1. Explained: Kendrick Lamar's Chaotic (and Planned) Surprise Release of 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

    March 16, 2015 12:55 PM EDT Update, 3:34PM, March 16:  To Pimp A Butterfly  is now available for purchase on iTunes. Around 11:45PM last night (March 15), Kendrick Lamar 's To Pimp a Butterfly appeared on the iTunes Store and Spotify , a week earlier than initially expected, although insiders had been tipped…

  2. Update: Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' Gets Surprise Digital Release

    March 16, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Update, 11:00 a.m. ET: To Pimp A Butterfuly now appears in iTunes as a pre-order, with only first single "The Blacker the Berry" being available for download. The album is available in full if you search for it on Spotify. You can also listen at bop.fm. The album is scheduled for…

  3. Taylor Swift Is Very Excited For Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

    March 16, 2015 7:57 AM EDT There's one person already blasting Kendrick Lamar 's just-released album, To Pimp a Butterfly . That person?   Taylor Swift . "KENDRICK PUT HIS ALBUM OUT EARLY," she wrote on Mar. 16. "NO ONE TOUCH ME." KENDRICK PUT HIS ALBUM OUT EARLY. NO ONE TOUCH ME. …

  4. Kendrick Lamar Reveals Title, Artwork for New Album

    March 11, 2015 5:06 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar has shared the title and artwork for his sophomore album release.   The rapper has named his awaited set To Pimp a Butterfly , and used his Instagram account to spread the news.    "Don't all dogs go to heaven? Don't Gangsta's boogie? Do owl shit stank?…

  5. Kendrick Lamar Freestyles Over Notorious B.I.G.'s 'The What'

    March 09, 2015 4:16 PM EDT On the 18th anniversary of Notorious B.I.G. 's death, Kendrick Lamar paid tribute to the late rapper by spitting a freestyle over a few Biggie beats, including the Method Man -assisted " The What ." On the freestyle -- which Lamar spit on Big Boy's new radio show on Real…

  6. Sweetlife Festival 2015 Lineup: Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, The Weeknd & More

    March 04, 2015 4:12 PM EST Kendrick Lamar , Calvin Harris and the Weekend are among the acts playing this year's sixth annual Sweetlife Festival. The event, which was launched by East Coast organic food chain Sweetgreen, will take place on May 30 and 31 at Columbia, Md.'s Merriweather Post Pavilion. The…

  7. Azealia Banks Vows to Give Up Twitter for Lent: 'I Need to Give My Mind a Break'

    March 03, 2015 5:51 AM EST Azealia Banks won't be starting any Twitter tirades this month. She's vowed to give-up tweeting for Lent. "I missed the beginning of Lent but better late than never. I'm going off tweets until April 2nd!! My management will tweet AB news," she tweeted Monday.  I…

  8. Kendrick Lamar & Katy Perry Debut in Top 10 on Twitter Tracks Chart

    February 20, 2015 6:08 PM EST Kendrick Lamar grabs a No. 2 debut as Katy Perry lands in the Top 10. Plus, Taylor Swift brings 'Style' to the helm. Fresh off a pair of Grammy wins on Feb. 8, Kendrick Lamar squeezes into the runner-up slot on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart with the debut of "The…

  9. Kendrick Lamar to Make Essence Festival Debut

    February 18, 2015 4:36 PM EST Mary J. Blige, Common, Kevin Hart & Erykah Badu are also part of the 2015 lineup. Kendrick Lamar , Mary J. Blige , Common , Erykah Badu and Kevin Hart are among the first round of announced performers for the 2015 Essence Festival. Lamar will be making his debut at the annual…

  10. Samuel L. Jackson Channels Russell Simmons and More Insider Scoop

    February 17, 2015 12:00 PM EST Russell Simmons Does Samuel L. Jackson Doing Russell Simmons Def Jam co-founder  Russell Simmons  has been hearing for weeks that  Samuel L. Jackson  channeled him to portray the lisping, baseball hat-and-Adidas-wearing villain Valentine in  Kingsman: The Secret Service . And after seeing…

