Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ is Officially 2x Platinum

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Despite how “HUMBLE” he may be when it comes to achievements such as this one (“Y’all too infatuated with the f*cking numbers…”), you can’t really expect to not see your social media feeds flooded with post after post about how Kendrick Lamar’s third major label album, ‘DAMN.,’ has officially been certified double platinum by the RIAA. Heck, even Lamar himself, who usually isn’t too active on social media but has been partaking a bit more lately while currently on tour, took to Instagram to express a few words of gratification.

“These murals forever belong to my fans. You’ve always taken my words above and beyond. Around the world and back again. With trust. I am forever grateful. 3x”

DAMN.‘ is currently the only album to have achieved double platinum status in 2017. Well deserved, Kenny. Well deserved.

Catch Lamar on “The DAMN. Tour” with special guests Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.

Kendrick Lamar Nabs Grammys for Best Rap Song & Best Rap Performance

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It’s been a long time coming, but tonight Top Dawg Entertainment fans and the hip-hop community alike can rejoice in Kendrick Lamar‘s honor as the 27-year-old Compton native has scored not one, but two Grammy awards at the 57th annual ceremony. Beating out Childish Gambino, Drake, Eminem and Lecrae, Lamar nabbed an award for ‘Best Rap Performance’ for his Rahki-produced hit ‘i,’ and nabbed another for ‘Best Rap Song,’ also for ‘i.’

Well deserved, Lamar.

Congratulations in order to the whole TDE team.

Listen to JaVonté’s “The Covers”

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shebreathesmusic.net How long has it been since we’ve gotten new music from JaVonté, though? Don’t worry, I’ll wait. For those of you who THINK you’re unfamiliar with the 25-year-old neo soul crooner, chances are you’ve heard him on a couple of TDE projects, such as Kendrick‘s “Opposites Attract (Tomorrow Without Her)” or even Ab-Soul‘s “Empathy.”

Let’s not get it twisted, though, JaVonté hasn’t established a fanbase for himself by solely singing hooks for your favorite emcees; dude can hold his own and his new body of work definitely proves it. On his latest offering, appropriately titled The Covers, JaVonté covers cuts from Coldplay, Beyoncé and Naked Eye, etc. My favorite is “Latch,” but I’ll let you all listen to it for yourself.

Kendrick Lamar Nominated for Seven Grammy Awards

The Grammy Nominations Concert LIVE!! took place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles last night and there’s one artist in particular that has got people talking yet again.

Kendrick Lamar.

Here’s why, last night the 26-year-old Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist nabbed seven Grammy nominations.
SEVEN.
Pretty good for a “new artist,” huh?

The categories Lamar are nominated in include:

  1. Album of the Year
  2. Best New Artist
  3. Best Rap Album
  4. Best Rap Performance
  5. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
  6. Best Rap Song for A$AP Rocky’s “F***in Problems”
  7. Best R&B Performance for Miguel’s “How Many Drinks?”

Tune in on Sunday, January 26 to find out which awards Lamar will take home!

REVIEW: YEEZUS Tour Hits Oracle Arena

SheBreathesMusic.net, SheBreathesMusic, She Breathes MusicOracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. was a packed house last Wednesday as controversial, 21-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Kanye West finally touched down to deliver a memorable experience. It was evident fans were nothing less than excited for what the night, West’s first solo tour since his 2008 “Glow in the Dark Tour, had in store for them. With it being my first time attending a Kanye West concert, it’s fair to say I was equally as excited.

It was just after eight when the lights went dim and out came Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop’s undisputed heavyweight and the only opening act. Dressed in a black tee, black jeans and a black and white flannel hoodie, the 26-year-old emcee swaggered to and fro as fans enthusiastically chanted the lyrics to his opening song, “Money Trees,” in unison with him.

Though he stands at 5’6”, Lamar possesses the stage presence of someone twice his height. If he demanded you to put your hands up, you put your hands up. If he said to put your cell phones in the air, you had better believe cell phones were waved throughout the air. Never missing a beat, Lamar went on to perform cuts from his highly-acclaimed, platinum-selling second studio album good kid, m.A.A.d. city, such as “Swimming Pools (Drank),” “Backseat Freestyle,” “Poetic Justice,” “Compton,” “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst,” and more. As I’ve seen him do many times at previous concerts, Lamar ended his set with an intriguing song from his “Kendrick Lamar” EP titled “I Am.”

Anticipating a lengthy intermission since Kanye West has a bit of a reputation for arriving late, my counterpart and I cleared for the lobby to retrieve refreshments. Upon making our way back to our seats, we discovered that the stage producers had been moving quite quickly to set up ‘Mt. Yeezus,’ along with the accompanying backdrop. It wasn’t long before the lights went dim once more, causing concertgoers throughout the arena to whistle, stomp and chant with vehemence, “Yee-zus, Yee-zus, Yee-zus!”

