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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Kendrick Lamar

The lineup for this year's Power 105.1 Powerhouse at Brooklyn's Barclays Center (10/22) is announced and it's pretty incredible. It'll be headlined by Kendrick Lamar (for whom it will be the first NYC show since the release of the incredible To Pimp A Butterfly), and it also includes Big Sean, Future, Fetty Wap, Meek Mill, Jeremih, Jidenna and Omarion. Tickets are on various presales now (password: BKSOCIAL) and the general on-sale starts Friday (9/4) at 10 AM.

Kendrick also plays the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Vegas this month. Watch his video for "Alright" below...

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Outside Lands stream

The 2015 Outside Lands festival is now underway in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. If you're there, make sure to come say hi to us in the Toyota Tent. If you're not, you might be interested to know you can livestream performances on three separate channels starting at 3:30pm PT (6:30pm EST) each day (Aug 7-9) at sfoutsidelands.com/.

The actual fest schedule is HERE, and the streaming schedule is below...

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Dr Dre

As you probably know, N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton hits theaters next week (8/14) and the soundtrack to the movie is Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, which is technically the first Dr. Dre album since 1999's 2001. If you're wondering why he scrapped Detox: "I worked my ass off on it, and I don't think I did a good enough job."

The album features appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, The Game, Jill Scott, BJ the Chicago Kid, Marsha Ambrosius, Xzibit and more. It's out now. Dre says he's donating all the royalties from the album to help start a performing arts center in Compton. Tracklist below.

Noisey also has an exclusive 11-minute HBO First Look of the biopic, which you can watch below.

Ice Cube & special guests will be performing what's billed as Straight Outta Compton Remix at Riot Fest Denver & Chicago. No word yet on exactly what's in store, but we also know that N.W.A. are talking about a reunion tour with Eminem in place of the late Eazy-E. N.W.A. members reunited on stage during the BET Experience in June, but Dr. Dre didn't show up to that one. Watch them playing "Fuck The Police" at that show, below.

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photo: Kendrick Lamar at Sweetlife Fest 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Kendrick Lamar

Following the video for "Alright" off Kendrick Lamar's incredible To Pimp A Butterfly, he's now made a video for "For Free? (Interlude)." It was directed by Joe Weil and the Little Homies. Watch it below.

Kendrick plays Osheaga this weekend.

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by Andrew Sacher


Snow Hill, NC's Rapsody has been leaving her mark on the rap world for a few years now. She's got collaborations with Big K.R.I.T., Blu, Statik Selektah and more; and made her highest-profile collaboration to date by appearing on "Complexion (A Zulu Love)" on Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly. Her first (and so far only) full length is 2012's The Idea of Beautiful, and this past spring she put out the expanded deluxe edition of her 2014 EP, Beauty and the Beast.

It's on 9th Wonder's Jamla Records, and features production from him, Eric G., Khrysis, Nottz and Young Guru, with a guest appearance from Problem and sung vocals from Merna. If you dig "Complexion" or other TPAB collaborators like Bilal, or rap in the vein of Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Lauryn Hill, Beauty and the Beast should be right up your alley. It's all intricate, poetic delivery over soul-inspired beats that intentionally ignore current pop-rap trends -- "I don't need your emo beats, all I want is soul and funk," boasts Rapsody on "Don't Need It." Listen below.

She was in NYC earlier this month opening for Talib Kweli at two Brooklyn Bowl shows, and she's returning for her own show in August. That takes place at Santos Party House on 8/12. Tickets are on sale now. No word yet if this show is part of a longer tour.

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by Sadaaf Mamoon

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Sweetlife Fest 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Kendrick Lamar

Ever find your life lacking substantial entertainment? Well, if so, it's a good thing our pals at Fox News exist to flip that occasional boredom on its head. They've long been so very adept at analyzing the social correlates of hip hop, and their recent The Five panel reportage re: Kendrick Lamar doesn't disappoint (read: greatly disappoints).

As you may have seen, Kendrick opened the BET Awards this year with a raw, honest performance of "Alright" atop a vandalized police car, rapping "We hate po-po / Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho" with a huge American flag snapping behind him. Of course, Fox had something to say (and to keep your head shaking, they only subtitled certain lyrics to change the song meaning).

