Here’s everyone that worked on Kendrick Lamar’s new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Here’s everyone that worked on Kendrick Lamar’s new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
The album features contributions from Blxst, Kodak Black, and Portishead’s Beth Gibbons among others.

By David Renshaw

May 13, 2022

Kendrick Lamar has released his long-awaited new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers and, as ever with the Compton rapper, there is a lot to unpack. Much of the intrigue around an album of this stature is just who Lamar would choose to work with on the follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize–winning 2017 full-length Damn. The album arrived on Friday, May 13, and has been dubbed his final album for Top Dawg Entertainment. As if to pave the way for the future, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers includes appearances from a number of artists affiliated with his new “multi-lingual, at service company” pgLang, including Baby Keem and Tanna Leone.

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Elsewhere, Portishead’s Beth Gibbons appears on “Mother I Sober” while Sampha and Summer Walker contribute vocals to “Father Time” and “Purple Hearts,” respectively. Taylour Paige, perhaps best known as an actor in the A24 movie Zola, appears on “We Cry Together.” That song also features narration from Lamar’s partner Whitney Alford and a notable sample of Florence + The Machine’s “June.”

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Lamar invites fellow rappers onto the album, too, with Ghostface Killah and Kodak Black both contributing, the latter on multiple tracks. Production across the 18-track album comes from Pharrell, Duval Timothy, the Alchemist, Beach Noise, Boi-1da, Sounwave, Dahi, FNZ, J.LBS, Bekon, and many more.

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See below for an in-depth breakdown of the Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers credits.

“United in Grief”

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Producer: Beach Noise, Duval Timothy, J.LBS, OKLAMA, Sounwave, Tim Maxey
Composer: Duval Timothy, J. Pounds, Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Matt Schaeffer, Sam Drew, Tim Maxey
Lyricist: Duval Timothy, J. Pounds, Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Matt Schaeffer, Sam Drew, Tim Maxey
Additional Producer: Beach Noise, Tim Maxey
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguez for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” Morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Kendrick Lamar
Assistant Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Sedrick Moore II
Engineer: Jonathan Turner, Johnny Kosich, Matt Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Narrator: Whitney Alford
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Anthony Vilchis, Johnathan Turner, Johnny Kosich, Manny Marroquin, Matt Schaeffer, Michelle Mancini, Ray Charles Brown Jr., SEdrick Moore II, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

“N95”

Producer: Boi-1da, Hykeem Carter, Jahaan Sweet, Sounwave
Composer: Hykeem Carter, Jahaan Akil Sweet, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Matthew Samuels, Sam Drew
Lyricist: Hykeem Carter, Jahaan Akil Sweet, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Matthew Samuels, Sam Drew
Additional Producer: Hykeem Carter
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguez for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” Morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Kendrick Lamar
Assistant Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Sedrick Moore II
Engineer: Matt Schaeffer
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroquin, Matt Schaeffer, Sedrick Moore II, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

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“Worldwide Steppers”

Producer: J.LBS, Sounwave, Tae Beast
Composer: Donte Lamar Perkins, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, P. Darnell, Sam Dw, V. Crane
Lyricist: Donte Lamar Perkins, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, P. Darnell, Sam Dw, V. Crane
Additional Producer: J.LBS
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguez for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” Morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Kendrick Lamar
Assistant Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Narrator: Bill K. Kapri
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Recording Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Matt Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Andrew Vilchis, Johnathan Turner, Manny Marroquin, Matt Schaeffer, Michelle Mancini, Ray Charles Brown Jr., Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

“Die Hard” featuring Blxst & Amanda Reifer

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Producer: Dahi, FNZ, Hykeem Carter, J.LBS, Sounwave
Composer: Amanda Reifer, D. Natche, Hykeem Carter, Isaac John De Boni, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar, M. SMITH, M. Spears, Matthew Burdette, Michael John Mulé, R. SMITH, Sam Dew, Thundercat, Victor Ekpo
Lyricist: Amanda Reifer, D. Natche, Hykeem Carter, Isaac John De Boni, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar, M. SMITH, M. Spears, Matthew Burdette, Michael John Mulé, R. SMITH, Sam Dew, Thundercat, Victor Ekpo
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguez for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” Morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Amanda Reifer, Blxst, Grandmaster Vic, Hykeem Carter, Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat
Assistant Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Wesley Seidman
Bass: Thundercat
Co-producer: FNZ
Drums: Hykeem Carter
Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Johnny Kosich, Matt Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr.

“Father Time” featuring Sampha

Producer: Beach Noise, Bekon, Dahi, Duval Timothy, Sounwave, Victor Ekpo
Composer: D. Natche, Daniel Tannenbaum, Duval Timothy, Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, K. Jones, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Matthew Schaeffer, Sampha Sisay, Victor Ekpo
Lyricist: D. Natche, Daniel Tannenbaum, Duval Timothy, Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, K. Jones, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Matthew Schaeffer, Sampha Sisay, Victor Ekpo
Additional Producer: Duval Timothy, Victor Ekpo
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguez for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” Morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Bekon, Dahi, Kendrick Lamar, Sampha, Sounwave
Assistant Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Brandon Wood, Kaushlesh “Gary” Purohit, Rob Bisel, Sedrick Moore II, Tristan Bott
Bass: Bekon
Drums: Sounwave
Engineer: Charles Brown Jr., James Hunt, Johnathan Turner, Johnny Kosich, Matt Schaeffer
Featured Artist: Sampha
Keyboards: Bekon
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Narrator: Whitney Alford
Programming: Dahi
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Anthony Vilchis, Brandon Wood, Charles Ray Brown Jr., James Hunt, Johnathan Turner, Johnny Kosich, Kauslesh “Gary” Purohit, Manny Marroquin, Matt Schaeffer, Michelle Mancini, Rob Bisel, Sedrick Moore II, Trey Station, Tristan Bott, Zach Pereyra
Vocalist: Sampha

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“Rich (Interlude)”

Producer: Duval Timothy
Composer/Lyricist: Bill K. Kapri, Duval Timothy, Sam Dew
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Kendrick Lamar
Engineer: Derek Garcia, Johnathan Turner, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Erwing Olivares
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Anthony Vilchis, Derek Garcia, Erwing Olivares, Johnathan Turner, Manny Marroquin, Michelle Mancini, Ray Charles Brown Jr., Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

“Rich Spirit”

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Producer: Dahi, Sounwave, franO
Composer: A. Thomas, D Dennis, D. Natche, Frano Huette, G. Jackson, Kendrick Lamar, M. Hall, M. Spears, Sam Dew
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Dahi, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Dew, Sounwave, franO
Assistant Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd
Background Vocalist: Sam Dew
Bass: Dahi
Drums: Sounwave
Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Keyboards: franO
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Percussion: Dahi
Programming: Dahi, franO
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Anthony Vilchis, Johnathan Turner, Manny Marroquin, Michelle Mancini, Ray Charles Brown Jr., Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

“We Cry Together” featuring Taylour Paige

Producer: Bekon, J.LBS, The Alchemist
Composer/Lyricist: Daniel Alan Maman, Daniel Tannenbaum, F. Welch, G. Peacock, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar
Additional Producer: Bekon
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Brandon Blatz, Curtis “Sircuit” Bye
Associate Performer: Kendrick Lamar, Taylour Paige
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Brandon Wood, Logan Haynes, Tristan Bott
Co-producer: J.LBS
Engineer: Matt Schaeffer
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixser: Cyrus “NOIS” Taghipour, Derek “MixsedByAli” Ali
Narrator: Whitney Alford
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Recording Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Brandon Blatz, Brandon Wood, Curtis “Sircuit” Bye, Cyrus “NOIS” Taghipour, Derek “MixsedByAli” Ali, Johnathan Turner, Logan Haynes, Matt Schaeffer, Michelle Mancini, Ray Charles Brown Jr., Tristan Bott
Vocalist: Taylour Paige

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“Purple Hearts” featuring Summer Walker & Ghostface Killah

Producer: Beach Noise, DJ Khalil, J.LBS, Sounwave
Composer/Lyricist: Anthony Dixon, Dennis COles, J. Pounds, Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar, Khalil Abdul-Rahman, M. Spears, Matthew Schaeffer, Sam Dew, Summer Walker
Additional Producer: Beach Noise, J.LBS
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Ghostface Killah, Kendrick Lamar, Summer Walker
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Evan Fulcher
Engineer: David “Dos Dias” Bishop, Johnny Kosich
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Rap Vocalist: Ghostface Killah, Kendrick Lamar
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Turner, Matt Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr., Raymond J Scavo III
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd, Anthony Vilchis, David “Dos Dias” Bishop, Evan Fulcher, Jonathan Turner, Johnny Kosich, Manny Marroquin, Matt Schaeffer, Michelle Mancini, Ray Charles Brown Jr., Raymond J Scavo III, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

