Looks as if “King Kunta” is the forthcoming single from Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Lamar recently shot the visuals for “King Kunta.” As Complex reports, the shoot took place at the Compton Swap Meet, filmed by Director X. Watch some behind-the-scenes footage below.
It’s March but Christmas has come early: Kendrick Lamar’s new album, the highly-anticipated To Pimp a Butterfly is out a week ahead its scheduled release date of March 23rd. It’s currently up for stream on Spotify (stream it here) as well as on iTunes for purchase (get it here.) There are sixteen total tracks and only a handful of features, including George Clinton, Thundercat, Bilal, Snoop Dogg, and Rapsody. By now, if you’re reading this, you know the internet is going crazy. Peep the stream after the jump.
Get this: Kendrick Lamar’s long-awaited, highly-anticipated followup to his 2012 breakthrough album good kid, m.A.A.d city, To Pimp a Butterfly will be out in roughly ten days! And so far the rollout has been pretty swift; from “i,” to “The Blacker the Berry,” an intense performance on The Colbert Report, and the ultimate unveiling of the album title and artwork. It’s all starting to come together. And now it looks like we are being treated to the much-talked about but shrouded in mystery track “King Kunta.” “King Kunta” finds K-Dot in a similiar lane as “i” with its funky musical backdrop and live instrumentation. The track, however, has K-Dot doing a little bit more with the lyrical content, going in on racial themes and black empowerment. It’s certainly no surprise that Pharrell has called the song “so unapologetically black.” Go ahead and listen to it yourself after the jump!
The previous report that Kendrick Lamar’s new album is [Untitled] is false. The official album title is To Pimp a Butterfly. Album release date still March 23rd.
Read more, including the track listing, after the jump.
These next few weeks will be littered with Kendrick Lamar news, so get used to it. King Kendrick started by finally announcing the title and release date for his highly-anticipated good kid, m.A.A.d city followup. Now he’s blessing us with a lengthy freestyle over some memorable Notorious B.I.G. instrumentals after he stopped by Big Boy’s recently-relaunched Real 92.3FM in Los Angeles. Check it out after the jump.
Kendrick Lamar had himself a field day at the 57th Grammy Awards, winning multiple awards for his new single “i.” But Kendrick season is approaching ever so closely, with TDE dropping another new cut. This time the happiness is left at the door and King Kendrick embraces the dark side, going completely ham for six minutes straight. Listen to the Boi-1da, The KOZ and Terrace Martin produced “The Blacker the Berry” after the jump.
With Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report prepping to officially close its doors Kendrick Lamar made an appearance on the program and debuted an untitled new track alongside a live band featuring Thundercat and Bilal. The track was produced by Astronote. Peep Kendrick Lamar’s performance of his untitled new track on The Colbert Report after the jump.
Top Dawg Entertainment president Punch does more than handle the paperwork. Prior to delivering this here gem, Punch has been dropping fire tracks left and right, including (but not limited to) “My Darling Nicki.” Now Punch has recruited TDE’s golden child Kendrick Lamar for “25” despite never advertising the track as “featuring Kendrick Lamar.” Bold move, Punch. Listen to “25” after the jump.
For the sixth episode of Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary season Top Dawg Entertainment’s star pupil Kendrick Lamar hit the stage as the musical guest alongside guest host Woody Harrelson. Kendrick performed two songs, one being his radio hit, The Isley Brothers sampled “i” and Jay Rock’s “Pay for It”. For “i” Kendrick took the stage with unkempt hair and blacked-out contacts (see: above photo), making reference to Method Man whose debut record Tical was released 20 years ago that day. Check out Kendrick’s hyped, energetic SNL performances after the jump.
In September Kendrick Lamar shared his highly-anticipated new single “i”, off his (currently) untitled follow-up to 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city. And now he’s sharing the official music video directed by Alexandre Moors & the Little Homies. It features a jubilant Kendrick dancing about. Watch after the jump!
Hip-hop heads everywhere rejoiced when Jay Rock dropped “Parental Advisory” earlier this month and now fans are getting a little extra something something with “Pay for It” featuring Top Dawg labelmate Kendrick Lamar. Last time we heard these two on a track was on Kendrick’s “Money Trees” in which Rock delivered one of the best guest verses that year. Something tells us “Pay for It” won’t disappoint. Listen after the jump!