New Kendrick Lamar Songs, Mixtapes & Videos


10 Best Kendrick Lamar Songs, Ranked [Feature ]

Welcome to 10 Best, a brand new series in which we highlight—you guessed it—an artist's 10 best songs to date, handpicked by the DJBooth staff. Diehard fan? Let us know which selections you agree... Read More


Rich The Kid Landed Kendrick’s Guest 16 Because He Was Recording Next Door [Feature ]

Collaborations come about in a variety of ways—through friendship, friends of friends, label A&Rs and even social media connections—but sometimes, they are just a product of right place, right time. For... Read More


Kendrick Lamar Reveals the Invaluable Advice Dr. Dre Gave Him [Feature ]

Kendrick Lamar likes to dish it out, but he's also been on the receiving end of some great advice. During his cover interview with Forbes for their 30 Under 30 issue, the TDE emcee was asked by writer Zack... Read More


Kendrick Breaks Down the Difference Between “K.Dot” and “Kung-Fu Kenny” [Feature ]

In 2009, following the release of his Tha Carter III-inspired mixtape, C4, Kendrick Lamar decided to drop his then stage name K.Dot in favor of his real, government name. Less than 12 months later, the Compton... Read More


Kendrick’s “HUMBLE.” Becomes First Solo Rap Record of 2017 to Break 1M Pure Sales [Feature ]

Kendrick Lamar earned the first solo No. 1 single of his career and also delivered the highest-debuting rap record since 2010 when he released "HUMBLE." this past April. On top of quickly becoming the... Read More


Young Thug vs. Genius: When Annotations Go Wrong [Feature ]

Following the release of Future and Young Thug’s often unbalanced but overall amusing crossover collaboration, Genius tweeted, “Young Thug addresses his relationship with Jerrika Karlae throughout Super... Read More


From J. Cole to Nas, How Hip-Hop’s Best Use Storytelling to Flip Our Perspective [Feature ]

Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story” was one of many hip-hop classics my father played for me during grade school, a memory that comes flooding back whenever I hear, “Uncle Ricky, could... Read More


Kendrick Lamar’s Best Verses Are On “FEAR.,” According to Kendrick [Feature ]

Kendrick Lamar recently sat down with i-D for a wide-ranging interview about politics in America, Trump, musical growth, charity, and the human experience. During his conversation with veteran music... Read More


Beat Break: J. LBS Shares the Story Behind His 5 Biggest Songs [Feature ]

J. LBS has music in his DNA. Weened onto piano and drums at an early age, the Los Angeles native’s father was a studio musician who played drums on Stevie Wonder’s iconic 1976 album Songs In the Key of... Read More


Holy Shit This Guy Turned Kendrick Lamar Hits Into Country Songs [Feature ]

Have you ever wondered what the biggest records in Kendrick Lamar's catalog would sound like as country songs featuring a fiddle, banjo and harmonica instead of production from Mike WiLL Made-It, Sounwave and... Read More


The Best Advice Kendrick Lamar Has Given His TDE Lablemates About Creation [Feature ]

Earlier this week, Kendrick Lamar spoke at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, a gathering of thousands of the top innovators and entrepreneurs from across the country, where he fielded questions about his successes and... Read More


Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Changed Music, Says Kamasi Washington [Feature ]

Kendrick Lamar scrapped several albums to make his sophomore major label release, To Pimp a Butterfly, a decision that resulted in multiple GRAMMY Awards, the highest-rated rap album of all-time, and an archived... Read More


Kendrick Lamar Grosses More Than $1 Million Per Tour Stop [Feature ]

Forbes published the 2017 edition of their "Hip-Hop Cash Kings" list on Wednesday, and to nobody's surprise, Diddy ($130 million), Drake ($94 million) and JAY-Z ($42 million) generated more income than any of their... Read More