  11. Drake Decoded: 10 Subliminal Shots on 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late'

    February 13, 2015 5:11 PM EST Thursday night felt like Christmas day for Drake fans. The 28-year-old rapper dropped his brand-new album, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, unannounced. In true Drake fashion, there are hidden messages and subliminal shots littered throughout the LP. Drake's Surprise Album…

  12. Terrace Martin on Kendrick Lamar's 'The Blacker the Berry' & Delivering a Message

    February 12, 2015 2:58 PM EST 'We don't give a f--- about record sales, first-week numbers [or] who's hot or not. We just want to touch somebody's soul.' An entire episode of Unsung could be dedicated to Terrace Martin . The producer/rapper/multi-instrumentalist has been key in strengthening his…

  13. Listen to Kendrick Lamar's Hard Hitting New Song, 'The Blacker The Berry'

    February 09, 2015 7:07 PM EST When Kendrick Lamar released "i" in September, he had some critics saying he'd gone soft on the poppy feel-good tune. But with his new single, "The Blacker The Berry," which he released Monday, surely K-Dot's going to silence some of those haters.  Schoolboy Q on…

  14. Iggy Azalea & Sam Smith Lead 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations

    February 04, 2015 8:40 AM EST With five nominations each, Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith are the early leaders heading into the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards, nominations for which were announced Wednesday. Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande are close behind with four nods each. On the night, Iggy, Sam, Taylor, Ariana and  Luke…

  15. Nicki Minaj, Drake, David Guetta Booked for London's Wireless Fest

    February 02, 2015 11:09 PM EST Nicki Minaj , Drake , David Guetta , Avicii and Kendrick Lamar will headline this year's Wireless Festival in London. The 10th annual edition of the event will once again take place in Finsbury Park in the British capital. It will use the name New Look Wireless this year. Drake, who was…

  16. Jimi Tents, 'Elmer Fudd': Exclusive Song Premiere

    January 29, 2015 2:25 PM EST Jimi Tents doesn't shy away from heavy issues. The New York-born rapper's new single "Elmer Fudd" -- premiered here on The Juice -- is about growing up and taking responsibility. Listen below: Tents starts "Elmer Fudd" with a question: "If a body drop in…

  17. J. Cole's 'January 28th' Tops Twitter Trending 140 on... January 28th

    January 28, 2015 5:46 PM EST Thanks to a well-titled track, J. Cole scores a pretty rare gift: Spending his birthday atop the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 . J. Cole Wants to Turn His Childhood Home Into Rent-Free Living for Single Mothers "January 28th," the rapper's chart-topping track, takes…

  18. Check Out Dr. Dre's New Protégé

    January 28, 2015 4:39 AM EST Dr. Dre has another asset to show off. The multi-millionaire entrepreneur, co-founder of N.W.A. and production mastermind/hip hop svengali who helped launch the careers of Eminem , Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar , is now working closely with Justin Mohrle , a 23-year-old white rapper and…

  19. Watch Chris Brown Play Samurai in New 'Autumn Leaves' Video

    January 22, 2015 7:31 PM EST Chris Brown 's appropriated some Japanese swag for his new "Autumn Leaves" video, playing a forlorn ronin Samurai amidst an exotic landscape.  Chris Brown's Probation Revoked in Rihanna Assault Case   In the clip, the singer is bound only to the love of his real…

  20. 'Entourage' Music Supervisor Scott Vener May Just Have the Next Big Music App

    January 13, 2015 11:59 AM EST Multitasking music supervisor Scott Vener, fresh off wrapping the bro-movie, hopes that his music-sharing app Undrtone blows up. Scott Vener sits on a burgundy sofa at the Palihouse Hotel in Hollywood, sipping coffee while scrolling through emails on his MacBook. Robert Pattinson and FKA…

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