"Ugh, I don't like it... Personally, it doesn't excite me, it doesn't turn me on, it doesn't interest me, I'm not feelin' it" was the genius insight we got from Kimberly Guilfoyle. And then, from Geraldo Rivera:

It's not helpful at all. This is why I say hip-hop has done more damage to African-Americans than racism in recent years. This is exactly the wrong message. And then to conflate what happened in the church in Charleston, South Carolina with these tragic incidents involving excessive use of force by cops is to equate that racist killer with these cops - it is so wrong, it is so counterproductive, it gives exactly the wrong the message.

Kendrick appeared on TMZ Live today with an elegant response to Rivera's comments (via HipHopDX):

This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves. Rather [than] going out here and doing the murders myself, I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing. Not going out in the streets, go in the booth and talking about the situation and hoping these kids can find some type of influence on it in a positive manner. Coming from these streets and coming from these neighborhoods, we're taking our talents and putting 'em inside the studio.
He also added that Rivera took the "we hate po-po" line out of context and said, "you can't dilute the message." If you haven't seen it yet, you can watch that Fox News clip below.

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In other Kendrick news, the video for his Bilal collab, "Money Over Love" recently premiered. It's one of the singles off Bilal's fifth studio album, In Another Life, which Bilal has been on tour supporting. He hit NYC last night (7/1), with a show at Highline Ballroom (pictured above). Were you there? How was it?

Check out the "Money Over Love" video, and that Fox News segment, below...

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photo: Kendrick Lamar at Sweetlife Fest 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar put out the video for another track off his brilliant new album, To Pimp A Butterfly, "Alright." It's a black-and-white video directed by Colin Tilley and the Little Homies. You can watch it below.

Kendrick has been playing festivals lately, and has more coming up. All are listed here. TPAB collaborator Bilal will be in NYC this week.

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Philly neo-soul singer Bilal is releasing the followup to 2013's A Love Surreal next week (6/30) with In Another Life via eOne/Purpose Music Group. The record was produced by the great Adrian Younge (who also has a new album with Ghostface Killah on the way), and it features Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T. and Kimbra. You can listen to the Kendrick and K.R.I.T. collabs and a third album track below, and stream the whole LP via Pandora.

Bilal is also touring in support of the album. He kicks off in his hometown on release day, and the next night he'll be in NYC for a show on July 1 at Highline Ballroom. Adrian Younge will be on hand to DJ that show. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the song streams, below...

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Kendrick & Chance with Earth Wind & Fire (photo via Max)
Kendrick Chance

Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White had never met Kendrick Lamar until he saw Lamar and Chance the Rapper at the side of the stage during their late-night set and the band invited them out to freestyle.

"I knew who he was, but it wasn't planned," White said afterwards. "We stayed up there -- what -- 90 minutes? We were only supposed to be up there 70 minutes. You know, you just go. You don't think about it, you just keep going. He's in the band right now." [USA Today]

As the review quoted above points out, there was some generation-crossing collaboration going on at Bonnaroo yesterday (6/12) when veteran R&B/soul/funk band Earth Wind & Fire brought out rappers Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper during their set. You can check out a couple videos (via Pitchfork / Fake Shore Drive) below.

There was other generation crossing when Tears for Fears covered Radiohead's "Creep" (not for their first time) at the festival. We don't have a video of that at the moment, but we hear things got pretty emotional:

Bonnaroo continues today (6/13) with the Superjam, D'Angelo, Slayer, My Morning Jacket, Belle & Sebastian, Jamie xx, The War on Drugs, and more. If you're not there, you can stream the festival live, right HERE. Check out a recap of Thursday too.

Videos of Earth Wind, Fire, Kendrick & Chance below...

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Kendrick Lamar at Summer Jam 2015 (photo by @astroboyaki)
Summer Jam

While things didn't go down smoothly outside of Hot 97 Summer Jam yesterday (6/7), everything was fine inside the NYC-area hip hop festival, including Kendrick Lamar's headlining set. It marked the live debuts of "King Kunta," "The Blacker the Berry" and "Hood Politics" off his new album To Pimp A Butterfly. He also brought out Schoolboy Q for "Collard Greens" and "Studio," SZA (like at Sweetlife), this time for "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe," and Ab-Soul and viral celeb Welvan Da Great (who inspired Kendrick's character in Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video) for "Alright." Watch videos and check out the full setlist, below...