20 Best Hip-Hop and R&B Albums of 2017 (So Far), Ranked (Pt. 2) [Feature ]

Now eight-plus months through the calendar year, it's time for a part two in our quest to highlight the very best hip-hop and R&B albums of 2017. Following our first Best of 2017 installment, which we published... Read More


Kendrick Lamar Rapped For an Hour Straight to Prove Himself to Top Dawg [Feature ]

Today, Kendrick Lamar is one of the most popular, respected rap artists on the planet, but his label boss at Top Dawg Entertainment, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, wasn't so sure he had "it" when the two first met. In a new... Read More


Joe Budden, “Pump It Up” & the Curious Case of Misleading Rap Singles [Feature ]

Technically, Joe Budden is, by definition, a one-hit wonder. The same Joe who criticized Lil Yachty’s always-sunny positivity was the voice encouraging bodies to gleefully gyrate in 2003 and beyond. Featured on Madden... Read More


Kendrick Lamar Calls SZA’s ‘Ctrl’ Album a “Masterpiece” (It Is) [Feature ]

This Sunday, August 27, TDE songstress SZA will compete with five artists, including Khalid, Kodak Black and Young M.A, for the title of MTV's Best New Artist at this year's Video Music Awards. In advance of the... Read More


Tweet Rewind: Metro Boomin Has Some Bangers for Kendrick Lamar [Feature ]

In August of 2010, while Kendrick Lamar was focused on convincing 9th Wonder to let him "bless" one of his beats, Metro Boomin was busy planning a similar attack—on Kendrick. First in November of that same year and... Read More


Kendrick Lamar’s Definition of a “Wack Artist” Is Spot On [Feature ]

"Last LP I tried to lift the black artists / But it's a difference between black artists and wack artists" When Kendrick Lamar spit the above line on "ELEMENT.," one of a countless number of standout selections from... Read More


Was Hip-Hop’s New Generation Established in 2013? [Feature ]

“2013 was a great time [for] hip-hop,” tweeted Punch, TDE’s full-time president and part-time lyrical philosopher. The thought was continued by reflection, about how "everybody was moving" that year.... Read More


From Nas to Kendrick: How to Appreciate the Greatest Emcees Through Their Biggest Flaws [Feature ]

There are two things that have always been true: Nas is a great emcee—and one of the greatest writers in any form or medium—and he has a terrible ear for beats. Before... Read More


Beat Break: Teddy Walton Shares the Story Behind His 5 Biggest Songs [Feature ]

Teddy Walton picked up his first major placement in 2015, co-producing A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q’s “Electric Body” after A$AP Yams took notice of the young producer’s eclectic mixes on YouTube. Things... Read More


Meet the Brooklyn Soul Band Who JAY-Z, Kendrick & Kid Cudi All Sampled to Make Magic [Feature ]

I figured it would have to be finished before feeling the effects of adding magic mushrooms to the tea. I was wrong. My glass wasn’t empty—at best it was half-full—when my nausea began to subside and... Read More


How Kendrick Lamar’s Unreleased “Uncle Bobby Pt. Two” Became Vic Mensa’s “Hollywood LA” [Feature ]

Yesterday, I published my Beat Break interview with Cam O’bi, the super talented producer behind Chance The Rapper’s “Cocoa Butter Kisses,” Isaiah Rashad’s “Free Lunch,” SZA’s... Read More


U & I: The Universal Value in Kendrick Lamar’s Self-Expression [Feature ]

The number one with a bullet reason why hip-hop has played such an important role in my life is its ability to bridge the gap between experiences I’ll never understand and my own personal struggles and successes. Sure,... Read More


Mos Def Knew Kendrick Lamar Would Be “The One” Years Ago [Feature ]

It’s something of a sport in hip-hop culture to have the insight into what artist is going to do great things. Of course, no one can outright predict an artist’s career trajectory, but the more one listens to and... Read More


Why MC Eiht Had Never Heard of Kendrick Lamar Prior to Their ‘GKMC’ Collab [Feature ]

