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KENDRICK LAMAR

Kendrick Lamar announced for Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016; sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne

The last time Australia saw Kendrick Lamar, the irrepressible Compton emcee was playing stadiums across the country in support of Eminem at Rapture Festival. This time, the To Pimp a Butterfly genius will be headlining arenas on a two-show (so far) tour in addition to a headline slot at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016.

Last Week on Late Night: The Five Best Music Performances on US Late Night TV (8th-11th September 2015)

US late night talk shows are an institution in their showcasing of all-things celebrity, politics, humor, comedy and music. They are often treated as the final thing the audience sees before they go to sleep after an exhaustive day. With The Late Show with Stephen Colbert debuting in the same 11:30pm slot opposite Kimmel and Fallon – all shows were keen to pull out the big guns in the hope of attracting/retaining viewers. Our own talk show fiend Lachlan scours the masses of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and brings us the debut edition of the top 5 standout music performances from US late night talk shows of last week!

Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar deliver new track "Easy Bake"

Jay Rock's forthcoming 90059 project still has no set release date (it's rumoured for early next month), but that's not stopping the talented TDE emcee from pushing out a whole heap of new music. We've already head one of the year's best tracks (so far) with "Money Trees Deuce" and now Rock has shared a track with labelmate Kendrick Lamar entitled "Easy Bake".

NT hip-hop artist Requiem gives us his Top 10 Jams for Darwin Chillin'!


Photo Credit: Daniel Hartley-Allen

While us Southerners continue to freeze our way through the final bits of winter, our mates up in the north battle with the dry season conditions that are envied by the rest of us. We recently reconnected with Darwin hip-hop artist Requiem on our recent trip to the NT, where he's been busily working on the release and promotion of his debut album Louvres - ahead of his launch gig at the Darwin Festival this weekend, Requiem has gone through his music library and sourced us his top ten tunes to bump when looking to kick back and chill.

The AU's 15 Best International Singles of 2015 (So Far...)

It's been a fantastic year of music so far all around the world, and now we're excited to count down for you the 15 tracks our contributors have voted as the best of the year from outside of Australia. To be eligible, the track needed to have an official single or video release between 1 January and 30 June, 2015. Enjoy the list below and then listen to them all in our playlist!

Our 20 Favourite Records of 2015...So Far (Part Two: 10-1)

Yesterday, we brought you the first batch of 2015-released albums that AU contributors ranked as the best of the year so far. A great blend of Australian and international releases, the list reflected a wide range of music tastes and killer tunes that obviously have struck a chord with music fans globally. Today, we continue with the countdown, naming the ten records that have stood out above the rest as some of the best albums of 2015. Sure, we're only at the midway point of the year, but no doubt, some of these artists are probably going to be making a few end-of-year wrap ups too. So, from #10 through #1...

Kendrick Lamar releases powerful music video for "Alright"

Following his stirring BET Awards performances, Kendrick Lamar has finally released the long anticipated music video for single "Alright", taking the form a a 7-minute short film by Colin Tilley.

Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga release collaboration "PARTYNAUSEOUS"

"PARTYNAUSEOUS" was supposed to be a hit collaboration between Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar and pop megastar Lady Gaga, bringing a radio-friendly vibe to Lamar's 2012 hit Good Kid, m.A.A.d City, however it was scrapped at the last minute. 3 years later, a full version has emerged and although it quite obviously hasn't been mastered, and leaves no question as to why it was scrapped (Lady Gaga is terrible on it), it gives us two full verses from Kendrick and a solid beat to vibe to.

New Music Video: Kendrick Lamar "King Kunta" (2015)

While fans are still digesting the incredibly complex To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar's latest LP, the music video for one of the album's highlight, "King Kunta", has been released. Kendrick contains the video in his hometown of Compton, with the emcee rocking out at the Compton Swap Meet and celebrating his neighbourhood.

Single Stream: Kendrick Lamar "King Kunta" (2015)

In a little over a week, Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar will be releasing his follow up to the universally celebrated Good Kid, m.A.A.d City. The album, which is titled To Pimp a Butterfly, has already been shaping up quite nicely with "i" and "The Black the Berry", now it's time for another very different sound in "King Kunta". The track is deeply rooted in the history of racism with references to contemporary figures from Michael Jackson to Richard Pryor to Bill Clinton, even drawing it's namesake from Kunta Kinte, the real-life subject of NY Times Best Seller Roots: The Saga of an American Family.