Last night Kendrick Lamar threw the first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ game against the San Francisco Giants. Compared to Jack White’s pitch at the Tigers game last summer (and 50 Cent’s pathetic attempt at one), Kendrick did a pretty well. Read our review of his latest album, To Pimp a Butterfly here. Watch his pitch after the jump.
Future continues delivering that heat for 2015 with the official visuals for his DJ Esco-hosted mixtape 56 Nights cut “Trap N*ggas.” Produced by Southside the track finds Future reflecting on those still stuck in the streets and hopes that God can forgive them for their sins. The visuals are brought to you by FADER. Check it out after the jump.
After T.I. and David Banner jumped on Kap G’s “La Policia” remix they were invited onto CNN to discuss police brutality with correspondent, Don Lemon. During their discussion Kap G goes on to recount an incident a couple years ago when he was racially profiled and unjustly searched by a police officer, and how it inspired him to write “Policia.” Check out the full discussion on police brutality with T.I. and Kap G after the jump.
A lot has been happening for the 22-year-old Chicago emcee as of late. For starters Vic Mensa performed with Kanye West on Saturday Night Live, delivering a hook on ‘Ye’s forthcoming “Wolves” track (set to appear on So Help Me God) followed by some turned up live performances with the man. The live performances were for a track entitled “U Mad,” which recently got released as a single. In addition, Mensa also signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation recording label. That’s huge. So, yeah, evidently Mensa is doing quite well for himself on the mainstream end right now. Mensa also stopped by to team up with LA Leakers for an exclusive freestyle over Future’s anthemic Monster cut “Commas.” Check it out after the jump!
“One Time for Hip-Hop” is the second single from rapper Laelo and producer Hec Dolo’s collaborative project entitled Deeper Than Plenty, Higher Than Most. On this record Hec Dolo mixes boom bap hip-hop drums, a thumping bass line and a timeless saxophone riff to formulate the perfect hip-hop beat. Lyrically, Laelo paints stories of his hustle and flow vividly on the provided canvas. No hook need. Just a dope beat and dope rhymes. Check out the visuals for “One Time for Hip-Hop” after the jump.
So apparently, A$AP Rocky, who was riding around London had an object hurrled at his car. This prompted Rocky and crew to follow the alleged assailant into a bagel shop and confront him. Rocky, who is from Harlem, put on his best Harlem tough guy pose and went at the guy, giving him a ear full, and threatened to put hands on him. Rocky cooled off and walked away. However, the man (or men?) in the bagel shop had some choice words for Rocky as well. The title of the video, by the way, is “ASAP Rocky Running Gums in London” so clearly the people in that bagel shop weren’t exactly “cool” with the A$AP Mob all-star. Check out the full video of the confrontation after the jump.
Jay Z’s “Glory” (a tribute to his daughter Blue Ivy Carter) was penned back in 2012 and now with his Tidal streaming service Jay is making the visuals exclusive to users only. As of right now, unless you’ve got a subscription to Tidal, you cannot watch the video. However, we’re sure in a few minutes it’ll be available online for your viewing pleasure. Check out the visuals to “Glory” after the jump.
The recent situation between Young Thug and Lil Wayne is escalating albeit in a confusing manner. Here’s the breakdown: Lil Wayne doesn’t want to be part of Birdman’s YMCMB, Wayne’s highly-anticipated studio album Tha Carter V is put on hold, Young Thug is putting out his debut album entitled Carter 6 in tribute to Wayne, Wayne doesn’t like it and calls out Thug, Thug responds by saying he doesn’t want any problems and reiterates that the newly titled Barter 6 is a tribute to Wayne. Did you get all of that? Good. Now, T.I. decided to share his thoughts on the matter with DJ Whoo Kid. Find out in the clip after the jump.
Ty Dolla $ign was joined by Charli XCX and Tinashe at MTV Movie Awards. The trio performed Ty’s “Drop That Kitty” which is set to appear on his forthcoming album Free TC, which arrives June 2nd. Now Ty is sharing the official music video for the track, which also features appearances from Charli XCX and Tinashe. Watch it after the jump.
French Montana drops off the visuals to his Mac & Cheese: The Appetizer (w/ Harry Fraud) cut “Dontchu.” The visuals feature a certain storytelling quality to it. It also features a bad chick named Mileena Hayes. Check it out after the jump.
Last night was a monumental moment for hip-hop as Drake headlined the final night of Coachella’s opening weekend. During his performance he busted out a few songs from his surprise new album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. The biggest (and most bizarre) moment of his set came midway through, when Madonna made a surprise appearance. After a brief performance of “Human Nature” and “Hung Up” she circled around Drizzy, leaned down, and initiated a long, kiss. After a few seconds, she uttered her latest catchphrase “B**ch, I’m Madonna” – and sauntered offstage. Watch the entire performance after the jump. It’s a doozy.
Freestyle isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think of the Atlanta trio Migos. But goddamn, watching this Tim Westwood freestyle it’s indicative that the trio of Quavo, Takeoff and Offset have incredible chemistry as they go off for 17 full minutes. Straight. No breaks. The three YRN: Tha Album rappers dropped bars over “Grindin’,” “OG Bobby Johnson,” “Money Baby,” “No Type,” “Computers” and more. Check it out after the jump.
Young Buck, who recently dropped his 10 Bullets mixtape, returns with the visuals to “Not This Time.” The video looks as though it’s playing on the classic late 90s aesthetic as Buck dons some Colt 45s and Olde Englishs. Check it out after the jump.
Future’s recent mixtape run has been much praised and rightfully so. Monster, Beast Mode and the recent 56 Nights are all terrific projects and each has reinstated much faith in fans. And after the unexpected success of his Monster cut “Fuck Up Some Commas” Future returns with the visuals for his 56 Nights cut “March Madness.” Contrary to the song’s title it’s not about basketball but police brutality and coping through all the “madness.” Check it out after the jump.
A lot of rare Kanye West stuff is being unearthed as of late. First we have a Kendrick Lamar remix of “All Day” and now we’re being treated to a sneak peek of ‘Ye’s verse on Vic Mensa’s “U Mad” track. This track has been circulating for the last month or so, mostly byway of Vic Mensa’s live performances. But now we have Kanye’s full verse! You can check it out after the jump. As the kids say: it’s hard.