“Count Me Out”

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Producer: Dahi, J.LBS, Oklama, Sounwave, Tim Maxey
Composer: D. Natche, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Sam Dew
Additional Producer: Tim Maxey
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: D. Natche, Dahi, Danny McKinnon, Denis Sotoudmire, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd
Background Vocalist: D. Natche
Bass: Danny McKinnon, J. Pounds
Choir: Anneston Pisayavong, Brenton Calvin Lockett, Bryce Xavier, Immryr LoBasso Spencer, Jaheen King Tombs, Sydney Bourne, Paris Burton
Choir Arranger: Denise Stoudmire
Drums: Dahi
Guitar: Danny McKinnon
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Narrator: Eckhart Tolle
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar

“Crown”

Producer: Duval Timothy
Composer/Lyricist: Duval Timothy, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Dew
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Kendrick Lamar
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Johnny Morgan
Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Matt Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar

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“Silent Hill” featuring Kodak Black

Producer: Beach Noise, Boi-1da, Jaheen Sweet, Sounwave
Composer/Lyricist: Beach Noise (Matthew, Johnny, Jake), Bill K. Kapri, Jahaan Akil Sweet, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Matthew Samuels
Additional Producer: Beach Noise
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Kendrick Lamar, Kodak Black
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Wesley Seidman
Engineer: Derek Garcia, Johnathan Turner, Matt Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar, Kodak Black

“Savior – Interlude”

Producer: J.LBS, Oklama, Sounwave
Composer/Lyricist: Hykeem Carter, J. Pounds, M. Spears, Oklama
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Narrator: Eckhart Tolle
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar

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“Savior” featuring Baby Keem, Sam Dew

Producer: Cardo, J.LBS, Mario Luciano, Oklama, Rascal, Sounwave
Composer/Lyricist: Daniel Tannenbaum, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Mario Luciano, Rascal, Ronald LaTour, Sam Dew, Tommy Paxton-Beesley
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Baby KEem, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Dew
Co-Producer: Mario Luciano, Rascal
Engineer: Andrew Boyd, James Hunt, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Vocalist: Sam Dew

“Auntie Diaries”

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Producer: Beach Noise, Bekon, Bekon & the Donuts, Craig Balmoris, Sergiu Gherman, Tyler Mehlenbacher
Composer/Lyricist: Craig Balmoris, Daniel Krieger, Daniel Tannenbaum, Homer Steinweiss, Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar, Matt Schaeffer, Sergiu Gherman, Tyler Mehlenbacher
Additional Producer: Beach Noise
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Daniel Krieger, Daniel Tannenbaum, Homer Steinweiss, Kendrick Lamar
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd, Hannah Kacmarsky, Thomas Warren, Zach Acosta
Background Vocalist: Daniel Tannenbaum
Drums: Homer Steinweiss
Engineer: Chad Gordon, James Hunt, Jonathan Turner, Johnny Kosich, Matt Anthony, Matt Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Guitar: Daniel Krieger
Keyboards: Daniel Tannenbaum
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Strings: Daniel Tannenbaum
Synthesizer: Daniel Tannenbaum

“Mr. Morale” featuring Tanna Leone

Producer: Pharrell Williams
Composer/Lyricist: Avante Santana, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Sam Dew
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Kendrick Lamar, Mike Larson
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Narrator: Eckhart Tolle
Programming: Mike Larson
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Recording Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Ray Charles Brown Jr.

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“Mother I Sober” featuring Beth Gibbons of Portishead

Producer: Bekon, J.LBS, Sounwave
Composer/Lyricist: Beth Gibbons, Daniel Tannenbaum, J. Pounds, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Sam Dew, Thundercat
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Asst. Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd
Bass: Thundercat
Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Matthew Schaeffer, Ray Charles Brown Jr.
Featured Artist: Beth Gibbons
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Strings: Grandmaster Vic
Vocalist: Beth Gibbons

“Mirror”

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Producer: Bekon, Craig Balmoris, Dahi, Sergiu Gherman, Sounwave, Tim Maxey, Tyler Mehlenbacher
Composer: Bekon, Craig Balmoris, D. Natche, Daniel Krieger, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Sergiu Gherman, Stuart Johnson, Tim Maxey, Tyler Mehlenbacher
Lyricist: Bekon, Craig Balmoris, D. Natche, Daniel Krieger, Kendrick Lamar, M. Spears, Sergiu Gherman, Stuart Johnson, Tim Maxey, Tyler Mehlenbacher
Additional Producer: Tim Maxey
A&R: Brock Korsan, Kevin Rodriguex for pgLang
A&R Coordinator: Juanita “Niya” morton for pgLang
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Bekon, Dahi, Daniel Krieger, Kendrick Lamar, Sounwave, Stuart Johnson
Assistant Recording Engineer: Johnny Morgan, Wesley seidman
Background Vocalist: Bekon
Bass: Bekon
Drums: Dahi, Sounwave
Engineer: Johnathan Turner, Matt Anthony, Matt Schaeffer
Guitar: Daniel Krieger
Keyboards: Bekon
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Narrator: Bill K. Kapri
Percussion: Bekon, Stuart Johnson
Programming: Bekon, Dahi, Sounwave
Rap Vocalist: Kendrick Lamar
Strings: Bekon

Kendrick Lamar announces The Big Steppers Tour

Kendrick Lamar announces The Big Steppers Tour
The international tour runs from July through December and features support from Baby Keem and Tanna Leone.

By Raphael Helfand

May 13, 2022

Photo by Renell Medrano.

 

Kendrick Lamar released Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, his fifth studio album and first multi-track project in half a decade, Friday at midnight. And today, he’s announced a five-month, international journey to promote the record, with support from Baby Keem and Tanna Leone.

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The new double LP comprises 18 tracks with contributions from a veritable army of hyper-talented composers, producers, and guest vocalists such as Ghostface Killah, Kodak Black, Summer Walker, Sampha, and Blxst, as well as Kendrick’s newly announced touring partners.

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The Big Steppers Tour starts July 19th at Oklahoma City’s Paycom Center and ends December 16 at Auckland, New Zealand’s Spark Arena, crossing North America, Europe, and Oceania in the interim.

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Check out The Big Steppers Tour poster and full schedule below. Tickets to all shows will be available for exclusive presale to Cash App customers only on Monday 19 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time. The general sale begins the May 20 at 12 p.m. local time.

The Big Steppers Tour art, courtesy of Live Nation.

 

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The Big Steppers Tour 2022

July 19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
July 21 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
July 22 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
July 23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
July 24 – Miami, FL – Rolling Loud
July 27 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
July 29 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
July 30 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
July 31 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
August 2 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
August 4 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
August 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
August 6 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
August 7 – Long Island, NY – UBS Arena
August 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
August 10 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
August 12 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
August 13 – Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
August 14 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
August 16 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
August 18 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
August 19 – Chicago, IL – United Center
August 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Xcel Energy Center
August 21 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
August 23 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
August 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
August 26 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
August 27 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
August 28 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
August 30 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
August 31 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
September 1 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
September 6 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
September 7 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
September 9 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
September 10 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
September 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena
September 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena

October 7 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome
October 10 – Prague, CZ – O2 Arena
October 11 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena
October 13 – Hamburg, DE – Barclays Arena
October 15 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena
October 17 – Stockholm, SE – Avicii Arena
October 19 – Oslo, NO – Telenor Arena
October 21 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
October 24 – Stuttgart, DE – Scheleyerhalle
October 25 – Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion
October 26 – Laussane, CH – Vaudoise Aréna
October 28 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
October 30 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
October 31 – Frankfurt, DE – Festhalle
November 2– Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
November 3 – Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
November 4 – Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena
November 5 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
November 7 – London, UK – The O2
November 8 – London, UK – The O2
November 13 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena
November 16 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena

December 1 – Perth, AU – RAC Arena
December 4 – Melbourne, AUS– Rod Laver Arena
December 8 – Sydney, AU – Qudos Bank Arena
December 12 – Brisbane, AU – Entertainment Center
December 16 – Auckland, NZ – Spark Arena

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Listen to Kendrick Lamar’s new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Listen to Kendrick Lamar’s new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
The Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper’s fifth album is finally here.

By Jordan Darville, Raphael Helfand

May 13, 2022

Kendrick Lamar. Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS.

 

Kendrick Lamar has shared his surprise fifth studio LP, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. The 18-track project features Sampha, Blxst, Baby Keem, Kodak Black, Summer Walker, Ghostface Killah, Beth Gibbons of Portishead, and more. Stream it below on Apple Music and Spotify.

