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i-D | Kendrick Lamar And Baby Keem Are First Covers Of 40th Anniversary Issue

Today, fashion publisher i-D unveils the first cover stars of its upcoming 40th Anniversary special issue, Kendrick Lamar and Baby Keem of pgLang, photographed by Glen Luchford. As the world waits eagerly for a new Kendrick Lamar album to take stock of the last years of American life under [...]
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Kendrick Lamar Refuses to Attend GQ Men of the Year Event over Insulting Magazine...

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Remember that time when Kendrick Lamar refused an award from GQ?

Radiofacts: GQ Magazine recently featured rapper Kendrick Lamar on the cover obviously aware of his quantum leap in celebrity because of his recent verse on "Control." The magazine dressed Lamar up and put him on the cover then insulted him as well as all of hip hop music culture with a reporter for the magazine saying he was surprised at how "disciplined" Lamar and his team are as if Lamar needed a leash while being photographed. He made an even greater insult by saying... "Kendrick doesn't smoke weed or drink booze. In the time I spent with him, I never witnessed anyone roll even the thinnest spider leg of a jay (joint), nor did I see Kendrick so much as glance at the many, many girls around him."  The reporter was trying to sound like he had his ear to the street instead of his foot in his mouth.

Lamar and executives at his label, Top Dawg Entertainment, did not take the observation as a "compliment." Indeed, it was an insult with racial overtones. Had they had any black writers in the editorial department for this feature, they would have been warned to cut that part out of the story. As a result, Lamar refused to attend the GQ Men of the Year party and pick up his top rapper honor last week. Other sources covering the mishap state GQ is miffed by Lamar's response as if to say 'what's the problem?' KUDOS to Kendrick and his team for taking a stand.  Unfortunately, we are not confident many other rappers would have done the same thing as Lamar.

GQ's Editor Jim Nelson Responded:

“Kendrick Lamar is one of the most talented new musicians to arrive on the scene in years. That’s the reason we chose to celebrate him, wrote an incredibly positive article declaring him the next King of Rap, and gave him our highest honor: putting him on the cover of our Men of the Year issue. I’m not sure how you can spin that into a bad thing, and I encourage anyone interested to read the story and see for themselves. We were mystified and sorely disappointed by Top Dawg’s decision to pull him at the last minute from the performance he had promised to give. The real shame is that people were deprived of the joy of seeing Kendrick perform live. I’m still a huge fan.”

SiR RELEASES “HAIR DOWN” TRACK AND VIDEO FEATURING KENDRICK LAMAR

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YOUNG MONEY RECORDS LIL WAYNE RELEASES THA CARTER V

Radio Facts: YOUNG MONEY RECORDS LIL WAYNE RELEASES THA CARTER V - MASSIVE 23 TRACK ALBUM FEATURES THE LIKES OF... SNOOP DOGG, TRAVIS SCOTT,...

GRAMMY® & PULITZER PRIZE WINNER KENDRICK LAMAR TO APPEAR ON "POWER"

Radio Facts: GRAMMY® & PULITZER PRIZE WINNER KENDRICK LAMAR TO APPEAR ON THE HIT STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES "POWER" SUNDAY, JULY 29TH AT 8PM ET/PT  Starz,...

THE ROOTS’ BLACK THOUGHT DROPS DEBUT EP STREAMS OF THOUGHT, VOL. 1

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THE ROOTS’ BLACK THOUGHT DROPS DEBUT EP STREAMS OF THOUGHT, VOL. 1 PRODUCED BY 9TH WONDER & THE SOUL COUNCIL TODAY

