Epic is the right word to describe the near 50-minute conversation had by Kendrick Lamar and legendary producer Rick Rubin at Rubin’s Shangri La studios in Malibu, California. It was all done for GQ Style — they’re currently gearing up for the release of their holiday issue (released 1st November — you can check out the photo spread here).
Check it out above…they literally speak on everything. We even get (somewhat of) a glimpse into Kendrick’s next album.
Now here’s a proper Hip-Hop record: Danny Brown has recruited Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt and Ab-Soul for his latest cut ‘Really Doe’, taken from the forthcoming album Atrocity Exhibition. The track was recently premiered courtesy of HOT 97’s Peter Rosenberg.
Check it out below and pre-order the album before it drops (30th September) via iTunes.
Above lies a new visual from Sia for ‘The Greatest’, which keeps in tune with previous visuals by featuring Maddie Ziegler as the lead performer. Below lies the audio stream for the track, which — unlike the clip — also features an 8-bar verse from Kendrick Lamar.
In related news, Sia is also about to kick off her Nostalgic For The Present tour with Miguel and AlunaGeorge; you can check out those dates here.
Kendrick Lamar and Reebok Classics continue to collaborate in a new video campaign, which sees the Compton emcee reciting a dope spoken word message about expressing yourself and an individual. There’s even more, too — check out Kendrick in action above.
The line-up has officially been announced for this year’s Global Citizen Festival, which takes place in New York City’s Central Park — Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez (?), Major Lazer and Rock legends Metallica have been tapped as headliners. Joining them includes Chris Martin, Usher, Ellie Goulding and more (above).
It all takes place 24th September; as with the previous year, fans who want to attend will have to complete certain tasks, all of which can be found on Global Citizen’s official website.
UPDATE: Stream Major Key in full via Apple Music (below).
DJ Khaled isn’t playing around with his forthcoming album Major Key, as can be heard via his latest track ‘Holy Key’ — a soul-raising, spiritual listen that features Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and Betty Wright. Needless to say, Sean and Kendrick have no problem blacking out over Cool & Dre’s production.
You can check out ‘Holy Key’ (which was originally premiered during the latest We The Best Radio stream on Beats 1) below; we’ve also included the tracklisting for Major Key, which drops 29th July (pre-order here). Lots of big names to look our for on this album.
DJ KHALED – MAJOR KEY TRACKLISTING:
1. I Got the Keys (feat. Jay Z & Future)
2. For Free (feat. Drake)
3. Nas Album Done (feat. Nas)
4. Holy Key (feat. Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar & Betty Wright)
5. Jermaine’s Interlude (feat. J. Cole)
6. Ima Be Alright (feat. Bryson Tiller & Future)
7. Do You Mind (feat. Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, Future & Rick Ross)
8. Pick These Hoes Apart (feat. Kodak Black, Jeezy & French Montana)
9. F**k Up the Club (feat. Future, Rick Ross, YG & Yo Gotti)
10. Work for It (feat. Big Sean, Gucci Mane & 2 Chainz)
11. Don’t Ever Play Yourself (feat. Jadakiss, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes & Kent Jones)
12. Tourist (feat. Travis Scott & Lil Wayne)
13. Forgive Me Father (feat. Meghan Trainor, Wiz Khalifa & Wale)
Kendrick Lamar was one of the main headliners at the inaugural Panorama Festival (an offshoot of Coachella) in New York City, and he definitely made a big impact on the event with a rousing performance, pulling cuts from his entire catalogue for the hype fans in attendance.
Below, you can check out Kendrick performing ‘m.A.A.d City’, ‘King Kunta’, ‘Kill My Vibe’ and ‘Alright’, taken from his first two big label releases good kid, m.A.A.d city and To Pimp A Butterfly.
Today is a big day for TDE’s ScHoolboy Q, as he releases his new album Blank Face LP, which sees 17 tracks and appearances from Kanye West, Tha Dogg Pound, E-40, Vince Staples, Anderson .Paak, Miguel and more. You can stream that via Apple Music (or download via iTunes).
In addition, the L.A. emcee has also liberated a remix of his single ‘THat Part’, which now features Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul — as well as a new, socially-charged verse from Q in light of recent events. We’ve added that below as well.
Kendrick Lamar has teamed up with director Colin Tilley (who did a lot, if not all, of Kendrick’s more recent To Pimp A Butterfly videos) to create a new advert for his new Classic Leather collaboration with Reebok. He also explained the fairly melancholy clip below:
From the very heart of me, belief becomes action and no distractions will take my eyes off the prize. Greatness is my goal, but there is failure on the way. Full of insecurity, self hate, and doubt. But what I can’t control can’t confine me. And what I can’t do can’t stop me. This is how I express myself, not how I follow others expectations but how I stay true.
This year’s Austin City Limits is celebrating 15 years in existence in a major way: Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem have been announced as headliners. In addition, a slew of big name acts — Kygo, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, Flume, Schoolboy Q…the list really goes on, as can be seen above — will be taking to the stage(s).
It all takes place 30th September to 2nd October. Get tickets/more info on the Texas extravaganza here.
Two years ago, Kendrick Lamar earned the honour to share the stage with Prince during a show in Paisley Park, where the artists performed the Crystal Ball cut ‘What’s My Name’. Thanks to The Prince Museum, fans can now enjoy said performance video the Facebook video above.
In related news, Kendrick recently revealed that he almost made a song with Prince (what would become ‘Complexion’):
Prince heard the record, loved the record and the concept of the record got us to talking… We got to a point where we were just talking in the studio and the more time that passed we realised we weren’t recording anything. We just ran out of time, it’s as simple as that.