Kendrick Lamar Prank Called Jay Rock on Power 106 LA & It’s Hilarious

Kendrick Lamar isn’t always attacking cultural appropriation. He’s a bit of a jokester if you didn’t know.

Jay Rock found out the hard way this week, when he took to Power 106 LA to help promote his new album, 90059, which features every member of TDE, and a stellar contribution from Busta Rhymes.

Well, never mind all that, Kendrick Lamar just had to get this joke off. So, K. Dot called into the show pretending to be an interested lady caller, looking for someone “tall, dark and handsome,” a description Jay Rock gushed at–you can tell just from the audio.

Before things went too far, Kendrick revealed himself to be Kendrick, and not someone Jay Rock should be going home to after the show. Listen below.

Here are the nominations for the BET Hip Hop Awards: Drake leads with 12 nominations

Well it’s no surprise that Drake leads the nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards with 12 nominations. Big Sean follows with 10 nominations, while Nicki Minaj has nine nods. Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole earn eight nominations each.

See a full list of nominees below.

BET HIP-HOP AWARDS 2015 NOMINATIONS

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Big Sean feat. Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign – “Play No Games”
Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West – “Blessings”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself”

BEST COLLABO, DUO OR GROUP
Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West – “Blessings”
Big Sean feat. E-40 – “IDFWU”
Fetty Wap feat. Monty – “My Way”
Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself”
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake and Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter”

BEST LIVE PERFORMER
Drake
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

LYRICIST OF THE YEAR
Big Sean
Drake
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson/Lil Chris
Colin Tilley
Director X

DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Esco
DJ Khaled
DJ Mustard

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
DJ Mustard
J. Cole
Kanye West
Mike Will Made-It
Pharrell Williams
Timbaland

MVP OF THE YEAR
Big Sean
Drake
Future
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

TRACK OF THE YEAR
“Alright” – Produced by Pharrell Williams and Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)
“Blessings” – Produced by Boi-1da and Vinylz (Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West)
“Commas” – Produced by DJ Spinz and Southside (Future)
“IDFWU” – Produced by Dj Dahi, Dj Mustard, Kanye West and Key Wane (Big Sean feat. E-40)
“Trap Queen” – Produced by Tony Fadd (Fetty Wap)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
Wale – The Album About Nothing

WHO BLEW UP AWARD
Bobby Shmurda
DeJ Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Tink

HUSTLER OF THE YEAR
Dr. Dre
Drake
J. Cole
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj

MADE-YOU-LOOK AWARD (BEST HIP-HOP STYLE)
A$AP Rocky
DeJ Loaf
Drake
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj

BEST CLUB BANGER
Big Sean feat. E-40 – “IDFWU” (Produced by Dj Dahi, Dj Mustard, Kanye West and Key Wane)
Dej Loaf – “Try Me” (Produced by Dds)
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen” (Produced by Tony Fadd)
Future – “Commas” (Produced by DJ Spinz and Southside)
Rich Homie Quan – “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” (Produced by DJ Spinz and Nitti Beatz)

BEST MIXTAPE
Future – 56 Nights
Future – Beast Mode
Future – Monster
Lil Wayne – Sorry 4 The Wait 2
Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo

SWEET 16: BEST FEATURED VERSE
Drake – “Blessings” (Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West)
Drake – “My Way (Remix)” (Fetty Wap feat. Drake)
E-40 – “IDFWU” (Big Sean feat. E-40)
Kendrick Lamar – “Classic Man (Remix)” (Jidenna feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter” (Nicki Minaj feat. Drake and Lil Wayne)

IMPACT TRACK
Big Sean feat. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change The World”
Common and John Legend – “Glory” (From The Motion Picture “Selma”)
J. Cole – “Apparently”
J. Cole – “Be Free”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

PEOPLE’S CHAMP AWARD
Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West – “Blessings”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Future – “Commas”
Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Rae Sremmurd – “No Type”
Rich Homie Quan – “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)”

The show will be hosted by Snoop Dogg and taped Oct. 9 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, it will air on October 13th.

Please join us and attend the Second Annual SOURCE360 Festival & Experience in Brooklyn, September17-20th. SOURCE360 celebrates the innovation and creativity inspired by the positive use of Hip-Hop and represents NYC’s and Brooklyn’s diverse cultural tapestry! Last year’s SOURCE360 featured over twenty events and took place over a four-day period. It was a big success for the borough and attracted over 30,000 attendees. We hope to make this year’s event even better! For more information, be sure to check out our official press release and details here.

Kendrick Lamar Pens Open Letter to Tupac Shakur On His 19th Deathiversary

It’s safe to say that the cultural influence and creativity of Tupac Shakur rubbed off on Kendrick Lamar. K. Dot expresses his admiration for the late West Coast rapper in interviews and songs. His latest album To Pimp A Butterfly contained a song titled “Mortal Man” where Kendrick imagined a conversation with him and Pac.

Today on the 19th deathiversary of the Hip Hop icon, an open letter from Kendrick Lamar detailing the first time he saw the rapper was posted on Shakur’s official website. Check out the heartfelt letter below:

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The rapper/poet/actor’s legend lives on forever. RIP TUPAC.

Tweet me, @miss2bees.

Please join us and attend the Second Annual SOURCE360 Festival & Experience in Brooklyn, September17-20th. SOURCE360 celebrates the innovation and creativity inspired by the positive use of Hip-Hop and represents NYC’s and Brooklyn’s diverse cultural tapestry! Last year’s SOURCE360 featured over twenty events and took place over a four-day period. It was a big success for the borough and attracted over 30,000 attendees. We hope to make this year’s event even better! For more information, be sure to check out our official press release and details here.