RELEASE MARKS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF UPCOMING RELEASES COVER ART DESIGNED BY RASHID JOHNSON FEATURING HIS PIECE UNTITLED ANXIOUS AUDIENCE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NPR Renowned lead singer and legendary MC for GRAMMY® Award-winning platinum-certified hip-hop luminaries The Roots, Black Thought unveils his debut side project, Streams of Thought, Vol. 1, at all digital retailers today. Exclusively produced by 9th Wonder [JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige] and The Soul Council, it ignites a series of upcoming releases from the Philadelphia rapper and actor. The five-song set thrives on his signature nimble lyricism, artful storytelling, and provocative eloquence. Funk guitars underscore the airtight bars of opener “Two Fifteen,” while “9th vs. Thought” pits 9th Wonder’s production against Black Thought’s instantly quotable lines such as, “I’m not a typical arrogant American on prescribed medicine. I’m sick as I ever been.” Rapsody lends her slick cadence to “Dostoyevsky” as “Making a Murderer” unites New York courtesy of Styles P and Philly. Everything culminates on the soulful swing of “Thank You” [feat. KIRBY] where Black Thought recounts his come-up in cinematic fashion. In order to introduce the EP, he spoke to NPR in-depth during an exclusive interview. Check it out HERE. Black Thought is working with different Black American visual artists for each cover of his Streams of Thought releases. Vol. 1’s cover art, by Rashid Johnson, features his previously created piece Untitled Anxious Audience. He explores similar themes and concepts that are found in Black Thought’s new music – memory, family, the collective yet individual black experience. The artwork itself is a visual representation of the music. Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 merely represents the beginning. Both Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 are set to arrive very soon. Black Thought—born Tariq Trotter—co-founded legendary Philadelphia hip-hop collective The Roots alongside Amir “Questlove” Thompson. Since their formation in 1987, the group has achieved three GRAMMY® Awards, sold millions of records, and indelibly impacted the mainstream by way of its longstanding position as the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and successful festival Roots Picnic. An accomplished actor, he emerged as an unforgettable presence on screen in the critically acclaimed Get On Up, HBO’s The Deuce, and more. He has also made countless cameo appearances for everyone from Linkin Park, Damian Marley, and Fall Out Boy to Common, Ghostface Killah, Logic, and more. 2017 saw him set the internet ablaze with a widely touted viral 10-minute free-style on Mobb Deep’s “Burn” instrumental, which quickly generated millions of views. Now, Black Thought kicks off a new chapter on Streams of Thought.
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Kendrick Lamar Gets Pulitzer Prize (pics)

Radio Facts: KUDOS to Kendrick Lamar, a true artist and a credit to the hip hop music industry indeed. This much deserved Pulitzer Prize-winning...

Top Dawg Entertainment Full Label Tour With Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock...

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Hip-Hop Powerhouse Top Dawg Entertainment Announces First Ever Full Label Tour With Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock And More 

Along With Ab-Soul, SiR And Lance Skiiiwalker Slated To Perform On The Highly Anticipated Group Tour - Tickets On Sale To General Public Starting Friday, January 26 at Ticketmaster.com

Top Dawg Entertainment announces "TDE: THE CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR" complete with the label's all-star roster including Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR, Lance Skiiiwalker and more to be announced. The North American tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off May 4 in Vancouver, BC and make stops across Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, New York and more, before wrapping June 16 in Pittsburgh, PA. Complete itinerary and details below.  Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, January 26 at 12pm local time at Ticketmaster.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public for select cities beginning Tuesday, January 23 at 10am local time through Thursday, January 25 at 12pm local time.*  Top Dawg Entertainment's impressive roster of artists dominated hip-hop in 2017 from Kendrick Lamar's release of the critically-acclaimed and seven time-GRAMMY nominated album "DAMN." and subsequently massive "The DAMN. Tour" to SZA's long-awaited debut album "Ctrl" earning five GRAMMY nominations. Both albums were also included in top rankings on several year-end lists in 2017 including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, USA Today and more. The Los Angeles-based label shows no signs of slowing down in 2018 with the recent announcement that Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith will curate and produce Marvel Studios' Black Panther soundtrack. The label is also releasing newcomer SiR's debut album "November" today, following the release of his hit collaboration with label-mate ScHoolboy Q, "Something Foreign." TDE 2018 TOUR DATES: BUY TICKETS

Alicia Keys Honor for Icon Award by NMPA

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Top Dawg Entertainment Announces First Full Label Tour

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Hip-Hop Powerhouse Top Dawg Entertainment Announces First Ever Full Label Tour With Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock And More

