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What’s In The Tapedeck: March Edition

What’s In The Tapedeck: March Edition

Obviously we love sharing what we’re listening to with you guys, so our What’s In The Tapedeck column on the sidebar is something we try to update regularly for ya. Realizing that it often goes overlooked (yeah, you gotta scroll a bit to get there), we’ve decided to start incorporating a post each time we...
Kanye West - Real Friends x No More Parties In LA

Kanye West – Real Friends x No More Parties In LA

Yeezy back? Listen to Kanye West‘s new song, “Real Friends,” which features Ty Dolla $ign on vocals. At the end, you’ll hear a snippet from another new ‘Ye track, “No More Parties In LA,” featuring Kendrick Lamar. I have a feeling this new record will gain back some of the Kanye West fans who stopped...
Top 25 Hip-Hop/R&B Projects of 2015

Top 25 Hip-Hop/R&B Projects of 2015

Happy Holidays from UPC. One year ago, we predicted 2015 would be a major year for the music world. But I don’t think any of us expected the sheer amount of quality albums and mixtapes that came to fruition. Drake and Kanye West failed to deliver their studio albums, but even that didn’t matter. Future...
Kendrick Lamar - These Walls (Video)

Kendrick Lamar – These Walls (Video)

Kendrick Lamar drops the visual for “These Walls” from his critically acclaimed sophomore album, To Pimp a Butterfly. The eight-minute video directed by Colin Tiley features several cool aspects, including comedian Corey Holcomb telling a story about partying with K. Dot. You can catch Kendrick on tour right now for TDE‘s first annual Kunta’s Groove Session. Check out the video above, and...
Kendrick Lamar - Alright (Video)

Kendrick Lamar – Alright (Video)

Kendrick Lamar drops the music video for “Alright,” a track from his most recent project, To Pimp A Butterfly. The seven-minute clip contains smooth transitions and unique cinematography — complete with mind-bending black-and-white visuals. It’s safe to say the video does the track justice. You’ll definitely want to check K. Dot’s latest. Once you’ve done so, drop...
What’s In The Tapedeck: April Edition

What’s In The Tapedeck: April Edition

Obviously we love sharing what we’re listening to with you guys, so our What’s In The Tapedeck column on the sidebar is something we try to update regularly for ya. Realizing that it often goes overlooked (yeah, you gotta scroll a bit to get there), we’ve decided to start incorporating a post each time we...
Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry

Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry

So, Taraji Henson apparently is in possession of Kendrick Lamar‘s highly anticipated second album? Random, but with the greenlight from K-Dot she leaked a song off the album titled “The Blacker The Berry” featuring Terrance Martin, Assassin, and Boi-1da. In this five minute track we find Kendrick right where “m.A.A.d. city” left off – ferociously delivering...
Kendrick Lamar - i (Video)

Kendrick Lamar – i (Video)

King Kendrick Lamar ruled the kingdom of hip-hop following the release of his debut album, good kid, mAAd city. However, the red hot MC has remained fairly quiet since. Besides releasing a select few features, Lamar‘s focus has largely been set on performing as the opening act of the Yeezus tour, and of course, coming up with his next...
Kendrick Lamar - I

Kendrick Lamar – I

Two years after the release of good kid, m.A.A.d city, Compton’s Kendrick Lamar is gearing up to drop his second album. Today, he releases the project’s first single, a track entitled “I.” Los Angeles-based producer Rahki samples the Isley Brothers for this uplifting tune, which you can listen to below via SoundCloud. On a sidenote, K. Dot’s Top Dawg labelmate...
Kendrick Lamar - Backwards ft. Tame Impala

Kendrick Lamar – Backwards ft. Tame Impala

The movie Divergent — due out on March 21st — will feature several big name hip-hop artists on its soundtrack, including Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and A$AP Rocky. Listen to the K. Dot cut below, as the Compton rapper teams up with Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala for “Backwards.” Although we’re so used to hearing...
ScHoolboy Q - Oxymoron (Tracklist)

ScHoolboy Q – Oxymoron (Tracklist)

Preparing for his major debut album, ScHoolboy Q finally released the official tracklist for Oxymoron, available for purchase in stores and online February 25th. Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Tyler, the Creator, Kurupt, Raekwon and more all have contributed verses for the highly-anticipated second installment of TDE’s 2014 bill. Pre-order the album on iTunes,...
Grammys 2014 Style Review

Grammys 2014 Style Review

This past Sunday, music’s finest gathered in LA for the 56th Grammy Awards and showed up ready to party. From shimmery golds and leather trimmings to rich blues and robot helmets, everyone took to the red carpet and the stage to showcase their personal style. Coming off of winning the 4 out of 4 Grammy awards they...