Kendrick Lamar‘s good kid, m.A.A.d. City was released in 2012 and has stayed on the Billboard 200 chart ever since for a grand total of 350 weeks on the prolific album ranking system. This streak has tied the record set by Eminem‘s The Eminem Show, so one more week and the project that has brought us “m.A.A.D City,” “Swimming Pools,” “Backseat Freestyle,” “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Money Trees” with Jay Rock, “Poetic Justice” with Drake, “The Recipe” with Dr. Dre, breaks the record for most consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 for a hip-hop album.
The album was nominated for five Grammys and thrusted the Compton-raised rapper into the limelight with the outlier success brought by his debut major label long play. Billed as concept piece, the story follows the life of a young Lamar living in the drug-infested and gang-riddled streets of his hometown.
Currently sitting at number 140, it doesn’t look like the project will drop off the Billboard 200 anytime soon, and it looks like this will be another notch in the artist’s long list of musical achievements.
After Kendrick Lamar released ‘Humble’ in 2017, a steady stream of remixes from EDM artists followed. One that particularly stood out came from the grand-daddy of dub, Skrillex. Almost two years later, Skrillex’s remix remains relevant and serves as inspiration to one drummer who released another killer rendition of the track.
Victor Singer, originally from France, has taken it upon himself to give Lamar’s ‘Humble’ another makeover. Singer, now residing in Los Angeles, released his drum cover on his YouTube channel and it slaps just as hard as the Skrillex remix. The video showcases Singer’s incredible talent while paying homage to the original artistry of both Lamar and Skrillex.
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The show’s veteran producer Ken Ehrlich purportedly reached out to the triad of industry crème de la crème, two of which are nominated for Album of the Year, to offer performance slots. All three declined. The artists’ representatives also opted not to comment on whether or not Drake, Lamar, or Gambino would even attend this year’s ceremony.
“The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world,” Ehrlich told TNYT. “When they don’t take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad.”
Ehrlich did acknowledge, however, that the Grammys have a tendency to alienate the hip-hop community.
With news from Thursday that Ariana Grande, who just dropped her sure-to-be Billboard-chart-topping thank you, nextalbum, won’t be attending the Grammys because of creative disagreements with Ehrlich, the pedestal-ed award ceremony continues to take shots for exclusivity and circuitous power grabs.
Ehrlich also told reporters it was “too late for her [Ariana Grande] to pull something together,” which she quickly denied on social media and asserted it was because they wouldn’t let her perform “7 Rings.”
2019 is already shaping up to be a big year, with rumored full length studio albums coming from a host of top-tier stars. Recently, in a now deleted Instagram post obtained by Pop Crave, Polydor Records, the European distribution arm for Interscope records, posted a photo that may have spilled the beans on a number of marquee LP’s on the way from the likes of ZEDD, DJ Snake, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, and Billie Eilish among others.
The post was quickly taken down, suggesting either Polydor revealed secret information by accident, or the post’s contents were simply inaccurate. With Lady Gaga spending time in the studio with Boys Noize in 2018, DJ Snake’s intermittent teasing this year, and Kendrick Lamar’s perennial album rumors, chances are the latter is the case. Some of the artists named on the image have already confirmed projects underway, somewhat legitimizing the post too. Whether the now-deleted post pans out or not, expect a grip of exciting studio projects throughout 2019.
Lollapalooza Chile will be held at O’Higgins Park in Santiago from March 29-31. Lollapalooza Argentina will simultaneously run at Hippodromo de San Isidro in Buenos Aires. Last but not least, the final South American Lolla leg in Brasil will take place from April 5-7 at Autódromo de Interlagos in São Paulo. See the full lineups for each installment of Lollapalooza’s Latin American stops below.
From trap-heavy beginnings, California-based Ookay has proven to be quite the versatile producer as of late with a more electronic, pop-leaning sound. This was most evident on his debut Wow! Cool Album!and continued on for a remix of Portugal. The Man‘s “Tidal Wave.” His latest single, “Bad Habits,” has received widespread approval and was accompanied by a fall tour announcement, putting him in a great position to round out 2018. Despite this streak, the multi-talented musician is taking no breaks in releasing a rework of Jay Rock‘s “Win.”
