SiR is the latest artist to be scooped up by Top Dawg Entertainment, and later this year he’ll put out a new album called Chasing Summer, the follow-up to last year’s November. The Inglewood R&B singer has just shared the album’s first single, “Hair Down,” which features a verse by TDE heavyweight Kendrick Lamar. It’s … More »
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.
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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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J. Cole’s Dreamville label has been sharing compilations from its artists since 2014. The third, titled Revenge Of The Dreamers III, was announced back in January, and features vocals from Bas, Cozz, Omen, Lute, Ari Lennox, EarthGang, and J.I.D. According to the album’s Wiki page, over 100 artists were invited to the recording sessions along with big-name producers such as Mike Will Made It, DJ … More »
A public memorial service for rapper Nipsey Hussle is being held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center today. Along with performances from Marsha Ambrosius and Jhené Aiko, the event featured the reading of a letter from former president Barack Obama honoring Hussle, who was shot and killed late last month. More »
2 Chainz first announced his new album Rap Or Go To The League, the follow-up to 2017’s Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, over a year ago. He did it in grand 2 Chainz fashion, by riding around in a giant blimp with the album title painted on it. Since then, he … More »
The Best Original Song performances have been the source of a lot of drama for this year’s Oscars. Typically, all of the songs nominated are performed at the ceremony, but last month, multiple sources reported that most of the performances were being cut for time. Only Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star … More »
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, next album, 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.”
H/t: The New York Times
The Grammys are coming up in a few nights, but it’s looking more and more like music’s biggest night will be missing some of music’s biggest night. In the recent past, the show has alienated a number of big stars, and it’s failed to reward landmark works from extremely popular artists. And so now we’re … More »