Kendrick Lamar

Listen to ‘Songs for Survival,’ Jay Z’s Playlist About Social Injustice

After sharing "Spiritual," an original protest song addressing police violence against African-Americans, Jay Z has returned to TIDAL with a curated playlist of activist music…
Anna Gaca / July 10, 2016

Kendrick Lamar and Black Hippy Crew Jump on Charged Remix to ScHoolboy Q’s ‘THat Part’

Today, ScHoolboy Q releases the excellent new album Blank Face, and to celebrate, the Top Dawg Entertainment rapper has released the "Black Hippy REMIX" for…
Andrew Unterberger / July 8, 2016

Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monáe Help President Obama Wish Daughter Malia a Happy Birthday

Last night, President Obama threw our nation one of its coolest birthday parties yet, a Fourth of July White House BBQ with special appearances from…
Andrew Unterberger / July 5, 2016

Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monáe to Play Nation’s Coolest Fourth of July Barbecue

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have booked Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monáe to play the official White House Independence Day barbecue, Politico reports. The…
Anna Gaca / July 2, 2016

The 50 Best Hip-Hop Debut Albums Since ‘Reasonable Doubt’

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
SPIN Staff / July 1, 2016

Watch Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar Perform ‘Freedom’ at 2016 BET Awards

The 2016 BET Awards were very obviously highlighted last night by two of the most beloved artists of the 2010s, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar, who…
Dan Weiss / June 27, 2016

The 50 Best Albums of 2016 So Far

Now that we're nearly halfway done with 2016, the time has come for your annual summer-listening list. Expect to find a tender comeback from the…
SPIN Staff / June 1, 2016

Kendrick Lamar Drops Impressive Guest Verse on Mistah F.A.B.’s ‘Survive’

Chance the Rapper's new Coloring Book had a few reconsidering who's the best working rapper last night, but there's already been a reminder that Kendrick Lamar is an…
Brian Josephs / May 13, 2016

Austin City Limits 2016 Lineup: Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Kacey Musgraves, and More

The annual Austin City Limits music festival — held, where else, in Austin, Texas — has announced the lineup for the event's 2016 iteration. Headliners…
Brennan Carley / May 5, 2016

Bill Withers Is Suing Kendrick Lamar for Allegedly Ripping Off One of His Songs

In what's becoming an increasingly common occurrence, a popular musician is being sued for allegedly stealing another, older artist's song. This time, according to TMZ, Bill Withers is…
James Grebey / April 15, 2016

Kendrick Lamar Releases the Full Credits for ‘untitled unmastered.’

One of the strange developments of surprise albums is that, like most movies, the credits come at the end. So Kendrick Lamar's delightfully out-of-nowhere new…
Dan Weiss / April 13, 2016

Kendrick Lamar Inducts N.W.A. Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomed more hip-hop last night as legendary Compton, California group N.W.A. were officially inducted. Fellow Compton native Kendrick Lamar honored Dr.
Anna Gaca / April 9, 2016

Kendrick Lamar Performed ‘untitled 07′ Live for the First Time Last Night

It has not yet been conclusively proven which untitled cut from Kendrick Lamar's untitled unmastered. is the best, but Lamar made a strong case for "untitled 07"
Anna Gaca / April 3, 2016

FYF Fest 2016 Lineup: Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, Grace Jones, and More

Correction: An earlier version of this post said it was Say Anything when, in fact, it is Saves the Day playing Stay What You Are.
James Grebey / March 29, 2016

Listen to Kendrick Lamar, André 3000, Pharrell & More Honor Phife Dawg on Q-Tip’s Abstract Radio

Q-Tip's weekly Abstract Radio show Friday night was a special tribute to his A Tribe Called Quest band mate Phife Dawg, who died Tuesday due…
Colin Stutz / March 26, 2016

Kendrick Lamar Got a Crowd of 18,000 to Chant Phife Dawg’s Name in Tribute

Tributes to the golden age of hip-hop great Phife Dawg have been pouring in, but so far Kendrick Lamar's way of honoring the A Tribe…
James Grebey / March 23, 2016

Watch Kendrick Lamar School Some English Kids in a Rap Battle

Kendrick Lamar was in Manchester to attend a workshop for budding rappers that was sponsored by Reebok, but the To Pimp a Butterfly genius elevated the appearance beyond a…
James Grebey / March 16, 2016

Brush Up on Your Album Art History With These Clever Mashups

We've seen famous album covers with cats, famous album covers recreated by neonate girls, famous album covers with superheroes, and famous album covers interpreted in crumpled socks, but…
Anna Gaca / March 15, 2016

Protesters at Chicago Donald Trump Rally Chant Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright’

Update: John Legend responded to Trump's son, who tweeted that the protestors of being unable to articulate what they were rallying against, according to CNN. Read the exchange…
Harley Brown / March 12, 2016

Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘untitled unmastered.’ Is a Bullet With ‘Butterfly’ Wings

Kendrick Lamar didn’t have to do this. Not even a year has passed since he released his grand statement, To Pimp a Butterfly, an intimidating epic…
Matthew Ramirez / March 9, 2016
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