N.E.R.D – NO ONE EVER REALLY DIES [Album]

Bruh, I just came back from an exploration of some Colombian cities, and this album matches with my vibe perfectly at the moment. The combination of ethnic reggaeton, baile, hip hop, dance, and pop sounds mixed with Pharrell’s uplifting lyrics about self-discovery and an undeniably witty commentary on the world’s current political standing, makes for a quick trip around the world. I’d recommend playing this project at a high volume, and get your ass on a flight to another country ASAP if you’re not feeling it. Stand out tracks have to be “Kites, “ESP”, and “Rollinem 7’s”. Stream the album above and get a behind the scenes short of the album listening party below.

Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered. [EP]

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If you haven’t been on the internet for the past couple of days, you would have never known that Kendrick Lamar was dropping new music, because this literally manifested out of thin air, with no build up or previews. But if you have been paying attention to Kendrick’s live televised performances, you obviously noticed he was performing a handful of unreleased music during them. His first untitled track performance dates back to 2014, when he performed one on the final episode of The Colbert Report. Then he did it again on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, and finally at this year’s Grammy’s.

It wasn’t long until fans started demanding these songs get released. Even Lebron James pleaded for the tracks. Fortunately for us TDE’s Top Dawg and Kendrick were feeling generous and granted our wishes with an 8-track EP titled Untitled Unmastered.  It’s available right now on iTunesApple MusicTidal, Spotify, and Google Play.

The EP consists of demo tracks that date back to 2013 and 2014, so you can assume most of these were from To Pimp A Buttefly recording sessions. They even have that experimental jazz-funk sound prominent in TPAB.

There’s no reason for you to read anything more about the project honestly, just go and give it a listen for yourself and let it sink in that even Kendrick’s demos sound better than most of your favorite artist’s masters.

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Kanye West feat. Kendrick Lamar – No More Parties In L.A.

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Kanye kept to Kim’s promise and dropped another new track this week. This time it’s the full version of “No More Parties In L.A.” which he had previewed at the end of last week’s release – “Real Friends”. Featuring a phenomenal verse from Kendrick Lamar and an invigorated Yeezy spitting like it’s 2007 again, this is already being considered an instant classic from the G.O.O.D. Music founder. Listen to it for yourself below, and keep your fingers crossed for another new song this week and that Swish actually comes out on February 11.

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Kanye West ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Kendrick Lamar – Real Friends/No More Parties in LA

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Major moves being made by Mr. West early in 2016… first he drops his “Facts / Jumpman Remix” to boast about his shoes and throw shots at Nike, which has already started brewing some controversy. Now he follows up with this unreleased track “Real Friends”, featuring Ty Dolla $ign, and is quite reminiscent of vintage Ye in its production. The track ends with a preview of his long awaited track with Kendrick, “No More Parties In LA”. And finally, he has announced via Twitter that his upcoming album Swish will be released on February 11th.

Stream “Real Friends/ No More Parties in LA” below.

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Kendrick Lamar – God Is Gangsta (U & For Sale) [Video]

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Looks like everyone’s trying to leave their final mark on 2015 – one of the most jam-packed and interesting years in music in recent history. The undeniable leader of this year’s hip hop movement, Kendrick Lamar, delivers a short film titled “God Is Gangsta”, consisting of two tracks from his critically acclaimed album, To Pimp A ButterflyWatch the video above.

Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole – Black Friday Remixes

 

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Kendrick goes over J. Cole’s “A Tale Of 2 Citiez” while Cole hops on the “Alright” instrumental and drop them jointly to celebrate this Black Friday. It goes without saying both of them lyrically murdered their respective beats. Cole even hints at a project dropping in February… perhaps the collab the internet is itching for. Stream them both below, and be safe out there in those stores today.

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