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Kendrick announced Mr. Morale in April by tweeting a link to his new blog-format website, oklama.com, and teased the project’s arrival last week with a cryptic post to said site. On Sunday, he followed that post with the project’s lead single, “The Heart Part 5.” According to The FADER’s Son Raw, the song is a “masterclass in non-preachy urgency,” arriving alongside a video that finds Lamar face-morphing into O.J. Simpson, Kanye West, Will Smith, Kobe Bryant, Jussie Smullett, and Nipsey Hussle. He revealed the record’s cover art, shot by Renell Medrano, on Wednesday.

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Lamar’s last album, 2017’s DAMN., was the first — and remains the only — rap album to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Though he’s apparently sitting on six albums’ worth of unreleased material, “The Heart Part 5” was his first official single since 2018. In the interim, he’s been featured on tracks by an exclusive list of artists including Beyoncé, Busta Rhymes, and J. Cole.

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Early last month, he won his 14th Grammy, splitting the Best Rap Performance award with his cousin Baby Keem for their joint track, “Family Ties.” And later in April, Keem brought him onstage during his Coachella set (“an audition for superstardom,” Donald Morrison wrote for The FADER).

Kendrick performed alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, and surprise guest 50 Cent at the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show in February. In June, he’ll co-headline Glastonbury 2022 with Paul McCartney, and in July, he’ll top the bill at Rolling Loud Miami 2022 next Ye and Future.

Outside music, Lamar launched pgLang, a “multi-lingual, at service company” with former Top Dawg Entertainment president Dave Free in March 2020. He narrated a Nike tribute to Kobe Bryant in August of that year and collaborated on a Calvin Klein campaign the following January. At the start of this year, he announced his involvement as a producer of a forthcoming comedy film directed by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

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Kendrick Lamar shares Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers cover art

Kendrick Lamar shares Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers cover art
His anticipated fifth studio LP arrives this Friday.

By Raphael Helfand

May 11, 2022

Photo by Santiago Bluguermann/Getty Images.

 

Kendrick Lamar has shared the cover artwork for his fifth studio LP, Pitchfork reports. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is due out this Friday via Top Dawg Entertainment. The Compton rapper posted the image, a photograph by Renell Medrano, to Instagram Wednesday afternoon, captioned simply with the forthcoming album’s title. Check it out below.

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Mr. Morale‘s rollout has been succinct and cryptic, in keeping with Kendrick’s move away from the public light in recent years. His album announcement came last week in the form of a picture of two burnt discs posted to his bloggy website, oklama.com. Over the weekend, he followed the news with the record’s lead single, “The Heart Part 5,” along with a video that found him face-morphing into O.J. Simpson, Ye, and others. Read Son Raw’s essay on the recent track here.

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Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5” is a masterclass in non-preachy urgency

Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5” is a masterclass in non-preachy urgency

In the lead-up to his album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, we got an unexpected reminder of why Lamar remains an essential voice.

By Son Raw

May 10, 2022

“The Heart Part 5” video by Dave Free and Kendrick Lamar

 

Kendrick Lamar isn’t like other rappers. Let every other artist competing for rap’s throne jockey for position via social media campaigns, mixtapes, cheap co-branding, and market-tested singles: King Kunta floats above it all like a hip-hop mystic, descending from his mountain a couple of times a decade to bless the masses with scripture. It’s not that he won’t tie a single to the NBA Finals or drop a quick EP of leftovers to keep the fans fed — it’s that even these pragmatic moves have a weight to them. The man can try to bring ‘top of the morning’ back into popular parlance, rap in a Hulk Hogan voice, and midwife an entire Baby Keem project, but cultural commentators will still dissect every bar for hidden meanings and impact on the discourse.

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“The Heart Part 5,” the latest entry in Kendrick’s series of pre-album, state-of-the-union mission statements, leans into the near messianic fervor that surrounds his music, while subtly deconstructing it. Built on a sleek, modern reconstruction of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” by duo Beach Noise, the track is, above all, red meat for rap fans — a torrent of rapid-fire rhyming meant to remind everyone from Black Twitter to academia to hoods worldwide that Kendrick is the best rapper alive. It’s also an indictment of the toxicity fueling contemporary culture, and a letter from one great Angelo rapper to another. None of this is new territory for Kendrick, but it remains an extremely potent brew, as no other artist, from the deepest underground emcee to the flightiest major label plant, has been able to match his combination of fiery bars, meaningful commentary, and spiritual energy.

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The Marvin Gaye connection is key, tying Kendrick’s music to that of previous generational talents that once anointed themselves as voices of the people. Like Marvin, Stevie, or Prince, the name Kendrick is now a shorthand for Black excellence, a responsibility that once threatened to derail him as he made To Pimp A Butterfly, but one that he now carries with humility and grace. Few rappers have done well when burdened with such expectations: Nas ran away from them after Illmatic, 2Pac was murdered living up to them, and Jay-Z cannily channeled them towards lucrative ends while losing popular support. Kendrick avoids these pitfalls by making himself scarce, with a release schedule closer to fellow left-of-center icons like Q-Tip or André 3000. But whereas their minimalist output over the past two decades implies a lack of urgency, Kendrick’s feels like a dedication to craft. If we have to wait a half-decade between albums, well, that’s the time classics take.

None of which makes “The Heart Part 5” an obvious move. It’s one thing to sample a beloved soul staple like “I Want You”; it’s another thing entirely to lift the song’s groove and hook to then use them for an extended meditation on Black culture and one’s position within it. A record collection of boomer classics and a desire to say something do not an icon make. At first glance, on paper, “The Heart…” might even read as preachy, with Kendrick’s attacks on the culture smelling faintly of the moralism that occasionally turns the odd detractor off from his music. Put it all together, however — the beat, the words, Kendrick’s cadence, and intonation — and the song quickly becomes more than the sum of its parts, a scathing indictment of the systems and mechanisms that keep America’s Black population at the mercy of circumstance. Infidelity, incarceration, gun violence, poverty – Kendrick refuses to accept these facets of life as an inevitable part of the culture, all without blaming people he knows are victims of forces beyond their control.

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“The Heart Part 5” was meant to create a buzz, and it accomplishes this mission flawlessly, inviting commentary and analysis from rap nerds, pop culture prognosticators, and credentialed eggheads in equal measure.

By “The Heart”’s second and third verses, Kendrick’s true subject comes into focus, and the song reveals itself to be a letter to the late great Nipsey Hussle, one of a cohort of Black artists senselessly murdered over the past several years. This shift towards the personal, first as words directed towards Nipsey and then as a missive spit from his perspective in the afterlife, instantly ups the ante. No longer criticism from an aloof superstar, Kendrick’s worry, grief, and regret take center stage as he works through the difficult reality that Nipsey passed away from gun violence giving back to his hometown, while Kendrick himself was thousands of miles away performing in Argentina. Suddenly, Kendrick rapping once every four years while keeping out of the public eye seems less like the eccentric quirk of a rarified artist, and more of a defense mechanism against a culture that would see him dead, no matter how beloved he might be.

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If the song serves as a virtuoso display of verbal gymnastics and self-reflection, the video… doesn’t quite stick the landing. A single shot performance against a burgundy backdrop, the visual uses deepfake technology to morph Kendrick’s features into approximations of O.J. Simpson, Kanye West, Jussie Smollett, Will Smith, Kobe Bryant, and finally Nipsey Hussle. It’s a neat trick, but it only serves to cheapen Kendrick’s words by tethering them to the plights of Black celebrity and the disposable, fly-by-night news cycle. “Hurt people hurt people” has a certain Zen profundity, but it loses that depth once you tie it to Will Smith’s Oscar slap. Granted, “The Heart” series has never been about long-term staying power, with every song serving as a snapshot of Kendrick’s mind state in the current moment ahead of albums the artist knows will be scrutinized for decades to come, but it does call into question whether the rapper’s post-TDE venture, the cryptic media firm pgLang, can serve as more than a vehicle for future Kendrick albums.

Not that it matters: “The Heart Part 5” was meant to create a buzz, and it accomplishes this mission flawlessly, inviting commentary and analysis from rap nerds, pop culture prognosticators, and credentialed eggheads in equal measure. In an era when hip-hop is simultaneously a subculture, Black culture writ large, and mass pop culture, Kendrick Lamar is the sole emcee who commands the attention of all listeners, a nearly impossible feat in the era of Twitter teardowns and the problematic fave. We probably won’t listen to “The Heart Part 5” come Friday, certainly not if the forthcoming Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers turns out to be a double album’s worth of classics to dissect. But until then, it’s a potent reminder that this is Kendrick Lamar’s universe, and the rest of the rap industry is just orbiting around him.

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Kendrick Lamar becomes O.J. Simpson, Kanye West, Jussie Smollett, and more in “The Heart Part 5” video

Kendrick Lamar becomes O.J. Simpson, Kanye West, Jussie Smollett, and more in “The Heart Part 5” video
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is out on may 13.

