Kendrick Lamar x Nike React Element 55: Release Details

Kendrick Lamar and Nike reportedly have plans to launch a restricted version Nike React Element 55 this Fall, a change from the various Cortez collabs they’ve produced through the years.

According to sneaker supply @PY_Rates, the Kendrick React Element 55 comes wearing a “Pure Platinum, Clear Wolf Grey and Black” shade scheme. It its believed the kicks will launch this Fall for the retail worth $150, although an ficial launch date has not but been introduced.

Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Album Is Coming, Vows TDE DJ MackWop

Insar as unrequited hip-hop needs go, many followers maintain a Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole collaboration album in excessive regard. The undertaking has undergone varied standing updates, with rumor  its conception strengthening and waning with the lunar’ cycle’s consistency. Still, many select to stay optimistic, as each Kendrick, Cole, and their respective groups have remained open to the concept. Now, it could seem that TDE affiliate MackWop, who serves because the label’s tour DJ, has determined to take issues into his personal fingers.

Some time in the past, Wop uploaded a video titled “IM GONNA PUT OUT A NEW KENDRICK LAMAR & J-COLE RECORD IN 2019,” explaining that he is the one one succesful “facilitating these verses.” At across the twelve-minute mark, Wop explains that he will “be the n***a to place out the Okay.Dot J Cole data.” He continues, explaining that “everyone love MackWop.” 

“If we being sincere, I feel I’ll be the one to make it occur,” he explains. “They each my n***as, I am going get it achieved. So look ahead to that, 2019, we talking it into existence.” A number of days later, he uploaded a second video, offering an replace on the state of affairs; as January third, Wop had but to talk with any the events concerned, however stays hopeful that he can nonetheless make the method occur. Of course, it’s going to should be shortly to come back, as J. Cole could have his fingers full quarterbacking the upcoming Revenge Of The Dreamers three album.

In MackWop we belief!

Kendrick Lamar Gets Dragged In "Surviving R. Kelly" Discussion

Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly has prompted a well-rounded dialog about sexual misconduct previous the documentary’s principal focus. Although the manufacturing revolved round those that both declare to have both been victimized by R. Kelly or to have witnessed him victimizing others, viewers are together with different entertainers of their insights referring to rape tradition. Kendrick Lamar, one the present era’s most “woke” artists, is being dragged as soon as once more for supporting R. Kelly’s music.

In efforts to maintain R. Kelly’s musical legacy, and maybe set a precedent separating artists horrific behaviors from their artwork and avoiding lasting repercussions on their careers, Kendrick Lamar’s reps urged Spotify to retain the R&B icon’s music on its platform. They did so whereas threatening to tug his catalog from beneath their banner. Since Surviving R. Kelly has reignited society’s concern with how alleged predators are perceived, the sympathizers the accused are additionally being scrutinized.

Social media customers are questioning Kendrick Lamar’s actions have been met with a digital shrug. BuzzFeed’s Saeed Jones tweeted: “I hold fascinated by Kendrick Lamar actively campaigning (and succeeding) in getting R. Kelly and XXXTentacles put again on Spotify final 12 months in response to the #MuteRKelly motion. There is complicit silence (shout out to Questlove) after which there’s energetic endorsement.”

Kendrick Lamar and SZA Settle Black Panther 'All The Stars' Lawsuit

Before the lawsuit might advance additional, Kendrick Lamar and SZA selected to settle with Lina Iris Viktor.

Last February, British/Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor filed a lawsuit in opposition to Kendrick Lamar and SZA.

She alleged Lamar’s ‘All The Stars’ music video for Black Panther outright copied her distinctive art work.  These included Egyptian and African symbolism in gold and black paint.

Jay Rock & H.E.R React To Making Obama's 2018 Favorite Songs List

Barack Obama lately shared his listing favourite songs, films, and books the 12 months. The former president has a wholesome stability all kinds music. He’s beforehand included artists like Jay-Z and SZA on the listing — the previous made it once more alongside Beyonce as The Carters — however what could have shocked many was his decide Jay Rock and H.E.R. While the 2 artists had a giant 12 months in 2018, to be included on Obama’s year-end listing his favourite songs is a serious accomplishment. Both Jay Rock and H.E.R took to Instagram to share their pleasure.

Kendrick Lamar beforehand made Obama’s favourite songs listing 2017 with “HUMBLE.” however this 12 months, he seems on the playlist alongside Jay Rock. Obama dubbed “Wow Freestyle” as one his favourite songs the 12 months. Rock shared a screenshot Obama’s listing on his Instagram, captioning the put up, “WOW!!!! I respect the love Mr President @barackobama !!!”

