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i, by Kendrick Lamar has been heating up the radio waves for the past month. Finally, an official video has been released to accompany the uplifting rap.


Peep the new visual for King Kendricks’s new single “I AM.”

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03: Kendrick Lamar attends the Mayweather Vs. Maidana Pre-Fight Party Presented By Showtime at MGM Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/WireImage) From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/31/kendrick-lamar-house_n_5420361.html

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 03: Kendrick Lamar attends the Mayweather Vs. Maidana Pre-Fight Party Presented By Showtime at MGM Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/WireImage)
From Huffington Post

Everyone has been anticipating Kendrick Lamar’s newest album ever since good kid, m.A.A.d. city dropped in October of 2012. The album received much critical acclaim and was touted to win a few Grammys or so until Macklemore swooped in and stole the Rap Album of the Year award. With the release of i a few months back, it seems Lamar may be back on track to release a new album.

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With the video of Drake airballing being shopped around everywhere like the name of it was Superhead, people are wondering if this means his credibility has diminished. Has it? I wouldn’t go that far to say that he lost his street cred but it did hurt a little bit.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03: Kendrick Lamar attends the Mayweather Vs. Maidana Pre-Fight Party Presented By Showtime at MGM Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/WireImage) From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/31/kendrick-lamar-house_n_5420361.html

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 03: Kendrick Lamar attends the Mayweather Vs. Maidana Pre-Fight Party Presented By Showtime at MGM Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/WireImage)
From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/31/kendrick-lamar-house_n_5420361.html

With the case of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines sparking controversy for, not only being incredibly creepy and rape-y, some copyright issues regarding music by Marvin Gaye and Funkadelic, you would think that covering yourself with a release for a sample would be the best thing for you. Someone didn’t tell Kendrick Lamar that. Lamar’s song Rigamortis, a track on his debut iTunes release Section.80, contained an un-cleared sample from musician Willie Jones III and Eric Reed.

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Flying Lotus
Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar) is the first single from Flying Lotus’ forthcoming album, “You’re Dead!” due October 7 on Warp Records. It premiered in the US on Power 106’s radio show Liftoff (weekdays from 7-10pm) and BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe Show (Mon-Thu from 7-9pm) collectively during the last 24 hours. You can listen to the track HERE. Flying Lotus will embark on a full North American tour this fall. Check out the full list of dates below.

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Drake and Kanye WestWhen Yeezus speaks, the people and the press take notice.

Having remained relatively quiet since his nuptials to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West has broken his silence in a recent GQ Magazine interview on everything from the reception of 2013’s Yeezus album to his desire to be a top designer in the fashion world to the tabloid wedding of the decade. But for Hip-Hop fans, the most important piece of information divulged by Yeezy probably had to be him seemingly conceding the top spot in Hip Hop to none other than October’s Very Own, Drake. Interviewed for the July issue of GQ by Zach Baron, said exchange reportedly went as follows:

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It’s been one year and seven months since Kendrick Lamar dropped “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” and proved he has at least one million fans. If you’re one of them, then you know the struggle of being a fan of an artist with only a few album length projects to his name. You know “Section .80” and “Overly Dedicated” front to back and copped his EP but even that isn’t enough Kendrick for you. Admit it: it might be time to branch out a little.

And by branch out, I obviously mean to more Kendrick. Here are ten of his best verses that weren’t on his own albums:


10. 1 Train – A$AP Rocky ft. Big KRIT, Action Bronson, Danny Brown and Yelawolf

It seems like everybody thinks a different artist had the best verse on this track. Okay, nobody thinks Action Bronson killed it, but an argument could be made for everyone else—and don’t tell me not to consider Yelawolf. I mean come on, “Ain’t been a rapper this cold since Tupac was froze / and thawed out for a spot date at a Coachella show” is a great line. But Kendrick’s offering here is great as well, maybe not the best on the song, but still a solid contribution.


