Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Black Panther’ Soundtrack Tops Billboard Chart

Black Panther is not only killing it in the Box Office but also on the Billboard 200.

The movie’s Kendrick Lamar-led soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The 14-track “Black Panther: The Album,” which dropped Feb. 9 becomes the second album in 2018 to debut at No. 1 after “The Greatest Showman” did so in January.

Curated by K-Dot and Top Dawg Entertainment’s CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, Black Panther: The Album also features The Weeknd, SZA, Khalid, 2 Chainz, Future, and more.

The movie on the other hand, Black Panther the movie opened at No. 1 with $192 million, setting a record for the fifth largest three-day domestic opening in history.

BILLBOARD 200 TOP 10

  1. Various – Black Panther: The Album– 154,000
    2. Justin Timberlake – Man of the Woods– 74,000
    3. Various – The Greatest Showman – 72,000
    4. Migos – Culture II – 68,000
    5. Various – Fifty Shades Freed – 58,000
    6. Ed Sheeran – ÷ – 42,000
    7. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic – 32,000
    8. Post Malone – Stoney – 31,000
    9. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. – 31,000
    10. Camila Cabello – Camila – 29,000

 

Swizz Beats VS Timbaland : Who Is Your Money On?

Swizz Beats and Timbaland are two of music’s biggest producers which is why their epic music battle will most likely be one for the books. 

These two beat maestros started a hash tag, #imwiththesmoke on instagram, using it as part of captions to their back and forth videos in which they show off their production skills.

Kicked off by Swizz Beats, the two have now even sparked conversation among music icons like Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Jadakiss and Styles P, with these heavy weight rappers each weighing in on the battle whose date is yet to be set.

Without picking their favorite, check out their comments.

Nas said;

“That’s two top tier ni***s going at it. That’s what the game need. The game needs that. Y’all two ni***s are like two of the illest ni***s so … y’all both my brothers, so I just want to watch it go down.”

Kendrick added;

“This is my generation. Being a student of rap, when I first started rhyming, what I used to do was check the fucking credits. This is something I don’t know if the kids are doing, but I’m going to explain it to you. Checking the credits is how I know I want to work with Swizz Beatz one day. I remember my favorite fucking beats, checking the credits, would say Swizz on it.”

Jadakiss commented;

“It’s going to be a tight one. It’s going to be a good one. We’ve got confidence in Swizz. Timbaland got a load of hits. I want to see it, it should be interesting.”

Styles P said;

“A lot of my favorite Timbaland joints are Justin Timberlake joints and kind of more pop joints,” he said. “I love both of them, they both make great R&B, they both make great hip-hop, they both make great pop and it’ll be great for the culture. Timbaland’s fam but Swizz is immediate fam, so love is love. We’re just interested to see [the battle].”

As entertaining as their videos on IG have been, there has been speculation about whether the battle may have actually been inspired by a real life beef, but Timbaland made sure to clear that up by posting that there is absolutely no beef between he and Swizz. 

His post read;

A lot of people misunderstand what a competitive battle is. It’s not about destruction. It’s about 2 competitors with mutual respect and love, battling to bring the best out of each other. To elevate the art to a place where it couldn’t have gone on it’s own. To its plateau. I love Swizz and respect him just as much. But best believe that we are both going to come hard at each other and bring out the best of ourselves… It’s all about the music… It’s all about art… It’s all about the culture… It’s bigger then us. If we’re not going to change and elevate, then what’s the point?? #imwiththesmoke @therealswizzz

Swizz Beats is famous for producing hits such as  ‘On To The Next One’ by Jay Z (Off of his The Blueprint 3 album) and Timabaland is known for producing Keri Hilson’s ‘The Way I Are’. 

Follow their very enticing back and forth on their respective instagram pages. 

SZA and Travis Scott Take Over #ROTW With Their Collabo ‘Love Galore’

For a first time this year, Top Dawg Entertainment signed femcee SZA will rule our airwaves as record of the week and it’s thanks to her Travis Scott collabo ‘Love Galore’.

The collabo which came after her early year release ‘Drew Barrymore’ was quickly followed by its video which was shot and directed by Nabil who is also behind the video to iconic rapper and SZA label mate Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DNA’. 

It’s a video that I would rather let you watch than describe it for you and along with this new release, TDE announced that SZA will be dropping in the coming weeks and that the will work with Sony Music owned label RCA.

Two Music Titans Release their First Collabo and Its Now Our Record of the Week

Riding the overwhelming success that his recent body of work ‘DAMN’ has so far garnered, Kendrick Lamar practically owned radio airwaves around the world with his track ‘HUMBLE’ and he’s looking to do the same with his collaborative effort ‘LOYALTY’.

This second release from the album is the first time these two music icons and chart topping artists have come together on a track, the long wait perhaps being due to the fact that Riri happens to be friends with Drake who has been on occasion perceived to be Kendrick’s music rival.

Their alleged rivalry aside, ‘LOYALTY’ took airwaves by storm and involves Rihanna singing (and at some point showing off her rap skills) while Kendrick what we all know him to do best which …you guessed it…. is to spit some serious bars.