H.E.R. additionally shared a screenshot Obama’s listing on Instagram and thanked the president for the inclusion her music “Could’ve Been” ft. Bryson Tiller. “Look mama i made it 😩 thanks @barackobama,” she wrote. 

Obama’s playlist additionally contained Chance The Rapper and Joey Purp’s “My Own Thing,” J. Cole’s “Kevin Heart,” Cardi B’s “I Like It” ft. J Balvin and Bad Bunny, Khalid & Normani’s “Love Lies,” and The Carters’ “Apeshit.”

Barack Obama's Favorite Songs Of 2018: Cardi B, Jay-Z, J. Cole, Khalid, & More

With 2018 coming to a detailed, we have appeared again in any respect the superb moments we have witnessed in hip-hop this 12 months. From the most inventive music movies to our favourite songs the whole 12 months, we have coated all of the bases. We’re not the one folks reminiscing on all the enjoyable we had in 2018 although. Barack Obama determined to do the identical factor, itemizing f some his favourite inventive achievements from the final 12 months. 

The Forever President shared his lists the very best films, books, and songs to have been launched in 2018 and whereas some picks are apparent, others are extra stunning. To know that Obama listened to your track and thought of it among the many finest the 12 months is kind of the accomplishment and we’re positive there might be loads celebrating tonight for the next artists.

Among Barack’s prime songs, he included tracks by The Carters, J. Cole, Khalid and Normani, H.E.R, Jay Rock, Chance the Rapper, Cardi B and extra. When it involves his favourite films from the 12 months, Black Panther, Roma, BlacKkKlansman, Annihilation, and extra made the listing. Of course, his favourite e book the 12 months belongs to his spouse, Michelle Obama. Shocker.

Check out the complete lists under and tell us the place you suppose he bought it proper.

Kendrick Lamar & SZA Reach Settlement In "All The Stars" Lawsuit: Report

We did not get a brand new album from Kendrick Lamar or SZA this yr, however they did launch one the most popular songs 2018, “All The Stars.” The music was launched as the primary single f the Top Dawg & Kendrick-curated Black Panther: The Album. The two TDE artists had been later sued by an artist who accused them ripping f her work for the music’s music video. Despite the authorized battles, they settled issues proper earlier than the vacations.

According to The Blast, Lina Iris Viktor got here to an settlement with the artists concerned within the “All The Stars” lawsuit to have the case dropped. Court paperwork had been filed on December 21st revealing that every one the claims towards Kendrick and SZA in addition to different events have been dismissed.

Viktor accused Kendrick Lamar and SZA ripping f her artwork items, “Constellations I,” “Constellations II” and “Constellations III,” within the “All The Stars” video for “Black Panther.” She claimed she beforehand refused to present them permission to make use of it after the movie’s producers requested permission to make use of the art work for the movie. She claimed they requested if she’d create new art work for the movie as a substitute. She stated she denied their request on each events. However, they allegedly tried to recreate her art work and he or she sued for copyright infringement.

We Need The TDE Vs Dreamville Competition In 2019

Hip-hop’s tradition has historically been predicated on 4 key components: MC’ing, DJ’ing, Beatboxing and Graffiti Writing. With the latter two extra by-products the renegade motion that originated within the minds the Bronx’s expressive youths quite than being intently aligned with its present guise, it begs the query as as to if there are persisting attributes which might be extra befitting the worldwide phenomenon that it has since turn out to be. First delivered to the fore by the warring factions Boogie Down Productions and The Juice Crew as they sought to claim their respective borough’s pre-eminence over the rap recreation, one defining attribute life on the creative frontlines has been the irrepressible urge to check your prowess in opposition to your fellow inventive minds. Whether it manifests in shows wordplay, a perceived slight or trespass on a fellow MC’s skillset, or within the morbid form violence, the will to check your mettle in opposition to these perched on the style’s highest totem is dyed within the wool hip-hop like little else.

