Top Dawg Announces TDE's Album Releases For 2016

Shit about to get nasty real soon... I told y'all I got y'all in 2016 #TDE

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TDE's Top Dawg has revealed the album release schedule for 2016 and it looks like every TDE artist is planning on releasing an album this year. The schedule also notes that two unknown artists on TDE will be releasing music this year so it seems the rap collective has a lot of surprises in store for us.

Top Dawg also announced that he will be releasing a TDE project this week. It could be ScHoolboy Q's project as he is at the top of the schedule, but I'm not sure. Either way, TDE is ready to take over 2016. Check it out above.

-AO

Kendrick Lamar Delivers An Amazing GRAMMY Performance

The night was set up to be an amazing one for Kendrick Lamar. After losing Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, and Best New Artist to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis just two years prior, it seemed the Recording Academy was out to set things right. Kendrick was nominated for 11 awards at this year's GRAMMY awards, the second most nominations for an artist in one night since Michael Jackson. Kendrick ended up winning 5 GRAMMYs, sweeping the rap categories and winning a GRAMMY for Best Music Video via Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video. But, that wasn't the most impressive thing Kendrick did last night.

The internet was buzzing, wondering what Kendrick would do for his GRAMMY performance and he did not disappoint. He came out in chains, dressed in prison clothes, followed in a straight line by other prisoners. His band was surrounded by prison bars. The silence that ensued while he awkwardly wrapped his chains around the mic stand so he could hold the mic gave us just enough time to realize this would not be your average performance.

He began to perform "The Blacker The Berry," a song that aggressively addresses the white community but also delivers a strong message to the black community. He transitions into a fiery performance of "Alright" and then performs "Untitled 3." Kendrick has become a fantastic live performer, one that seems to save some of his most dynamic, in-your-face songs strictly for live performances; more specifically, live performances in front of a white audience.

This performance was full of tribal African imagery, African traditional dancing, and was the most powerful Kendrick performance I've ever seen. There was bravery in this performance, standing in front of a predominantly white organization and audience and using his platform to deliver this politically charged, heart-filled, black message. Between this performance and Beyoncé's "Formation" release and performance, it's clear the black community is not about to take society's treatment lying down.

All hail, King Kendrick.

-AO

Kanye West- "No More Parties In L.A. (feat. Kendrick Lamar)"

Kanye West's "G.O.O.D. Friday" track for this week came a little late, but it was well worth the wait. He released the full version of his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar called "No More Parties In L.A.," a song which he teased in last week's release. The track sees Kendrick starting off with an amazing verse in a style of rapping that closely resembles André 3000. 'Ye takes over the rest of the song and is rapping like we haven't heard him in years. I feel like I haven't heard him rap like this since "New God Flow" on Cruel Summer which is ironic since he used the same Ghostface sample in both songs. Check out the track above.

-AO

Kendrick Lamar (Austin City Limits Performances)

Kendrick Lamar has been delivering a slew of great performances lately and his Austin City Limits performances have been no different. Kendrick performed a few deep cuts from To Pimp A Butterfly like "Wesley's Theory" and "Hood Politics," which you can see above, as well as other favorites. If you want to see Kendrick's full set, program your DVRs because it will be airing on WYCC at 1AM CST on 1/10 and 8PM CST on 1/15. It will also be airing on WTTW at 11PM CST on 1/10.

-AO

Kanye West- "Real Friends/No More Parties in LA (Snippet)"

It is officially Yeezy season. Via the tweet below, Kim Kardashian confirmed that Kanye will be releasing new music every Friday, similar to his 2010 G.O.O.D Friday series. After releasing "Facts" last week, this week sees the release of "Real Friends" and a snippet of "No More Parties in LA" which features Kendrick Lamar. This is definitely the Kanye we've been waiting for and not the one who's been delivering subpar features on other artists' songs for the past few months. It is not clear if these songs will appear on SWISH or if they are songs that won't make the album, but one thing is certain, Fridays are about to be LIT.

-AO

Kendrick Lamar Performs New Song On 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Kendrick Lamar appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and performed a new song called "Untitled 2." He performed an amazing song called "Untitled" when he performed as the last musical artist on The Colbert Report last year. This song and performance definitely lives up to its predecessor. Kendrick is solidifying himself as one of the best hip-hop performers in the game and I'm glad to be witnessing it. Check out the dope performance above.

-AO

Interview: Kendrick Lamar (NPR & The New York Times)

Kendrick Lamar is receiving a lot of worldwide attention, especially since he is nominated for 11 awards at this year's GRAMMYs behind his critically acclaimed album—To Pimp A Butterfly. He has been doing a lot of press including interviews with NPR and The New York Times. Click the links to check out the revealing interviews.