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photos by Mimi Hong

Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar

"Billy Idol is going to be on this stage," Mikaiah [of The Bots] told the crowd during their set. Adding, "Maybe he'll say hi to me backstage." And while it never actually played out that way, the brothers did see a whole lot of Tove Lo at her set a few hours later. "Her boobs were the highlight of the day for me," Mikaiah told Billboard. "She flashed the crowd three or four songs in!" [Billboard]
The Sweetlife Festival went down at Columbia, MD's Merriweather Post Pavillion this past weekend (May 30-31). Day 1 was headlined by Kendrick Lamar, who recently collaborated with festival founders Sweetgreen for the "Beets Don't Kale My Vibe" salad. Kendrick brought up Sweetgreen CEO Jonathan Neman for "m.A.A.d city" after asking a fan to come on stage and rap with him, but said the only qualification is you have to know every word to "m.A.A.d city." Jonathan... did not know the words and Kendrick very quickly kicked him off the stage. Instead he brought up another fan named Ayanna who did in fact know every word and was quite the enthusiastic performer too. Video of that is below.

Kendrick also brought out SZA during his set (video of them playing "Poetic Justice" below), and she also played her own set that day too. Her wardrobe at the fest was pretty revealing, but she kept it PG 13-rated, unlike pop singer Tove Lo, who seems to be making it a tradition of flashing her fans during concerts. Video of her doing so at Sweetlife (which you shouldn't watch at work) is below. As you can see above, The Bots were stoked.

Also on day 1 was Sinkane, and pictures of him, SZA and Kendrick are in this post. The Pixies played that day too. We missed them, but we did just catch them in NYC and NJ. Billy Idol and Lucius played that day too, and pictures of their sets are here.

More Sweetlife day 1 pictures and videos below...

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photos by Debi Del Grande

Future Islands / Run the Jewels / Tame Impala / Courtney Barnett / Kendrick Lamar
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4

Backed by a four-piece band, [Kendrick Lamar] bent the crowd to his will with roaring energy. He roamed the stage and made sure no side was ever too far away from him -- early on, he pit the right and left against each other in a cheer war, a tactic ensuring they'd be engaged for the evening.

Lamar's confidence seems beyond question -- this is the MC who dropped the "Control" verse, after all -- yet he didn't spend much time on the songs of this year's triumphant "To Pimp a Butterfly." An ferocious, intricate work, it pushed the MC to new heights -- or rather, old ones, the vintage achievements of jazz and soul. Their sounds permeate the album, illuminating the through-line of black American music in the way Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Common and other hip-hop innovators have before. Perhaps "King Kunta" and its fellows are too complicated to bring to life just yet: either way, when Lamar left the stage after 80 minutes, the audience wanted more. - [The Oregonian]

Sasquatch 2015 wrapped up on Memorial Day (5/25) with performances by Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Courtney Barnett, Natalie Prass & Ryan Adams, and more. Pictures from those performances and more are in this post.

Pictures from Sasquatch day 1 are HERE, day 2 are HERE and day 3 are HERE. More from day 4, below...

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Kamasi Washington

Jazz saxophonist/composer Kamasi Washington has been at it for over a decade -- early works include Young Jazz Giants, his quartet with Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat and others, who released a self-titled album in 2004 -- but he's been in the spotlight recently thanks to his contributions to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly and his debut album as a bandleader, The Epic, which came out earlier this month on Flying Lotus' label Brainfeeder. (Thundercat appears on this too.) Pitchfork gave the album Best New Music and wrote:

It's something of a gobsmacking paradox to discover what a hip-hop-free zone The Epic is, and how enamored of jazz's past it turns out to be. This triple-album set is an extravagant love letter to (among other things): soul jazz, John Coltrane (various periods), and 1970s fusion leaders like Miles Davis and Weather Report. The Epic's Disc 1 opener, "Change of the Guard", might as well be titled "We Love All Kinds of 'Trane". Its ringing opening piano chords sound almost entirely lifted from the playbook of McCoy Tyner, the pianist in Coltrane's so-called "Classic Quartet." (That's the group responsible for A Love Supreme.) The opening theme in the saxes is something that could only have been written after "Impressions". And the harmonious writing for Washington's string section recalls posthumous Coltrane releases like Infinity--tracks from which featured orchestral overdubs supervised by Alice Coltrane (who is, as you may have read, Flying Lotus's aunt).
He performed the album live at the Regent Theater in LA the day before it came out, and tonight (5/27) at 9 PM EST, NPR will broadcast it for all to hear. HIs band at that show included Thundercat once again, arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leading the orchestra and choir, and many more (LA Times has a good review). His only two upcoming dates at the moment are in LA and DC, but let's hope he makes it to NYC soon too.

Stream a track from the album and browse his tour schedule below...