To be anything more than a casual listener of hip-hop these days is damn near a full-time job—for a lucky few of us, it literally is. The digital era of music consumption allows us to access thousands of artists with... Read More


From Vince Staples to JAY-Z, Hip-Hop Money is Breaking the Family Curse [Feature ]

Vince Staples asked his manager Corey Smyth to secure a record deal. Signing to a major label is frowned upon in an age where success can be acquired independently, where rappers are no longer required to give up their... Read More


Kendrick Lamar Reveals His “Top 5, Dead or Alive” Emcee List [Feature ]

Half the record industry has already taken off for the forthcoming holiday weekend, but not Kendrick Lamar. After revealing his alternative album title for DAMN. in an interview with Big Boy, the TDE emcee stopped by The... Read More


Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ Was Originally Titled ‘What Happens on Earth, Stays on Earth’ [Feature ]

Kendrick Lamar's already Platinum-certified DAMN. stands as the lone contender (so far) for album of the year, but according to the artist himself, it almost had a different title. In a new interview with Big Boy, Lamar... Read More


“Savage, Asshole, King”: How Kendrick Views Himself in ‘DAMN.’ Visuals [Feature ]

I'm a savage, I'm a asshole, I'm a king. I’ve argued on behalf of “LOYALTY.” since DAMN. was released. “It didn’t fit in the context of the album” and “I don’t... Read More


Kendrick Lamar Releases Stunningly Captivating “ELEMENT.” Video [Feature ]

Kendrick Lamar has released a video for "ELEMENT.," a standout selection off his already-Platinum new album DAMN. Directed by Berlin photographer Jonas Lindstroem and The Little Homies—the duo of Kendrick Lamar... Read More


Lil Yachty “Fucks With Kendrick” Because Kendrick Understands Him [Feature ]

Kendrick Lamar is revered by hip-hop fans and industry peers alike for his humble personality, his skill set as an emcee and his incredible success over the past seven years, but if you ask Lil Yachty to express his... Read More


Family Business: Why TDE Is the Best Label to Become an Artist [Feature ]

These days, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul spend basically all their time together, but the quartet didn't grow up friends. They didn't meet at school. They'd all been working on rap music... Read More


Chance The Rapper Studies His “OGs” Kendrick Lamar & Drake [Feature ]

It isn’t just Kanye West who Chance The Rapper looks up to; during a recent appearance on Hot 97’s Ebro In The Morning, the Social Experiment star talked about his love for Kendrick Lamar and Drake, two... Read More


Kendrick Lamar & The Importance of Cadence in Rap [Feature ]

Last week, I asked several members of our editorial team to answer the following question: what makes a rapper great? The answers ranged from originality and natural born gifts to relayed lived experienced and... Read More


Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ Projected to Return to No. 1 Next Week [Feature ]

After spending two weeks removed from the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, Kendrick Lamar's already-Platinum album DAMN. is projected to once again reach the mountaintop on Friday, according to HDD.... Read More


It’s Time to Stop Complaining About Drake & Kendrick Lamar Coverage [Feature ]

Growing up, my family always ate dinner together. My mother would come home from the grocery store with bags of ingredients—which my brother Aaron and I would have to unload from the trunk—and together, as a... Read More


Future Releases “Mask Off” Remix Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Listen Now [Feature ]

Future's "Mask Off" is already a certified hit but that didn't stop the Epic Records superstar from grabbing a Kung Fu Kenny guest feature for the song's official remix. Overtop the original Metro Boomin... Read More


The Numbers Say Kendrick Lamar’s Next Hit Single Should Be “LOVE.” [Feature ]

Logic may have knocked Kendrick from his No. 1 album throne two weeks ago, but not only is DAMN. still performing in a big way, the numbers are pointing to a clear choice for Kendrick’s next single. ... Read More