Were you surprised that the Recording Academy responded so strongly to the scope of your vision, which wasn’t necessarily for these institutions?

I wasn’t surprised. The Grammys have taste. They’ve had taste for a long time. I’m just more excited that they recognize the time and effort put into the project — gathering all these musicians in one place for six months to a year at a time. It is truly appreciated that they can hear the different influences inside the record.

That’s the biggest accomplishment as far as the nominations: that people recognize it as an album. It’s not just a collection [of songs]. We pride ourselves on that. I wanted it to be that body of work again the same way I did with my first record. This time around, I wanted to make sure that not only were the lyrics appreciated or the beats, but the musicianship, as far as my writing skills, my arrangements. That’s me challenging myself.

-AO

Kendrick Lamar- "God Is Gangsta" (Music Video)

Kendrick Lamar dropped off a new video to help end 2015 the right way. The video, "God Is Gangsta," features visuals for his songs "u" and "For Sale? (Interlude)." The visuals for the former certainly match the tone of the song as a drunk Kendrick argues with his conscience in a hotel room. In the visuals for "For Sale?," scenes of Kendrick getting baptized are interspersed with scenes of him in a strip club while phrases like the one seen above quickly flash onscreen. Check out the short film above.

-AO

Top 15 Albums/Mixtapes of 2015

It has been a pretty great year for hip-hop and R&B fans. Kendrick Lamar delivered yet another classic album. Dr. Dre delivered his final album and it was impressive. Janet Jackson returned with a very cohesive effort. Adele returned from her four-year hiatus to dominate the charts and that's just the beginning. As 2015 comes to an end, it is important to reflect on those projects that made a lasting impression. The following list represents my favorite hip-hop and R&B albums/mixtapes from 2015. Unlike my Top 40 list, I also tried my best to rank these albums based on their merit. I hope you enjoy the list and these projects as much as I did. I'll see you in 2016!

To hear me talk about these projects in detail, check out Episode 18 of my podcast!

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1. To Pimp A Butterfly- Kendrick Lamar

 

2. Ego Death- The Internet

 

3. Surf- Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

 

4. 25- Adele

 

5. Rodeo- Travi$ Scott

 

6. Summertime '06- Vince Staples

 

7. Beauty Behind The Madness- The Weeknd

 

8. You Should Be Here- Kehlani

 

9. Wildheart- Miguel

 

10. Tetsuo & Youth- Lupe Fiasco

 

11. Dark Sky Paradise- Big Sean

 

12. If You're Reading This It's Too Late- Drake

 

13. DS2- Future

 

14. The Album About Nothing- Wale

 

15. Compton- Dr. Dre

 

Honorable Mentions:

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Unbreakable- Janet Jackson

T R A P S O U L- Bryson Tiller

But You Caint Use My Phone- Erykah Badu

SremmLife- Rae Sremmurd

What A Time To Be Alive- Drake & Future

-AO

 

 

 

Top 40 Songs of 2015

It's that time of year again! This is one of my favorite posts of the year as I get to look back at all the music we've received and pick my favorites. While the American Top 40 and the Billboard Hot 100 charts list the most popular and commercially successful songs in the country, my list is much more of a journey. Focusing solely on hip-hop and R&B, this list captures my favorite songs from those released in 2015. After making it through this list, I guarantee you will be abreast of the hottest songs from this year. So without further ado, enjoy my Top 40.

(You can listen to each song via the Spotify stream or click the song title for Apple Music.)

1. "Alright (feat. Pharrell)"- Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly

2. "Hotline Bling"- Drake

3. "Trap Queen"- Fetty Wap, Fetty Wap

4. "Back To Back"- Drake

5. "F*ck Up Some Commas"- Future, DS2

7. "Special Affair"- The Internet, Ego Death

8. "All I Ask"- Adele, 25

9. "Piano Song"- Eryn Allen Kane, Aviary: Act 1

10. "Warm Enough (feat. J. Cole & Noname Gypsy)"- Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Surf

11. "Don't"- Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L

12. "Can't Feel My Face"- The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

13. "B*tch Better Have My Money"- Rihanna, Anti

14. "Blessings (feat. Drake)"- Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise

