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!
It appears as though Jay Rock is up next in the Top Dawg Entertainment camp. After low-key releasing the rap song of the year when everyone was least expecting in “Parental Advisory” he followed that up with the Kendrick Lamar featured track “Pay for It” which, needless to say, was also fire. Now Rock returns with the visuals for the former where he is chilling in his hometown of Watts, LA. Hopefully we get album details soon. Peep the video for “Parental Advisory” after the jump.
It seems as though there isn’t a single chink in the Top Dawg Entertainment armor, as those who aren’t even signed as featured artists can spit some bars if they pleased. Case in point: TDE co-president Terrence “Punch” Henderson releasing “My Darling Nicki”, an interlude showcasing his rapping ability. Check it out 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!
Someone grab a water hose because we got a fire track right here! Jay Rock went ahead and low-key dropped song of the year when everyone was least expecting. The aptly-titled “Parental Advisory” may serve as an unofficial preview into Jay Rock’s highly anticipated, long delayed sophomore album, which according to Top Dawg is supposed to drop at the end of this year. Whether or not this happens all we know for sure is Jay Rock is bringing the heat with that authentic LA gangsta sh*t. Listen after the jump.
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.
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.
While Ab-Soul is on his headlining These Days… tour with supporting acts Bas and EarthGang, he decided to drop an unsuspecting gem on ya’ll. It’s a new track entitled “W.W.S.D.” (What Would Soul Do?) and that’s the striking artwork above. You can peep the track after the jump.
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!
Kendrick Lamar and TDE has kept their promise, as they release the first official single “i” from Kendrick’s forthcoming studio album. The track, produced by Rahki, samples the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady”. You can peep the brand new track after the jump.