James Blake’s Work on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ Was Blind Trust [Feature ]

Producers are protective over their beats like parents are protective over their children—and rightfully so. Just like most parents (I hope) wouldn't let just any random person have control over or take care of... Read More


Kendrick Lamar’s “A.D.H.D” Becomes First ‘Section.80’ Single to Be Certified Gold [Feature ]

Kendrick Lamar has officially secured the ninth RIAA certification of his career for Section.80 single "A.D.H.D.," which, as of Monday, May 8, was certified Gold for sales exceeding 500,000 units. The... Read More


The Best Hip-Hop and R&B Love Songs of 2017 (So Far) [Feature ]

Springtime, when we start shedding the layers of the winter months both physically and metaphorically. There’s something about the blossoming flowers of spring that evokes powerful feelings of romance and love, and no... Read More


Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ Goes Platinum in Less Than One Month [Feature ]

That didn't take very long. Less than one month after the highly-acclaimed new album's release, Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. has officially been certified Platinum by the RIAA. .@kendricklamar DAMN. is now PLATINUM... Read More


Mannie Fresh Explains Why “Nobody Has The Guts to Be a J. Cole or Kendrick” [Feature ]

Veteran producer Mannie Fresh was a guest this week on The Come Up Show podcast, where he spoke with host Chedo about, among other things, meeting Juvenile at a bus stop outside the Cash Money offices, inking a... Read More


Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ Generated 2.1 Million in Total Song Revenue Last Week [Feature ]

When Kendrick Lamar isn't e-mailing us to talk about the way he speaks to God, it's very likely he's busy counting his money. According to the HDD's Song Revenue Chart, which is powered by music consumption... Read More


Kendrick Lamar Responded to Our Article About His Fear of God [Feature ]

Over the past 30 days, we've run a total of 40 news and feature stories on Kendrick Lamar and his highly-acclaimed new album, DAMN. From the producers who worked on the album to the Easter eggs in the "HUMBLE." video to... Read More


An Agnostic’s Guide to Enjoying Religious Raps [Feature ]

Over the years, agnosticism has caught a bad rep in popular culture. The “I’m not religious, but I am spiritual” cliché has become somewhat of an insult to a portion of the population deemed... Read More


Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ to Remain No. 1 For a Second Straight Week [Feature ]

Kendrick Lamar currently has the No. 1 album in the country (DAMN.), the No. 1 song in the country ("HUMBLE.") and the No. 4 song in the country ("DNA."), but don't expect his reign over the charts to come to an end on... Read More


Mike WiLL Made the Second Half of “DNA.” Because Kendrick Couldn’t Stop Rapping [Feature ]

Kendrick Lamar's "DNA." is the hardest song of 2017 (I would say "so far," but I honestly can't see anything topping it). The first half of the song could burn down an entire neighborhood; the second... Read More


Kendrick’s ‘DAMN.’ Is Great, But I Can’t Stop Listening to J.I.D’s ‘The Never Story’ [Feature ]

It’s been just over a week since Kendrick Lamar dropped his fourth album, DAMN., and Kung Fu Kenny fever is still going strong. That shouldn’t be a surprise, as Kendrick’s latest effort is just as... Read More


Kendrick Lamar Earns First Solo No. 1 With “HUMBLE.” Thanks to Record-Breaking Stream Numbers [Feature ]

In June 2015, Kendrick Lamar reached the Billboard mountaintop alongside Taylor Swift thanks to her hit single, "Bad Blood," but prior to this week, the TDE emcee had never reached the summit alone. Until now. On... Read More


The Scary Connection Between My Dad & Kendrick’s “DUCKWORTH.” [Feature ]

“When your momma ain't at home cause she got a second job / Delivering pizzas you think she out here getting robbed / Please God watch her I know how niggas do” - J. Cole, “Rich Niggaz”... Read More


Kendrick Lamar Announces 17-Date “The DAMN. Tour” With Travis Scott & D.R.A.M. [Feature ]

