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Kendrick Lamar Accepts His Historic Pulitzer Prize (Video)

Over the last few years, Kendrick Lamar has been on the kind of run enjoyed by few artists of any oeuvre. His album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was hailed as an instant classic and went on to be certified platinum, for over a million copies sold. To Pimp A Butterfly,... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Receives A Historic Pulitzer Prize For His Last Album

The same week it celebrates its first birthday, Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. has just won a Pulitzer Prize. The album becomes the first piece of music that is not Classical or Jazz to take home the prestigious honor that started 101 years ago in the fields of literature, journalism, and music... Read more

Q-Tip & Kendrick Lamar Link On A Song That Sounds Like Vintage ATCQ (Audio)

It’s no secret that Kendrick Lamar is heavily influenced by A Tribe Called Quest. During his To Pimp A Butterfly Tour, Lamar made 18,000 concertgoers in Sydney, Australia pay homage to Phife Dawg the day Tribe's co-founder passed away back in 2016. Later that year, fans heard Phife and Lamar... Read more

Black Panther’s Director Reveals How He Got Kendrick Lamar To Curate The Soundtrack

In less than 48 hours, The Black Panther soundtrack will be released (February 9). The TDE/Interscope Records soundtrack tracklist boasts new music from label acts Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, and Ab-Soul, as well as other popular acts including Future, 2 Chainz, Travi$ Scott, Vince Staples, and Anderson .Paak. Perhaps... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Wins The Grammy For Best Rap Album

Kendrick Lamar was a big winner at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards this evening (January 28). Before the main event was even televised, the DAMN. rapper was already the winner of three awards, with "HUMBLE." nabbing the gold for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Best Music Video. The... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Opens The Grammys With Dave Chappelle & A BANG (Video)

Kendrick Lamar opened the 60th Grammy Awards with a performance. Ahead of tonight's live televised event, the Compton, California MC was already awarded three trophies for "Best Music Video," "Best Rap Song," and "Best Rap Performance." In all three categories, it was DAMN. single "HUMBLE" that scored the win. When... Read more

Kendrick Lamar & Big K.R.I.T. Are Battling For Best Rap Album Of 2017 & It Is CLOSE

For more than two weeks, Ambrosia For Heads has asked readers and fans to determine the "Best Rap Album Of 2017." With AFH's Top 15 provided, readers were offered a Wild Card option to vote in an album pick that may have been overlooked. With the resulting "Sweet 16" in place,... Read more

Who Had The Best Rap Album Of 2017 (The Final Battle): Kendrick Lamar vs. Big K.R.I.T.

We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list them, we thought it would be more interesting to hear what you, the readers, believe is the Best Rap Album of 2017. With that in mind, we decided to make our Best Rap Albums Of... Read more

Who Had The Best Rap Album Of 2017 (The Final 4): Kendrick Lamar vs. Joey Bada$$

We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list them, we thought it would be more interesting to hear what you, the readers, believe is the Best Rap Album of 2017. With that in mind, we decided to make our Best Rap Albums Of... Read more

Who Had The Best Rap Album Of 2017 (Battle 11): Kendrick Lamar vs. Logic

We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list them, we thought it would be more interesting to hear what you, the readers, believe is the Best Rap Album of 2017. With that in mind, we decided to make our Best Rap Albums Of... Read more

Who Had The Best Rap Album Of 2017 (Battle 8): Kendrick Lamar vs. Big Sean

We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list them, we thought it would be more interesting to hear what you, the readers, believe is the Best Rap Album of 2017. With that in mind, we decided to make our Best Rap Albums Of... Read more

Kendrick Lamar’s Latest Video Shows The Many Complexities Of Love

Kendrick Lamar continues to roll out videos in promotion and celebration of DAMN. The Grammy Awards are a little more than a month ahead, and the TDE/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records #1 album is a focal point of the January 28 evening, including being  an "Album Of The Year" contender. After several... Read more

What Is The Best Rap Album Of The Year? You Decide. Here Are Our Top 15.

It’s that time of year where “best of” lists abound and, in a year that featured stellar music from artists young and old, 2017 has proven to be one of the finest of the decade. We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list... Read more

Why Kendrick Lamar & JAY-Z May Destroy Each Others Chances At Winning Album Of The Year

With the 60th Grammy Award nominations being announced this week, and just a little under two months away from crowning the respective victors, the collective post-nomination conversation from those within the music industry and fans alike, has been incredibly rich in both impression and speculation. For the very first time... Read more

9th Wonder Details Producing Kendrick Lamar’s DUCKWORTH & Reveals Its Original Title (Video)

Working on a Kendrick Lamar record requires a vow of secrecy as demanding as any spy code, 9th Wonder shares in the latest Rap Radar Podcast. With longtime colleague and Roc Nation producer/engineer, Young Guru by his side, 9th speaks on how he made “DUCKWORTH.” the closer for this year's Grammy-nominated... Read more

JAY-Z & Kendrick Lamar Dominate 2018 Grammy Nominations

The nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards are in. The event returns to New York City for the first time in 15 years and will broadcast on January 28, 2018. As many Hip-Hop Heads predicted, JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar receive a plethora of consideration, for 4:44 and DAMN., respectively. Jay,... Read more

