuring both Quincy Jones and Kendrick Lamar.


Another Look at the Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator

All hail King Kendrick. Known for digging deep with his content and rising the consciousness of his listeners, the TDE MC doesn’t miss a beat on his first kick collaboration. The Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator represents an aim for unity not just in his hometown of Compton but all around the world, with ‘RED’ and ‘BLUE’ heel tagging coexisting beautifully on a metaphorical neutral upper.

Slated to drop tomorrow at select Reebok accounts, you can peep another look at this collaboration from the good folks at Sneaker Politics who will be releasing them. For all other inquires about scoring these sneakers, Reebok has also made a mailing list for notifications on how to get them. You can register here.

Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator

Release Date: July 18, 2015

Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator

Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator

Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator

Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator

Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator

Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator


Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator

Compton native Kendrick Lamar first announced his partnership with Reebok at the end of last year, and his first release with the Massachusetts-based sportswear brand was a vibrant “Day Glo” colorway of the iconic Ventilator silhouette. Now the Top Dawg (T.D.E.) rapper presents a tonal off-white iteration, which features contrasting red and blue themes on either side – a nod at gang culture in the rapper’s native city. This idea of balance is further underlined by the tongue pulls, which read “NEUTRAL” on each. Embellished with inscriptions at the heel and T.D.E. branding along the tongue, the latest design is rounded off by a classic gum sole and rope shoe laces. Priced at €130 EUR (approximately $ 142 USD), the Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator will be available for purchase starting July 18.


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