Atop the ‘Mt. YEEZUS’ was a circular overhead screen with a moon backdrop that continuously flickered as the beat to his song, “On Sight,” dropped and West, casually as ever, began making his way to the front of the stage. Adorned with a gold chain around his neck, a loose-fitting black tee, baggy jeans and Nike Air Yeezy 2 Red Octobers, West wasted no time tearing into his set. Aside from “On Sight,” he performed various tracks from his heavily talked-about sixth studio album, “Yeezus,” such as “New Slaves,” “Black Skinhead,” “Send It Up,” and the ever-so controversial “I am a God.”

There were many times throughout his set where West threw himself onto the stage’s floor, all the while keeping the arena of thousands entertained. What specifically kept me intrigued, though, was the Maison Martin Margiela mask he sported while performing. During the second half of the concert, West broke into a rant where he expressed his thoughts on the media and how he believes that blogs, magazines and newspapers are out to make his fans hate him because of their negative portrayal of him.

As the end of his set rolled around, West finally ripped into older songs that made many of those in attendance fans in the first place. The highlight of the night was when he brought out a makeshift Jesus Christ prior to performing his hit “Jesus Walks.” While many felt that he took it a bit too far, others appeared to be in awe. West made it clear that when he refers to himself as God, it is only because God lives within himself and all of us as well.

I only care about God and what he wants me to do,” he proclaimed.

Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. was a packed house last Wednesday as controversial, 21-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Kanye West finally touched down to deliver a memorable experience. It was evident fans were nothing less than excited for what the night, West’s first solo tour since his 2008 “Glow in the Dark Tour, had in store for them. With it being my first time attending a Kanye West concert, it’s fair to say I was equally as excited.
It was just after eight when the lights went dim and out came Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop’s undisputed heavyweight and the only opening act. Dressed in a black tee, black jeans and a black and white flannel hoodie, the 26-year-old emcee swaggered to and fro as fans enthusiastically chanted the lyrics to his opening song, “Money Trees,” in unison with him.
Though he stands at 5’6”, Lamar possesses the stage presence of someone twice his height. If he demanded you to put your hands up, you put your hands up. If he said to put your cell phones in the air, you had better believe cell phones were waved throughout the air. Never missing a beat, Lamar went on to perform cuts from his highly-acclaimed, platinum-selling second studio album “good kid, m.A.A.d. city,” such as “Swimming Pools (Drank),” “Backseat Freestyle,” “Poetic Justice,” “Compton,” “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst,” and more. As I’ve seen him do many times at previous concerts, Lamar ended his set with an intriguing song from his “Kendrick Lamar” EP titled “I Am.”
Anticipating a lengthy intermission since Kanye West has a bit of a reputation for arriving late, my counterpart and I cleared for the lobby to retrieve refreshments. Upon making our way back to our seats, we discovered that the stage producers had been moving quite quickly to set up ‘Mt. Yeezus,’ along with the accompanying backdrop. It wasn’t long before the lights went dim once more, causing concertgoers throughout the arena to whistle, stomp and chant with vehemence, “Yee-zus, Yee-zus, Yee-zus!”
Atop the ‘Mt. YEEZUS’ was a circular overhead screen with a moon backdrop that continuously flickered as the beat to his song, “On Sight,” dropped and West, casually as ever, began making his way to the front of the stage. Adorned with a gold chain around his neck, a loose-fitting black tee, baggy jeans and Nike Air Yeezy 2 Red Octobers, West wasted no time tearing into his set. Aside from “On Sight,” he performed various tracks from his heavily talked-about sixth studio album, “Yeezus,” such as “New Slaves,” “Black Skinhead,” “Send It Up,” and the ever-so controversial “I am a God.”
There were many times throughout his set where West threw himself onto the stage’s floor, all the while keeping the arena of thousands entertained. What specifically kept me intrigued, though, was the Maison Martin Margiela mask he sported while performing. During the second half of the concert, West broke into a rant where he expressed his thoughts on the media and how he believes that blogs, magazines and newspapers are out to make his fans hate him because of their negative portrayal of him.
As the end of his set rolled around, West finally ripped into older songs that made many of those in attendance fans in the first place. The highlight of the night was when he brought out a makeshift Jesus Christ prior to performing his hit “Jesus Walks.” While many felt that he took it a bit too far, others appeared to be in awe. West made it clear that when he refers to himself as God, it is only because God lives within himself and all of us as well.
“I only care about God and what he wants me to do,” he proclaimed.
– See more at: http://www.arcurrent.com/arts-culture/2013/10/30/yeezus-tour-hits-oracle-arena/#sthash.jSx1ypAm.dpuf
Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. was a packed house last Wednesday as controversial, 21-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Kanye West finally touched down to deliver a memorable experience. It was evident fans were nothing less than excited for what the night, West’s first solo tour since his 2008 “Glow in the Dark Tour, had in store for them. With it being my first time attending a Kanye West concert, it’s fair to say I was equally as excited.
It was just after eight when the lights went dim and out came Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop’s undisputed heavyweight and the only opening act. Dressed in a black tee, black jeans and a black and white flannel hoodie, the 26-year-old emcee swaggered to and fro as fans enthusiastically chanted the lyrics to his opening song, “Money Trees,” in unison with him.
Though he stands at 5’6”, Lamar possesses the stage presence of someone twice his height. If he demanded you to put your hands up, you put your hands up. If he said to put your cell phones in the air, you had better believe cell phones were waved throughout the air. Never missing a beat, Lamar went on to perform cuts from his highly-acclaimed, platinum-selling second studio album “good kid, m.A.A.d. city,” such as “Swimming Pools (Drank),” “Backseat Freestyle,” “Poetic Justice,” “Compton,” “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst,” and more. As I’ve seen him do many times at previous concerts, Lamar ended his set with an intriguing song from his “Kendrick Lamar” EP titled “I Am.”
Anticipating a lengthy intermission since Kanye West has a bit of a reputation for arriving late, my counterpart and I cleared for the lobby to retrieve refreshments. Upon making our way back to our seats, we discovered that the stage producers had been moving quite quickly to set up ‘Mt. Yeezus,’ along with the accompanying backdrop. It wasn’t long before the lights went dim once more, causing concertgoers throughout the arena to whistle, stomp and chant with vehemence, “Yee-zus, Yee-zus, Yee-zus!”
Atop the ‘Mt. YEEZUS’ was a circular overhead screen with a moon backdrop that continuously flickered as the beat to his song, “On Sight,” dropped and West, casually as ever, began making his way to the front of the stage. Adorned with a gold chain around his neck, a loose-fitting black tee, baggy jeans and Nike Air Yeezy 2 Red Octobers, West wasted no time tearing into his set. Aside from “On Sight,” he performed various tracks from his heavily talked-about sixth studio album, “Yeezus,” such as “New Slaves,” “Black Skinhead,” “Send It Up,” and the ever-so controversial “I am a God.”
There were many times throughout his set where West threw himself onto the stage’s floor, all the while keeping the arena of thousands entertained. What specifically kept me intrigued, though, was the Maison Martin Margiela mask he sported while performing. During the second half of the concert, West broke into a rant where he expressed his thoughts on the media and how he believes that blogs, magazines and newspapers are out to make his fans hate him because of their negative portrayal of him.
As the end of his set rolled around, West finally ripped into older songs that made many of those in attendance fans in the first place. The highlight of the night was when he brought out a makeshift Jesus Christ prior to performing his hit “Jesus Walks.” While many felt that he took it a bit too far, others appeared to be in awe. West made it clear that when he refers to himself as God, it is only because God lives within himself and all of us as well.
“I only care about God and what he wants me to do,” he proclaimed.
– See more at: http://www.arcurrent.com/arts-culture/2013/10/30/yeezus-tour-hits-oracle-arena/#sthash.jSx1ypAm.dpuf

