Over the past month Danny Brown has teased us with several tracks/snippets off of his upcoming album, Atrocity Exhibition. Yesterday Danny released “Really Doe” featuring Kendrick, Soulo, and Earl. It is a lyrical masterpiece, and basically the modern day version of A$AP Rocky’s “1 Train” (minus A$AP).
Danny will be making three Texas stops on his upcoming tour with Maxo Kreme & ZeeloperZ. Snag tickets below:
For those who love hearing some new Kendrick Lamar, this is a good time. For those who loved his live performance of “Untitled II”, this is a great time. On a new album from George Clinton‘s Funkadelic, Kendrick is featured reworking “Untitled II”s first verse for “Ain’t That Funkin Kinda Hard On You”. This is a remixed version which also features a verse from none other than Ice Cube. We all know that Kendrick thrives on funky instrumentals, so this George Clinton track comes pretty natural as he spits a familiar verse over the ambient funk. You can listen to “Ain’t That Funkin Kinda Hard On You” below.
Over the past few years, we’ve been lucky to have worked with some incredible artists. Last night at the 58th Annual Grammy Award’s, 14 of those artists were recognized for their achievements in the music industry. Whether they were nominated or took home a trophy, we congratulate these folks for their hard-work, passion, and drive to create. We’re proud to have worked with and grown with these talented individuals that are so dedicated to their craft. Check out the following ScoreMore alumni winners below.
Best Rap Album: To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
Best Music Video: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Best Dance Recording: Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”
Best Dance/Electronic Album: Skrillex and Diplo – Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü
Best R&B Performance: The Weeknd – “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)”
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise, Thundercat – “These Walls”
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar, Kawan Prather, Sounwave, Pharrell Williams – “Alright”
Kendrick Lamar is the cover story of Billboard’s latest release. In the cover story, K Dot says he’s ready to sweep the Grammys, hoping to take home all 11 of the titles he’s nominated for. He talks about the differences between his second and third albums, the social impact he’s had with To Pimp A Butterfly, and what it was like to have the POTUS declare that one of his own songs was his favorite of the whole year. Check out the snippet of his interview below and hope that history is made on the night of the Grammys.
It seems Kanye is doing some serious rearranging for his upcoming album. When we first heard about Ye‘s upcoming album, it was under the name So Help Me God. But Alas, Yeezus decreed this was not a fitting name for his newest effort, so the name was then changed to Swish. Today, Kanye tweeted yet again a name change for this insanely anticipated album, it will be called Waves. There is alot of speculation as to what this new title means but the most dominate so far is Wiz Khalifa‘s. According to Khalifa, “Waves” is derivative of rapper Max B, although “Waves” its probably just coincidental. The tracklist for “Waves” was also tweeted in a photo. The 11 song track list features the currently popular “No More Parties In LA” with Kendrick Lamar and “Wolves” with Sia and Vic Mensa. The tweet features Kanye’s handwritten tracklist as well as some famous signatures from what we assume are people who have listened or contributed to the album. You can see the tracklist and tweet below. Waves is set to release on Feb. 11.
Last week began the beginning of Kanye West’s reappearance to the internet surprising us with the announcement of the return of G.O.O.D. Fridays. The internet was on the edge of their seat with him posting & re-posting his song “Real Friends” featuring Ty Dolla Sign with a snippet at the end to intro “No More Parties in LA” featuring Kendrick Lamar. Although we were promised new music on Friday’s, Kanye delayed the track to be released this morning. To say it was well worth the wait is an understatement, with unrelenting bars from Kendrick and Kanye this truly is a 6 minute classic. Peep the link below and keep out for more music on G.O.O.D. Friday’s leading to the release of Kanye West’s new album SWISH to be released in February.
Last night, Kendrick Lamar performed on The Tonight Show, and he unsurprisingly killed it. What did come as a surprise was his performance of a new untitled track, which he calls “Untitled 2”. Kendrick‘s performances are always charismatic and filled with energy, so last night was no exception. K-Dot flies through the lyrics yet delivers on every phrase, making sure his speech was clear and powerful. The accompaniment was a groovy composition that has P-Funk written all over it. Sporting cornrows, King Kendrick vibes and bobs to the beat as the intensity of this unnamed track builds, then finishes his songs off with a slurry of rapid-fire raps over some incredible piano riffs, heavy drumming and relaxing melody. Seeing Kendrick Lamar live should be on every Hip-Hop head’s bucket list, so check out this performance below.
K. Dot combined “u” & “For Sale?” in this polarizing new short film called “God is Gangsta.” It opens Bringing his demons to the surface, he attempts to drown his sorrows in some hooch and spittle while he berates himself. As he screams and jerks about, one can almost feel the despair and fury that he must feel every time he relives the memories of his losses.
In the second half, Kendrick is unbothered by the swarms of perky and seductive women that stroke and attempt to seduce him. He has subliminal messages peppered throughout, displayed for less than a second casino online before it cuts to the next scene. There”s some comedic ones like “life is like a box of chicken” and “never trust a n*gga with too many haircuts.” But of course, he adds some somber tones: “if I blame you for a loss, I”ll be giving you all the credit” and maybe one of the most powerful statements, “my tastebloods is expensive.” Catch the messages below.
2015 was the year of music. Artists were dropping music left and right, changing the way the game is played and how the game is seen in general. Few, if any, did it like Kendrick Lamar did, though. Lamar and To Pimp A Butterfly are sitting mighty high with 11 Grammy nominations, even without copious amounts of radio airtime. Opinions aside, there’s no denying that the album was dark and brutally honest about K. Dot’s home life and his subsequent struggles with success.
In a recent interview with NPR, Kendrick opens up about the first time he witnessed a murder, how he struggled to reconcile his budding prosperity with the poverty his loved ones were experiencing, and his constant stream of self-awareness as he vows to avoid to be part of the problem of perpetual violence. Read the article and check out the interview here.
This is so good! “Alright” is already song of the year with its positivity, even amongst a year (and an album) full of hopeless moments, fear, and tragedy. Now Kendrick Lamar’s longtime collaborator Terrace Martin has put his own spin on the song, adding vibrant horns and smooth vibes, from the very first “All my life I had to…” intro. This is “Alright” taking its own victory lap. Listen below.