Drake Has Thrown Darts At Kendrick & JAY-Z, But Chooses Not To Face Them At The Grammys

Drake's More Life marked his seventh consecutive #1 project on the Top 200. The Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic Records "playlist" (as it was marketed) has already achieved double-platinum certification following its March release. However, Drake—who possesses three Grammy awards—reportedly has opted not to submit More Life for consideration in next... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Details What Saved Him From The Streets Of Compton

Kendrick Lamar credits discovering Malcolm X as a teen and a 100% commitment to his music as the two things that saved him from the streets of Compton, in an interview with Touré for VICE's i-D, published today (October 16). “[Malcolm X’s] ideas rooted my approach to music,” says the... Read more

Kid Capri Addresses Taking Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. & Putting It In Reverse (Video)

With decades worth of credentials, Kid Capri was asked about the state of Hip-Hop within the first few minutes of his interview on Ebro In The Morning, today (October 2). The Bronx, New Yorker DJ/producer, who also dabbled with rapping declared that today's Hip-Hop isn't "for everybody." He further explained... Read more

Wu-Tang Is Forever And In Control Of Its Destiny With Its Own Record Label (Video)

Hip-Hop news and culture move fast, and it’s easy to miss significant developments. Every week, Ambrosia For Heads takes a look back at the Last 7 days. This video series, hosted by Justin “The Company Man” Hunte examines the current issues with a colorful rundown of the what, where, and why. While the Last... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Set The VMAs On Fire & Then He Humbly Won 6 Awards (Video)

Last night (August 27), the 34th annual MTV Video Music Awards took place at Inglewood, California's The Forum. The 2017 VMAs (and its reformatted list of categories) opened with the focus on Kendrick Lamar. The MC who has enjoyed #1's, platinum certifications, and other televised awards this calendar year kicked... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Confirms His New Album WAS Meant To Be Played Backwards & Forward (Video)

At the end of April, Ambrosia For Heads proposed a theory that Kendrick Lamar actually released two albums, not one, with DAMN. Our premise was that the album took on different meanings, depending on the order in which it was played. Today, in speaking with MTV, Kendrick has confirmed for... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Discusses What Makes A Wack MC & Why No GOAT Uses Writers

Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. reached the top of the charts for a second time in the last month. The April release from the TDE/Aftermath Entertainment artist has set a new benchmark for a decorated 2010s Hip-Hop career. Speaking with Rolling Stone in Georgia, K-Dot touched upon the album, his family dynamic,... Read more

9th Wonder Compares The Impact Of Kendrick’s DAMN To P.E.’s It Takes A Nation (Video)

9th Wonder's introduction to the Hip-Hop industry (by way of Little Brother's The Listening) is not even 15 years old. However, in that time, the producer/DJ/professor has become a powerful voice in the music and culture. Like his discography, 9th has been an advocate for the songs, albums, and musicians he... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Shows He’s Got Generosity & Charity Inside His DNA (Video)

Last month, Dr. Dre announced he would be donating $10 million to break ground on a performing arts wing within his Compton High School alma mater. In The Defiant Ones documentary, Dre toured the present grounds and showed development plans. They include a recording studio, complete with a mixing board.... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Names His Top 5 MCs Dead Or Alive (Video)

It's becoming more common to hear Kendrick Lamar's name mentioned in debates about the greatest MCs of all time. Even for those who are not fans of his music, it's become impossible to deny the Grammy winner's critical, commercial, and cultural achievements in Hip-Hop and beyond, and at this point... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Gives His Most Revealing Interview About The Meaning Of DAMN (Video)

At this point in his career, Kendrick Lamar is an icon. The critically acclaimed rapper from Compton, California has conquered the Rap world several times over, and his success has stretched far beyond. Easily one of today's most successful musical artists, his discography is one of the most celebrated of... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Slaps Down His Foes & Makes It Look Sexy (Video)

Throughout his career, Kendrick Lamar has made some truly incredible music videos. Today's release of "ELEMENT." takes things to a whole other level. The third DAMN. video comes to life as the ultimate visual companion to the song's spirit. Moreover, attached to an album that has prompted many fans to... Read more

The 11 Best Hip-Hop Releases So Far In 2017 (Audio)

At 2017’s midpoint, the year has been generous in substantial art. Some artists have rallied to make the album an unbreakable sequence of songs. Others are seeking new, casual ways to keep fans gratified without the gravity of the longstanding format. Some releases have allowed us to know MCs at... Read more

2 Chainz Shows He Has Freestyle Fire In His DNA As He Rips Kendrick’s Hit (Video)

Though an immensely successful rapper with six Grammy nominations (and one win), six Platinum (or better) selling singles, and even more juggernaut appearances as a featured guest on some of Rap's hottest records, 2 Chainz isn't a rapper whose name immediately comes up when discussing the best freestylers in the... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Asks How We Let A Conscious MC Go Commercial On “Mask Off” Remix (Audio)