Coming only one week after he ruled our airwaves as record for the week with ‘HUMBLE’, Kendrick is back to reclaim his throne as ‘Record of the Week’ with the Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith, Terrace Martin, Son Wave and DJ Dahi produced jam ‘LOYALTY’. 

Here are the songs lyrics;

[Intro: Mr. Talkbox]

[Pre-Chorus: DJ Dahi]
I said I’m geeked and I’m fired up (fired, fire)
All I want tonight is just to get high up (high, high, high)
Girl, you look so good, it’s to die for (die for)
Ooh, that pussy good, it’s to die for (on fire)

[Chorus 1: Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna]
It’s a secret society
All we ask is trust
(All we ask is trust)
All we got is us
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty

[Verse 1: Kendrick Lamar]
Kung Fu Kenny now
My resume is real enough for two millenniums
A better way to make a wave, stop defendin’ them
I meditate and moderate all of my wins again
I’m hangin’ on the fence again
I’m always on your mind
I put my lyric and my lifeline on the line
And ain’t no limit when I might shine, might grind
You rollin’ with it at the right time, right now
(Only for the dollar sign)

[Verse 2: Rihanna]
Bad gyal RiRi now
Swerve, swerve, swerve, swerve, deeper now
On your pulse like it’s EDM
Gas in the bitch like it’s premium
Haul ass on a bitch all in the fast lane
Been a bad bitch way before any cash came
I’m established
Hundred carats on my name
Run the atlas, I’m a natural, I’m alright

[Verse 3: Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna]
I’m a savage, I’m a asshole, I’m a king
Shimmy-yeah, shimmy-yeah, shimmy-yeah, rock (yeah)
You can tell your nigga he can meet me outside (yeah)
You can babysit him when I leave him outside
Ain’t no other love like the one I know
I done been down so long lost hope
I done came down so hard I slowed
I don’t sleep forever, all a real nigga want

[Pre-Chorus: DJ Dahi]
I said I’m geeked and I’m fired up (fired, fire)
All I want tonight is just to get high up (yeah)
(All I want is, all I want is)

[Chorus 2: Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna]
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
10-4, no switchin’ sides
Feel somethin’ wrong
You actin’ shifty, you don’t ride
With me no more, I need
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty

[Verse 4: Kendrick Lamar]
Tell me who you loyal to
Is it money? Is it fame? Is it weed? Is it drink?
Is it comin’ down with the loud pipes and the rain?
Big chillin’, only for the power in your name
Tell me who you loyal to
Is it love for the streets when the lights get dark?
Is it unconditional when the ‘Rari don’t start?
Tell me when your loyalty is comin’ from the heart

[Verse 5: Rihanna & Kendrick Lamar]
Tell me who you loyal to
Do it start with your woman or your man? (Mmm)
Do it end with your family and friends? (Mmm)
Or you’re loyal to yourself in advance?
I said, tell me who you loyal to
Is it anybody that you would lie for?
Anybody you would slide for?
Anybody you would die for?
That’s what God for

[Pre-Chorus: DJ Dahi]
I said I’m geeked and I’m fired up (fired, fire)
All I want tonight is just to get high up
(All I want is, all I want is)

[Chorus 2: Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna]
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
10-4, no switchin’ sides
Feel somethin’ wrong
You actin’ shifty, you don’t ride
With me no more, I need
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty

[Outro: Rihanna]
It’s so hard to be humble
It’s so hard to be
Lord knows I’m tryin’
Lord knows I’m dyin’, baby

What Will This Week’s Record-of-The-Week Be?

HBR’s Record-of-the-Week is normally the freshest banger out there. It represents the very urban and new-school sound that is the heart beat of this generation. 

We’ve featured some of the world’s greatest emcees, singers and producers on it, yes, even from the 254.

Each week is another banger’s chance to carry bragging rights to being the most played song on the station and coming off a list of hits like, Drake’s ‘Madiba Riddim’ and PnB Rock’s ‘Selfish’, before a jam is picked, how about we see how close to the mark you can be.

What do YOU think will be this week’s Record-of-the-Week? or better yet, what do YOU think this week’s Record-of-the-Week should be?…. 

 

New Music: Thundercat x Kendrick Lamar – “Walk On By”

In anticipation of his upcoming project, the multi-talented bass player shared a brand new single from the LP, “Walk On By.”

 The song features Kendrick Lamar and it’s a modernized version of classic soul and funk music. Thundercat has previously dropped two other singles from the forthcoming project, “Show You The Way” and “Friend Zone.”

Thundercat’s new album Drunk drops this Friday.

Kendrick Lamar Features In New Reebok Video Series

Ahead of the spring release of the Reebok Club C sneaker, Kendrick Lamar appears in a four-part video series titled “Hold Court,” directed by Nabil. In front of a projection of Compton High School’s tennis courts, K.Dot reveals what it takes to be a champion.

Lamar uses the opportunity to share some personal reflections in the ad. “I always hold myself on a high pedestal to be a champion,” he says. “Whether I got an inch close or half a mile or a yard. That was always the goal, to put the pressure on myself, to reach a certain level of success. The shoe represents that. Period.”

