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.
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'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".
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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.
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!
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...
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Annual Washington-based music festival, Sasquatch! has recently announced their 2015 lineup. Set to take place at Gorge Amphitheater on Memorial Day weekend (May 22-25) the line up includes Modest Mouse, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Lana Del Ray, Kendrick Lamar, Spoon and Ryan Adams. Holding their own amongst these top-billed international artists are several Australian acts, including Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett and Flume.
Criticism found it's way to Kendrick Lamar recently because of some statements made during a recent interview with Billboard. In the interview, the Compton emcee says "“What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within.” The likes of Azealia Banks attacked Kendrick's credibility as far as Civil Rights advocacy goes and it has resulted in a fired-up, frustrated track called "The Blacker the Berry" over which Kendrick ferociously defends himself. There's no word as to whether or not this will be on the mysterious new album but at least it's some new, good Kendrick material.
With the world premiere of his brand new song, Kendrick Lamar took to the final 2014 episode of The Colbert Show and showed the world a completely different sound to previous single "i".
The epic Bacardi Triangle festival event which is taking place in the Bermuda Triangle...yes, you read that correct, is certain to be one killer way to spend a Halloween weekend. Featuring headline sets by Calvin Harris, Kendrick Lamar and Ellie Goulding, the festival is also going to be hosting a series of world-class DJ sets from some of the best names and beatmakers from around the world.
Kendrick Lamar's global profile has reached astronomical heights, so much so that when he drops the first taste of his follow up to the universally acclaimed Good Kid, M.A.A.D City the internet is bound to go insane; and it has. Kendrick Lamar has dropped a left-field, funk-dipped track which is reported to serve as the first single off the new album. Producer Rahki has taken a common approach in hip-hop, sampling a classic track by The Isley Brothers (That Lady) to give King Kendrick a gorgeous palette on which to drop his incredibly potent rhymes.