A scholar the artform’s doctrines in each method, the observe pitting the deserves your materials in opposition to your contemporaries has been tantalizingly reignited by Atlanta’s J.I.D. Scarcely various days after he fered a late contender for album the yr with earth-rattling sophomore mission Dicaprio 2, the J. Cole protégé didn’t mince his phrases on his aspirations for the Dreamville collective within the years to come back. Boasting artists similar to Bas, EarthGang, Ari Lennox and Lute amongst others, an interview with Complex noticed the “East Atlanta Playboy” throw the gauntlet all the way down to their Los Angeles based mostly counterparts in Top Dawg Entertainment: “We competing with TDE. That’s what must be identified. Dreamville, we gotta step this shit the fu*okay up. Cause them n***as is fireplace! I do not even know any entities that I fu*okay with, however I fu*okay with TDE.” Derived from admiration quite than animosity, this call-to-arms hasn’t gone unnoticed by the label that comes full with one the best rosters ever to assemble beneath one incorrigibly creative banner.

We Need The TDE Vs Dreamville Competition In 2019

J.I.D – by HNHH

A scorching prospect in his personal proper with an undeterred self-belief akin to J.I.D’s, TDE signee Reason responded to his light-hearted provocation after the 2 met at Rolling Loud. Comically captioned as “bumped into this random man at @RollingLoud he stated he was half some dream group or one thing idk. Really cool man tho,” the picture the 2 conversing intently despatched a transparent message that the respect he’d proven to the non secular dwelling Kendrick, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock and extra was reciprocated, however that his problem had been duly famous.

At a time the place many hip-hop heads have been left disenchanted by uniformed passibility appearing because the low barometer for important or business success, the information that two factions revered for thought-provoking output gained’t be banding collectively, however will as an alternative draw the battle strains, has left many clamouring for dream hook-ups quite than hotly-contested square-fs. Despite the truth that any ardent connoisseur theartform would salivate over the announcement the long-gestating collaboration between Kendrick and Cole, to decry these two labels for respectively wanting supremacy is to negate the aggressive spirit that’s an important side hip-hop’s lifeblood. There is a false impression that beef and rivalry are indivisible from each other, however this might not be farther from the reality. Where one is shaped on real; or within the case some right now’s artists, manufactured, hostility, the opposite is extra in keeping with a sporting contest with the clear aim crowning a victor and placing as a lot a deficit between you and your opponents within the course of.

On J.I.D’s half, there was possible no apprehension in sending this jol shot throughout the bow to TDE, contemplating its de-facto chief, Kendrick Lamar, as soon as lobbed an incendiary machine into what he noticed as a wilting and detrimentally harmonious eco-system with “Control.” Alongside stealing all the headlines from a monitor that featured verses from Big Sean and the elusive Jay Electronica, this 2013 fering noticed Ok-Dot proclaim that “I’m normally homeboys with the identical n***s I’m rhyming with, however that is hip-hop and these ‘n***s’ ought to know what time it’s” earlier than offering a laundry checklist MCs that he wished to bloodbath on wax. Cole was among the many stock rappers that Kendrick needed to displace, a frontrunner that might bly protest Ok. Dot’s standing as hip-hop’s kingpin. This pleasant rivalry has merely been inherited by their respective crews.

On the topic the rosters at their disposal, there has by no means been a time the place they’ve been on such an equal footing on the subject of vitality, creative distinction and relevance as they’re at present. Bolstered by not solely Dicaprio 2, however the globe-trotting sound Bas’ breakout mission Milky Way, in addition to the clear anticipation for EarthGang, Cole’s declare that “Dreamville stacked like the soldiers” appears apt (lest we neglect, Lute, Cozz and Ari Lennox are solely warming up). Coupled with the label mastermind’s engulfing opus KOD, it could possibly be argued that Dreamville goes into 2019 a step forward their West Coast rivals. That’s to not say that TDE has laid dormant in 2018 nonetheless, fering stellar initiatives from SiR, Reason’s debut There You Have It and most notably, Jay Rock’s Redemption. Now that the seeds warfare between the 2 have been sown within the listeners’ thoughts, success upcoming initiatives from each camps might be made all of the extra pivotal resulting from its results on our inner scoreboards.

We Need The TDE Vs Dreamville Competition In 2019

Jay Rock – by HNHH

While the standing  Kendrick’s new mission stays unclear, the discharge slates each imprints appear greater than succesful besieging the business in 2019. On Dreamville’s beginning line-up, there’s Cole’s The Fall Off, EarthGang’s full-length Mirrorland, a brand new fering from Ari Lennox, whispers a ‘conceptual mission’ between J.I.D & No ID and that’s with out even broaching whether or not the t-teased Revenge Of The Dreamers three will lastly emerge. Meanwhile in Cali, the ever-imposing Schoolboy Q, who purposefully delayed his new file after Mac Miller’s premature passing, might be returning to the fray, possible alongside the enigmatic Ab-Soul, Tennessee import Isiah Rashad and the important darling that’s SZA. With each Dreamville president Imbrahim Hamad and TDE’s patriarch Anthony ‘Top’ Tiffith’ proclaiming 2019 to be a large yr, the looming specter   competitors respiration down their necks ought to lead each artist to hone their new initiatives till they border on perfection.