“A champ has to be passionate,” he says. “A champ has to have a desire. A champ has to have hunger and a champ has to be fearless, somebody who can fail, get back up, and try to do it all over again no matter what the naysayers are saying…That’s a true champ.”

In the 3rd part of the video series,  K.Dot connects the shoe’s perspective to what he does in his music. “I just like wordplay, manipulating different words, twisting them and bending them,” he says. “Regardless if people liked them or not, I’d still be doing them ’till this day.”

The championship theme spills over into another clip about the TDE MC’s willingness to win no matter the reward. “Everybody wanna glorify the person that got the trophy,” he adds. “But you gotta be willing to do it if the trophy wasn’t in your hands anyway. So, I think the champ is always the underdog at heart, even while winning.”

There’s more to come. On the heels of this 4-part series, an official campaign also shot by Nabil is set to make its debut today.

The new ads from Kendrick Lamar follow major additions to Reebok’s celebrity ambassador roster. Last year, the company signed Future to a deal and earlier this week, they announced a new partnership with Teyana Taylor.

 

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Kendrick’s ‘TPAB’ Among Hip-Hop Classics to Be Archived in Harvard Library

The name 9th Wonder and Hip Hop are synonymous. And it came as no surprise in 2012 when the iconic producer was chosen to be a Harvard University Fellow at The Dubois Institute; which led to his undertaking of a three-year project titled “These Are The Breaks,” which will chronicle 200 hip-hop albums that are “a standard of the culture.”

In a recent Instagram post, 9th revealed the first four albums that will be included in “These Are The Breaks,” meaning they will be archived in the Harvard Library, along with liner notes and the vinyl used in the production of the albums.

9th

Three of the first four picks are widely regarded as classics—Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Nas’ Illmatic and A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory. But it was his fourth pick that really stood out: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly.

To be fair, 9th does mention in the post that the albums are being rolled out in no particular order, so this isn’t necessarily ranking Kendrick’s critically-acclaimed masterpiece as one of the four most deserving selections, but its inclusion in this project absolutely does solidify it as a masterful offering deserving of “classic” status, despite how recent its release was.

It makes sense that 9th would have a deep appreciation for—and understanding of—Kendrick’s 2015 release, as he served as an engineer during the album’s production. Still, the significance of TPAB being included in the first round of albums to be forever preserved in the Harvard Library should not be taken lightly.

As previously mentioned, there are still 196 more records that will be included in the project, which is slated to take three years to complete. How important this project is cannot be understated, will be the lens through which future generations might view the culture and art form we hold so dearly.

 

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Rich the Kid Teases Kendrick Lamar Collaboration

Late last night, the duo joined forces in the lab for a new track titled “For the Birds.”

Rich alerted fans about the new cut with a simple tweet. “In the studio working with @kendricklamar,” he wrote. Shortly after that, he posted a shot of himself and K-Dot side by side. “Blessed to do a song Kendrick Lamar,” he wrote. “When you the new wave shit get legendary.”

https://twitter.com/richthekid/status/819255608138289152

While it’s unclear exactly what the song sounds like, Rich shared what appears to be a snippet of it on social media, with a smiling K-Dot beside him. He tells Complex that the cut is slated to appear on his next project and that he had good chemistry with Cornrow Kenny.

https://youtu.be/C3WhSD7Ea1s

Rich just released his Keep Flexin project on Halloween and Kendrick is reportedly working on the follow-up to 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly and last year’s untitled, unmastered.

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Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar to Headline Coachella 2017

Over the course of two weekends in April, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar will headline this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, taking place in Indio, Calif..

This year’s event is slated to feature another star-studded roster of artists for what’s sure to be one of 2017’s most talked-about events.

Opening things up on Friday (Apr. 14), the date will include sets from Travis Scott, Mac Miller, DJ Shadow, and more, as Radiohead will rock the night away as the first evening’s headliners.

Things will get royal on Saturday (Apr. 15) when Queen Bey graces the stage. Prior to Beyoncé’s arrival, fans will be treated to sets by Future, DJ Snake, ScHoolboy Q, Gucci Mane, Tory Lanez, and Majid Jordan, among others.

The royal theme will continue on Sunday (Apr. 16) as the first weekend will close out with King Kendrick Lamar. Before Cornrow Kenny hits the main platform, however, DJ Khaled, Lil Uzi Vert, Kehlani, Kaytranada, and many more will hit the fest’s stages and tents.

As always, the festival will feature the same lineup the following weekend, (Apr. 21-23) for its encore edition, which has, in the past, included changes.

This won’t be the first time Coachella audiences have seen Kendrick and Beyonce at the annual festival. ‘Yoncé performed with Jay Z in 2010 and danced with Solange in 2014. Meanwhile, K. Dot popped up during Ice Cube and Anderson .Paak’s sets last year and delivered a non-headlining set of his own in 2012.

Festival passes for both weekends go on sale today, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m.

 

By Eugene Gecaga