15. "Hello (feat. Andre 3000)"- Erykah Badu, But You Caint Use My Phone

16. "White Iverson"- Post Malone

17. "Oh My Dis Side (feat. Quavo)"- Travi$ Scott, Rodeo

18. "Know Yourself"- Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late

19. "Caretaker (feat. SZA)"- D.R.A.M., Gahdamn! EP

21. "March Madness"- Future

22. "Lift Me Up"- Vince Staples, Summertime '06

23. "No Sleeep (feat. J. Cole)"- Janet Jackson, Unbreakable

24. "The Line"- dvsn

25. "These Walls (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat)"- Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly

26. "Jungle"- Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late

27. "Diamonds Dancing"- Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive

28. "Deep (feat. Lil Wayne)"- Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise

29. "The Matrimony (feat. Usher)"- Wale, The Album About Nothing

30. "Let It Burn"- Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show

31. "Girl (feat. KAYTRANADA)"- The Internet, Ego Death

32. "Weight In Gold"- Gallant

33. "The Way (feat. Chance The Rapper)"- Kehlani, You Should Be Here

34. "a beautiful exit"- Miguel, Wildheart

35. "Antidote"- Travi$ Scott, Rodeo

36. "Summertime"- Vince Staples, Summertime '06

38. "100 Grandkids"- Mac Miller, GO:OD AM

39. "Exchange"- Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L

40. "Vice City (feat. Black Hippy)"- Jay Rock, 90059

Here's a playlist so you can listen to all of the songs and if you want to hear me discuss each song in detail, check out Episode 17 of my podcast!

Honorable Mentions:

"Scholarships"- Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive

"Say It"- Tory Lanez

"Heaven Only Knows (feat. Chance The Rapper, Lido & Eryn Allen Kane)"- Towkio, .Wav Theory

"Madonna (And Other Mothers In The Hood) (feat. Nikki Jean)"- Lupe Fiasco, Tetsuo & Youth

"Company (feat. Travi$ Scott)"- Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late

-AO

58th Annual GRAMMY Predictions

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Award nominations have been announced and Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with 11 nominations, the most since Michael Jackson was nominated 12 times in 1984 (MJ won 8 that night). Hopefully, it's redemption night for Kendrick and his amazing album—To Pimp A Butterfly—wins big, but you never know with The GRAMMYs. Check out my predictions of some important categories and some notable snubs below.

(My predictions of who WILL win are in bold, My thoughts on who SHOULD win are italicized.)

Album of the Year

  • Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes
  • To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
  • Traveller – Chris Stapleton
  • 1989 – Taylor Swift
  • Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

Record of the Year

  • "Really Love" – D'Angelo and the Vanguard
  • "Uptown Funk" – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  • "Thinking Out Loud" – Ed Sheeran
  • "Blank Space" – Taylor Swift
  • "Can't Feel My Face" – The Weeknd

Song of the Year

  • "Alright"- Kendrick Lamar
  • "Blank Space"- Taylor Swift
  • "Girl Crush"- Little Big Town
  • "See You Again"- Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
  • "Thinking Out Loud"- Ed Sheehan

Best R&B Performance

  • "If I Don't Have You" – Tamar Braxton
  • "Rise Up" – Andra Day
  • "Breathing Underwater" – Hiatus Kaiyote
  • "Planes" – Jeremih feat. J. Cole
  • "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" – The Weeknd

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • "He Is" – Faith Evans
  • "Little Ghetto Boy" – Lalah Hathaway
  • "Let It Burn" – Jazmine Sullivan
  • "Shame" – Tyrese
  • "My Favorite Part of You" – Charlie Wilson

Best R&B Song

  • "Coffee"- Miguel
  • "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"- The Weeknd
  • "Let It Burn"- Jazmine Sullivan
  • "Really Love"- D'Angelo & The Vanguard
  • "Shame"- Tyrese

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Ego Death – The Internet
  • You Should Be Here – Kehlani
  • Blood – Lianne La Havas
  • Wildheart – Miguel
  • Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

Best R&B Album

  • Coming Home – Leon Bridges
  • Black Messiah – D'Angelo and The Vanguard
  • Cheers to the Fall – Andra Day
  • Reality Show – Jazmine Sullivan
  • Forever Charlie – Charlie Wilson

Best Rap Performance

  • "Apparently" – J. Cole
  • "Back to Back" – Drake
  • "Trap Queen" – Fetty Wap
  • "Alright" – Kendrick Lamar
  • "Truffle Butter" – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
  • "All Day" – Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • "One Man Can Change The World" – Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend
  • "Glory" – Common & John Legend
  • "Classic Man" – Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur
  • "These Walls" – Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
  • "Only" – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

Best Rap Song

  • "All Day"- Kanye West
  • "Alright"- Kendrick Lamar
  • "Energy"- Drake
  • "Glory"- Common & John Legend
  • "Trap Queen"- Fetty Wap