Harbouring all of the makings essentially the most contentious tug–war over the market share because the days Bad Boy and Death Row, the essential distinction is that every bout might be determined by achieved music quite than bullet wounds, which makes it not a combat to be worrisome over, however one to bask within the sheer brilliance .

At time when numerous stars are criticized for complacently using waves or counting on a well-trodden sound, the problem that J.I.D issued is not going to solely push the events concerned, however encourage hip-hop at giant to succeed in a better plateau. In that sense, this declaration warfare from J.I.D shouldn’t be a trigger for alarm however a time to rejoice, in what has all of the makings a compelling and historic occasion for tradition as we all know it.

Kendrick Lamar May Very Well Be Dropping A New Album In 2019

It’s the information we have all been ready for, new music within the kind a full-length album coming at us by none aside from Kendrick Lamar. Of course, we want that the tape would arrive earlier than the top the 12 months (so a few week) but it surely seems to be like it should almost definitely arrive within the new 12 months. 

Polydor Records information, that’s affiliated with Interscope and liable for distributing albums in Europe, posted a picture to Instagram that has since been deleted that reads an inventory upcoming albums for 2019. Among the record are Black Eyed Peas, ScHoolboy Q, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez and Kendrick. 

Pop Crave grabbed a picture the submit beneath.

A brand new tape from Kendrick has been a necessity for a whereas for the reason that final full fering we bought from the  Compton bred rapper was 2017’s DAMN. This 12 months we did get to listen to his crafted work on the Black Panther soundtrack, however there’s nothing like a full physique work surrounded across the thoughts Kendrick alone. 

We’re prepared every time you might be, Okay Dot. 

Kendrick Lamar May Very Well Be Dropping A New Album In 2019

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Most Creative Music Videos Of 2018

2018 has been a particular yr for followers hip-hop music. We’ve obtained some standout initiatives from new and veteran artists alike. Most musicians positioned a deal with the amount content material they put out this yr; with our technology’s dwindling consideration span, that wasn’t the worst technique. That reality really shined an excellent brighter highlight on music movies. If an artist determined towards releasing a brand new music altogether, they ten opted to drop a dope video to advertise their present materials. In the previous couple of years, we haven’t created “Best Of” lists for movies however 2018 fered too many high quality visuals for us to go on.

In an effort to maintain this record concise, we’re leaving out some fairly notable clips: A$AP Rocky’s “A$AP Forever,” Kali Uchis’ “After The Storm,” and Kelela’s “Frontline” all narrowly missed the reduce. The aforementioned works are price your time and should you haven’t already seen them, test them out when you’re completed with these twelve.

The cinematography, modifying, social commentary, or else all these elements mixed made these movies stand out from the remainder. Have a have a look at our high picks for Most Creative Videos 2018 and tell us your favourite music video the yr within the feedback.


12. Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake – “King’s Dead”

Kendrick Lamar is well-known for his extravagant music movies. Usually, he’ll collaborate with Dave Free to launch some probably the most progressive video work within the music trade. The TDE group struck gold with the Kendrick-curated Black Panther soundtrack as a good quantity the movies shot for it might have made this record. “King’s Dead” is the strongest selection for a number of causes, although.

For starters, the cinematography is on level. We begin f with an establishing shot and the second vocals are launched, the digicam zooms into Kung Fu Kenny as he’s perched atop a palm tree. We transfer right into a chaotic and old-school newsroom the place Kendrick sits together with his ft up on the desk and a tie round his head, because the digicam zooms out. Future seems wildly out place behind him as he stunts together with his chains on, clearly not getting the wardrobe memo. There’s additionally an insanely cinematic zoom right into a barbershop the place Jay Rock is getting a recent line-up, which might be worthy its personal thinkpiece. Obviously, this was directed by Dave Free… however was that basically a query? “La di da di dah,” certainly.


 11. Kanye West & Lil Pump – “I Love It” (feat. Adele Givens)

While the execution Kanye West and Lil Pump’s music video for “I Love It” might not have been probably the most advanced, it leaves a memorable impression and thus retains an enduring energy greater than most clips launched this yr. We’ll nonetheless be speaking about how ridiculous “I Love It” is for years whereas different movies will fizzle out. The rollout this music solely helps to focus on its creativity because it was premiered on the Pornhub Awards, all locations. An Adele Givens cameo opens and closes the video, lamenting concerning the “previous days” and saying that girls will be rather more upfront with their sexual companions at this time.

