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After speaking on Kanye West’s “New Slaves,” Kendrick Lamar converses with Sway about Molly. If you watched Kendrick’s music video for “B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” all the way until the end, you’ll remember the black screen with white letters that spelled out “Death to Molly” that appeared. Sway asked the Compton emcee what he meant by it. K-Dot explained he’s aiming to “keep hip hop original and push away the corniness.” From his perspective, Molly is corny because of its false portrayal by artists and a bad trend because of the complacency it has set on hip hop.
”It’s Really Just Time To Move On”
In the video for his “B**ch Don’t Kill My Vibe” single, Kendrick Lamar celebrates the death of “Molly,” the popular party drug that has been the subject of several hip-hop songs and references over the past year. In an interview with MTV, Kendrick explained why he wanted to kill off the drug.
“Sometimes you have the trends that’s not that cool,” Kendrick explained. “You may have certain artists portraying these trends and don’t really have that lifestyle and then it gives off the wrong thing. And it becomes kinda corny after a while.”
“When everybody consciously now uses this term or this phrase and putting it in lyrics, it waters the culture down,” he added. “So it’s really just time to move on.”
The Internets receive a second Kendrick Lamar sighting today courtesy of a new track by Quadron, titled “Better Off.” The smooth jam will land on the Danish duo’s forthcoming LP Avalanche, due out June 4 via Vested in Culture/Epic Records.
Quadron consists of vocalist Coco O., who was featured on Tyler, The Creator’s Wolf, and Robin Hannibal of Rhye. The pair specialize in electronic soul music, and recently performed an excellent show in New York City
The sultry groove isn’t as unlikely a pairing as you may think. Quadron’s relationship with the Compton rapper actually dates back to his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Hannibal and Coco were also members of a group called Boom Clap Bachelors, whose song “Tiden Flyver” is sampled on ”B**ch Don’t Kill My Vibe.”
Hear the song and a read a statement from the duo about Lamar below:
We only have one feature on our new album, and we are elated that it’s Kendrick Lamar. He invited us to collaborate on his own album, and we had such a great time working with him that we asked him if he wanted to be part of our project as well. We are so happy for all his success and we are very proud of this song. We wanted to have more of a fluid song that wasn’t too over structured and had a bit of a bedroom/after hours vibe to it.
Photo: Sharon Poole
Kendrick Lamar continues to build a diverse arsenal of features. After his recent collaborations with Solange, Emeli Sandé, and T.I., the Compton MC blesses Danish-born duo Quadron with a verse on “Better Off,” a cut off their upcoming album Avalanche, due June 4.
Quadron’s Robin Hannibal and Coco O. were also members the group Boom Clap Bachelors, whose song “Tiden Flyver” Kendrick sampled on “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.”
“We only have one feature on our new album, and we are elated that it’s Kendrick Lamar,” said Hannibal. “He invited us to collaborate on his own album, and we had such a great time working with him that we asked him if he wanted to be part of our project as well. We are so happy for all his success and we are very proud of this song. We wanted to have more of a fluid song that wasn’t too over structured and had a bit of a bedroom/after hours vibe to it.”
Listen to their melodic collaboration below.
By Maurice Bobb
There’s already fifty-leven remixes on the Internet of Rocko’s controversial yet catchy tune, “U.O.E.N.O.,” so why not one more? This time around, Black Hippy put their stamp on the track and knocked it out of the park.
For the uninitiated, Black Hippy is Compton’s lyrically potent four horsemen made up of Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q and hip-hop’s new crown prince, Kendrick Lamar. The TDE collective slices up the track with the precision of a Ginsu knife, with each MC dropping lyrical gems.
For his part, Jay Rock really stepped into the cipher and reminded fans why he was the first member of the crew to get burn nationwide. But it was Kendrick, who took home the crown as MTV’s Hottest MC, that reigned supreme, spitting rapid fire excellence and even shouting out MTV’s Sway.
“Anything after that is just a bonus/And I been in the lab with my opponents, and since Sway done swayed that list, he got a flat screen the next morning,” he rhymes.
Listen to Black Hippy put their stamp on the track below:
Tags Ab-Soul, Black Hippy, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, School Boy Q
With the good kid, m.A.Ad city tour coming to a city near you, today we showcase a visual promo for the trip, which is captivated by a Black Hippy remix of Rocko’s street-favorite “U.O.E.N.O.” Verses ring in from TDE acts Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, as you will also see footage of the fellas palling around with Mac Miller — or wait — is that ScHoolboy? Not sure if they’re confused or it’s us. Nonetheless, to check out the on-hand reworking, press play above. Will you be attending the good kid, m.A.Ad city tour?
The TDE camp kick off their nationwide tour today in Shake’s hometown of Las Vegas, and they let their fans know what to expect with this clip. Watch the entire clip for a surprise and check out the dates down bottom.
To celebrate the kickoff of his “good kid, m.A.A.d city” tour tonight, Kendrick Lamar releases the Black Hippy remix to Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” featuring ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock. The West Coast MCs join a growing list of rappers who have already remixed the song including A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and Usher.
”People Need To Hear It”
Famed rapper/producer Q-Tip has been working with acclaimed Compton rhymer Kendrick Lamar. While no details about the collaboration have surfaced, a tweet from Q-Tip yesterday (May 20th) revealed that there has been something recorded that the pair have kept from release.
“@kendricklamar can I let this record we did go my brotha?” Tip tweeted. “People need to hear it.”
It is unclear of Q-Tip produced or rapped or did both on the work, nor is it known if/when the music will be made public.
Q-Tip is currently working on his fourth solo album and G.O.O.D. Music debut.
”It Sounded Crazy…”
Kanye West has launched a full-on media onslaught over the past several days to promote his upcoming album. One fellow artist that has been very impressed with Yeezy’s latest activity is West Coast star Kendrick Lamar.
Lamar spoke to MTV about Kanye’s single “New Slaves.”
“It sounded crazy,” he said of the song, and referenced Kanye’s decision to broadcast a video of the song on buildings around the world. “That whole marketing scheme is crazy. It’s very inspiring. After a while you get to a point in hip-hop where certain tactics get watered down. How much music can you release on the Internet to get it hot? How many singles can you put out? How many videos can you possibly do?”
He also was excited about the supposed album title, Yeezus.
“That’s crazy, I want to hear that,” Lamar said. “That’s that creative Kanye genius stuff out the box … whatever way is his way of being creative and getting his message across through that album, that’s the culture. I can’t wait to hear it.”