“Bitch, where were you when I was walkin’?” It was a fair question from Kendrick Lamar Duckworth considering how many people had glommed on to him by the time To Pimp A Butterfly dropped, almost exactly at the midpoint of this decade. These 10 years made him not just a star but a guiding light, … More »
“From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music,” the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening, at New York’s Baseline Studios, I sat in a backroom full of ancient, dusty records, and I listened to the Alchemist and Just Blaze talk about disco. The … More »
In the very early days of this century, people would still sometimes watch music videos on television. MTV’s Total Request Live was in its halcyon era in 2000, and the show wouldn’t be cancelled until 2008. Meanwhile, YouTube debuted in 2005, changing the way everyone experienced the music video. So the 2010s are the first … More »
When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
A decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »
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 »