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Kendrick Lamar and label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), are wasting no time in 2016. He’s currently President Obama’s favorite rapper and just added four more Grammy awards to his collection. And in response to a request from NBA player Lebron James, Kendrick Lamar has delivered another album. After seeing Kendrick's powerfully provoking Grammy performance in February, Lebron James tweeted to the TDE CEO begging for the release of previously performed untitled Kendrick tracks. Within two months, TDE dropped Kendrick’s Untitled Unmastered album.
The project features eight hearty tracks ranging diversely in style and over 20 collaborators, bringing many multifarious contributions to the sound of the album. Killer contemporary hip-hop producers like Hit-Boy, Cardo, Swizz Beatz, and DJ Spinz provide booming bassy production unlike what’s heard on Kendrick's To Pimp a Butterfly album. While longtime collaborators Terrace Martin (producer, piano, and horns) and Thundercat (bass), who made key contributions to To Pimp a Butterfly, are seen on "Untitled 3." The wide array of features including Bilal, CeeLo Green, Jay Rock, SZA, and Adrian Younge aid in creating a series of wildly dynamic works.
-- By doubleay
The album features unreleased demos from his most recent album, the critically acclaimed (and Grammy-winning) To Pimp a Butterfly. Lamar has previewed tracks from the album on “The Colbert Report” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (“untitled 03” and “untitled “08”), according to Pitchfork. He also unveiled an unreleased verse on the Grammy Award show. Check out those performances below.
Logic may be in the midst of a massive world tour right now, but Amoeba Hollywood had the pleasure of sitting down the with rapper/singer on a recent visit to the store. Born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Logic started his musical career young, releasing his first official mixtape, Young, Broke, and Infamous, in 2010 when he was only twenty. In 2011, his follow-up, Young Sinatra, won accolades from numerous fans, as well as the influential publication XXL. His music video for "All I Do" was Logic's first to chart over 1 million views on YouTube. A year later Logic released a third mixtape, Young Sinatra: Undeniable, which led to a successful European tour, an XXL cover, and the announcement that he had signed to Def Jam. 2015's The Incredible True Story debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, for which he is currently touring both the US and Europe.
Logic has a lot to say about all of his picks, the first of which is a DVD of Community: The Complete First Season, which stars fellow musician and actor Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino). He also chooses some classic hip hop albums from the '90s, including OutKast's Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, as well as more current favorites like Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, which he calls "a great album for hip hop, and for mankind." Logic also talks Quincy Jones and producing, and why The Incredible True Story hadn't been pressed on to vinyl until last week.
Congrats to Kendrick Lamar for winning a Grammy for Best Rap Album of the year in the ongoing (started at 5pm PST) 2016 Grammys for his album To Pimp A Butterfly (also avail on explicit CD version and 180 gram vinyl LP version). See video clip below in which Ice Cube announces the win for the fellow Compton, CA rapper who also won Grammy Awards for rap performance, rap song, and rap sung/collaboration categories.
Presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the 58th Grammy Awards saw the gifted hip-hop artist receive eleven nominations, bypassing such other big music stars as The Weeknd and Taylor Swift (both of whom got seven nominations each). In the Best Rap Album category Kendrick Lamar beat out other nominees J.Cole (2014 Forest Hills Drive), Dr. Dre (Compton), Drake (If You're Reading This It's Too Late), and Nicki Minaj (The Pinkprint).
1) K-Def The Way It Was / The Unpredictable Gemini (Redefinition/Fat Beats)
2) Kevin Gates Islah (Atlantic)
3) J. Cole Forest Hills Drive Live (Roc Nation)
4) Saul Williams MartyrLoserKing (Fader) - also on LP
5) San Quinn The Fillmore Lion (Legacy Mafia)
Shout-out to E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for supplying the latest top five chart that features in the top slot longtime NJ-based hip-hop producer K-Def with the two album, 33 track (on one CD disc) set The Way It Was / The Unpredictable Gemini on Redefinition/Fat Beats. As seen in the accompanying video below of E-Lit running down these five and other new/recent releases, there is also a single album vinyl version by K-Def. Other popular new releases at the East Bay Amoeba store include longtime Fillmore district of San Francisco rapper San Quinn's latest full length The Fillmore Lion on Legacy Mafia, and Louisanna rapper (previously prolific mix tape producer) Kevin Gates' official major label debut Islah on Atlantic Records.