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The 2015 Osheaga Festival happens July 31 - August 02 in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year's lineup includes St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Future Islands, Hot Chip, Nas, Father John Misty, Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Weezer and lots more. Festival passes are on sale now and the full Osheaga lineup is listed below...

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The Sweetlife Festival comes to Columbia, MD's Merriweather Post Pavillion on May 30-31 with a lineup of Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Pixies, Billy Idol, Phantogram, Charli XCX, Lucius, Vic Mensa, SZA, Raury, Sinkane, San Fermin, Goldlink, Bishop Nehru and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly is out now, and as a tweet from Beats By Dre points out, he'll be debuting the video for its track "King Kunta" today (4/1) at 6 PM on the Beats by Dre billboard in Times Square (46th and Broadway).

The video was filmed at the Compton Swap Meet, and directed by Director X. You can watch a preview below.

Kendrick returns to the NYC-area to headline Hot 97 Summer Jam in June.

UPDATE: The video's out now and can be watched below...

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photo: Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)

Outside Lands, which happens August 7-9 in San Francisco with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, D'Angelo, St. VIncent and more, announced its daily lineups today. Check those out below.

3-day passes are sold out, and single-day passes go on sale Thursday (4/2) at 10 AM PDT.

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Summer Jam

Hot 97 Summer Jam returns to East Rutherford, NJ's MetLife Stadium on June 7 this year, and the lineup is now announced. Kendrick Lamar (who's played the main stage and the side stage before) is headlining this year, and the rest of the main stage includes Big Sean, Fabolous, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino and more. The side stage has Travi$ Scott, Joey Bada$$, Dej Loaf and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Meek Mill and Dej Loaf also play the NYC-area when their tour with Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Tinashe hits Barclays Center, PNC Bank Arts Center and Susquehanna Bank Center this summer.

Big Sean plays the area when his tour with J. Cole, YG and Jeremih hits MSG, Susquehanna Bank Center and PNC Bank Arts Center.

Joey Bada$$ also has a Terminal 5 show.

photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)

Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.

Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

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Outside Lands

Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly and Starr Hill, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced [the] lineup for the eighth annual Outside Lands Festival. After four consecutive sold-out years, the world's only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone hailed as "one of America's best," and the Huffington Post called "a well-rounded cultural event," will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 7 - 9, 2015. While the Eager Beaver on sale had the fastest sell-out in the history of the festival, a limited number of 3-Day General Admission and VIP regular tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 26th at 10am PDT via SFOutsideLands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department. The festival has given more than $10 million to the department since its inception.
The full lineup for this year's fest is listed, and in Funny or Die video form, below...

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Kendrick Lamar released his acclaimed new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, this week and on Friday (3/20) he'll be at Rough Trade to sign copies of his CD. Details:

The first 2,000 fans who purchase Kendrick Lamar's CD "To Pimp a Butterfly" at Rough Trade NYC (64 N. 9th St, Brooklyn) starting at 1pm on 3/20 will receive a wristband for his signing that day at 4pm. The album must be purchased in the store to access the signing.
Once you get a wristband, you're allowed to come back and line up starting at 3 PM. And there's no vinyl yet... this is just CDs. Flyer for the Rough Trade signing event is below...

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Earlier this month, Kendrick Lamar took us by surprise when he revealed that his highly-anticipated followup to good kid, m.A.A.d city would be out in less than three weeks (3/23), but it turns out he's surprised us once again: It's out now!

The album's called To Pimp A Butterfly and it features contributions from George Clinton, Thundercat, Snoop Dogg, Ronald Isley, Bilal, James Fauntleroy, Rapsody and Anna Wise, with production from Flying Lotus, Pharrell Williams, Boi-1da and more. "Hood Politics" samples Sufjan Stevens' "All For Myself" and "How Much A Dollar Cost" appears to be sampling Radiohead's "Pyramid Song." That's the artwork above.

Download yours on iTunes, and stream it via Spotify below...

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Kendrick Lamar has recently dropped three singles, and now it appears he's officially announced his new album. It appears to be intricately tilted [Untitled] and that appears to be the intricate artwork above. Oh, and it's gonna be out in like two weeks (March 23).

UPDATE: It's actually called To Pimp a Butterfly and here's the album art.


Still no details on that new Kendrick Lamar album, but following the Grammy-award winning "i" and the song he debuted on Colbert, tonight he dropped another new single, "The Blacker the Berry," produced by Boi-1da. It's the most gritty of the three, as you can hear for yourself below...

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Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...

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