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Watch Kendrick Lamar Intense Grammy Opening Performance




Kendrick Lamar opens the Grammy awards with an intense and well received performance.

The Compton rap legend kicked off his performance with “XXX” with his legion of masked dancers clad in military themed outfits while Dave Chappelle chimed in in-between takes to inject a little laughter. “I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America, is being an honest black man in America,” the comedian said. The lights on the stage went out for a few seconds and when it came back on, rockers U2’s Bono and The Edge were on the stage to get some of the action.

Kendrick Lamar already picked up an early Grammy for Best Rap Song for “Loyalty” featuring Rihanna off his album DAMN. The TDE rapper is also nominated for Best Rap Album and Album of the Year. Stay tuned to DancehallHipHop.com for more updates.

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Kendrick Lamar Drops Romantic Video For “Love” Feat. Zacari




Kendrick Lamar serves up a romantic video for his DAMN. single “Love” featuring Zacari.

More than six months after dropping the landmark album, K-Dot continues to deliver new visuals from the project. The cut was directed by Dave Meyers and Kendrick himself who put the idea together. The video starts out with the Compton rapper contemplating life on the beach while watching the sunset. The clip then transitioned into his romantic life while showcasing the ups and downs and the good and the bad of being in a relationship.

The cut shows scenes where Kendrick Lamar is laughing with his girlfriend through some happy moments and other times when they are arguing and resents each other where you can see him drinking alone. That then leads him to get a taste of the fast life and bright city lights with women surrounding him.

After going for a ride around the city with Zacari, he then makes his way back home to the welcoming arms of his girl. Kendrick Lamar already released videos for other singles featured on DAMN. including “HUMBLE” and “LOYALTY” featuring Rihanna.

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Kendrick Lamar Delivers ‘DAMN. Collectors Edition’ Album [Listen]


Kendrick Lamar is ending his massive year on a high.

The Compton rapper delivers a version of his chart-topping album DAMN for collectors aka DAMN. Collectors Edition. For this edition, he released the album with the songs in reverse starting with “DUCKWORTH” and ending with “BLOOD. There is already some conspiracy that he is trying to reveal the true meaning behind the album. This is a massive year for Kendrick Lamar who received seven Grammy nominations for the project.

The 14-track album features collaborations with Rihanna on “LOYALTY.,” U2 on “XXX.,” and Zacari on the single “LOVE.” During an interview with MTV in the summer, Kendrick Lamar opened up about why he decided to drop the album in reverse, saying he got the idea from fans. “I think like a week after the album came out, [fans] realized you can play the album backwards,” K-Dot said. “It plays as a full story and even a better rhythm. It’s one of my favorite rhythms and tempos within the album. It’s something that we definitely premeditate while we’re in the studio.”

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Fans can now listen to Kendrick Lamar’s album DAMN. Collectors Edition on Apple Music below.


Kendrick Lamar & JAY-Z Leads Grammy Nomination List 2018


Kendrick Lamar and JAY-Z lead the pack among the 2018 Grammy nominees.

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is just right around the corner and on Tuesday the Recording Academy announced the nominees and it came with some major surprises snubs. JAY-Z lead the nominees with eight nods including some coveted categories like Album of the Year for 4:44, Record of the Year for “The Story of O.J.” and Song of the Year for “4:44.” JAY-Z is one of the most decorated artists in the history of the Grammys with 21 wins and 74 nominations.

Kendrick Lamar came in right after Hov with seven nominations including Album of the Year for his critically-acclaimed album DAMN. and Record of the Year for “HUMBLE.” Over the space of his career, Kendrick Lamar has received 20 nominations and won 7. R&B singer Bruno Mars received six nominations including Album of the Year for 24K Magic and Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like.” His song “24K Magic” also received a nod for Record of the Year, a Grammy that he picked up back in 2015 for “Uptown Funk.”

Childish Gambino follows Mars with five nominations for his critically-acclaimed album Awaken, My Love!, and he is going up against the big guns in the Album of the Year category and Record of the Year for his single “Redbone.” Gambino also picked up a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

See full list of 2018 Grammy Awards Nominations.