The Top Dawg Entertainment veteran climbed through the ranks this year with features on Kendrick Lamar‘s Black Panther soundtrack, causing Ookay to hop on the bandwagon. However, he’s decided to revert back to old ways for a second, complementing the bass-heavy hip-hop beat of the original with some pounding trap and dub hits on the remix. A live audience won’t know what hit them when the second drop comes to fruition, consisting of straight distortion and occasional robotic synths.
Ookay will embark on his “Bad Habits” fall/winter tour in November, with special guests Bonnie X Clyde, DNMO, and more.
Anderson .Paak is on a roll, and he’s ready to continue his winning streak with the launch of his own aptly titled new Beats 1 show .Paak House Radio on Apple Music. Ahead of the ultra-anticipated release of his forthcoming Oxnard LP, the R&B star will grace the internet airwaves with four episodes of interviews, jam sessions, freestyle cyphers, and more — all with his stellar live band The Free Nationals riding shotgun.
The first episode landed, and the free-wheeling format of the show will continue to give .Paak an extra platform get fans in the groove ahead of his November 16 album drop. The album will be the first solo Anderson .Paak project since 2016’s critically lauded Malibu LP, and the hype is currently at an all time high with a fresh new single and music video for the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Tints.” With a radio show on air, and album up his sleeve, and a steadily successful promotion junket in the rearview mirror, its safe to say Anderson .Paak is riding quite the wave right now.
Anderson .Paak and Kendrick Lamar appear to be actors who rap in their spare time, rather than big-league hip-hop artists who act on the side, in the newly released music video for their feel good collaboration, “Tints.” .Paak’s hook vocalizes his need for “tints,” and when it comes to the necessities, all that the third single off of .Paak’s forthcoming Oxnard album needed was a visual. Now, the auditory and the visual coalesce in the video, which harnesses the ’70s funk of the single as the camera follows .Paak’s and K Dot’s clothing and subsequent character changes for a near five-minutes of cinematic action.
.Paak doubles as both as a dad and a kidnapping victim, among other fictitious roles in the video, while Lamar makes his way to the strip club, and finds unusual company in the grim reaper when not surrounded by strippers and singles. The fluidity of personality shifts within the video mirrors the song’s mellifluous sonic progression, striking a harmonious balance between what listeners hear, and what they see in the video. Oxnard is slated for a November 16 releases, meaning that streamers will have to maintain their patience just a little longer before fresh material from the R&B’s hitter lands.
Many were inspired by the release of Kendrick Lamar‘s second studio album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, in 2012. Among those still inspired six years later are New York duo Brasstracks, who’ve been stunning the world with their horn-infused takes on hit tracks like Drake‘s “In My Feelings,” along with their own hip-hop and R&B originals they’ve recently taken on the road.
Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne embarked on their debut headlining tour earlier this year and were listening to Lamar’s full discography while on the road. Remarking that the album that still resonates the most with them is Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Jackson and Rayne had the idea to make an ode to the album by putting a medley together.
“Good Kid, Brass City” was released on October 22 in its eight-minute entirety and has been met with enthusiasm by fans who’ve embraced the medley’s creative nostalgia.
“Most of the songs on the project have a really healthy relationship between jazz and hip-hop,” the duo said of their medley. “It was pretty easy for us as jazz musicians turned hip-hop producers, to go into the studio with all of our friends and make some magic happen based on what Kendrick did in 2012. This was honestly just fun for us. If anybody else really digs it, Kendrick hears it or something crazy, that’s just a bonus. Because this was an amazing project for us to do.”
View a behind-the-scenes video of the making of “Good Kid, Brass City” here.
Anderson .Paak has set the music world ablaze with the release of his groove-filled new single, “Tints,” featuring Kendrick Lamar. Produced by Om’Mas Keith alongside .Paak himself, the track glides through sultry guitar chords, a funky bass line, and authentic hip hop percussion. Lamar’s voice dances alongside the bass line, setting up for the hook sprinkled with dissident horns and a harmony between the two rappers’ voices.
“Tints” serves as the lead single from .Paak’s upcoming album, Oxnard, set to be released off Dr. Dre‘s Aftermath Entertainment, exclusively distributed by 12 Tone Music. Dr. Dre is reportedly the executive-producer on the project, and J. Cole and Pusha-T are said to be other featured artists off the LP.
This new output doesn’t mark .Paak and Lamar’s first joint effort with Dr. Dre. In 2015, the two rappers were featured on the iconic producer’s Compton track, “Deep Water.” Additionally, in early 2018, Kendrick featured .Paak on “Bloody Waters” off KDOT’s curated soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album.