Kendrick Lamar is the latest addition to 2018 MIA fest, promises “a very special set”

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Kendrick Lamar is the latest top-tier rapper to join this year’s Made In America billing. The Philly festival is the most recent addition to a busy late summer/fall itinerary of festival hopping for the rapper, who is also fresh off his TDE: Championship Tour with fellow Top Dog Entertainment artists SZA and Schoolboy Q. The announcement promises a “very special set” from Kung Fu Kenny, hinting at some major surprises.

Lamar will join a wildly stacked weekend lineup featuring huge names across hip-hop, dance music, and R&B, including Post Malone, Nicki Minaj, Diplo, Zedd, Cashmere Cat, Pusha T and more. The festival’s future was in question after the city’s mayor was reportedly set to ban MIA from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the location in the heart of downtown used since the fest’s inaugural weekend in 2012. JAY-Z, the fest’s founder and organizer, put Mayor Jim Kenney on blast in a widely-publicized open letter. Thankfully, Mayor Kenney and HOV’s camp were able to smooth things over after meeting in person, and released a joint statement promising that the festival will remain in its original downtown location “for years to come,” and now Kendrick is cooking up something special to celebrate.

Flow 2018 Offers A Diverse, Gratifying Answer At The End Of Festival Season

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There are a lot of festivals that happen later in the year, but often it feels like a last gasp for the summer season by the time we get to early August. Stateside, we have two remaining primary ones, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands, the former of which usually has one of the more straightforward lineups … More »

Kendrick Lamar – X (Rickyxsan x YehMe2 Remix)

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Rickyxsan and YehMe2 of Flosstradamus fame release a flaming trap remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “X,” featuring 2 Chainz and Saudi. The original, which was also produced by Lamar, was featured on the Black Panther album.

This new version of “X” hardly uses Lamar’s vocals, becoming a record completely Rickyxsan and Yehme2’s own. They pitch up the tempo to add energy, inserting some bounce into the mix as well with titillating synthesizer. Then, pitched-up vocals fall into gritty bass, squeaking syntns, and mammoth 808s that sends shivers down the spine. It’s safe to say they’ve adapted Kendrick Lamar’s piece into a veritable festival hit, geared toward causing a frenzy among its listeners.

Ricky and Josh Young have been friends for a while but have never collaborated. Once Young started working on the remix, his mind went to Rickyxsan  to help create this body melting trap vibe.

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Watch Kendrick Lamar’s Acting Debut On Power

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Tonight’s episode of the Starz series Power features a cameo appearance from none other than Kendrick Lamar. The episode is available to stream now on the Starz app. Kendrick plays a crackhead named Laces, and he really sells it. Laces works with 50 Cent’s character Kanan Starks, helping him take down his rivals in the … More »

Kendrick Lamar Has A Guest Role On Power This Sunday

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Kendrick LamarI’ve never seen Power, the televised crime drama starring 50 Cent, but as music-tangential crumbling-empire TV shows go, it seems to have had longer legs culturally than Empire. For instance, you don’t see Kendrick Lamar booking guest roles on Empire, do you? But as Pitchfork points out, Kung Fu Kenny will appear on … More »

Watch Chvrches Cover Kendrick Lamar

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Chvrches love a cover. Before releasing their latest LP Love Is Dead in May, the Scottish synth-pop trio shared covers of Beyoncé’s “XO” and the 1975’s “Somebody Else.” Today, they covered “LOVE.” from Kendrick Lamar’s 2017 album DAMN. for the Australian radio station … More »

Firefly Music Festival 2018: Experience The Woodlands

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As the sun set in front of the Firefly Stage on Saturday, June 16, a crescent moon had risen just beyond the tree line that which left a glistening light upon the Woodlands – the perfect setting for an unlikely surprise during the evening’s first headlining set. The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers spotted a sign in

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Kendrick Discusses That Fan He Brought Onstage Who Rapped The N-Word

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Kendrick-LamarKendrick Lamar has reached the point in his career where he only does a few interviews a year, and where every interview is an event. Case in point: Kendrick is on the cover of the new issue of Vanity Fair. The cover story, from writer Lisa Robinson, includes secondary quotes from people like … More »

Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Questlove, More Inducted Into The Academy

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts of Sciences announced 928 new members today, illustrating a push for greater diversity in the organization. Marking record highs for the Academy, 49 percent of the new inductees this year are female and 38 percent are people of color, as Variety notes. Several prominent musicians were inducted … More »

Nas Sounds Tired

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NasIn 2000, Rakim, then widely regarded as the greatest rapper ever, signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label. This was a ridiculously exciting thing to even contemplate: an all-time great rapper and an all-time great rap producer coming together, aligning forces, ready to take on the world. In the end, Rakim was only on Aftermath for … More »