Kanye and Pump are lastly launched, rocking their ludicrous Roblox-inspired costumes, which ended up being an insanely-popular Halloween outfit this yr. Kanye has on a goy smile a lot the time as he clearly can’t comprise his childlike pleasure. There are just a few scenes, however the place this music video lacks in storyboards, it makes up for basically hilarity. Produced by Spike Jonze, the thoughts Kanye West will be thanked for the course the video as he collaborated with Amanda Adelson.


10. Anderson .Paak – “Bubblin”

I’m not gonna lie, I used to be actually shocked when “Bubblin” wasn’t included on the Oxnard tracklist. The monitor serves as considerably a James Bond-esque theme music for .Paak and, however for no matter purpose, it was left f the album. That doesn’t imply that the music didn’t get the eye it deserves although. If something, it’s most likely one  .Paaks hottest songs ever.

The clip has an identical vibe to J. Cole’s “ATM” as a slew money is thrown round by a busted ATM machine. When Anderson .Paak discovers that the ATM will simply proceed spitting out cash, he hijacks it and drags across the metropolis with him. While many music movies present your favourite rapper stunting with a fistful money, this executes the identical concept in a way more ingenious approach. The artist dives right into a pool stuffed with payments and a girl acts because the ATM’s therapist, saying she admires the machine for not being “afraid to spill all of it out.” Unfortunately, the ending is just a little morbid as a six-armed Anderson will get crushed by the money dispenser, calling for the tip to the Calmatic-directed video.


 9. Denzel Curry – “Clout Cobain”

Denzel Curry launched one the strongest efforts the whole yr. His three-part report TA13OO has distinguished themes that carried into the visuals offered for the challenge. “Clout Cobain” is a favourite from the album, getting its personal video in July this yr. Considering how far Denzel strays from the remainder his “SoundCloud Rap” contemporaries, followers had been concerned with seeing how his imaginative and prescient would translate onto our screens. Thankfully, he didn’t disappoint.

The transitions are spooky, the make-up and costumes are haunting, and the general vitality is fairly spectacular. Aside from splashes purple blood and colourful face tattoos, the whole video has been shifted to black & white, popping issues that are supposed to be the deal with the display screen. “Clout Cobain” is unafraid critiquing what rap has develop into to youthful generations. Denzel ends the circus efficiency by taking pictures himself within the head, stunning all people within the viewers and actually closing with a bang.


 eight. 2 Chainz – PROUD (feat. YG & Offset)

When you assume a typical rap video in 2018, you probably image costly automobiles, bikini-clad girls by the pool, and rappers stunting with heaps money. 2 Chainz and Howard Ross had a distinct concept after they had been directing the video for “PROUD.” While there’s nothing extraordinary taking place in phrases cinematography or modifying, “PROUD” earns a spot on the record for the idea.

Instead filming themselves flexing in entrance muscle automobiles, 2 Chainz, Offset, and YG’s moms respectively are all the celebrities this video. Their cameos make the “PROUD” video equal quantities cute and hardened, as they actively outperform their rapper sons.

How can we write about this video with out shouting out YG’s momma too? Her vitality was on level the entire approach by means of as she ferociously lip-syncs alongside to her son’s lyrics. Seriously, it feels as if she wrote the verse for him.


7. Valee – “Womp Womp” (feat. Jeremih)

“Womp Womp” impressed many rappers to mimic Valee’s infectious stream and the video was additionally fairly ingenious. The clip begins out with Valee and a girl in mattress as they attempt to determine what to observe on TV: typical. Telemundo is settled on, which finally ends up being a serious theme within the video.

The visuals for “Womp Womp” are straight out a DVD rental retailer because it skips between cutscenes, giving choices to observe developments like “Heist,” “Throwdown,” and the hilariously misspelt “Resturaunt.” To give it much more an inexpensive cinematic vibe, credit score sequences roll out and the viewer chooses between English, Spanish, or “Womp Womp” as their most well-liked language. Much like the following entry on the record, Valee and Jeremih execute their idea in a near-flawless method as work was clearly put in whereas planning this video.


