Kendrick Lamar News & Features

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Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” #1 Rated Hip-Hop Album of All-Time, Tops Outkast

(Art by Yann Couedor) Well, that didn't take very long. Kendrick Lamar's new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, has achieved a score of 96 on Metacritic, a website that aggregates reviews of music albums... Read More
Posted about 2 days ago
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It’s OK If You Don’t Like Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly”

The day Yeezus leaked online I witnessed a rare emotional shift, eager anticipation became confused outrage in real time. This wasn’t the album that people imagined, months of hype shattered, Yeezus descended... Read More
Posted 2 days ago
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Kendrick Lamar Breaks His Own Spotify Streaming Record

Remember when we reported on Tuesday, that Kendrick Lamar broke Drake's worldwide, single day record for most streamed album?  24 hours later that record has been broken. So.... To Pimp A Butterfly... Read More
Posted one week ago
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All 71 People on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” Album

  (Art by WHIP, who's awesome and you should check out.) For the past three days I've been wrestling with To Pimp A Butterfly like we were in a cage match for the championship belt and Kendrick is winning.... Read More
Posted one week ago
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Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” Breaks Spotify Streaming Record

Kendrick Lamar really is King. According to Top Dawg Entertainment CEO, Anthony Tiffith, Lamar's new album, To Pimp A Butterfly, now holds the worldwide, single day record for most streamed album. To Pimp a... Read More
Posted one week ago
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1 Listen Album Review: Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly”

Holy. Moses.  I'm not sure what's happening in life right now. It feels like my parents invited me over for Thanksgiving dinner, but when I showed up instead of serving turkey and mashed potatoes... Read More
Posted one week ago
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My Pain: Why Kendrick Lamar’s “#Section80” is Better Than “GKMC”

The overpriced Louis Vuitton suitcase leans up against the front door, an expensive homage to the Kanye West that taught you about soul samples and gold diggers. A plane ticket with paradise as the destination sits... Read More
Posted 2 weeks ago
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The Official Tracklist for Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” Album (Exclusive)

Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly is the most anticipated hip-hop album of the year, perhaps even the most anticipated in hip-hop history, and DJBooth has the official tracklist.  The album is currently... Read More
Posted 2 weeks ago
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Heat Check: How Do We Feel About Kendrick’s “The Blacker The Berry”?

It's easy to break the internet at 4AM on a Sunday (cough cough, Drake). It's easy to break the internet at the end of the year when there hasn't been a big album released all damn year (cough cough, J.Cole).... Read More
Posted one month ago
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Hol’ Up: What If Kendrick’s New Album Sucks?

It's a dark, dark world.... After the great music industry collapse of 2015, the world has gone to shit. The infrastructure of our society has crumbled. There is no government, no stock market, no United Nations, no... Read More
Posted 2 months ago
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It’s Time to Declare Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid m.A.A.d. City” a Classic

When good kid, m.A.A.d city first dropped, Kendrick Lamar was careful not to feed into the talk around the album being a classic, not yet. "It's classic worthy, you know?" he said. "But it has to stand with the time... Read More
Posted 2 months ago
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How King Kendrick Quietly Ruled 2014

Kendrick Lamar isn’t ordinary. He functions against the popular standards, rebukes his growing celebrity, wages war against industry logic, and yet has mastered the art of keeping us captivated. Kendrick hasn’t... Read More
Posted 3 months ago
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Kendrick’s “Sing About Me” Makes Me Cry Because I’m Afraid of Death

[Editor's Note: This is the first of a three-part series on music that makes us cry. For part two, click here. For part three, click here.]  Lately, I’ve become increasingly obsessed by music, emotion and... Read More
Posted 4 months ago
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After “i”, is Kendrick Lamar the GOAT Yet?

I write about hip-hop for a living, so literally every day I have a conversation about Rick Ross' cup size Kendrick Lamar. And almost every one of those conversations eventually ends up with the same question;... Read More
Posted 6 months ago
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Kendrick’s Verse on Chris Brown’s “Autumn Leaves” Isn’t Terrible

There are literally thousands, if not millions, of people for whom the words "new Chris Brown song" illicts the sudden and pressing need to jump on the nearest interwebs connection and listen to Breezy's latest work.... Read More
Posted 6 months ago
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Lupe Says Kendrick Lamar Isn’t the Dopest Lyricist in Hip-Hop, Is He Right?

I know, I know, that's kind of an awkward way to phrase a question, especially for someone who, like, writes words for a living, or whatever. I could have just written "Is Kendrick Lamar the Dopest Lyricist Alive?" or... Read More
Posted 9 months ago
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Don’t Believe the Hype, Kendrick Lamar Isn’t Over-Rated

There's a lot of things on the interwebs I could write about today: the new Jay Elec track, the new Freddie Gibbs albums, boobs. But everyone else on the interwebs is already writing about the same thing. ... Read More
Posted one year ago
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Who Could Beat Kendrick Lamar in a Battle?

Yesterday I wrote an article on hip-hop stans and Kendrick Lamar's fans came up repeatedly, hours later Kendrick's BET cypher hit the interwebs complete with now predictable acclaim, and hours after that I got the... Read More
Posted one year ago
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Did Jay Rock Murder Kendrick on “Money Trees”? An Absurdly Detailed Investigation

An article about a RefinedHype article? Fuck yes an article about a RefinedHype article. Because RefinedHype Nation is the greatest, Lucas' recent "Did Big Sean Really Say He Can Out Rap Anyone?" article took a sharp... Read More
Posted one year ago
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Kendrick Lamar & Big K.R.I.T. Rock Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival

I booked my flight from Austin to Chicago on Friday morning in order to catch the Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday. That morning, while I was making a mental schedule of the acts I wanted to see, I made sure to... Read More
Posted 2 years ago
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Did Diddy Just Cook? [SXSW Video]

Wow. Literally...wow. The past few days at SXSW have all been epic in their own ways, but Saturday took the cake. After a few issues with my friends' flights, I managed to check in at The Fader Fort for the last evening of... Read More
Posted 4 years ago
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Kendrick Lamar Spits “Day Dreaming” for DJBooth.net Freestyle Series

New York, N.Y. -- Kendrick Lamar, the Los Angeles native who brought us reader-approved cut "Celebration" back in January, has stepped into the Booth with the 150th entry in our DJBooth.net Freestyle Series. On his brand new,... Read More
Posted 5 years ago