Earlier this year, Future earned the acclaim and astonishment of many when he dropped two full-length albums within one week of each other, first February 17's eponymous offering and then February 24's HNDRXX. The multi-platinum selling rapper has released three chart-topping singles from the back-to-back LPs, though "Mask Off" is the... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Joins George Washington & More As A Painting In The U.S. Capitol

Back in 2015, it was announced that Kendrick Lamar had inspired the "Be Alright" scholarship at a New Jersey school. It was an exciting development for Hip-Hop, as it spoke directly to the culture's growing rate of acceptance as a worthy, inspiring, and important presence in education. Shortly thereafter, Lamar's To Pimp... Read more

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Is The Fastest Selling Album Released In 2017 With 1 Million Sold

Since releasing his song "The Heart, Pt. 4" on March 23, Kendrick Lamar has been on an absolute tear. He achieved his first ever solo #1 single, with the release of "HUMBLE." He also secured his third consecutive #1 debut with his album DAMN. What's more, with an opening tally of... Read more

The Rumors Were Right. Kendrick Lamar DID Release 2 New Albums.

Merely hours after Kendrick Lamar released his masterful new album, DAMN., a rumor surfaced that set the internet ablaze. It is unclear who the original author was, but the theory was Kendrick actually had plans to release 2 albums that weekend. The details were wildly creative yet also stunningly detailed…all... Read more

LL Cool J Recites The 1st Rhyme He Wrote. He Was Already A GOAT At 11 (Video)

2017 makes 33 years since LL Cool J released debut single "I Need A Beat." James Todd Smith was not old enough to drive a car when he signed his contract with Def Jam Records, where he would remain a superstar into the 2000s. The Queens, New York MC elevated... Read more

Mike Will Made It Explains Why Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA” Sounds So Crazy

The second official single to Kendrick Lamar's #1  new album is "DNA." Besides some audio from Geraldo Rivera, the second song on the album is a complete collaboration between Lamar and veteran producer Mike Will Made It (who also produced the first single, "HUMBLE.") Mike, known for producing such hit... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Explains His New Album Song By Song (Video)

Today (April 21) marks a full seven days since Kendrick Lamar released DAMN., the conceptually driven follow-up to the equally innovative and controversial To Pimp a Butterfly. Already garnering the MC critical and commercial acclaim to rival all of 2017's highest-rated LPs, DAMN. has inspired its fair share of analysis and reviews, which have... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Overtakes Drake For The Best Opening Sales Week Of 2017

Just one week after releasing his newest LP, Kendrick Lamar remains the most talked-about artist in Hip-Hop. Having already released more than one single and video in support of DAMN., the TDE rapper has also already performed some of the material on one of the world's biggest stages, in the... Read more

Don Cheadle Talks Starring In Kendrick Lamar’s Video & Being The Original Kung Fu Kenny

Yesterday, Kendrick Lamar continued the momentum he's built over the last few weeks, with the release of a new video for his song "DNA." Since mid-March, Lamar has had the Hip-Hop world on lock, with an onslaught of new songs, the release of his album DAMN., a headlining performance at... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Has A Battle Of Wills & Raps With Don Cheadle For His DNA (Video)

Over the last 3 weeks, Kendrick Lamar has dominated Rap discourse, but since the release of his latest album on Friday, the conversation has reached a fever pitch. Over the weekend, there was intense speculation that Kendrick would drop yet another album on Easter Sunday and, his headlining performance at... Read more

Hot DAMN. Kendrick Lamar Projected To Achieve Third #1 Album.

Last week, Kendrick Lamar did his DAMN. thing, literally. Including last year's untitled unmastered. compilation, this is the Compton, California MC's fourth major label title, and apparent fourth album in a run that began with 2011's Section.80. According to Billboard, it also appears that the Top Dawg Entertainment flagship artist... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Reveals Top Dawg Planned To Rob Kendrick’s Father Years Ago (Audio)

In the closing hours of April 13, Kendrick Lamar released his DAMN. album. Less than 24 hours old, the MC's latest major label title is clearly another example of rich concept, leaving music fans some unpacking as they listen for the days ahead. Fourteen songs, all of which are one-word,... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Has Released His New Album. Listen Here (Audio)

Just three weeks ago, Kendrick Lamar turned the Hip-Hop world upside down, with a single post to his Instagram account. Prior to the now ubiquitously discussed picture of the Roman numeral IV that Kendrick shared, his account had been wiped clean, to signal that this was not just a run-of-the-mill... Read more

LeBron James Loves Kendrick Lamar’s New Album. He Shares Snippets (Audio)

With just a few hours until Kendrick Lamar is scheduled to release his fourth LP, DAMN., there don't appear to be any leaks of the much-anticipated content. He threw most for a loop when rapping in "The Heart Part 4" that "you have until April 7 to get your s**t... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Releases The Title, Artwork & Tracklist For His New Album

For the last several weeks, Kendrick Lamar has apparently dropped cryptic social media posts and lyrics surrounding his next album. Initially, his March social media posts with "IV" had many fans believing K-Dot may be using a numeral title for what would be his fourth major label release. That week,... Read more