Best Rap Album

  • 2014 Forest Hills Drive – J. Cole
  • Compton – Dr. Dre
  • If You're Reading This It's Too Late – Drake
  • To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
  • The Pinkprint – Nicki Minaj

Best Music Video

  • "LSD" – ASAP Rocky
  • "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)" – The Dead Weather
  • "Alright" – Kendrick Lamar
  • "Bad Blood" – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • "Freedom" – Pharrell Williams

SNUBS:

Best New Artist:
Fetty Wap

Song Of The Year:
"Hotline Bling"- Drake (apparently the submission form never got to Cash Money)

Best Rap Album:
Tetsuo & Youth- Lupe Fiasco
Dark Sky Paradise- Big Sean
RTJ2- Run The Jewels
Wale- The Album About Nothing

The GRAMMYs will air on CBS at 8/7c on February 15, 2016. Head here for the full list of nominees.

-AO

 

 

 

 

 

J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar Release Black Friday Remixes Of Each Other's Songs

We have a lot to be thankful for lol. J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar have just blessed us with new music. They celebrated Black Friday by remixing each other's songs. Cole delivered a remix of "Alright" while Kendrick released a remix of "Tale Of 2 Citiez." Both rappers absolutely murdered their verses and this only increases anticipation for their rumored collaborative album. In Cole's remix, he alluded to some new music being released in February. This could be a new Cole album or this K.Dot-Cole album. Either way, I can't wait.

-AO

Kendrick Lamar- "These Walls (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat)" (Music Video)

Kendrick Lamar has teamed up with director Colin Tilley to deliver the visuals for his To Pimp A Butterfly cut, "These Walls." The video runs more like a short film and features comedian Corey Holcomb and Terry Crews. It is definitely an entertaining video as Kendrick kicks back at a house party and even hilariously "hits the Quan" with Terry Crews. Check it out above.

-AO

Kendrick Lamar Announces New Tour

8 cities. 8 nights, 8 intimate shows.

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Kendrick Lamar has announced a new tour called "Kunta's Groove Sessions." The tour will take place in some of the country's most prominent cities over the next month. Kendrick hasn't done too much performing behind the release of To Pimp A Butterfly, so this tour is a must-see. Check out the dates below and get tickets here.

10-20 Washington, DC - Kennedy Center
10-22 Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
10-24 Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
10-25 Chicago, IL - United Center
10-27 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
10-29 Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall
11-01 Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre
11-08 Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
11-10 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater

-AO

 

Jay Rock- "Vice City (feat. Black Hippy)" (Music Video)

When the four primary members of TDE link up, it's a recipe for success. Jay Rock released his latest album, 90059, last week and one of the most talked about tracks is his collaboration with Black Hippy (Kendrick, ScHoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul). "Vice City" sees the crew trading verses about...well...vices. Rock dropped a video for the track and it's very entertaining. Check it out above.

-AO

Kendrick Lamar Interviews N.W.A.

Kendrick Lamar, via Billboard, got the opportunity to conduct a legendary interview. He sat down with the remaining members of N.W.A. (Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella sans Arabian Prince) and discussed many things, including the influence of their group, the new movie documenting their story, and more. It's an amazing interview and all hip-hop heads need to watch this. Check it out above.

-AO

Kendrick Lamar- "For Free? (Interlude)" (Music Video)

While the hip-hop world is focused on Meek Mill and Drake's entertaining beef, Kendrick Lamar is continuing his stay at the top of the hip-hop mountain. He has now released the music video for the second track on To Pimp A Butterfly—"For Free? (Interlude)." Kendrick may have delivered one of the best videos of the year with the one. Watch as he hilariously informs his girl that "his dick ain't free."

-AO

Jidenna- "Classic Man Remix (feat. Kendrick Lamar)" (Music Video)

Jidenna has delivered a lively, star-studded music video for the remix to his hit song, "Classic Man." The video features cameos from Issa Rae, Janelle Monae, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. Most importantly, Kendrick Lamar is featured to deliver a fiery performance of his verse on the track. Competition for song of the summer just heated up. 

-AO

Kendrick Lamar- "Alright" (Music Video)

Kendrick Lamar revealed the visuals for his Pharrell-produced track from To Pimp A Butterfly, "Alright." The Colin Tilley-directed video features Kendrick floating through the city while showcasing what the Bay Area and LA have to offer, for better or worse. Check out the video above and read MTV's interview with the video director Colin Tilley here.

-AO