By Jordan Darville

May 08, 2022

Kendrick Lamar has shared a new song and music video. “The Heart Part 5” is the latest installment in a series of non-album singles that began in 2010, though there’s a possibility that it could be included on Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, the new Kendrick Lamar album out on May 13.

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The song begins with Kendrick thanking his fans, family, and teachers, before launching into a blistering critique of modern notions of culture. Throughout the video, directed by Lamar and Dave Free, Kendrick’s face gets deep faked into different – and often controversial – Black men like O.J. Simpson, Kanye West, Will Smith, and Jussie Smollett. In the song’s final verse, rapped from the perspective of someone taken before their time, Lamar transforms into Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle. Watch above.

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Earlier this week, Lamar posted a picture on his website oklama.com that strongly suggested Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers will be a double album. He won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance for his appearance on Baby Keem’s “Family Ties,” and is slated to headline both Glastonbury and Rolling Loud Miami. Damn, Lamar’s 2017 album, won numerous awards including a Pulitzer Prize for Music.

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Kendrick Lamar prompts double album speculation with new picture

Kendrick Lamar prompts double album speculation with new picture
Lamar is releasing his new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers on May 13. On Tuesday, he updated his website on Tuesday to include a picture of two CDs: one labeled “Morale” and the other “Steppers.”

By Jordan Darville

May 03, 2022

Kendrick Lamar. Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS.

 

Remember when Kanye had a blog? That was an era. It was revolutionary at the time for a mega-celebrity to post their unfiltered thoughts free of charge on the internet, an idea that’s pretty quaint now. Ever the revolutionary, Kendrick Lamar has turned his site oklama.com into a cryptic blog of thoughts where even the more direct statements, like the one announcing his final T.D.E. album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, aren’t entirely straightforward.

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That’s important to keep in mind when viewing Lamar’s latest oklama update. It shows a hand (probably his!) holding a book titled Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, as well as two CDs, labeled “Morale” and “Steppers.” The internet is rife with speculation that this means a double album is incoming, which, yeah, that would be my understanding as well. It would be a colossal fuck up to share an image so clearly implying two albums and then not deliver one; then again, he’s holding a book in the image as well, and I’ve yet to see anyone suggesting that a novel will accompany the album, however long it is. We’ve reached out to Kendrick’s representatives and we’ll let you know if we hear back.

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Watch Baby Keem bring out Kendrick Lamar at Coachella

Watch Baby Keem bring out Kendrick Lamar at Coachella
To perform “Family Ties” and “Vent.”

By Sandra Song

April 23, 2022

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Baby Keem made his latest set a family affair.

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Last Friday, the rapper wowed Coachella with a high-energy set that included popular hits like “Orange Soda,” as well as a special appearance by Brett Faiyaz, who helped Keem perform their song “Lost Souls” together.

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However, fans were also left wondering whether Keem would bring older cousin Kendrick Lamar onstage to perform their track “Family Ties,” which recently earned them a Grammy for Best Rap Performance. And though Kendrick wasn’t there for Keem’s first show, he did end up making it for his weekend two set on Friday night, during which they performed “Family Ties” and “Vent.”

Both songs are taken from Keem’s 2021 album The Melodic Blue. Meanwhile, Kendrick just announced that his “final TDE album,” Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, will be released on May 13. It will be his first record since 2017’s critically acclaimed DAMN.

Read our review of Keem’s Coachella debut here. You can also watch Keem and Kendrick’s joint performance below.

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Kendrick Lamar announces new album title, release date

Kendrick Lamar announces new album title, release date
The rapper’s fifth album Mr Morale & The Big Steppers is out on May 13, 2022.

By Jordan Darville

April 18, 2022

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Kendrick Lamar has finally revealed key details of his long-awaited fifth studio album. The Los Angeles rapper tweeted a link to his website oklama.com with a new press release announcing the album’s title as Mr Morale & The Big Steppers with a release date of May 13, 2022.

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Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is the follow-up to 2017’s Damn, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Music and Best Rap Album at the 2018 Grammys. The new album will be Lamar’s last for Top Dawg Entertainment, the label run by Anthony Tiffith that has released all of his albums so far. “I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years,” Lamar said in an open letter. “May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators.”

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Lamar’s new music will likely be released in association with pgLang, the new creative venture he’s launched with Dave Free. Since launching in 2020, pgLang has worked on a Calvin Klein campaign and released Baby Keem‘s album The Melodic Blue. “Family Ties,” the Baby Keem song featuring Lamar, won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance at this year’s ceremony.

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Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar win Best Rap Performance at the 2022 Grammys

Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar win Best Rap Performance at the 2022 Grammys
Their 2021 hit “Family Ties” beat out tracks by Cardi B, J. Cole, Drake, and Megan Thee Stallion for the award.

By Jordan Darville

April 03, 2022

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Baby Keem‘s “Family Ties” featuring Kendrick Lamar won the Best Rap Performance award at the 64th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tonight marked Baby Keem’s first Grammy win and Kendrick Lamar’s 14th.

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The other nominees in the category were “Up” by Cardi B, “My Life” by J. Cole featuring 21 Savage and Morray, “Way Too Sexy” by Drake featuring Future & Young Thug, and “THOT Shit” by Megan Thee Stallion.

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Follow The FADER’s rolling coverage of the 64th annual Grammy Awards and keep up with all of this year’s winners here.

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Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney named as Glastonbury 2022 headliners

Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney named as Glastonbury 2022 headliners
The U.K. festival has rolled out its first raft of names with Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, and Charli XCX also on the bill.

By David Renshaw

March 04, 2022

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This years Glastonbury festival will be headlined by Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney. They join previously announced headliner Billie Eilish at the U.K. event, which takes place on June 22-26. Both McCartney and Lamar were booked to play at the festival last year before it was canceled due to production issues linked to the COVID pandemic.

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In addition to the headliners, Glastonbury rolled out a raft of line-up additions on Friday with more than half of the 89 new names comprising of women artists. Chief among them are Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, TLC, Arlo Parks, Mitski, Clairo, Jessie Ware, Tems, Phoebe Bridgers, Kacey Musgraves, Lorde, Little Simz, and Charli XCX.

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Speaking to the BBC in 2020 festival co-organiser Emily Eavis stated that gender parity was the way forward for Glastonbury line-ups. “Our future has to be 50/50,” she told the BBC at the time. Diana Ross will take the hugely popular Sunday “teatime legend” position this year. Previous artists to have taken the slot include Dolly Parton and Lionel Richie.

The eclectic festival, which hosts 250,000 people on Worthy Farm in Sussex, will feature a myriad of bands across four days of live music including Wolf Alice, TURNSTILE, Idles, Wet Leg, Metronomy, HAIM, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Glass Animals, Foals, Fontaines D.C., Black Midi, and Big Thief.

Headliner McCartney will turn 80 prior to the festival in June, making him the oldest person to top the bill in its history. 20-year-old Eilish, meanwhile, will be the youngest ever headliner.

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Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Future to headline Rolling Loud Miami 2022

Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Future to headline Rolling Loud Miami 2022
Saweetie, City Girls, Playboi Carti, Lil Baby, and more will also line-up at the July festival.

By David Renshaw

March 02, 2022

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Rolling Loud Miami has announced Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Future as headliners for its 2022 event. The festival, which takes place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on July 22-24, will also include appearances Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, Baby Keem, Lil Baby, Gunna, Lil Durk, Saweetie, $not, City Girls, Gucci Mane, Three 6 Mafia, Flo Milli, G Herbo, and more. See below for the full line-up poster.

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Kendrick Lamar recently appeared alongside Dr. Dre as part of the Super Bowl halftime show. He recently announced a new live date at the Ippodromo SNAI San Siro in Milan as part of the Milano Summer Festival in June. Kanye West, meanwhile, recently shared new album Donda 2 via his own Stem Player. The follow-up to 2021’s Donda features Future as an executive producer.

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Watch Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and Mary J. Blige’s Super Bowl halftime show

Watch Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and Mary J. Blige’s Super Bowl halftime show
An all-star greatest hits set from a collection of rap and R&B giants.

By David Renshaw

February 14, 2022

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Dr. Dre was joined by Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and Mary J. Blige during the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show. You can watch the whole set here and check out highlights below. The all-star line-up delivered a greatest hits set at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California during the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and eventual winners Los Angeles Rams.