Listen to Jay Rock’s “Easy Bake” f/ Kendrick Lamar

One half of Black Hippy reunite

The last time Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar appeared on an album, “Money Trees” happened. The slow-building, cryptic, DJ Dahi-produced ode to financial safety is widely known as Jay Rock’s coming out party, and for good reason. His verse, decidedly more aggressive than Kendrick’s, never stopped for air on its run to the finish line, and his eerie descriptions of hiding narcotics from authorities in the bushes in a tone with twice the tinge of paranoia Jeezy‘s had when he did it just under a decade ago, made for the perfect ending to one of GKMC‘s best records.

This time, Rock and Kendrick are back, this time as Batman and Robin on “Easy Bake,” which is void of all paranoia, and instead flips drug-dealing metaphors to help describe Rock’s current state: he’s been bubbling, but it’s time.

Rock’s new album, 90059, his first in over 4 years, appears as if it’ll be released next week.

Miley Cyrus Doesn’t Think Kendrick Lamar or Taylor Swift Are Better Role Models Than Her

Because you needed a pep talk on role models today from Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus has, for better or for worst, become a star over the past 3 years. Behind her already astronomical visibility, the girl who became a star on Hannah Montana–Disney, not Migos–got with hit Hip-Hop producer Mike Will Made It, and dropped a debut album that sold fairly well, and produced two monster hits.

However, those aren’t the only things that made her a pop icon. Cyrus’ tendency to wear as little clothing as possible as often as possible, and her affinity for doing the unthinkable on large stages–she gave a sex doll a blowjob on stage once, and then there was that Robin Thicke thing–made Miley the topic of conversation whenever she went outside.

This time, Miley has chosen two of music’s most beloved stars, Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift, as the target of a brief rant, taken from her Marie Claire cover story. According to Cyrus, it’s unfair that she gets looked down upon for her rampant nudity when Kendrick Lamar “raps about LSD” and Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video was about “violent revenge.”

On Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video: “I don’t get the violence revenge thing. That’s supposed to be a good example? And I’m a bad role model because I’m running around with my titties out? I’m not sure how titties are worse than guns.”

On sexism and her sexuality: “There is so much sexism, ageism, you name it.  Kendrick Lamar sings about LSD and he’s cool. I do it and I’m a druggie whore.”

Of all the rappers to attack about drug use, Miley chose Kendrick Lamar, who recently made an entire music video staging a funeral for the popular MDMA drug “Molly.” Well done, Hannah.

 

Kendrick Lamar Visits Knowledge Bennett’s Art Series At Windmark Recording Studio

Last week Windmark Recording Studio Debuted its Artist Series Featuring Knowledge Bennett’s ‘Cojones’ Collection.

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[Interview] Tiara Thomas Spits Over A Terrible Beat Box, And Kills It – Watch It Here!

The beatbox needs a little work but Tiara Thomas rips this freestyle!

Singer, songwriter, and lyricist Tiara Thomas is making her return to music on a higher level, all puns intended. Her official break in the industry started when MMG artist Wale teamed up with the college graduate for the platinum selling record “Bad”. It came to no surprise when Tiara’s career skyrocketed after the release of the hit single, and soon after signed to industry power house Rico Love. Currently Thomas has separated from her contract with Rico’s Division One label and is releasing her a project next month solo. Tiara tells us about the progression of her music career, the EP Up In Smoke that is set to be released August 12th, and spills who she would F, Marry, or Kill out of Mack Wilds, Fetty Wap, and Kendrick Lamar.

Watch the full exclusive interview above and her new video to single “On Me” below!

By Tia Long (@Bytialong)

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s New Video, “For Free? (Interlude)”

After releasing a sensational video for “Alright” last month, Kendrick Lamar returns with a clip for one of the more unlikely music video candidates on his chart-topping To Pimp A Butterfly album.

The Joe Weil-directed video for “For Free?”–which is also apparently directed by The Little Homies–depicts a demanding woman lashing out at someone over the phone before Kendrick Lamar’s depraved facial expressions announce his entrance, which give way to somewhat of a chase, and an Uncle Sam appearance. It’s interesting that Kendrick and company went with this as the follow-up to “Alright,” but as has been the case with his career thus far, there’s always a reason.

Watch the dope clip above.

The Nominees for The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards are…

Taylor Swift leads the pack with nine nominations followed by Ed Sheeran with six.  Beyonce and Mark Ronson both have five nominations and Kendrick Lamar has four.

The category for Best Hip-Hop Video is fiercely competitive this year, Kendrick Lamar‘s “Alright,”  Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth, and Big Sean’s “IDFWU” featuring E-40 are all worthy of the nomination. It will definitely be interesting to see who take home this award. Check out the rest of the nominees below:

2015 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé – “7/11″
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”
Nick Jonas – “Chains”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Beyoncé – “7/11″
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Sia – “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Big Sean ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”

BEST POP VIDEO
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Hozier – “Take Me To Church”
Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
Florence + the Machine – “Ship To Wreck”
Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

ARTIST TO WATCH PRESENTED BY TACO BELL®
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy – “Riptide”
George Ezra – “Budapest”
James Bay – “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”

BEST COLLABORATION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Jennifer Hudson – “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat – “Try”
Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna – “American Oxygen”
Wale – “The White Shoes”

BEST ART DIRECTION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante)
Snoop Dogg – “So Many Pros” (Jason Fijal)
Jack White – “Would You Fight For My Love” (Jeff Peterson)
The Chemical Brothers – “Go” (Michel Gondry)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker – “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J – “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

BEST DIRECTION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier – “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Childish Gambino – “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino – “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, The Creator – “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

 

The VMAs will be hosted by Miley Cyrus and will air Sunday, August 30, 2015

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