6. Vince Staples – “FUN!”

There’s one thing particular about selecting a video idea and absolutely dedicating your self to it. That’s what Vince Staples did with “FUN!” because the Long Beach native chosen a theme, caught to it, and ended up with one the very best movies the whole yr. “FUN!” is ridiculously easy; any person explores Google Earth photographs Vince’s neighborhood and falls on a lot hilarious scenes. While it isn’t as eye-catching and flashy as some the opposite clips on this record, “FUN!” piques your curiosity as you wish to discover extra what you’re seeing. Fights escape, a theft happens, a number of youngsters comically dance within the entrance yard. There’s a lot occurring on this video and most its attraction is that it doesn’t take itself severely in any respect. These issues are handled as if they occur regularly.

The real-life blurriness navigational stware because it’s loading is precisely mimicked as scenes take a number of seconds to completely begin. It was positively enjoyable to find Norfy, California with Vince Staples. Until subsequent time.


5. J. Cole – “ATM”

J. Cole’s “ATM” video sees the North Carolina rapper develop into a gold-clad Santa Claus as he flies by means of the sky on his throne. Instead reindeer, he’s adopted by a handful kids who sit atop a bottle codeine cough syrup, chasing after a greenback invoice. It all follows the Ok.O.D. themes to a tee.

Cole will get ingenious in his show as he fairly actually critiques how individuals are prepared to fer an arm and a leg for his or her materials possessions. He transforms right into a used automotive salesman, a miniature model himself dwelling inside a cash bag and, most memorably, a crazed particular person sitting in a room lined with cash whereas sporting a straitjacket.

The Scott Lazer-directed flick will not be solely on this record as a result of it’s memorable although. “ATM” earns a spot as a result of it’s so efficient in speaking the story it got down to inform. J. Cole echoes the truth that you’ve got a selection in terms of consumerism, a tone that’s absolutely obvious within the visuals.


four. Travis Scott – “SICKO MODE” (feat. Drake)

Much the mastery behind the “SICKO MODE” video has to do with the work that was put in within the modifying room. From the filters utilized in post-production to the glitchy results, superimposition, and inventive additions twerking girls in locations you would not anticipate, “SICKO MODE” reveals much more evolution from Travis Scott. La Flame has entry to all of the assets he might have with a purpose to make a memorable video and he did so. Somehow, Travis manages to please all people with this effort; he’s received women shaking their asses for the standard hip-hop video followers, vivid colours for the obscure artwork geek, and glitchiness for the modernists amongst us.

Directed by Dave Meyers, the identical man that was behind “Stop Trying To Be God,” “SICKO MODE” is surreal. It jumps from each nook Trav’s creativeness whereas nonetheless one way or the other paying homage to town Houston. On paper, this shouldn’t work. One scene has Travis appearing as a pressor in entrance a large chalkboard and the following has him mimicking the actions a classic soul star. “SICKO MODE” is an ode to Travis’ hometown and a splendidly extravagant world in itself.


three. Lil Dicky – “Freaky Friday” (feat. Chris Brown)

Before releasing “Freaky Friday,” Lil Dicky teased followers by admitting that it was the very best work his total life. He additionally gloated that it might be the “finest music video you’ve ever seen.” While that’s an enormous declare to make, LD didn’t disappoint. Sure, the idea the video has been executed earlier than however Lil Dicky breathed new vitality into the concept by taking some his well-known buddies alongside for the experience: Chris Brown, Kendall Jenner, DJ Khaled, Ed Sheeran, and so on.

What’s really inventive about “Freaky Friday” is how the story is informed in correlation to the music. Zooming, superimposition, and goy appearing all helped Dicky garner tons consideration, racking up over 447 million views on the time publication. Lil Dicky and Chris Brown swap our bodies for a number of hours as Breezy strolls round city in his Ferrari, flexes his dancing potential, and hangs within the VIP part the most well liked golf equipment. This video is hilarious, ingenious, and in contrast to anything that was launched this yr. It will not be the very best music video all time as Dicky promised but it surely positive as hell is an entertaining 5 minutes.


2. Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

As Donald Glover begins singing the now unmistakable “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away,” we first see* an enormous warehouse. Surrounded by industrial pillars, an empty chair with an acoustic guitar is within the center the shot. A person walks over and begins taking part in when Childish Gambino seems from behind a column, dancing awkwardly together with his shirt f earlier than making his approach over to the seated man. The guitar participant is now with out his instrument, sitting nonetheless with a hood over his face as Gambino randomly pulls out a handgun and fires the set off.

The scene describes “This Is America” completely because it has develop into considerably a operating joke for Donald Glover. The chaos really begins after Childish discards the gun; automobiles race all through the warehouse, kids be a part of him in a choreographed dance, and smoke fills the air. Each shot was well-thought out and executed to perfection, making certain the tip result’s almost flawless. From the flowery monitoring photographs to the unique use lengthy takes, the eye to element in every single place is very respectable.

