To Pimp a Butterfly is at once the encapsulation of this world of racial tension and a catalyst for change. It's brash, it's unapologetically black, and most importantly, it's a message of black self-love and reassurance when, around the hip-hop landscape, those messages are so few and far between.
"It's impossible to listen to this and not want to get up and dance. The energy is too infectious!!!" - LordQuest. Coming back red hot after quite a long hiatus, Chef's Plate finally hits us with another remix entitled "Poured Up". Chef's Plate consists of Junia-T, an emcee and producer from Mississaugua, and Lord Quest, a Toronto based artist and producer. This track works to fuse what people love about Rihanna's "Pour It Up" with adlibs from Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools" to create a complimentary mash-up that takes advantage of both artists strengths. Rihanna's vocals are easy on the ears (as would be expected) and mesh's with the production almost as if they were made for eachother. Kendrick's verse near the end is welcomed, and fits the mash up well, with a couple glitchy additions courtesy of Chef's Plate. Chef's Plate is an experimental project that has hip-hop artists and the realm of future bass working to become one. Junia-T debuted his latest effort "Eye See You" last winter, while LordQuest has gained recognition through his debut "Still Shopping", and his production credits on Talib Kweli's "Gravitas", and ScHoolboy Q's "Oxymoron". What do you think about the spin Chef's Plate put on two popular tunes? It isn't easy to remix a song that's already considered to be a hit, but do they do it justice? Let us know below.
The Kendrick Lamar-assisted gem off Flying Lotus' new album You're Dead receives a set of visuals via director Hiro Murai. Kendricks erratic flows are the perfect complement to Flying Lo's equally complex instrumentation; hopefully this is the first of many collaborations. You're Dead is the fifth studio album by Flying Lotus. It is set to be released on October 6, 2014, in the UK, and October 7, 2014, in the US, on Warp Records.
After a major uproar on the internet the past week, the time has finally come. Top Dawg Entertainment's Kendrick Lamar - as promised has released the first single off his album due out this year. TDE said six albums, and they followed through. Taking a look at the cover art, you can interpret many different meaning to what the song would be about, though I don't think anyone expected this. "I LOVE MYSELF!" rings the hooks, and this is such a feel good tune. Though Kendrick doesn't slack on leaving his message in there. Let me know what you think about it, were you happy or disappointed in the tune after the wait? Think about it...
Jeezy links up with Kendrick Lamar for the remix to, "Holly Ghost." I mean, what can I say that you don't already know. Jeezy and Kendrick on the same track isn't even fair to the rest of the hip hop game. Jeezy already came correct the first time around, and Kendricks guest verse on the remix to "Holly Ghost," turns this track up to a whole different level.