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incredible halftime show at the @NFL #SuperBowl ,what a blue explosion and what a yellow night, but some are not prepared for this! pic.twitter.com/yfLl2hmA07

— @JEAN CARLO GARCÍA (@JEANCAR70352943) February 14, 2022

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Dre and Snoop opened the 15-minute set, produced by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, with “The Next Episode” and Tupac’s “California Love.” The first guest of the night then joined the party when 50 Cent, recreating his upside down pose from the music video, performed “In Da Club.” Soon after 50’s cameo Marty J. Blige performed her hits “Family Affair” and “No More Drama.”

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mary j. blige performing ‘family affair’ and ‘no more drama’ at the super bowl halftime show 🔥 #SuperBowl
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— 2000s (@PopCulture2000s) February 14, 2022

Kendrick Lamar’s segment of the performane comprised “m.A.A.d city.” and “Alright” while Eminem received arguably the biggest crowd reaction of the evening when the opening riff of his “Lose Yourself” rang around the stadium. Anderson .Paak, one of the many Dr. Dre proteges on stage, played drums for Eminem, who ended his time on stage by kneeling in a move seemingly in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. The show came to a close with Snoop and Dre coming together once more for “Still D.R.E.”

Kendrick Lamar’s full performance at the #SuperBowl halftime show pic.twitter.com/QQte9OpzOm

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Kendrick Lamar to produce comedy film with South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone

Kendrick Lamar to produce comedy film with South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone
The untitled project will be written by Wonder Showzen’s Vernon Chatman.

By Jordan Darville

January 13, 2022

(L) Kendrick Lamar. Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS (R) Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Photo by Chris Hopkins/Getty Images.

 

Kendrick Lamar and Dave Free’s media company pgLang has signed on with South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone to produce a new feature-length comedy film, Deadline reports.

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The untitled film is written by Vernon Chatman, co-creator of the cult MTV dark comedy series Wonder Showzen and a writer on South Park for 20 seasons. Per Deadline, the film follows a Black man who reenacts slavery at a “living museum” who discovers that the ancestors of his white girlfriend were once the owners of his family. A director is not currently attached to the project and no release date has been announced.

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Terrace Martin announces new album Drones, enlists Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, and more

Terrace Martin announces new album Drones, enlists Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, and more
The project is out on November 5.

By Jordan Darville

November 02, 2021

Terrace Martin is an artist who has remained cool and compelling throughout his career as a jazz fusion artist and producer. His career has led to musical collaborations of all kinds, and Martin is breaking out his contact list for his feature-filled album Drones, out this Friday (November 5). Above, you can hear its lead single “Leave Us Be.”

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The guests on the album come from across the worlds of rap, hip-hop, R&B, soul, house music, and jazz. Kendrick Lamar, Cordae, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, and Smino will appear, as will Robert Glasper and Kamasi Washington, two of Martin’s three bandmates in the jazz supergroup Dinner Party. We’ll also hear Channel Tres, Celeste, Malaya, Kim Burrell and Hit-Boy across the album’s 13 tracks.

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The variance in the guests is reflective of Martin’s approach to the album, as he detailed in a press statement. “There are touches of R&B, touches of jazz, touches of hip-hop, touches of classical, Cuban music, West African music, house music. You’re going to hear all elements of Black music within this record. It’s not one element I can leave out if I call myself a true Black artist.”

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Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Eminem confirmed for 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show

Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Eminem confirmed for 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show
Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg will also be headliners of next year’s event.

By David Renshaw

October 01, 2021

Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, and Snoop Dogg have been confirmed to appear at the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show. The performance is scheduled to take place on February 13, 2022 in the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

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Confirming the news on Instagram, Dr. Dre wrote that the performance “will introduce the next saga of my career.” Kendrick Lamar, meanwhile, has been teasing new music in recent months.

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As part of the Halftime Show, Pepsi and the NFL will also support the launch of Regional School #1, a magnet high school in South Los Angeles that is set to open for students next fall as part of the LA Unified School District.

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The Weeknd headlined the 2021 Super Bowl Halftime Show, putting a reported $7M of his own money into the spectacular event.

Baby Keem to drop debut album the melodic blue this week via Kendrick Lamar’s pgLang

Baby Keem to drop debut album the melodic blue this week via Kendrick Lamar’s pgLang
Baby Keem’s new album will be out this Friday, September 10, and is the first record released on Kendrick Lamar’s new “at service company” pgLang.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 07, 2021

California rapper Baby Keem has announced that his debut album, the melodic blue, will be released this Friday, September 10, via pgLang, Kendrick Lamar’s mysterious new “multi-lingual, at service company” which is decidedly not a record label. The album will be distributed for pgLang via Columbia, an imprint of Sony. The follow-up to his 2019 mixtape Die For My Bitch, the melodic blue comes on the heels for a particularly hot streak for Keem: over the past month, he’s released “family ties”, a collaboration with his cousin, Kendrick Lamar, which will feature on the melodic blue, and featured on “Praise God”, from Kanye West’s Donda, with Travis Scott. The video for the former featured Normani. Over the past few months, Keem has also released “hooligan”, “sons & critics freestyle”, and “no sense”. View the trailer for the melodic blue above, and see the album’s cover art below.

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J. Cole Addresses Diddy Fight Over Kendrick Lamar on “Let Go My Hand” Track

J. Cole has seemingly addressed his 2013 fight with Diddy allegedly over Kendrick Lamar.

Mere hours after he dropped his album The Off-Season, J. Cole has become a trending topic on Instagram and Twitter. The reason, the rapper finally addressed a scuffle that reportedly went down with veteran rapper and producer Diddy at an after-party for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Urban Islandz reported on this in 2013 when multiple sources confirmed a melee did went down between the rap mogul and Cole, who was a young rapper in the game at the time.

The track in question, “Let Go My Hand” recounts the incident at the VMAs after-party in New York City.

On the song produced by DJ Dahi, Frank Dukes, Wu10, and Cole himself, the entertainer raps, “My last scrap was with Puff Daddy, who would’ve thought it?…I bought that ni**a album in seventh grade and played it so much…You would’ve thought my favorite rapper was Puff…Back then I ain’t know sh*t, now I know too much.”

Back in 2013, when the incident went down, it was rumored that Diddy was drunk and tried to spill liquor on fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar. Diddy was reportedly upset with Kendrick over a verse he sang on the single “Control”. The line went, “I’m Makaveli’s offspring, I’m the king of New York…King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both.”

Cole’s intervention in the Lamar incident was rumored to have led to a scuffle between him and Diddy and their respective entourages. Neither Cole nor Diddy acknowledged the incident when it went down.

Cole’s manager Ibrahim Hamad took to social media to address the matter. “The Internet is a crazy place you ni**az reporting sh*t with no facts, Cole ain’t get thrown out no party and he damn sure aint get beat up,” Hamad said shortly after the rumored incident.

Hamad wrote on Twitter back in 2013, “Ahhh the infamous and ever elusive Cole and Puff fade. What a night. Lol.”

The Internet is a crazy place you niggaz reporting shit with no facts, Cole ain't get thrown out no party and he damn sure aint get beat up

— Ibrahim H. (@KingOfQueenz) August 26, 2013

Thanks to the controversial lines, “Let Go My Hand” has already racked up 535,000 views on YouTube in just 12 hours. The Off-Season is Cole’s sixth studio album and the first to have features from other rappers.

Around the time of the incident, Diddy addressed the reports via Twitter saying, “I usually don’t address rumors but I got too much respect for my bro @JColeNC. We are friends. We just yell in public sometimes LOL #Fam.”

J. Cole responded to that tweet saying, “People will believe anything.”

I usually don't address rumors but I got too much respect for my bro @JColeNC. We are friends. We just yell in public sometimes LOL #Fam

— LOVE (@Diddy) August 26, 2013

people will believe anything

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) August 27, 2013

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Baby Keem and Travis Scott share “Durag Activity”

Baby Keem and Travis Scott share “Durag Activity”
Watch the mafia-style video for the duo’s new collaboration.

By David Renshaw

April 30, 2021

Baby Keem has dropped new song “Durag Activity” featuring Travis Scott. The BRICK!-produced song comes with a mob-themed video in which he and Scott join forces to escape a precarious situation. Check it out above.

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“Durag Activity” marks the first time LA rapper Keem has included a guest feature on one of his songs. Earlier this year he shared “no sense” while in 2020 he dropped just two tracks: “hooligan” and “sons & critics freestyle.” Scott, meanwhile, has appeared on songs by Erica Banks, Young Thug, and PARTYNEXTDOOR already this year.

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A press release states that the new song will appear on Keem’s upcoming album, due to be announced soon. “Durag Activity” is released via Kendrick Lamar and Dave Free’s pgLang, in partnership with Columbia Records.

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Drakeo The Ruler Claims He’s The Best Rapper In California & Snoop Dogg Only Got Older Fans

Drakeo The Ruler says he is the best rapper out of California and claims that Snoop Dogg fans are all over 30 as well as drop his new visual, “Pow Right In The Kisser.”

