Kendrick Lamar has one word to say .. DAMN. The Compton rapper returns with his third studio LP.
The 14-song project comes with only three guest appearances by way of Rihanna (“LOYALTY.”), U2 (“XXX.”), and Zacari (“LOVE.”). It also holds production from the likes of Mike WiLL Made-It, DJ Dahi, James Blake, Sounwave, BADBADNOTGOOD, Steve Lacy, The Alchemist, and Ricci Riera.
K-Dot released “HUMBLE.” produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, that was introduced with a Dave Meyers-directed spectacle. The song debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100, marking his highest-charting single to date as a lead artist.
Earlier this year, Lamar spoke about what fans should expect from this album. “I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork,” he told T Magazine. “To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore. We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system.”
Listen to DAMN below.
Playboi Carti releases his debut mixtape, the self-titled project, Playboi Carti.
The 15-track effort features the aforementioned stars as well as Leven Kali, and displays his infectious, unpredictable, and playful flow over hard-hitting beats, as evidenced on cuts like “Magnolia.”
Prior to freeing the project, Carti, born Jordan Carter, said he was being selective with its content. “I’m taking time with my [first] mixtape,” he told XXL in January. “I’m going crazy. If you look on my tracks, bro, it shows you my progression.”
At the time, he also explained how he hopes to inspire his growing fanbase. “I just want ni**as to look at it and say, ‘If this young ni**a from Atlanta can do this, so can I,’” he said. “I want everybody to get money. My new mixtape is going to show n**as this is the way.”
Post Malone pulls up on the Fate of The Furious Soundtrack with Candy Paint.
“Didn’t know that was your girl when she gave me top,” he raps. “Kicked her out the Rolls said, ‘Thanks a lot’ / God damn I love paper, like I’m Michael Scott / I can do things that your man cannot.”
Up next, Malone is gearing up to drop Beerbongs & Bentleys in June. Meanwhile, his debut album Stoney was recently certified gold by the RIAA.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and Vin Diesel, The Fate of the Furious — the eight installment of The Fast and Furious film franchise — is in theaters now. Listen to “Candy Paint” below.
Breaking down some Michael Jackson-inspired moves, flipping his fedora and all, Brown shows off his impressive maneuvers in Privacy. He’s joined by Cirque du Soleil-like performers, much like he’s doing on “The Party Tour.”
“Privacy” is a single off Brown’s forthcoming album Heartbreak on a Full Moon. He is currently on “The Party Tour,” which is set to continue through May 23 in Los Angeles.