December 18, 2012 |
It's been a while since we've heard from Dido, the breathy English songbird whose hit 2000 collaboration with Eminem, " Stan ," set a course followed by countless moody-but-buoyant hip-hop tracks over the next decade-and-change. In early 2013, though, Dido is set to return with a new studio album, her first since 2008's "Safe Trip Home. " (Let's pause here to remember that disc's underappreciated " Don't Believe in Love ," a warmly rootsy ballad cowritten and produced by Jon Brion.)
October 25, 2012 |
Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" has received no shortage of media attention since its release on Monday, including rave reviews in Rolling Stone , Pitchfork and SPIN , and an in-depth feature by The Times' August Brown. When best-of-2012 lists start rolling out toward the end of next month, don't be surprised to find the album near the top of quite a few. If the Compton rapper's verbal skills are now a matter of critical consensus , though, the sound of "good kid, m.A.A.d city" hasn't quite triggered the same response.
April 11, 2013 |
Just ahead of his planned appearance this weekend on "Saturday Night Live," Miguel on Wednesday released a new remix of his song "How Many Drinks?" featuring Kendrick Lamar. The two L.A.-based artists broke out in 2012 with two of the year's most critically acclaimed albums: With "Kaleidoscope Dream," which also earned nominations for several Grammy Awards, Miguel offered a sensually futuristic vision of deep-groove R&B, while Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" reimagined West Coast hip-hop for kids who might not have been born when 2Pac's "All Eyez on Me" came out. In "How Many Drinks?
July 1, 2013 |
Given that the inaugural B.E.T. Experience just wrapped up in downtown Los Angeles, it's fitting that two young locals - Kendrick Lamar and Miguel - were two of the breakout winners at the network's annual awards show. The Compton-born rapper Lamar scored big for his major-label debut “good kid, m.A.A.d. city,” which won universal praise for its nuanced storytelling. He won awards for best new artist and best male hip-hop artist. He was also a featured guest on “F- Problems,” by A$AP Rocky, which won for best collaboration with fellow guests Drake and 2 Chainz.
May 14, 2013 |
Drake leads the list of nominations for the upcoming 2013 BET Awards, which the network revealed Tuesday. The Young Money rapper-singer scored a leading 12 nominations, including an impressive five in the video of the year category. His singles "HYFR" and "Started From the Bottom" will compete against his collaborations with 2 Chainz ("No Lie"), Kendrick Lamar ("Poetic Justice") and A$AP Rocky ("Problems"). Drake is also up for male hip-hop artist alongside 2 Chainz and Lamar , who are tied with eight nods.
October 29, 2012 |
This year's installment of Power 106 FM's annual Cali Christmas upends many of its recent traditions. The hip-hop and R&B round-table usually gets a few titans from its upper airplay ranks, some singles-toting newbies and an L.A. legend or two. But this year's lineup is a study in contrasts and shows how quickly generation gaps can emerge in the young and fast-moving Power 106 audience. Rick Ross, the rotund and resilient Miami kingpin, tops the bill with guest-verse staples Meek Mill and 2 Chainz in tow. But the most exciting acts include Compton's Kendrick Lamar, whose lauded major-label debut, "good kid, m.A.A.d.