Erykah Badu Interviews Kendrick Lamar

While awaiting his next flight (due to having just missed one), Kendrick Lamar sits down for an exclusive telephone interview with Ms. Badu.

Lamar goes into detail about how he handles his newfound super-stardom and the life that accompanies it, all the while remaining humble and not letting his success go to his head.

I still know who I am and I haven’t let everything consume me… I’m just taking it one day at a time,” Lamar says. 

When asked what he is out to achieve as a musician, he speaks on shedding a positive light on his hometown of Compton and being able to inspire others.

Diverting the subject from music and fame, Badu moves on to more personal questions, such as what Lamar’s take on love and God is, to which he replies,

What is love?” he reiterates. “Love to me is God. God to me is love. It’s the ruler of all things, whether it’s with a person or with music or with your T.V. I feel like it’s this energy. God is energy, love is energy.

Bravo, Lamar. Bravo.

Click here to read the interview in full. 

Kendrick Lamar To Headline KMEL’s 2013 Summer Jam

Kendrick Lamar has just been announced as the headliner of KMEL’s 2013 Summer Jam. The Summer Jam will be taking place in Oakland at the Oracle Arena on June 9. For information on the rest of the Summer Jam line-up, listen to Sana G on KMEL at 5 p.m. Presale tickets go on sale Thursday, April 18 at 10 a.m. (IF you have a presale password) and if you don’t you can purchase yours the following day at 10 a.m. 
Tune in to KMEL to see how you can win tickets!
UPDATE: FULL line-up below!

Kendrick Lamar Performs "Poetic Justice" On Saturday Night Live

TDE superstar Kendrick Lamar made his debut appearance on Saturday Night Live last night alongside celebrity host Adam Levine of Maroon 5. Aside from appearing in a skit with both Levine and the Lonely Island, the Compton native performed his hit single “Swimming Pools (Drank)” (which hit platinum a few days ago) and what seems to be everyone’s favorite, “Poetic Justice.”