#ICYMI: Happy Belated Bornday to the Greatest Of Our Time–Kendrick Lamar!

Kendrick Lamar Just Turned 30! What are your top 5 favorite songs from his catalog and why?

I know I’ma whole day late, but I have to wish one of my favorite artists out right now a huge Happy 30th Birthday–to Kendrick Lamar! You don’t know me personally; however, I can honestly say  I’ve felt every word you put into every lyric. K.Dot…you changed the game for the better by putting everyone on their toes with this rap sh-t!

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To celebrate Kendrick’s/K.Dot’s/Kung-Fu Kenny’s 30th birthday, here’s a list of my top 5 favorite songs by him—in no particular order, mind you.


Kendrick’s ode to killing your favorite rapper is a classic. It was on this particular song where he used the double-time flow he would soon perfect on various songs and other projects in the future.


2. “B-tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” (Section.80)

*screams “BITCH DON’T KILL MY VIBE!” excitedly and carefree in the middle of a conversation*

3. “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” (good kid, m.A.a.d. city)

A lot of his best songs are taken from personal experiences growing up in Compton, CA. Kendrick is no stranger to story telling on his albums–but this one is so important because of the perspective used to illustrate Kendrick’s childhood trauma in a dangerous environment. If you wanted to start listening to Kendrick now, I’d recommend you start with this song!

4. “m.A.a.d. city” (good kid, m.A.a.d. city)


Enough said.

5. “Money Trees” (good kid, m.A.a.d. city)

The sample. The hook. The verse from fellow TDE member Jay Rock. Virtually everything about this song—following adolescent Kendrick’s pursuit of money as a means to escape poverty—captures Kendrick’s ability to translate his life story and transform it into someone else’s story.



Jay Z Used Twitter To Salute His Favorite Artists

Jay Z Used Twitter To Salute His Favorite Artists





Jay Z is a man of many words—with the exception of Twitter. Jay rarely uses his Twitter, so when he does, it is viewed as a special occasion.


On Thursday (June 15), Hov released a string of tweets giving a huge nod to his favorite artists—new and old alike. The tweets followed his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

As a 47-year-old rapper-turned-mogul, we could all assume he has an understanding knowledge of Twitter; however, Hov admitted his thoughts were cluttered as he couldn’t figure out the reply button. He reeled us back in promising he wasn’t drunk.

Check the tweets below!

And then there’s more….

The fact that his wife, the great Queen B, and Obama both get a honorable mention as rappers…priceless!

Hov is the greatest of all time for this. Who else do yall think deserves to be inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame?

Dj Khaled Reveals ‘Grateful’ Artwork; Drops New Drake-Assisted Track “To The Max”

Dj Khaled Reveals ‘Grateful’ Artwork; Drops New Drake-Assisted Track “To The Max”


DJ Khaled and Drake team up for the first time since Major Key‘s hit single “For Free.”

Despite Khaled screaming all over the Internet the now-famous chant: “ARE THE DRAKE VOCALS IN YET!?”, the new track between Khaled and the 6 God is fire!

The collaboration “To The Max” will be featured alongside the certified platinum  hit “I’m the One” for Khaled’s tenth studio album Grateful, which is slated for a a June 23rd release.

Listen below and as always let me know if the track is hot or not.



Will Childish Gambino Make Any More Albums?

Will Childish Gambino Make Any More Albums?

How many actors in Hollywood have successfully done what Childish Gambino (real name Donald Glover) has done in their careers?

Don’t get me wrong…Hollywood is full of actors that dedicate themselves to several crafts outside of acting; however, none of them have had a strong cultural impact like Glover and his stage persona, Childish Gambino.

This past weekend, Gambino performed at The Governor’s Ball Music Festival, in which he made the announcement that Governor’s Ball is the only show he’s doing this year. Although that was a mildly exciting statement from ‘Bino, he saved the big announcement for the end of his show.

Naturally at one of the summer’s biggest music fests, Gambino played “Redbone” for the audience. However, it was the way he lead himself into the song that was dope in my opinion.  He used the “What ‘Redbone’ would sound like…” meme to incorporate the song into his setlist.

After finishing his setlist, he used the final moments of his time to tell the audience, “I’ll see you for the last Gambino album” which lead several audience members to scream “What!?” in disbelief.

For all things considered, it’s no huge surprise Donald is stepping away from making music. From being cast in major Hollywood productions such as the Lion King live-action remake and as a young Lando Calrissian in a Hans Solo Star Wars, and being all hands on-deck with FX’s Atlanta AND being a father sometime last year—music should take a backseat for him.

To be honest, I’d be content with just one final Gambino album–only if it’s done right!


[WATCH]: “Kill Jill” by Big Boi feat. Killer Mike and Jeezy

Watch the video for “Kill Jill” by Big Boi feat. Killer Mike and Jeezy. The album “Boomiverse” is available June 16th.

Although André 3000 has kept us confused as to whether or not he will release a solo album, Big Boi continues to release music at an alarming and extremely entertaining rate.

