Freedom Song: A Conversation About the State of Black Liberation Music

In the lyric pamphlet to Black Messiah, D'Angelo's third album after 14 years away from the spotlight, the soul-savant explains his reasoning behind its title and sudden release: "Some will jump to the conclusion that I am calling myself a Black Messiah," he begins. "For me the title is about all of us...It's about… » 3/25/15 4:34pm Wednesday 4:34pm

Meet Rapsody, a Guest on To Pimp a Butterfly and Star in Her Own Right

Rapsody, a North Carolina MC who guests on Kendrick Lamar's critically acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly, released a new video for her single "The Man," highlighting police brutality, poverty and parental abandonment. The clip is from her 2014 project Beauty and the Beast, which dropped in October, and while that… » 3/19/15 9:59pm 3/19/15 9:59pm

The Overwhelming Blackness of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly

I've never felt my blackness more than I have in the past three years. Never been more proud and fearful of what it means. I've never had to think so deeply about it than in these past years. Never realized how deeply people see me, nor thought it was possible to feel much blacker. » 3/17/15 11:10am 3/17/15 11:10am

Kendrick Lamar's New Album Art Suggests He Is Truly About to Bless Us

KDot took to Instagram last night to post his second photo ever: the album cover for his new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, out March 23rd. A tracklist has been circulating but it seems to be fake; regardless, you can pre-order the LP (track names redacted, except for "The Blacker The Berry") on iTunes now. » 3/11/15 10:48am 3/11/15 10:48am

UC Berkeley Students Hold Teach-In for Their Racist Professor

At UC Berkeley, a tenured mental health policy professor named Steven Segal has found himself in a bit of trouble, thanks to his conflation of black-on-black crime with the Black Lives Matter movement, and his eagerness to blame victims of oppression for their oppression—which is probably easy when you're not… » 3/04/15 1:50pm 3/04/15 1:50pm

Listen to Kendrick Lamar's Black Rage Anthem 'The Blacker the Berry'

Kendrick Lamar just released the blackest rap song of the year so far, "The Blacker the Berry." It's produced by Boi-1Da, has a hook sung by dancehall star Assassin and a tough beat that's the perfect accomplice for the nonstop gut punch of his lyrics. On the heels of his now Grammy-winning self-love anthem "i," this… » 2/09/15 7:10pm 2/09/15 7:10pm

Kendrick Lamar Believes in Both Iggy and the Rapture

Billboard interviewed Kendrick Lamar in the lead-up to his highly anticipated album I and, unsurprisingly, he was nothing short of interesting. Among the many topics touched upon by the West Coast rapper was creative process (he works through the night with a tight-knit group of musicians he's dubbed "vampires"),… » 1/09/15 3:50pm 1/09/15 3:50pm

SNL Brings Us More Unlikely Music Collabs à la Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

Last night, Woody Harrelson hosted SNL with Kendrick Lamar as the musical act, and man there were a lot of cameos going on, starting with the cast of the Hunger Games crashing Harrelson's monologue. Aaaand that's about when the countless references to Harrelson's drug use took off. Oh boy! » 11/16/14 4:31pm 11/16/14 4:31pm

This Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar Mash-Up Is Impossible to Hate

Now that you've found the strength to admit you might actually like Taylor Swift, the next step is to make her an even more inescapable part of your existence. Here's something to help—"Backseat Shakeoff." The Hood Internet fused Swift's "Shake It Off" with Kendrick Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle," an electric track… » 11/11/14 11:00pm 11/11/14 11:00pm

Dej Loaf Is Going to Be a Star

On Tuesday night, Dej Loaf took the stage in a mink. Or fox, or sable—whatever it was, it was fluffy fur, the age-old symbol, especially in hip-hop, that you're finally rich. The 23-year-old wore it with a flair that was unmistakably of Detroit, the flashy style of her hometown, accessorized with her omnipresent… » 10/22/14 6:30pm 10/22/14 6:30pm

No One Thinks Macklemore Deserved Grammys. Not Even Macklemore.

Last night, a wealthy young duke with a face gentle and soft like rolled-up sleeping bag shocked everyone by winning several Grammys for the art of rapping. His name was Macklemore, he hailed from a far-away, mystical land called Seattle (pronounced: "See-YAW-tehl") and he often wore fancy, intricate coats that made… » 1/27/14 6:20pm 1/27/14 6:20pm

Kiernan Shipka Joins Lifetime's Flowers In The Attic Incest-Fest

Precocious and sexually curious 14-year-olds of the '90s will be thrilled to hear that Kiernan Shipka will be starring as prima ballerina and brotherfucker (SPOILER) Cathy Dollanganger in the Lifetime remake of V.C. Andrews' Flowers in The Attic. Perfect! Sorry, Kristy Swanson. First Buffy, now this. » 8/15/13 9:00am 8/15/13 9:00am