Showboating has become commonplace in the rap industry, and the younger artists always try to grab headlines by proclaiming their superiority. The latest to take this route is 26-year-old Drakeo The Ruler, whose been on the scene for about six years now. According to Drakeo, he’s the best rapper in California at the moment. Following a social media outburst, he gave himself the crown. That means he thinks that he’s better than veteran Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar.

He was the focus of media last year following his acquittal of several serious charges, including first-degree murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder. He first faced those charges in 2019 and once again in 2020. He was freed from prison in November 2020 and welcomed home to much fanfare.

He even blasted Drake during his social media tirade, even though the two recently released the successful single “Talk To Me.” He seems to be definitely calling out LA-based rappers as well. In one of the Tweets that he made earlier today, March 15, he said: “I AM THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE TO EVER COME OUT OF CALIFORNIA AND ITS NOT UP FOR DEBATE !!! FUCC WHOEVER FEEL SOME TYPE OF WAY.”

I AM THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE TO EVER COME OUT OF CALIFORNIA AND ITS NOT UP FOR DEBATE !!! FUCC WHOEVER FEEL SOME TYPE OF WAY

— Drakeo The Ruler??? (@IamMRMOSELY) March 15, 2021

He added: “F*CC WHOEVER FEEL SOME TYPE OF WAY. AINT NO N***A BEEN MORE INFLUENTIAL THAN MAN AND BEEN SUCESSFULL. I LITERALLY HAVE HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF N***AS TRYNA RAP LIKE ME.”

At another point, he tweeted: “THE NI*** THAT BEAT THE DEATH PENALTY THE N**** EVERYBODY WANA BE THE NI*** WIT 500k IN JEWERLY THE NI*** WIT THE ROLLS ROYCE DAWN AND THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY B**CH DONT EVER GET THIS S**T F***ED UP IM THE TRUTH AND YOUR JUST OSCAR !! B***H”

He wasn’t done there as the rapper appeared to be feeling himself. As a cherry on the top, he continued: “DONT CARE WHO YOU BRING UP OG RAPPER NEW SCHOOL RAPPER YOU CANT NAME ONE RAPPER THATS MORE INFLUENTIAL THAN ME IN CALIFORNIA.” When a fan questioned him about taking on Snoop, he quipped: “NO NAME ONE N***A age 14 to 28 THAT LISTENS TO SNOOP DOGG BRO.”

Take a look at some of what he had to say and how he responded to fans.

https://twitter.com/IamMRMOSELY/status/1371487691687268361

WHO DO I SOUND LIKE NIGGA !! YOU CANT NAME ONE RAPPER I SOUND LIKE NIGGA I WAS INFLUENCED BY OWN LIFE NIGGA EVERYTHING I RAP ABOUT I DUN DID NIGGA https://t.co/mmxDmcpNOw

— Drakeo The Ruler??? (@IamMRMOSELY) March 15, 2021

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— Drakeo The Ruler??? (@IamMRMOSELY) March 15, 2021

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— Drakeo The Ruler??? (@IamMRMOSELY) March 15, 2021

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— Drakeo The Ruler??? (@IamMRMOSELY) March 15, 2021

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Kendrick Lamar reportedly has six albums worth of unreleased material

Kendrick Lamar reportedly has six albums worth of unreleased material
According to longtime TDE engineer MixedByAli, the rapper is sitting on plenty of music.

By Sajae Elder

November 13, 2020

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

 

In a recent appearance on Kevin Durant’s The ETCs podcast, Kendrick Lamar‘s longtime engineer MixedByAli says the rapper is sitting on six albums worth of unreleased music, OkayPlayer reports.

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“For Kendrick alone, let me say I think we could put together like six albums,” Ali says around the 34-minute mark, going on to detail the rapper’s commitment to getting things right and referring to him as a “true artist”. “That’s Kendrick’s whole mind state, always striving to do better. Whether it’s recording a new verse, you know he would record a whole song and get one ad-lib back a month later because he don’t like how he breathed the ad-lib, y’know?”

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Most recently, Lamar signed an exclusive publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group, which may hint at new music on the horizon. An upcoming fourth album would be the rapper’s first since 2017’s DAMN.

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Listen to the interview below.

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Kendrick Lamar joins Busta Rhymes on new song “Look Over Your Shoulder”

Kendrick Lamar joins Busta Rhymes on new song “Look Over Your Shoulder”
Taken from Busta’s upcoming album Extinction Level Event 2.

By David Renshaw

October 29, 2020

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Kendrick Lamar appears on new Busta Rhymes song “Look Over Your Shoulder.” The Jackson 5-sampling track is Lamar’s first guest feature of 2020 and is lifted from new Busta album Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God, out October 30.

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Lamar has kept a low profile this year, though a series of festival headline slot were pulled as a result of the global pandemic. His most recent studio album, DAMN. was released in 2017. A year later he followed it up with Black Panther the Album. The Marvel soundtrack earned the Compton rapper an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for “All the Stars” and a Grammy. This week it was revealed that he has signed an exclusive global deal with Universal Music Publishing Group.

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Busta Rhymes’ most recent album came in 2016 when he dropped The Return of the Dragon (The Abstract Went on Vacation). The album title was a reference to 2013 Q-Tip collaborative project, The Abstract And The Dragon.

Kendrick Lamar signs exclusive deal with Universal Music Publishing

Kendrick Lamar signs exclusive deal with Universal Music Publishing
The rapper was previously signed to Warner Chappell Music Publishing.

By Sajae Elder

October 27, 2020

Photo: Thumbnail image: Rick Kern/Getty Images for Samsung.

 

Kendrick Lamar has signed an exclusive global deal with Universal Music Publishing Group, according to Variety.

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While the rapper was previously signed to Warner Chappell Music Publishing, the new deal may hint at the release of his long-awaited fourth album. A new release would be the rapper’s first since 2017’s DAMN.

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“Kendrick Lamar is not only one of the greatest lyricists that has ever lived, but he has done as much or more than any artist to promote much-needed change in our society through music,” UMPG Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson said about the deal. “I and my colleagues at UMPG are deeply honored to be afforded the opportunity to join Kendrick, Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith and the TDE family to help forward his unique and important vision.”

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TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith said he and Lamar were “excited for our new partnership with Jody Gerson and UMPG,” adding that Gerson “fought to make this deal happen.”

After his last studio album DAMN, Lamar most recently curated, executive produced and appeared on much of the original soundtrack for the 2018 film, Black Panther.

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Mistah F.a.b. – Survive Lyrics (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Crooked I & Kobe Honeycutt)

[Intro: Kendrick Lamar]
Life in the city, life in the city
Oakland, California, Compton, California
But we survive
Only the strongest survive
Life, life in the city
In the city and nigga's tryna survive
Only the strongest survive

[Verse 1: Kendrick Lamar]
You ever been a victim of being a prisoner inside your own mind?
The bright lights of the street lights will make you go blind
Handicap your senses, you was just an apprentice of watching niggas jump fences
Now you in the Olympics and your hurdle was high enough to clear the tallest of clothes lines
Talented when they closing in on your behind
Life of a young delinquent, even stole him a Lincoln
At fifteen, middle fingers walked out the precinct
I mean the cycle just continue
The vital information and fine print on the menu
So you'll never read it even if a nigga lend you
Money out my own pocket, to make it right
You'll still attend to
Be on them corners with stop signs and a nine
Cause nine times out of ten, MAC 11's cry
And twelve died yesterday and if anyone divides
The six that carried you eventually lose they lives
True story
[Hook: Kobe Honeycutt]
When the night falls anything can happen
We just pray we make it out alive
We all wanna make it to the top one day
Success is a street only going one way
But we all won't make it
Just try your best to survive

[Verse 2: Mistah F.A.B]
(You all wanna see a dead body?)
Well, follow me across the train tracks
Where angry and insane Blacks
They slang crack
Candles burn where they were slain at
And bottles get poured where they would hang at
Close, I give you truth in this essence
Dead homies added to swears when truth is in question
Like "Man I think he lying or he put that on someone"
If I known you ten years, got the right to say we cousins
I'm from the city of broken homes, and often I was home alone

And momma started smoking cause daddy was scared to smoke alone
Section 8 policies, Top Ramen and sunflower seeds
June got kill't cause he ain't wanna lose his Wallaby's
Constant atrocities, no one is safe
There's no religion that can save you, say goodbye to your faith
Whether you Muslim or a Christian, Baptist, Jewish or Adventist, Atheist or non-religious
Put survival on your wishlist
Cuz
[Hook: Kobe Honeycutt]
When the night falls anything can happen
We just pray we make it out alive
We all wanna make it to the top one day
Success is a street only going one way
But we all won't make it
Just try your best to survive

[Verse 3: KXNG CROOKED]
You walked in the apartment and saw your father on the carpet
With a belt wrapped around his arm and a scarf under his armpit
And a needle shoved in his bicep
Earlier this morning you warned him
His addict habits are something you couldn't digest
You cry saying "I just don't wanna see you die"
Now you tryna dissect the fact that he hasn't opened his eyes yet
You collapsed on his body and you started thinking
I could perform CPR, jump start his heart if it's beating
But his pulse started to weaken
His cardio region depleting as you given him part of your breathing
He dead and gone and you had a bad feeling when you was heading home
Now it's etched in stone, you've been left alone
So you grabbed his chrome gun, handle all pearl, aw nah girl
Put it to your head, thinking, f*ck everybody like a call girl in a small world
Then pulled back but it didn't clap
Damn
[Hook: Kobe Honeycutt]
When the night falls anything can happen
We just pray we make it out alive
We all wanna make it to the top one day
Success is a street only going one way
But we all won't make it
Just try your best to survive

Kendrick Lamar denies rumors of split from label Top Dawg Entertainment

Kendrick Lamar denies rumors of split from label Top Dawg Entertainment
Label CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith shared a video narrated by the rapper.