RECORD OF THE YEAR
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
“The Story Of O.J.” – JAY-Z
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” – Bruno Mars

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Awaken My Love! – Childish Gambino
4:44 – Jay-Z
Damn. – Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama – Lorde
24K Magic – Bruno Mars

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Despacito” – Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” – Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson (JAY-Z)
“Issues” – Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255” – Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson (Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip (Bruno Mars)

BEST NEW ARTIST
Alessia Cara
Khalid
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels
SZA

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Love So Soft” – Kelly Clarkson
“Praying” – Kesha
“Million Reasons” – Lady Gaga
“What About Us” – P!nk
“Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“Thunder” – Imagine Dragons
“Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man
“Stay” – Zedd & Alessia Cara

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
Kaleidoscope EP -Coldplay
Lust For Life – Lana Del Rey
Evolve – Imagine Dragons
Rainbow – Kesha
Joanne – Lady Gaga
÷ (Divide) – Ed Sheeran

BEST DANCE RECORDING
“Bambro Koyo Ganda” – Bonobo feat. Innov Gnawa
“Cola” – Camelphat & Elderbrook
“Andromeda” – Gorillaz feat. DRAM
“Tonite” – LCD Soundsystem
“Line Of Sight” – Odesza feat. WYNNE & Mansionair

BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM
Migration – Bonobo
3-D The Catalogue – Kraftwerk
Mura Masa – Mura Masa
A Moment Apart – Odesza
What Now – Sylvan Esso

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
“You Want It Darker” – Leonard Cohen
“The Promise” – Chris Cornell
“Run” – Foo Fighters
“No Good” – Kaleo
“Go To War” – Nothing More

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE
“Get You” – Daniel Caesar feat. Kali Uchis
“Distraction” – Kehlani
“High” – Ledisi
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
“The Weekend” – SZA

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
“Laugh And Move On” – The Baylor Project
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“What I’m Feelin’” – Anthony Hamilton Featuring The Hamiltones
“All The Way” – Ledisi
“Still” – Mali Music

BEST R&B SONG
“First Began” – PJ Morton
“Location” – Khalid
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“Supermodel” – SZA
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Free 6LACK – 6LACK
Awaken, My Love!” – Childish Gambino
American Teen – Khalid
Ctrl – SZA
Starboy – The Weeknd

BEST R&B ALBUM
Freudian – Daniel Caesar
Let Love Rule – Ledisi
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Gumbo – PJ Morton
Feel The Real – Musiq Soulchild

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
“Bounce Back” – Big Sean
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“4:44” – JAY-Z
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Bad And Boujee” – Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert

BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
“PRBLMS” – 6LACK
“Crew” – Goldlink feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
“Family Feud” – JAY-Z feat. Beyoncé
“LOYALTY.” – Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna
“Love Galore” – SZA feat. Travis Scott

BEST RAP SONG
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“Chase Me” – Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels & Big Boi
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Sassy” – Rapsody
“The Story Of O.J.” – JAY-Z

BEST RAP ALBUM
4:44 – JAY-Z
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
Culture – Migos
Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody
Flower Boy – Tyler, The Creator

BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
Baby Driver – (Various Artists)
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 – (Various Artists)
Hidden Figures: The Album – (Various Artists)
La La Land – (Various Artists)
Moana: The Songs – (Various Artists)

BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
“City Of Stars” – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone
“How Far I’ll Go” – Auli’i Cravalho
“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever – ZAYN & Taylor Swift
“Never Give Up” – Sia
“Stand Up For Something” – Andra Day feat. Common

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL
Calvin Harris
Greg Kurstin
Blake Mills
No I.D.
The Stereotypes

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
“Up All Night” – Beck
“Makeba” – Jain
“The Story Of O.J.” – JAY-Z
“Humble.” – Kendrick Lamar
“1-800-273-8255” – Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid

You can see the full 2018 Grammy list here.


Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn.’ Tops Rolling Stone Best Albums Of 2017


Kendrick Lamar is soaring high on Rolling Stone list of 50 Best Albums of 2017.

There are very little folks who would disagree that Kendrick Lamar drops one of the best, if not the best, albums this year, DAMN. So it should come as no surprise that Rolling Stone named the project the best album of the year. The LP sold 603,000 album-equivalent units in its first week to open at the top of the Billboard 200 chart in April of this year. It went on to top the chart for four non-consecutive weeks and has since sold over 800,000 traditional album units and over 2 million album-equivalent units.

The album DAMN. has already picked up an American Music Award for Favorite Album Rap/Hip-Hop Album and a BET Hip Hop Award for Album of the Year. The project is also one to watch for the upcoming Grammy Awards. With the release of DAMN, Kendrick Lamar cemented his place as one of the top five rappers of this generation, a topic that is a constant debate in hip hop culture.

Further down on Rolling Stone’s list of 50 Best Albums of 2017, Migos album Culture ranked number nine following an impressive run this year as trap music begins to gain more traction in the mainstream. JAY-Z’s critically acclaimed new album 4:44 ranked number twelve and some of the rap legend’s fans are not too happy about that and think the project should at least be top five this year. “Hov’s 4:44 is easily top five albums this year, no way some of these pop artists drop a better project that Hov please revise this list,” one fan wrote.

SZA’s Ctrl came in at number twenty, while Drake’s More Life came in at number 27 just one place higher than Vince Staples’ Big Fish Theory. Chronixx is the only reggae artist to make the list with his Chronology album ranking 48.