Along With Ab-Soul, SiR And Lance Skiiiwalker Slated To Perform On The Highly Anticipated Group Tour! Tickets On Sale To General Public Starting Friday, January 26 at Ticketmaster.com
Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, January 26 at 12pm local time at Ticketmaster.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public for select cities beginning Tuesday, January 23 at 10am local time through Thursday, January 25 at 12pm local time.* Top Dawg Entertainment's impressive roster of artists dominated hip-hop in 2017 from Kendrick Lamar's release of the critically-acclaimed and seven time-GRAMMY nominated album "DAMN." and subsequently massive "The DAMN. Tour" to SZA's long-awaited debut album "Ctrl" earning five GRAMMY nominations. Both albums were also included in top rankings on several year-end lists in 2017 including The New York TimesRolling StoneUSA Today and more. The Los Angeles-based label shows no signs of slowing down in 2018 with the recent announcement that Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith will curate and produce Marvel Studios' Black Panther soundtrack. The label is also releasing newcomer SiR's debut album "November" today, following the release of his hit collaboration with label-mate ScHoolboy Q, "Something Foreign."

Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment To Produce Black Panther Album

Kendrick Lamar, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith And Top Dawg Entertainment To Produce Black Panther: The Album

rfocus.org Internationally-celebrated Grammy® Award–winning global superstar Kendrick Lamar and Billboard Magazine's Executive of the Year, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, are set to curate and produce "Black Panther: The Album."  The album will feature music from and inspired by Marvel Studios' Black Panther film including the lead single, "All The Stars," featuring Kendrick Lamar and label mate SZA, produced by Sounwave.  "Black Panther" is directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira, among others. Lamar and Tiffith will collaborate with Coogler directly in the creation of music specific to the needs of the film.  This will mark the first time that Lamar, whom Rolling Stone dubbed "the greatest rapper alive," will write, produce, perform and curate for a major motion picture. This collaboration represents the first time in Marvel Cinematic Universe history that Marvel Studios will integrate multiple original recordings created specifically for the film. Lamar was hand-picked by Coogler for this first film music collaboration.  "I am honored to be working with such an incredible artist whose work has been so inspirational, and whose artistic themes align with those we explore in the film. I can't wait for the world to hear what Kendrick and TDE have in store," said Coogler. Lamar added, "Marvel Studios' Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director. The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I'm truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel's vision." Top Dawg added: "Working on such a powerful movie is a great opportunity.  We're always working on new goals at TDE, so teaming up with Disney, Marvel Studios and the Black Panther film makes perfect sense." Kendrick Lamar is one of the most streamed artists in the world with his latest album in excess of two billion combined streams.  Fresh off his six wins at the 2017 VMAs, including Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop video, Best Cinematography, Direction, Art Direction and Visual Effects, he is regarded as one of the most important, critically acclaimed and creatively inventive artists globally.  

BET Awards 2017 Complete Winners List

Digital and Radio Facts:   The 2017 BET Awards aired last night (June 25, 2017) live from The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and...
Malia Obama Serenaded by Her Dad, Kendrick Lamer, & Janelle Monae on her Special Day

Malia Obama Serenaded by Her Dad, Kendrick Lamer, & Janelle Monae on her Special...

Radio Facts: Malia Obama is very gifted and talented young lady but she is also very fortunate as well. How cool is it to be serenaded by the President of the United States, Kendrick Lamar, and Janelle Monae at the same time? Well it's more than cool, it is a reality for Malia as her Dad in Chief sang to her on her 18th birthday alongside Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae at White House Fourth of July party. Check out the clip below. https://youtu.be/UI2st6J3718
Malia Obama Serenaded by Her Dad, Kendrick Lamer, & Janelle Monae on her Special Day

Malia Obama Serenaded by Her Dad, Kendrick Lamer, & Janelle Monae on her Special...

Radio Facts: Malia Obama is very gifted and talented young lady but she is also very fortunate as well. How cool is it to be serenaded by the President of the United States, Kendrick Lamar, and Janelle Monae at the same time? Well it's more than cool, it is a reality for Malia as her Dad in Chief sang to her on her 18th birthday alongside Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae at White House Fourth of July party. Check out the clip below. https://youtu.be/UI2st6J3718

Miguel Says Kendrick Should Have Won Rap Album of the Year

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Radio Facts: In an interview with Power 106, Miguel says that Kendrick Lamar definitely had the rap album of the year.

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