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kendrick lamar

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 1:33pm

9.5

 

DAMN. was kept in shrouded in mystery. The album name and track titles withheld, and suppressed until a convenient leak served to generate hype. Days before the albums due date all songs were also leaked and downloaded by rabid fans.
 
Unscrupulous downloaders hidden behind VPNs rushed to forum boards to speak of Kendrick Lamar’s new album – each comment adding...

Posted 27 Mar 2017 @ 12:36pm

Fresh from returning to the fore with his latest single, an album tracklist has dropped online for what appears to be Kendrick Lamar's latest album. 

 

Clocking in at 74 minutes and 14 tracks, the leaked tracklist credits Jimi Hendrix's Spanish Castle Magic and Kool & the Gang's Summer Madness in the sample credits, and details collaborations with Sampha, Thundercat, Robert...

Posted 13 Oct 2015 @ 8:04am

Already confirmed for the 2016 incarnation of Bluesfest, Kendrick Lamar will also perform a headline show in Melbourne.

 

 

Lamar will return to Australian shores for his first headline shows since 2012 when he toured on the back of Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City.

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Posted 13 Oct 2015 @ 7:56am

One of the biggest names in contemporary hip hop will headline the opening night of Bluesfest 2016.

 

The man who was crowned the new king of the West Coast by Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre will return to Australian shores for the first time since he supported Eminem on his Rapture tour in February 2014.
 
Lamar joins the already announced acts for the 2016 incarnation of the...

Posted 8 Jul 2015 @ 3:57pm

 

To Pimp A Butterfly is an album with few clear-cut singles. i is the foremost candidate, but even its single-ness was mitigated slightly by the fresh mix that appears on the album. Alright is the other clear single on the LP, with its killer feel-good hook, now accompanied by an incredible video. Despite functioning as a single, there’s no compromise in themes or arrangement; bounce-...

Posted 1 Apr 2015 @ 9:24am

★★★★

 

The one downside of creating a hugely successful debut album is the seemingly impossible task of backing it up with a second. After the enormous success of good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar found himself in this exact situation. When Lamar’s second album To Pimp A Butterfly was released, early reports indicated that he might have pulled off the impossible – releasing...

Posted 18 Mar 2015 @ 1:36pm

The slinky third single from K-Dot’s upcoming To Pimp A Butterfly finds a middle ground between G-Funk and P-Funk (especially as George Clinton has just been revealed as a guest elsewhere on the LP), building metaphor upon metaphor, switching keys and flipping the hook on repeat, on a whim. It’s a weird single, the hook is not exactly a pop hook, especially compared to lead single i, but still...

Posted 23 Feb 2015 @ 6:52pm

 

The complete fucking inverse of previous single i, K-Dot sounds scary powerful on The Blacker The Berry, spitting hard as fuck, challenging with racial reclamations, not holding back, defiant in the refrain proclamation: “I’m the biggest hypocrite of 2015.” New Kendrick, Kanye and Drizzy (on top of his just-dropped mixtape) albums due this year. We’re not worthy.

Posted 7 Oct 2014 @ 4:20pm

A feel-good ode to self-empowerment isn’t the most logical follow up to a hardened conceptual narrative, instant-classic of an LP. On i, K-Dot plays it fairly safe while subverting his, and broader hip hop’s, creative trajectory, sounding like a bizzaro universe iteration of Andre 3000’s The Love Below if Rick Rubin got his overt-sampling production mitts on the desk. It’s not terrible, it’s...

Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 9:11am

Kiwi rapper Tommy Ill sampled Tame Impala’s Feels Like We Only Go Backwards to great effect on mid-2013 mixtape Fearless Bueller, now here’s K-Dot taking hold of K-Parker’s track for the Divergent soundtrack (I don’t know and will never know what Divergent is). Some major reworking strips the Tame Impala track to its core, adding masterful string arrangements in the process. Kendrick goes in...

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