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.

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Video: Kendrick Lamar – “i”

 |  November 4, 2014
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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!

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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!

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It didn’t take long until Kendrick Lamar started performing his new song “i” live. A week removed from dropping “i”, the first new solo Kendrick track since good kid m.A.A.d city, the Compton rapper performed it live at the educational event We Day Toronto, which took place at the Air Canada Centre. Watch the video after the jump.

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Flying Lotus has shared the music video for his Kendrick Lamar featured track “Never Catch Me” from the forthcoming You’re Dead! album. In the haunting, yet triumphant video, two children rise from their deathbeds and begin dancing jubilantly. It’s actually quite beautiful. Check out the video after the jump.

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Yesterday Kendrick Lamar debuted a new track from his forthcoming studio album, entitled “i”. However, the song was met with a less than stellar reception with many fans unsure of the direction Kendrick was going on following the hugely successful good kid m.A.A.d city. Perhaps Kendrick felt the sting of the fans and media because he absolutely snaps on this Power 106 Los Angeles radio freestyle. Kendrick goes ham for roughly six straight minutes, freestyling over cuts from Jay Z and Nas. After the jump!

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We are halfway through 2014 and we’ve already been blessed with many great albums so far. But who shall deliver during the second half? Will Kanye drop a Yeezus 2? Is Jay Rock’s album ever coming out? More after the jump!
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After dropping “Never Catch Me” featuring Kendrick Lamar, master producer Flying Lotus drops “Coronus, the Terminator” a new track from his forthcoming album You’re Dead! The album is due out October 7th. Check out the new track after the jump.

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Last year, K. Dot and Pusha T coordinated “Nosetalgia” to trade the gift of crossover into each other’s audiences. Where that smooth but unusual blend surprised us, this one is glued together with a standard Jeezy hook and Kendrick doing his toot-toot-beep-beep rap like R. Kelly on “Ignition.” The stories that might bind their styles are missing but the streets will buzz off this track’s name recognition alone. Check it after the jump.
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