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Kendrick Lamar’s Album Drops March 23rd

Friday, March 6th, 2015

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Oh snap, would you look at what popped up on iTunes. There’s no tracklist, no artwork and no album title, unless it’s called Untitled, which it very well may be. March 23rd is the date.

Previously: Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry (Prod. by Boi-1da & The Koz)

Kanye West Lectures at Oxford University

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

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With his new single “All Day” finally out in the wild, it’s safe to say Yeezy Season is in full swing. Earlier today he visited the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to deliver a lecture to a group of students.

Throughout the speech he touched on anumber of topics including fine art, classism and time as a luxury. He also shared an idea about The Matrix being the “Bible of the post-information age” that he relayed to director Steve McQueen the other day at the “All Day” video shoot.

As is typical of an unrestricted Kanye idea dump, the speech is full of quotables and the University has promised to upload a full video at some point today. Until then you can check out a few choice quotes below and follow the link at the bottom of the page for a complete transcript.

“OK, everyone please be completely quiet, because I can literally hear a whisper, and it’ll throw off my stream of consciousness, and when I get my stream of consciousness going that’s when I give the best, illest quotes. Literally, a whisper can throw it off.”

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Bobby Shmurda Decries Lack of Support From Label

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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The New York Times spoke to Bobby Shmurda, who is still incarcerated on Rikers Island on weapons and drug charges, and his entertainment attorney Matthew Middleton about his precarious legal predicament. Since his arrest late last year, I’ve heard a few people wonder why his label Epic has failed to post his bond and get him back out on the street where he can continue to earn. After all, the label reportedly sunk a couple of million bucks into the young Brooklyn rapper when his runaway single “Hot Nigga” was bubbling across hoods this past Summer, so why wouldn’t they want to capitalize while he still has some momentum?

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Common & John Legend Win Best Original Song Oscar

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Common and John Legend took home as Oscar for their song “Glory” from the Selma soundtrack on Sunday night. Check out their performance above, and continue below to see their acceptance speech.

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Raekwon Sets Release Date for Fly International Luxurious Art

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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This morning Rae took to Instagram to reveal the release date for his new LP, Fly International Luxurious Art or F.I.L.A. The album impacts on April 28th.

Previously: DJ Kay Slay ft. Styles P, Sheek Louch, Vado, Raekwon & Rell – I Declare War

KiD CuDi Joins Cast of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

KiD CuDi will make an appearance on IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! tomorrow night, but as it turns out, he’ll be sticking around a bit longer than the typical celebrity guest. Entertainment Weekly reveals that CuDi will be replacing longtime co-host and DJ Reggie Watts come July. Reggie will be moving on to the Late Late Show when James Corden becomes the permanent host next month. Check out a preview of CuDi’s guest spot above.

Previously: Kid Cudi & King Chip – Chillen While We Sippin | ScHoolBoy Q on Comedy Bang! Bang!

Lil Wayne Says the #FWA is Coming Next Month

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

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In a new phoner with Rolling Stone, Lil Wayne promises that the Free Weezy Album will be dropping next month and offers some vague answers about the state of his relationship with Birdman. Apparently they are no longer on speaking terms, which tends to happen when you sue somebody for $51 million. He also confirms that Tha Carter V is “super-done” and says he would drop it tomorrow if he could, expresses his befuddlement with social media and promises more children from more women.

Read the full interview with RS here.

Previously: Lil Wayne Announces the Free Weezy Album

Stalley ft. 2Lettaz – Souvenirs

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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Stalley just announced his new Souvenirs European Tour and he dropped off a new track of the same name with 2 Lettaz. Check the flyer above for dates and listen below.

Produced by Black Diamond.

Previously: DJ EFN ft. Scarface, Troy Ave & Stalley – Who’s Crazy? (Prod. DJ Premier)

Video: Bobby Shmurda’s Attorney Discusses His Case

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Kenneth Montgomery, the attorney representing Bobby Shmurda in his pending gun and drug cases, discusses his client’s predicament at length with Complex News. I’m having flashbacks to Max B right now, but this guy seems like he has his head on his shoulders, plus he’s a former prosecutor. Montgomery breaks down the charges against Shmurda, Bobby’s bail situation, why the package that was submitted was later withdrawn and what the next move is. Even if you don’t care about Bobby’s fate, or you think he’s guilty and deserves to be locked away, this is a fascinating peek into how charges are brought against young Black kids in New York City and how attorneys try to keep the system honest.

Previously: Bobby Shmurda’s Bail Has Been Posted (UPDATED)

57th Annual Grammy Awards Winners

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

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Here is the list of Rap and R&B winners at the 57th annual Grammy awards. Kendrick Lamar finally gets his Grammy as he wins 2 for his single “i”. Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 got Best Rap Album.

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE: Kendrick Lamar – “i”
BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION: Eminem feat. Rihanna – “The Monster”
BEST RAP SONG: Kendrick Lamar – “i”
BEST RAP ALBUM: Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE: Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm Jamal-Warner – “Jesus Children”
BEST R&B SONG: Beyoncé feat. Jay Z – “Drunk in Love”
BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM: Pharrell Williams – G I R L
BEST R&B ALBUM: Toni Braxton and Babyface – Love, Marriage, & Divorce
BEST SURROUND SOUND ALBUM: Beyoncé – Beyoncé
BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE: A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”
BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett – Cheek to Cheek