You knew this was coming. On Monday morning (April 24), Kendrick Lamar announced "The DAMN. Tour," a 17-date North American trek beginning on July 12 in Phoenix, Arizona and wrapping up less than one month later on August 6... Read More


Kendrick Lamar Bests Drake, Earns Biggest 2017 Debut With ‘DAMN.’ [Feature ]

The final first-week sales numbers are in for Kendrick Lamar's newly-released full-length album DAMN. and, well, damn. According to HDD, the TDE emcee has officially scored the biggest debut of 2017, selling 610k SPS... Read More


Praise & Questions: How Kendrick & Chance Talk to God in Different Ways [Feature ]

I’ve encountered two different kinds of religious believers, generally speaking. The first are those who focus on the gifts of God and the blessings in their life and take an optimistic approach to humanity. The... Read More


Kendrick Lamar Explains Why He Doesn’t Listen to His Albums After Turning Them In [Feature ]

In his first interview following the release of his highly-acclaimed new album DAMN., Kendrick Lamar sat down with Apple Music host Zane Lowe during Coachella weekend for an in-depth discussion about his latest LP. Despite... Read More


Kendrick Lamar Now Has Two of the Five Highest-Rated Albums Since 2000 [Feature ]

It's been exactly one week since Kendrick Lamar released his latest full-length album, DAMN., and in addition to earning more than 300 million streams during that time, the TDE emcee now owns two of the top five... Read More


Don Cheadle on Kendrick Lamar: “He’s Kind of the Anti-Hip-Hop Artist” [Feature ]

Earlier this week, Kendrick Lamar released a video for the Mike WiLL Made-It-produced "DNA.," a standout selection from his newly-released and hella streamed album, DAMN.. Directed by Nabil and The Little Homies, the... Read More


FEAR: Kendrick Lamar & the Shared Struggle to Achieve True Happiness [Feature ]

“How are you?” “I can’t complain,” I always say. It’s true, I don’t have much to complain about. I’m employed with no crippling debt, I’m in good health and I have a... Read More


Kendrick Fandom, Conspiracy Theories & Chasing Shadows in Hip-Hop [Feature ]

In the past few weeks, as internet hip-hop hysteria has hit an all-time peak thanks to Kendrick Lamar and DAMN., I’ve found myself reminiscing over my junior year of high school. More specifically, over one assignment... Read More


Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Section.80’ Has Been Certified Gold & It Only Took 2,114 Days [Feature ]

It only took 2,114 days, but Kendrick Lamar's studio debut Section.80, released independently through TDE in 2011 before he signed a record deal with Aftermath and Interscope, has officially been certified Gold... Read More


Kendrick Lamar Began Conceptualizing ‘DAMN.’ During ‘TPAB’ Sessions [Feature ]

In a newly-published interview with The FADER, producer Terrace Martin, who along with Sounwave is one of only two producers to earn credits on all five of Kendrick Lamar's albums, provided a detailed account of... Read More


Kendrick Lamar & Don Cheadle Go Toe-to-Toe in “DNA.” Video [Feature ]

Kendrick Lamar's new album DAMN. is already on pace for 300 million streams and close to 500k SPS (sales plus streams) units sold in its first week, but that was before the TDE emcee unleashed the Nabil and The... Read More


Kendrick Lamar Was the Fourth Rapper to Hear 9th Wonder’s “Duckworth” Beats [Feature ]

One of the many highlights on Kendrick Lamar's outstanding new album DAMN. is "Duckworth," a spellbinding record that tells the story of how TDE CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith could have killed Kendrick's father Ducky... Read More


Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ Expected to Pass 200 Million First-Week Streams [Feature ]

Kendrick Lamar is on pace to become the second artist ever—and the first not named Drake—to generate more than 200 million album streams in one week. Released on Friday, April 14, Lamar's fourth full-length... Read More