“This Is America” is one probably the most seen movies on this record. It actually strapped a rocket onto the accompanying music, making it one Childish Gambino’s extra fashionable tracks ever.


1. Tierra Whack – “Whack World”

Out all people that made unimaginable first impressions this yr, Tierra Whack is one the one artists to have carried out so by means of audiovisual means. Whack World is rather more than only a music video. It’s an album, a brief movie, and a chunk artwork. Everything from the modifying, mise-en-scene, make-up and costuming make this fifteen-minute work artwork so particular. Each monitor on the album is filtered by means of a singular lens. It’s troublesome sufficient to inform one efficient story by means of visuals, however the rising Philly product managed to do exactly that over a dozen occasions in Whack World.

For many, this served because the formal introduction to Tierra Whack, and it was a particularly highly effective one at that, proving to an unfamiliar viewers that she might ascend to a Missy Elliott-type stage. Tierra wears many hats within the clip, taking up the function a canine groomer, a disco trailer woman, and a flashy aerobics pupil. Wacky certainly. Director Thibaut Duverneix did an exceptional job bringing Tierra’s imaginative and prescient to life. The rapper earned a spot on our Breakout Artists 2018 record and it’s actually all based mostly on the creativity displayed in Whack World. If you haven’t watched it but, test it out. This is definitely one the very best clips the whole yr.

Beyonce & SZA Fake Albums Surface Online

The web is a scary place. Two separate vocal powerhouses skilled leaks this week, and their followers spent no matter little time that they had with the initiatives pondering their existence. Let’s contact on SZA’s venture first. Earlier in December, a mysterious SZA venture appeared on streaming providers below the title Comethru. According to Complex, the venture was launched below the artist “Sister Solana,” and featured some previous songs and new songs by SZA. “Bed” initially popped up 5 years in the past, and the response to Drake and PartyNextDoor’s “Come and See Me” referred to as “Comethru” was additionally included. As you possibly can inform by clicking on the hyperlink, TDE has since had the songs blocked, though you possibly can nonetheless view the tracklist. A tune referred to as “Loved Ones,” that includes Kendrick Lamar below the title “King Kenny,” was additionally included within the leak. SZA took to social media to denounce the music, and revealed that they had been previous songs she by no means licensed to be launched. “These are random scratches from 2015. Def not new new!” she wrote on her Instagram story. “But… artistic? And scary? Lol HEARD U tho… I SWEAR the brand new is coming.”

Beyonce & SZA Fake Albums Surface Online
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Beyonce suffered the same destiny on Thursday night time. When followers noticed two new venture pop up on streaming providers below an artist named Queen Carter, they thought Bey was on one other shock album run. The two albums, entitled Have Your Way and Back Up, Rewind can nonetheless be seen on Spotify, however very like SZA’s initiatives, the tracks have been blacked out. According to The Guardian, the 2 10-track albums had been comprised unreleased demos and previous songs. As you possibly can think about, Beyonce took care that leak instantly. 

Drake, Cardi B, Migos & Post Malone Hold Down RIAA’s 2018 Gold & Platinum List

Hip-hop is undoubtedly essentially the most consumed style on the planet proper now. It was made much more evident this 12 months. Drake basically held down the highest the Billboard Hot 100 for almost all the 12 months, Cardi B turned the primary feminine rapper to have 2 primary hits underneath her belt, and Migos ties the Beatles for many quantity simultaneous Hot 100 entries amongst teams. So it ought to come as no shock that hip-hop additionally led RIAA’s 2018 Gold & Platinum record.

Drake, Cardi B, Migos & Post Malone Hold Down RIAA’s 2018 Gold & Platinum List
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Drake had an enormous 12 months in 2018 and his RIAA plaques are additional professional. The rapper’s single, “God’s Plan” is the RIAA’s Top Song the 12 months whereas Scorpion was among the many prime albums within the RIAA’s 2018 Gold & Platinum record. Cardi B’s debut album, Invasion Privacy, Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys and Migos’ Culture II have been licensed double platinum. Additionally, J. Cole’s Ok.O.D, XXXTENTACION’s ?, and Camila Cabello’s Camila had been additionally licensed platinum. Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther: The Album and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack was additionally licensed platinum.

