Kendrick Lamar News & Features

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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 one month 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 about 3 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 3 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 6 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 9 months 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. 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 3 years ago
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Kendrick Lamar Spits “Day Dreaming” for 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 Freestyle Series. On his brand new,... Read More
Posted 4 years ago