The other half of legendary rap duo Outkast will release a new album Boomiverse next Friday (June 16). Until then, Big Boi has laced fans with the album art and tracklist also.

The new lead single “Kill Jill” featuring Killer Mike and Jeezy is a certified banger soon as you play it in the whip. Check out the Game of Thrones-themed video below and be sure to cop Boomiverse when it comes out!

Big Boi 'Boomiverse'
Image via @therealbigboi Instagram
Big Boi 'Boomiverse'
Image via @therealbigboi Instagram

Irv Gotti Will Team Up With 300 Entertainment

Irv Gotti Will Team Up With 300 Entertainment for a Brand New Mysterious Deal

Murder Inc. was one of the biggest music labels in the early to mid-2000s. The label spawned stars such as AshantiJa RuleLloyd, and Charlie Baltimore. The label’s founder and CEO Irv Gotti announced earlier on his Instagram that his label is expected to go thru a major revival with some major players in the music industry!

Now, it looks like Irv decided to share the news with everyone.

Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles of 300 Entertainment (acts included Migos and Lil Yachty among others) have a new partnership with Gotti’s Murder Inc; however, the type of deal between the three parties is unbeknownst to the general public.

 “Me. Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles. Back at it again.  Everyone get ready for some dope music.”

Gotti has already signed two acts to his label, Boogiie Byrd and Atlanta duo Fitted Circle. Irv will also executive produce a new series on BET titled “Tales” airing next month.

Chris Brown Joins YouTube’s Elite Diamond Club

Chris Brown Joins YouTube’s Elite Diamond Club

Remember when Chris Brown was slapped with a restraining order ON HIS BIRTHDAY by his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran? Although that was a smack in the face for Chris ultimately reminding him of his checkered past— as of late, there is a major silver lining for Brown!

Yesterday (May 17), Chris Brown used his Instagram (@chrisbrownofficial) to post a special letter from YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. Wojcicki sent Chris the letter to congratulate his YouTube channel “movement” on reaching 10 million subscribers, in which Wojcicki compares his channel to the population of New York City.

According to Wojcicki, 10 million subscribers automatically land content creators into YouTube’s coveted Diamond Club. The Diamond Play Button is a pretty solid gift if I may say so myself! Check it out below.

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Other notable Diamond Club artists include EminemNicki MinajWiz KhalifaAriana Grande and more.

Chris Brown’s 40-track double album Heartbreak on a Full Moon is expected to drop later this year.

Bryson Tiller Will Be “True To Self” With New Album; Drops Three New Tracks

Bryson Tiller Will Be “True To Self” With New Album; Drops Three New Tracks

It’s been a while since we’ve last heard from Bryson Tiller. As of yesterday, it appears Tiller is slated to drop his sophomore effort next month!

Tiller’s debut album, titled T R A P S O U L, was defined by the term and sub-genre he created from scratch— a soulful sound and style matched over trap-like beats.

Earlier this week, Bryson teased fans with more than what we expected, giving us the album art and title plus three new tracks.  True to Self will be Bryson’s second album slated for a June 23rd release.


The three new tracks are titled “Honey,” “Somethin Tells Me,” and “Get Mine” featuring a verse from Young Thug.

Listen to the three new tracks from Bryson below.

Calvin Harris Announced New Album Via Twitter

Calvin Harris Announced New Album Via Twitter

Calvin Harris, the Scottish DJ and hit-maker responsible for songs such as “How Deep is Your Love” and “This Is What You Came For”, strikes again with yet another summertime banger.

These past few months, Harris gave us the Frank Ocean and Migos-assisted “Slide”, followed by “Heatstroke” featuring Young Thug and Ariana Grande. While pairing  up artists that seem virtually incompatible, Harris has proved critics wrong making his most recent releases his best ones to date.

Thankfully it doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down anytime soon. Calvin’s upcoming project, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, along with the project’s cover art, was announced this past Tuesday (May 9) via his Twitter. Furthermore, he dropped more heat to keep us satisfied until June 30th, his album release date.

Check out today’s most recent release from Funk Wav Bounces called “Rollin” featuring Atlanta super-trapper Future and new alt-R&B artist Khalid. The song is available on https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/rollin-feat-future-khalid/id1233869908?i=1233869912&app=music&at=11l4Qg“>iTunes/https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/rollin-feat-future-khalid/id1233869908?i=1233869912&app=music&at=11l4Qg“>Apple Music and Spotify.

As always, let me know what you think in the comments section!




Here’s the Made in America 2017 Line-Up

Here’s the Made in America 2017 Line-Up

Music festival season is in full effect!

With Coachella all wrapped up, here lies another music fest I’ve dreamed of going to..but my pockets be like, “nah, son!”



Anyways, this September marks the fifth annual run of Jay Z‘s Made in America Festival. Another successful artists affiliated with Hov will be headlining the Made in America this year. You’ve may have heard of him–J.Cole!

That’s right, J.Cole will be headlining with his mentor and Roc Nation boss Jay Z this year for probably one of the most slept on festivals out there. Check out the full line-up below!


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