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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.


Will Kendrick Lamar’s TDE Family Drop 6 Albums In 2014?

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By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Top Dawg Entertainment (T.D.E.) is planning a huge 2014 and promises us six, yes six, albums from the roster that includes Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and SZA.

The label’s C.E.O., Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, tweeted the news yesterday, writing, “WE RAN 2013 WITH OUT DROPPING 1 ALBUM. I WONDER WUTS GONE HAPPEN IN 2014 WHEN I DROP 6.. THEY NOT READY 4 THIS #TDE #HiiiPoWeR TAKE OVER.”

ScHoolboy Q will drop his Oxymoron album at the top of the year and there have been rumors that Black Hippy will release a crew album. As for the other releases? Perhaps newcomers SZA or Isaiah Rashad will release something and maybe we’ll even get a sophomore LP from Kendrick Lamar.


Despite not releasing one album in 2013, TDE enjoyed a stellar year. Kendrick Lamar was nominated for seven awards and was just recently announced as a performer at the annual awards show with Imagine Dragons.

Black Hippy and TDE slayed the 2013 BET Awards cypher, making it one of the night’s hottest moments. Rounding off the year, K. Dot was also dubbed ‘Rapper Of The Year’ by fashion bible GQ. Later, Top and T.D.E. would rescind support for the cover story for what they deemed were racial overtones.

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Kendrick Lamar’s GQ Story Sparks Social Debate Over Racial Overtones

By Sean Lynch

Earlier this week it seemed that Kendrick Lamar had taken another a big step in his career, snagging GQ Magazine’s coveted “Rapper Of The Year” title, and even landing on the cover of the men’s fashion publication. The cover story didn’t sit too well within Kendrick’s camp though, which led to the rapper being pulled from the GQ Man of the Year party, which took place this past Tuesday (Nov. 12). The decision came from Top Dawg Entertainment’s CEO, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, who pulled Kendrick from the performance citing “racial overtones.” The statement spread across the web and ignited various debates on social media.

“This week, Kendrick Lamar was named one of GQ’s 2013 Men Of The Year, an honor that should have been celebrated as a milestone in his career and for the company,” explained Tiffith. The founder and CEO of the label claims the story which was penned by Steve Marsh put his company in a negative light. “Marsh’s story was more focused on what most people would see as drama or bs… To say he was “surprised at our discipline” is completely disrespectful,” explained Tiffth in the press release. It was not just Kendrick that Top Dawg felt was negatively portrayed, but Hip-Hop as a whole. “The racial overtones, immediately reminded everyone of a time in hip-hop that was destroyed by violence, resulting in the loss of two of our biggest stars,” referencing the deaths of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.

This part of the statement became the focal point of many industry conversations between writers and fans alike.











Towards the end of the lengthy statement, the TDE CEO took aim at the publication. “We would expect more from a publication with the stature and reputation that GQ has,” denounced Tiffth. “While we think it’s a tremendous honor to be named as one of the Men Of The Year, these lazy comparisons and offensive suggestions are something we won’t tolerate. Our reputation, work ethic, and product is something that we guard with our lives.”

Kendrick Lamar’s GQ cover story is on stands now. The Compton MC returns to the touring circuit tomorrow as the Yeezus tour, headlined by Kanye West, gets back on track in Philadelphia.

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