Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole have had a silent but plausible rivalry since breaking into the Hip Hop scene. However, their friendship remains intact even after Kendrick’s “Control” record. The two emcees have even hinted at the idea of possibly collaborating on a joint project. Today’s new music by each artist further proves that a joint album will only make Hip Hop that much better.
Listen below as the emcees released remixes of the most popular track off each other’s albums. J. Cole took on Kendrick’s “Alright,” and Kendrick put his spin on J. Cole’s “Tale of 2 Citiez.”
Jidenna’s sleeper summer anthem “Classic Man” is undoubtedly a contender for Hip Hop/R & B song of the year, and now comes the visual just to add more fuel to the heater. Fans of the track are treated to a video that features Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar as he crushes the song’s opening. You can also catch cameos by Janelle Monea, Hit-Boy, and Ty Dolla $ign.
Watch the party go down in Jidenna’s video for his “Classic Man” remix below. Be sure to let us know what you think by commenting below.
Fresh off of his invigorating performance of “Alright” at the 2015 BET Awards, Kendrick Lamar decides to drop a 7-minute visual to the single. The short film by Colin Tilley is very true to the song’s title. Filled with unembellished images of the police’s relationship with black America, “Alright” is a visual masterpiece. This visual takes Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly standout track to all new levels.
Watch Kendrick Lamar’s piece of art below and let us know what you think.
Earlier in the year Brooklyn resident Jidenna bestowed upon us a real clean and casual banger titled “Classic Man”. The smooth track has now transformed into a summer banger with the help of Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar. Signed to Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records label, Jidenna is most definitely an artist to watch. His debut album will be an EP entitled, Eephus, showcasingcollaborations with Roman GianArthur, St. Beauty, Deep Cotton, and Janelle Monáe herself.
Check out the newly remixed “Classic Man” by Jidenna featuring Kendrick Lamar below.
N.W.A. is finally back, and this time on the big screen. The legendary west coast supergroup will have their story told by Jonathan Herman and directed by F. Gary Gray. The film is set to revolve around the rise and fall of the Compton, California rap group. Check out the synopsis below.
“In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A, Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.”
The trailer for this epic biopic features words from Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and also Kendrick Lamar. The trio speak on the power that Hip Hop holds and how it ultimately gives oppressed societies strength and a voice that is hard to ignore.
N.W.A. may have seen their rise to stardom a few decades ago, but their message still hits home today. Racism, poverty, and oppression are still seen as challenges for today’s generation. The game hasn’t changed, only the players have.
The cast includes Eazy-E played by Jason Mitchell, Ice Cube played by O’Shea Jackson Jr., Dr. Dre played by Corey Hawkins, MC Ren played by Aldis Hodge and DJ Yella played by Neil Brown Jr. Paul Giamatti also has a role in the film as Jerry Heller aka the guy who ultimately broke up N.W.A.
The film is set to hit theaters August 14th of this year. Be sure to check it out this summer, but for now do yourself a favor and peep the trailer above.
Kendrick Lamar surprised all of us with his unexpected release of his latest album, To Pimp A Butterfly. With the album’s strange roll-out it almost seems that Kendrick Lamar himself was also surprised of the album’s release. The album was originally scheduled to drop on Monday, March 23rd; however, Internet trollers stumbled across the album in unique fashion last Sunday when the clean version of the LP was released via iTunes. This was later followed by an explicit release on Spotify, and then finally an official explicit release on iTunes.
Even with its awkward release, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly shattered Spotify’s single-day stream record, breaking the previous record set by Michael Buble‘s Christmas album. The groundbreaking album was streamed 9.6 million times in the 24 hours since its release and is on pace to blow away Kendrick’s previous album’s debut week numbers. This prediction is definitely a bold one, especially with good kid, m. A. A. d city being a critically acclaimed recently certified platinum album. However, don’t be shocked next week when Kendrick takes that number one spot on Billboard’s Hip-Hop charts with ease.