By Jordan Darville

October 06, 2020

Photo by Ser Baffo/Getty Images for BET

 

Kendrick Lamar‘s status at his long-time label Top Dawg Entertainment has been the subject of much speculation on social media over the last few days, thanks to numerous unconfirmed reports that the rapper and T.D.E. had parted ways. On Tuesday, T.D.E. founder Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith posted an Instagram video with the caption “A PSA from Kendrick Lamar.” The clip, a simple single shot of a Blues Clues stuffed animal, appears to be narrated by Lamar, who dispels the rumors of his departure.

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“Top, you got to stop them from smutting my name, man,” Kendrick says at the beginning of the video. “They been smutting my name all year, man. Enough is enough. Got them saying I done shook the label and all that.” He goes on to compare his sturdy status at the label to a jar of pickle juice under Tiffith’s hat. It makes sense in context. Watch below:

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a PSA from Kendrick Lamar. #TDE

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In March, Lamar announced pgLang, a new creative agency. In 2018, his album DAMN won the Pulitzer Prize.

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Kendrick Lamar facing copyright lawsuit over “LOYALTY”

Kendrick Lamar facing copyright lawsuit over “LOYALTY”
Plaintiff Terrance Hayes is seeking all profits from the song.

By Sajae Elder

August 31, 2020

Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella.

 

Kendrick Lamar has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over the DAMN. single “Loyalty” featuring Rihanna, according to Music Business Worldwide.

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Terrance Hayes filed the lawsuit earlier this month against producer Terrace Martin, contributing artist Josef Leimberg and Top Dawg Entertainment, alleging the song “copied the entire composition, including title, melody, harmony, and rhythm” from Hayes’ original song recorded with Leimberg back in 2011. Hayes says Martin got the original recording from Leimberg’s computer and then “slowed it down with a synthesizer and combined it with another sample to disguise the copying” in order to create Lamar’s “Loyalty.” Back in 2017, Martin told FADER how the song came together from sample of Bruno Mars’ “24K.”

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Hayes is seeking the song’s profits, as well as “the equivalent of all losses to the plaintiff…any other monetary advantage gained by the Defendants,” as well as his legal fees. You can read the filing in full here.

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The FADER has reached out to representatives for Kendrick Lamar.

Kendrick Lamar soundtracks Nike’s new Kobe Bryant tribute ad

Kendrick Lamar soundtracks Nike’s new Kobe Bryant tribute ad
Kendrick Lamar discusses Kobe’s legacy of pushing others to “be better” in the new ad.

By Shaad D'Souza

August 23, 2020

Nike has released a new advertisement paying tribute to the late basketball star Kobe Bryant, who died earlier this year in a helicopter crash and whose 42nd birthday would have been today (August 23). The ad features a spoken word track by Kendrick Lamar which centres on Kobe’s legacy as a star who pushed others to “be better.” Watch the advertisement above.

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Kobe died in January of this year. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna also died in the crash. In the wake of his death, musicians including Dr. Dre, Jennifer Hudson, Kanye West, and Beyoncé paid tribute to the star. The Grammys also staged a tribute to him, featuring Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men performing “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday.”

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A$AP Rocky – 1Train (feat.Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.) lyrics

[Verse 1: A$Ap Rocky]
Feelin’ like a vigilante or a missionary
Tell my A$Ap killers get they pistols ready
Send ‘em to the cemetery with obituaries
Don’t be scared, nigga, is you ready?
I been thinkin’ ‘bout, all the Os in my bank account
Extra Os in my bed, ‘round the same amount
Ever since this new star fame came about
Or, even since me and Drizzy started hangin’ out
Young boy, let his gun bang, let his nuts hang
Transitioned to a Lamborghini from a Mustang
Drug slang, in the drug game, with the hustling
(I know one thing)
Anything is better than that 1 Train
Bag made at Goyard, cheffing like I’m Boyar – Dee
Probably sellin’ D and in your local courtyard
Braids like I’m O-Dog, a la familia: go hard,
Down to my in-laws, they outlaws with no law

[Verse 2: Kendrick Lamar]
We outlaw, then I bogart, any bozack, I approach that
When a toe-tag get broke off in the projects with a skateboard
I roll past and I blaze y’all like “Doot! Doot! ” I hate y’all
When the beef cooked, I ate y’all, like “Mmm mmm” let’s play ball
In a ball park with all sharks and a blindfold I rob cold
My K hot, your nine cold, it bark like canines, throwin’
That banana clip, straight from the rip
I’ll make that shirt stay ripped, I’m on some shit
If I’m not the hottest then Hell must’ve froze over
You thought it was safe then forgot what the code was
I carry traits of a traumatized soldier
Don’t look in my face, I might snap, I might choke ya
Spine right out of place, give me dap like you supposed ta
Rocks at your posters
Drop nice like this, I metamorph like I’m supposed ta
I might slice my wrists or pretend like a vulture
And jump off this – cliff…

[Verse 3: Joey Bada$$]
Barely even conscious, talkin’ to my conscience
Gettin’ deeper and these flows like conches
I’m on my convict, don’t drop bars, I drop prisons
Don’t sell rocks! Seen the spectrum through the prisms
Somehow bypassed the bias in the
The violence and the killings, so give in
They see my pigment, and yo that was the ign’ance
Unfortunately, I am not that type of nigglet
But pass the pot let me skillet
Just got back to the block from a 6 o’clock with Jigga
And I’m thinkin’ ‘bout signing to the Roc
But my niggas on the block still assigned to the rocks
And I swear it hurt me, so I try to prevail
But when I preach it only hurt their sales
Like you’re only gon’ end up either dead or in jail
But you my nigga
Wish you the best, for real

[Verse 4: Yelawolf]
When you mention my name amongst other white rappers
Or for that matter, any fucking rapper
Fuck it, painter, skater, musician, trailer park
Dirt ditch digging, burger flipping, eat, sleep shittin’ human being
You would be in trouble to buy double a cup of me
To these others, ‘cause comparatively speaking
My reach is beyond the bubble that they put me in
My vision’s beyond the Hubble’s, I huddle with Nubians
You beginning again – you in school at 10, late
Radioactive’s going gold
And so? Great!
Do I give a flying duck if I’m applying love to my rhyming,
Plus aligning us?
Alabama’s climbing up, wait, no I don’t give a flying duck
Nothin’ but a buckshot
“Chick – pow! ”
Motherfuck your life, pussy blood clot
Ain’t never been a rapper this cold since 2Pac was froze
And thawed out for a spot date at a Coachella show
Yelawolf

[Verse 5: Danny Brown]
Weed a different color like a hoodrat’s bra and panties
And my flow be overhead like pots and pans in pantries
And see guys, I’m high like Michael Jackson’s penny loafers
Moonwalkin’ on the sun, barefoot, with shades on
The bitch pussy smell like a penguin,
Wouldn’t hit that shit with my worst enemy’s penis
Bitch, when I say this I mean this: “Hoe, I’m the meanest”
Dick so big stretch from Earth to Venus
That molly got me nauseous, I’m shittin’ out monsters
Lawless, obnoxious, on that “suck my cock” shit
That is my synopsis, ostrich plot shit
Hoes on some got shit – “Stop it! You not this! ”
Not this, regardless, heartless and awkward
Cryin’ tears of vodka, premadonna at the concert
A goner smokin’ chronic ‘bout to vomit gin and toinc
Trust me, I’m honest, tell me: “Isn’t that ironic?”

