January 27, 2014 |
The gasps, groans and expletives were abundant backstage Sunday as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis swept the rap categories during the untelevised portion of the Grammy Awards ceremony. Their massive hit “Thrift Shop” took rap performance and song, and their debut, “The Heist,” nabbed the trophy for rap album over breakout Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar's striking debut, "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. " The controversy was immediate. The indie Seattle duo's early wins sparked a trending topic on Twitter as outraged hip-hop purists and critics admonished voters for picking the pair's work over albums from Drake, Kanye West, Jay Z and Lamar.
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.
August 15, 2013 |
Over the last few days since Kendrick Lamar chimed in with a vicious verse on Big Sean's track “Control” in which he proclaimed himself “King of New York,” the rap world has been steadily answering via Twitter, Facebook and, most important and exciting, response tracks. For those not up on the hoo-ha, earlier this week Lamar, one of the most skilled and respected wordsmiths on the hip hop scene, set forth lines that slammed the state of hip hop in 2013 with a grand declaration: “I'm in a destruction mode if the gold exists/I'm important like the Pope, I'm a Muslim on pork/I'm Makaveli's offspring, I'm the king of New York/King of the Coast/One hand, I juggle them both.” If that wasn't enough, Lamar went on to dismiss fashion-minded rappers (er, Kanye West, anyone?