Kendrick Lamar And Mary J. Blige Will Headline the 2015 Essence Music Festival

Written by Nigel D. / 02.18.15

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Our 2015 ESSENCE Festival line-up includes some of the biggest names in music!

Headliners include Festival first-timer, Kendrick Lamar and Festival favorite, Mary J. Blige! Also confirmed to perform at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival nighttime concerts at the Superdome include Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Common, Floetry, Kelly Price, Lianne La Havas, Elle Varner, Esperanza Spalding, Raheem DeVaughn, Mali Music, Eric Roberson, Teedra Moses, Avery*Sunshine, Bilal, Goapele, Robert Glasper, Trombone Shorty, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Mystikal, Slick Rick, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Nico &Vinz, SZA, Dee-1, Tonya Bond Cannon, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Kindred The Family Soul, Tweet, Jeff Bradshaw and Tank & The Bangas.

More acts to be announced, so stay tuned!

Plus, Kevin Hart will headline ESSENCE’s ‘Now Playing’ Concert on Thursday, July 2. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 25.
via Essence

The 2015 Essence Music Festival will take place July 3rd to 5th in New Orleans.

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Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry

Written by Nigel D. / 02.10.15

Kendrick Lamar drops a new single called “The Blacker The Berry” produced by Boi-1da.

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Chris Brown ft. Kendrick Lamar – Autumn Leaves

Written by Nigel D. / 01.22.15

Chris Brown is a Samurai in his latest video for “Autumn Leaves.”

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Video: The Game Brings Out Dr. Dre, TDE & O.T. Genasis At His “The Documentary” Concert

Written by Nigel D. / 01.19.15

The Game celebrated the tenth anniversary of his debut album “The Documentary” last night in L.A. This was a one night only special show which featured appearances from, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and O.T. Genasis. Check below for more clips from the show.
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Kendrick Lamar Speaks On Ferguson & His Upcoming Album

Written by Nigel D. / 01.09.15

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Asked about the high-profile killings of African-Americans by police in 2014, from Ferguson, Mo., to Staten Island, he says, “I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s f—ked up. 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. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting — it starts from within.” Lamar, who has said that he wasn’t raised devoutly religious, fingers the small figure of Christ dangling from a chain around his neck. “We’re in the last days, man — I truly in my heart believe that. It’s written. I could go on with Biblical situations and things my grandma told me. But it’s about being at peace with myself and making good with the people around me.”

Lamar says that “the end is in sight” with his unfinished album, which is bittersweet for him. “My enjoyment is creating the music,” he explains. “Once it gets pressed up, with bar codes on it, then it’s not really fun anymore.” The musicians who joined him on Colbert constitute the core of his vampire crew. “These are guys I’ve been around for years, in the L.A. music circuit,” he says. “This wasn’t a situation where somebody put us together. When you’re playing instruments, all that stuff comes from the soul. It’s real individuals pushing these sounds out. I get that same impact when I push the words out behind it.”
Full Story: Billboard

Thoughts on what K. Dot had to say about African American neighborhoods?

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Kendrick Lamar Speaks On Thinking He Would Win A Grammy For The Best Rap Album In 2014

Written by Nigel D. / 01.07.15

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I’d be lying to you to say I knew good kid, m.A.A.d city would be as successful as it has been. In the beginning I was very doubtful. Once I was done, the jitters hit me so fast. I was so confident in making it, because I was like, “This is it, man. Nobody heard this story and if you heard it, you heard it in bits and pieces but I’m finna put it to you in a whole album—from Compton, from the hood, from the streets—it’s a whole other perspective and light, I’ma go back and do the skits just like how Biggie and Dre and Snoop and ’Pac did it. And I’ma tell my story.” Then I wrapped up with it and said, “Man, what’s on the radio right now? I don’t think they doin’ skits and things like that.” I don’t know if the people are gonna understand what I’m talkin’ about on this album because it’s almost like a puzzle pieced together, and albums ain’t been created like this in a long time. Albums that actually still reach the masses, at least.

I thought I was going to win Best Rap Album at the Grammys. I put a lot of work in on my album and the biggest thing for me is knowing that it was basically an underground album. It didn’t have big No. 1 records on it and there wasn’t really any commercial hits. It was great songs and I think the message behind it reached as many listeners and believers as a super mainstream album. So for me, when you’re saying, “rap,” that would be my definition of something that deserved an accolade. Yep.
Full Story: XXL

Were you shocked Kendrick Lamar didn’t win a Grammy for best rap album for “Good Kid, m.A.A.d city”?

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Video: Kendrick Lamar Debuts A New Song On The Colbert Show

Written by Nigel D. / 12.17.14

Kendrick Lamar was a guest on The Colbert Show and debuted a new song. Clearly Kendrick Lamar isn’t trying to be the average rapper and isn’t scared to try out different sounds in his music. I look forward to his next album in 2015.

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