[Verse 6: Action Bronson]
Swiftly, I shift the beamer 8-60
A heavy smoker so you know I brought the blake with me
The moon’s reflection off the lake hit me
You should have stayed with me, now many Asian bitches lay with me
The face is silky like a tablecloth
My shorty gallop in the morning on the beach like a Chilean horse
Red roses drop from boxes very often
Confetti tossing, drinking Henny like I’m Kenny Lofton
Outstanding…
I fixed the game between Georgia Southern and Grambling
You see us scrambling, selling Susan Sarandon
The cloud of smoke like the Phantom
Damn this shit taste like fantastic
You see me coming through in each state
Just so the lord can put the fork inside the cheesecake
Cuffed to my wrist I got the briefcase
Gabble slam, I’m a free man, try not to eat ham…

[Verse 6: Big K. Are. I. T]
Spit like my last breath, casket wrapped, six deep
Eyes closed, the black is back, out cold, the legs went flat
After that, bottles I can’t pronounce, like “how you ask for that?”
Why you ask for crack and all you had was scratch?
All I had was rap when all they had was wack
All I wanted was love, all they had was dap
Fuck them haters and fuck them hoes
A championship wins the aftermath
Ask Lebron, open palm slap a bitch
Walk the the plank, I’ll break a bank
I’ve been in the business of sinkin’ ships
Choking niggas out with the anchors they they anchored with
Resuscitations cost the label, I’m taxin’ if you want a hit
Clear – fuck your career bitch, I was born here
Been a killer, eighty-sixer, nigga that’s my born year
Get the fuck from ‘round here – that’s just my country ways
Suckin’ on your mama’s titty, bitchin’ while I was choppin’ blades
Grippin’ grain, fuckin’ hoes, candy paint like everglades
Miss me with that rapper, child, I’ll take that shit up with my base
I put that on my soul, how could you ever doubt me?
Most rappers hopin’ the world end
So they won’t have to drop another album
B. B. King’s all the king in me so why can’t you?
In order to come up close you’ll have to dig up cash and Elvis too
The way they water flow, Dixie River Pass
Fuck your Louis flag, poppin’ Benjie tags on your wifey’s ass
That’s out of line, but in living color
I ‘m more like Miya Bailey on you rap motherfuckers
A true artist…

A$AP Rocky – Fuckin’ Problems (feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar) lyrics

[Chorus: 2 Chainz & Drake]
I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem
And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem
I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem
And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem
I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem
(I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem)
And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem
(And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem)
If findin’ somebody real is your fuckin’ problem
Bring your girls to the crib, maybe we can solve it

[Verse 1: A$AP Rocky]
Hold up, bitches simmer down
Takin’ hella long, bitch, give it to me now
Make that thing pop like a semi or a 9
Ooh, baby like it raw with the shimmy shimmy ya
Huh, A$AP, get like me
Never met a motherfucker fresh like me
All these motherfuckers wanna dress like me
Put the chrome to your dome, make you sweat like Keith
‘Cause I’m the nigga, the nigga nigga, like how you figure?
Gettin’ figures and fuckin’ bitches
She rollin’ Swishers, brought her bitches
I brought my niggas, they gettin’ bent up off the liquor
She love my licorice, I let her lick it
They say money make a nigga act nigga-ish
But least a nigga nigga rich
I be fuckin’ broads like I be fuckin’ bored
Turn a dyke bitch out, have her fuckin’ boys; beast

[Chorus: 2 Chainz & Drake]
I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem
And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem
I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem
And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem
I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem
(I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem)
And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem
(And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem)
If findin’ somebody real is your fuckin’ problem
Bring your girls to the crib, maybe we can solve it

[Verse 2: Drake]
Ooh, I know you love it when this beat is on
Make you think about all of the niggas you’ve been leadin’ on
Make me think about all of the rappers I’ve been feedin’ on
Got a feelin’ that’s the same dudes that we speakin’ on
Oh word? Ain’t heard my album? Who you sleepin’ on?
You should print the lyrics out and have a fuckin’ read-along
Ain’t a fuckin’ sing-along ‘less you brought the weed along
Then ju… (Okay, I got it)
Then just drop down and get yo’ eagle on
Or we can stare up at the stars and put the Beatles on
All that shit you talkin’ ’bout is not up for discussion
I will pay to make it bigger, I don’t pay for no reduction
If it’s comin’ from a nigga I don’t know, then I don’t trust it
If you comin’ for my head, then motherfucker get to bustin’
Yes, Lord, I don’t really say this often
But this long-dick nigga ain’t for the long talkin’; I’m beast

[Chorus: 2 Chainz & Drake]
I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem
And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem
I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem
And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem
I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem
(I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem)
And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem
(And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem)
If findin’ somebody real is your fuckin’ problem
Bring your girls to the crib, maybe we can solve it

[Verse 3: Kendrick Lamar]
Uh, yeah, ho, this the finale
My pep talk turn into a pep rally
Say she from the hood, but she live inside in the valley, now
Vaca’d in Atlanta, then she goin’ back to Cali, mmm
Got your girl on my line, world on my line
The irony, I fuck ’em at the same damn time
She eyein’ me like a nigga don’t exist
Girl, I know you want this dick
Girl, I’m Kendrick Lamar
A.K.A. Benz is to me just a car
That mean your friends-es need be up to par
See, my standards are pampered by threesomes tomorrow
Mmm, kill ’em all, dead bodies in the hallway
Don’t get involved, listen what the crystal ball say
Halle Berry, hallelujah
Holla back, I’ll do ya; beast

[Chorus: 2 Chainz & Drake]
I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem
And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem
I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem
And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem
I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem
(I love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem)
And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem
(And yeah, I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem)
If findin’ somebody real is your fuckin’ problem
Bring your girls to the crib, maybe we can solve it

SZA – Doves In The Wind (feat. Kendrick Lamar) lyrics

[Verse 1: SZA]
Real niggas do not deserve pussy
Meaning it’s more, you see right through walls
Ain’t talkin’ about pussy
Meaning you deserve the whole box of chocolates
Come with me, Forrest Gump had a lot goin’ for him
Never without pussy, y’know, Jenny almost gave it all up for him
Never even pushed for the pussy
Where’s Forrest now when you need him?
Talk to me, talk to me, hey, ayy, hey
Attention, all you niggas, all you bitches

[Chorus: SZA]
Sit back and relax your mind, just ride, just ride
Sit back and relax, you’ll find just why, just why
Sit back, relax, just ease your mind, just ride
Ride, ride, ride, ride
You are now watching MADtv

[Verse 2: Kendrick Lamar]
Niggas’ll lose they mind for it
Wine for it, dine for it—pussy
Spend time for it, see no colored line for it—pussy
Double back handicap and go blind for it—pussy
Pussy got endless prisoners, pussy always revengin’ her
Pussy is calculating and good pussy is rather dangerous
Pussy can be so facetious, the heavyweight champ
Pussy is so undefeated, let’s amen to that
I mean, the pump fakes on the Facebooks
And the screw face when the bae look won’t get you no pussy
I mean, the fake chains and the code names
For insecure, gon’ reassure you not to get pussy
You overcompensate too much for the pussy
You like to throw all kinda shade for the pussy
See, that’s what pussy niggas do
I know the ways of a pussy, I see pussy lookin’ at you
How many niggas get mistaken for clitoris in a day?
How many sentiments you make before runnin’ pussy away?
How many times she gotta tell you that dick is disposable?
But if she fuck a young nigga like me, it’s over for you
Solána, middle fingers up, speak your truth

[Verse 3: SZA]
You could never trivialize pussy
But a bum nigga like you would try it (pussy)
I know what you really ’bout
High key, your dick is weak buddy
It’s only replaced by a rubber substitute
We ain’t feelin’ you
I think I caught a vibe, kinda feel a nigga
You could touch the booty if you like, I ain’t trippin’ on ya
(Such a nice girl, SZA)
I’m really tryna crack off on the headboard
And bust it wide open for the right one
Is you that for me?
‘Cause if you that for me
Like doves in the wind, hey, hey
Pussy, like doves in the wind, hey, hey
Pussy like doves in the wind
I will make you beg for it
I wanna see you crawl I’ll

[Verse 3 & Chorus: SZA]
Give you all of me and I won’t stop, not a little bit
(Sit back and relax your mind, just ride, just ride)
Make you beg for it, I wanted to do it all
(Sit back and relax, you’ll find just why, just why)
Unfortunately you couldn’t get your shit together
(Sit back, relax, just ease your mind, just ride)
(Ride, ride, ride, ride)
You are now watching MADtv

[Skit]
We take things, and my influence so far, and then it’s out of my hands. And, y’know, while as I said it can be scary, it can also be a little bit comforting. Because I’ve learned that when I get to that point, and I can acknowledge, “Okay, Audrey, that’s as much as you can do,” I can actually let it go…