9. Fragile – Tech N9ne

Kendrick matches Tech N9ne’s rapid fire delivery and delivers a verse, as usual, that brilliantly coincides with the theme of the song. Making a song about artists’ fragile egos is an unusual choice for the typical “I love haters” attitude you usually see in hip-hop, so this song is an interesting change of pace.


8. The City – Game

The strange thing about this song is how Kendrick’s verse just kind of got tacked on the end. It was good enough for Game to pull a line out of it for the hook, but not good enough to play before the beat cuts out I guess. Still, Kendrick’s flowing a cappella is a great way to end a song.


7. Black Lip Bastard (Remix) – Ab-Soul ft. Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q

Kendrick’s verse for this Black Hippy remix has a line that goes, “Look inside of my parking garage and see a collage of every person I despised from the moment I turned five,” and he doesn’t drop that vindictive tone for the rest of the verse. The power all four bring on songs like this is what gets everybody’s hopes up about a Black Hippy album. In fact, there is so much power in this song that you may have to rent a temporary power supply to handle it all.


6. Really Be – YG

It was fitting for Kendrick to appear on YG’s “My Krazy Life” since some people think the album could be considered a companion to GKMC called “Gangsta Kid Mad City”. Kendrick delivers a verse here that shows he’s still a good kid, but even he is not immune to temptation when he gets stressed out.


5. Blessed – Schoolboy Q

This is one of Schoolboy Q’s most introspective songs and Kendrick helps out with a similarly reflective verse delivered with a unique flow. He ends the song on an inspirational note with lines like,”You reject these niggas that neglect your respect / For the progress of a baby step, my nigga.”


4. Collard Greens – Schoolboy Q

And in this other collab with Schoolboy, Kendrick shows he feels just as at home on the party tracks as he is on the introspective ones. You know it’s a great feature when you find yourself just listening to the song waiting for Kendrick to come in. Check out Kendrick flexing his bilingual capabilities here. Maybe a whole song in Spanish is in the works?


3. Control – Big Sean ft. Jay Electronica

I know, I know, nearly every other list in the world would have this verse at number one, but I still think it’s really overrated because of the hype Kendrick’s “disses” generated. How is saying you’re trying to be better than someone else a diss? Plus, he delivers this verse, as great as it is, with a bizarre, sustained half-yell. It’s still an incredible feature and be sure to stick around for the criminally underrated Jay Electronica verse that follows it.


2. Jealous – Fredo Santana

I have this one in my iTunes as Kendrick Lamar ft. Fredo Santana, because Kendrick absolutely owns this song. He begins this verse talking about how heartbroken he was to learn one of his best friends from Compton just got murdered, “I got worry on my brain, I been gone all summer / Just to fly back home and find out y’all done killed my little brother,” and still manages to end it with some uplifting lines.


1. Nosetalgia – Pusha T

The most impressive thing about this feature is how Kendrick figured out a way to make the subject matter of his verse consistent with Pusha T’s. Pusha T raps almost exclusively about dealing cocaine and Kendrick wasn’t about to start pretending he sold coke after making an entire album about being a good kid. So how does he do it? By crafting an extended metaphor that links his bars to bricks, and delivering it in a way that flawlessly complements Pusha T’s own stellar opening. As an added bonus, the song has one of the best videos of the last five years.

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summerWhen you think of summer you think of beaches, pool parties and loud music. Though summer is home to major movie blockbusters, summer is also the home for the newest hip-hop and R&B releases. Everyone lives on a soundtrack that’s playing in their head to get them through the day. Music is life and influential and it’s the reason why we [the writers] contribute to SoSoActive.com. Here are five of my most anticipated summer releases.

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SZA_SSENSESZA – no, not the newest member of Wu Tang – the only female artist under Top Dawg Entertainment released her third extended play last week. She’s been signed to TDE for about a year now, who include other artists like Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad and more; SZA’s sound doesn’t compare to her label mates. She has a neo-soul, jazz sound that’s reminiscent to old school R&B artists. For those who don’t know who she is here are ten facts you must know about SZA.