Clearly, hip-hop dominated pop music this 12 months and it would not seem like that may find yourself altering subsequent 12 months. The RIAA revealed that 2018 noticed 33 albums and 151 songs turned licensed both gold or platinum throughout the previous 12 months. You might learn extra data on the RIAA’s standards — together with how merch bundles are counted — right here. 

Kendrick Lamar & Travis Scott Perform At TDE's fifth Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Watts was lit on Wednesday evening. Kendrick Lamar, Top Dawg, and the TDE crew got here collectively for his or her fifth annual toy drive, they usually introduced Travis Scott alongside for the trip. Scott is at the moment on the town for the Los Angeles leg his “Wish You Were Here” tour, however he had greater than sufficient time to deliver some pleasure and Christmas spirit to those that attended the TDE occasion. The vacation toy drive went down at Nickerson Gardens, with free admission to those that donated unwrapped presents.

Kendrick Lamar & Travis Scott Perform At TDE's 5th Annual Holiday Toy Drive
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Seeing as how the occasion went down in Watts, it was important for Jay Rock to carry out as effectively. Reason, SZA, and Rich the Kid additionally joined the checklist expertise that took to the stage. Kendrick and Trav hopped right into a spirited efficiency “Goosebumps,” and La Flame additionally gave the viewers the blessing a “Sicko Mode” exhibition. “In cities like Watts, Compton, and South Central, lots these youngsters don’t get to depart their neighborhoods,” TDE co-president Dave Free informed MTV three years in the past. “They don’t get to go to those reveals. They don’t have the sources, cash or alternatives to be in these environments, to be submerged in music, tradition and completely different components. To me, that’s an vital factor.” Check out footage from the toy drive under.

Kendrick Lamar Offers Another Major Co-Sign To Blueface

You’ve undoubtedly heard about Blueface in the previous couple of weeks. Many have checked out his music and been turned f as a result of the rapper’s irritating lack of ability to remain on the beat. However, Blueface has beforehand admitted that his distinctive strategy is definitely intentional. While it could sound like he is simply flat-out not musical in any respect, he is working with a story that he is simply out right here carving a brand new lane. People’s confusion and curiosity proceed to develop as a result of it is really working. The younger up-and-comer has gotten observed by Drake, Lil Uzi Vert, and now Kendrick Lamar.

During a latest interview with Jeff Weiss the Los Angeles Times, Kendrick confirmed that he wasn’t presently engaged on a brand new album, regardless of spending heaps time within the studio. During his f time, he is made certain to take a look at a number of the rising abilities from Los Angeles and in doing so, he took discover Blueface. In a portion his discuss with Weiss that did not make it to print, Kenny shouted out Blueface and some different rising artists. Weiss tweeted that he requested Lamar if he fucked with Blueface, to which he instantly ad-libbed “Blueface child!” and stated, “He’s dope. He’s bought his personal model and I can respect that.” 

He spoke on the brand new rappers shining brightly in L.A., mentioning Savii third amongst others. Kendrick advised Weiss, “All these youngsters, their music appears like a life-style. It’s not them placing on and that is one thing I can respect. And all of them have their very own voices.”

While the Blueface love could also be complicated to some, it is bought to be one thing that all of us begin getting used to. We look like witnessing his rise to the highest.

Reason Spits Crazy Bars Over TDE Bangers In New Freestyle

Stepping to the mic, Reason wastes little time in establishing his presence. Kicking issues f with a reimagined variation Kendrick Lamar’s personal rhyme scheme, Reason takes to “Element” with the arrogance a real wordsmith. “Street good like I am rolling with some students,” he raps, within the opening stanzas, “n***as folding, cash piling, bread older than nostalgia.” From that time on, intelligent bars and punchlines arrive on a nonstop foundation, as Reason delivers an onslaught over his labelmate’s instrumental. 

“It’s getting scary, simply see what the West cravin’,” spits Reason, sliding by means of with a Wes Craven reference for the slowpokes. He would not cease there. “Words electrical I got here with an unwell movement, not sick an unwell movement, however electrical, an eel movement,” he raps, his supply on level to the fullest. It would not finish there, because the Leakers queue up Jay Rock’s “Parental Advisory” for him to physique. And relaxation assured, he does precisely that.

In case you missed Reason’s current album There You Have It, you should definitely peep that proper right here. Though it is technically his debut as a TDE signee, the album itself was recorded and launched previous to the deal, making it technically a reissued drop. Still, it is clear that Reason is gearing as much as make an enormous splash on the sport, and we will solely hope his new challenge arrives before later. Peep the bars, and watch one essentially the most thrilling new lyricists at work.