Kendrick Lamar Drops New Track, ‘The Blacker The Berry’

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Less than a day after winning two Grammy Awards, Kendrick Lamar dropped “The Blacker The Berry” — a new single from his highly-anticipated sophomore album. The track features gritty production from Boi-1da, The KOZ and Terrace Martin.
Based on what we’ve heard so far (“i,” an untitled song performed on The Colbert Report and this track), it’s safe to say K-Dot’s next album will sound quite a bit different from good kid, m.A.A.d city.
Download: Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry
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4 Things We Learned from Kendrick Lamar’s Interview with ‘The Breakfast Club’

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With the follow-up to his highly acclaimed album good kid, m.A.A.d city currently in the works, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar stopped by Power 105.1 FM’s “The Breakfast Club” to discuss everything from the album’s recording process to his long-term goals.
Here’s four things we learned from the interview that resonated with us:
1. He wrote “i” to help people.

“My whole M.O. from the jump is to say something and not utilize my platform in a negative way … When I write a record like ‘i’ — that’s me giving back. That’s not for radio. That’s not for people with money. That’s for people that feel like they don’t have nothing to live for.”

2. He doesn’t care if people say he tries to sound like Eminem.

“I take it as a compliment because I’m a student of the game first … I know my history well: from Eminem albums to Pac albums to Dre to Snoop, so if they hear elements and different pieces like that then so be it because Eminem is one of the greatest of all-time and nobody can take that from him. I can’t take it. New artists can’t take it.”

3. His focus is on quality over quantity.

“I wanna keep it to myself until I’m ready to put it out. That’s how I’ve been from day one, I don’t want to oversaturate the market.”

4. He wants to change music.

“I’m on the hunt right now — I got a plan and people will see it. Whether it’s this album or this next album. But before I’m done with this ya’ll gone say ‘that boy, he did something else that we didn’t think no man could do in music.'”

Watch the full interview below:

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Kendrick Lamar Drops Video for ‘i’

Kendrick Lamar recently said in an interview with Power 105.1 FM’s “The Breakfast Club” that the motivation behind his single “i” was not to score a radio hit but to give hope to people who feel like they have nothing to live for.
Today, K.Dot continues the inspirational message with an official video for the song, which serves as the lead single for his forthcoming sophomore album. Watch above as K.Dot walks and dances through the streets of Los Angeles with friends and strangers alike.
Download: Kendrick Lamar – i
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Listen to Kendrick Lamar’s New Single ‘i’

After teasing the artwork last week, Kendrick Lamar has unleashed his new song “i” to the world. The highly-anticipated track features production by frequent DJ Khalil collaborator, Rahki, and samples the Isley Brothers’ 1973 soul classic, “That Lady.” While “i” is Kendrick’s first solo single since Good Kid Maad City, it hasn’t been confirmed if the track will serve as the lead single from his upcoming sophomore effort.
Download: Kendrick Lamar – i
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Kendrick Lamar Covers Complex, Discusses New Album

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Kendrick Lamar has landed on the cover of the August/September 2014 issue of Complex.
The extraordinary piece paints a vivid picture of Kendrick’s career: putting his major label debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D City into context and setting the stage for his highly anticipated sophomore release.
The Compton-born rapper speaks on the album’s recording process, his game-changing “Control” verse, being snubbed at the Grammy’s, Macklemore’s apology, and more.
The article also features commentary from Nas, Kendrick’s manager Dave Free (who revealed a typical guest verse costs $250,000), and TDE’s president Terrence “Punch” Henderson.

“Kendrick is going to be one of the most important writers of our time; dude’s a rhyming animal. Whatever he does will be appreciated, but at the same time he knows he has to bring it.” – Nas


“I’m only as good as my last word, my last hook, my last bridge.”
– Kendrick Lamar

Read the full article here
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