Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s “Very Urgent” New Album Sounds Like It’ll Be Different From His Previous Work

Kendrick Lamar has more than enough cultural clout to get on the cover of the New York Times' T Magazine, which is out this week. Cornrow Kenny spoke…
Brian Josephs / March 1, 2017

Thundercat Has Worked With Everyone From Suicidal Tendencies to Kendrick Lamar. Here’s What He’s Learned.

32-year-old starcrosser Stephen Bruner—a.k.a. Thundercat—has the relatable surrealism of a George Clinton who lives next door. His kaleidoscopic output threads together the influences of jazz…
Brian Josephs / March 1, 2017

Great Rapper Kendrick Lamar Releases Bad Sneaker in the Name of “Unity and Equality”

Kendrick Lamar's music needs no introduction. But as great as Kendrick the rapper is, Kendrick the person has one giant, glaring flaw: his love of bad sneakers. Today,…
Jeremy Gordon / January 4, 2017

Coachella 2017 Will Feature Radiohead, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, the xx, Bon Iver, More

Radiohead, Beyoncé, and Kendrick Lamar will headline Coachella's Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, respectively, as organizers announced the festival's lineup today. The Indio, California mega-festival remains two…
Anna Gaca / January 3, 2017

The 101 Best Songs of 2016

When the history books are written, music will probably not be the first thing anyone remembers about 2016. Nevertheless, the music was excellent—memorable and meaningful enough…
SPIN Staff / December 13, 2016

The 50 Best Albums of 2016

There's been no shortage of pessimism about 2016—a year that was plagued with fear, hatred, and confusion. In music, that ugliness was often confronted head-on,…
SPIN Staff / December 12, 2016

What the Hell Is Going On With This Kendrick Lamar American Express Commercial?

There are many albums a music fan might turn to for solace in the wake of the results of the American presidential election; a logical…
Winston Cook-Wilson / November 10, 2016

A Tribe Called Quest’s New Album Features André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Jack White

Last week, Q-Tip announced that A Tribe Called Quest will release their first album since 1998's The Love Movement on November 11. A new New York Times profile…
Brian Josephs / November 2, 2016

Video: Danny Brown – “Really Doe” ft. Earl Sweatshirt, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul

You can appreciate Danny Brown’s swift, ululating flow for its raw musicality, processing only the major lyrics that pop out. Or you can prick up…
Winston Cook-Wilson / November 1, 2016

President Obama Again Discusses His Safe But Good Taste in Rap Music on Sway

Today, President Obama—who is doing whatever interviews he can and feels like—went on Sway in the Morning to talk about his taste in hip-hop, among…
Winston Cook-Wilson / October 28, 2016

Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” Continues Kendrick’s Grand Tradition of Phoning It In on Pop Collaborations

Get ready to hear "Don't Wanna Know" everywhere. Maroon 5's new single, which debuted last night, features the phrase "don't wanna know" repeated many times,…
Andy Cush / October 12, 2016

BET Hip Hop Awards Recap and Highlights: Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and More

Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Chance the Rapper, and DJ Khaled were big winners at night's BET Hip Hop Awards, which was recorded in Atlanta last month. Lamar…
Anna Gaca / October 5, 2016

Bruce Springsteen Is a Fan of Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar

Bruce Springsteen is here to send blue-eyed rockist critics further into the abyss. The Boss held a Q&A at SoHo's Apple Store on Wednesday to…
Brian Josephs / September 29, 2016

Danny Brown Unleashes New Song “Really Doe” Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul

One of the biggest reasons for Atrocity Exhibition's heightened anticipation, other than the fact that it's a new Danny Brown project, is the track "Really Doe."
Brian Josephs / September 19, 2016

Watch an “Off the Juice” Kendrick Lamar Rap Lil Wayne Verses and Order Him Not to Quit

Kendrick Lamar's gone from making a legend-affirming civil rights anthem to drunkenly rapping Lil Wayne verses at 5:32 in the morning. Weezy's heavily implied retirement elicits…
Brian Josephs / September 9, 2016
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