As two of the most potent and prevalent emcees of their time, and considered by many to be the two top modern day rappers, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar have had a close friendship, and professional rivalry, throughout both their careers, and have worked together on tracks multiple times. When Hip-Hop legend Jezzy announced the track listing for his upcoming Pressure E.P. fans were quick to note the reuniting of Cole and Kendrick on the aply named track, American Dream. Attendees at the December 12th listening party for Pressure heard the full album by the noted Atlanta rapper, including American Dream, the pen-ultimate take on the thirteen track album.
The two have worked together multiple times in the past including rapping over each other’s instrumentals on the the 2015 release Black Friday, which saw Cole taking a shot at ‘Alright’ and Kendrick rhyming over ‘A Tale of Two Citiez’. In 2012, Lamar and Cole collaborated on the DJ Khaled led They Ready, with famed southern rapper Big K.R.I.T. and a year later on the J. Cole album Born Sinner for the track Forbidden Fruit. Since 2011 both Cole and Kendrick have hinted at an entire collaborative album, and though collaborated that such a project exists by close insiders, the product has yet to hit the streets.
Jeezy’s latest features a slew of incredible seasoned emcees and a collection of up and coming rappers to make for what looks like another Hip-Hop classic for the Atlanta artist. From the short clip posted online and the word of attendees to the recent listening party, American Dream, featuring J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar is a bomtastic banger, featuring some of the best bars ever spit by all three legends. For further info on Pressure, releasing December fifteenth, check out Jeezy’s online residence at www.JeezyShop.com now!
Kendrick Lamar, the noted Emcee behind hits like ‘Humble,’ and ‘I,’ and considered by many Hip-Hop Heads to be one of the greatest of all time, stopped by the Howard Stern on the 12th of December to talk shop, personal life, and his seven Grammy nominations. No doubt blessed when it comes to lyrical wordplay, Kendrick described an encounter with another celestial force on the Stern show. Listeners were surprised to learn that Lamar reports being witness to a UFO over Compton when he was around six years old. No one believes him, Lamar says, but he doesn’t care, and remains adamant about the encounter.
This isn’t the first time Lamar has spoken of the UFO sighting, even going so far as to offer details on the sighting in another interview with Jo Jo Wright in 2014. Lamar told Jo Jo at the time that one day when he was around six years old he and his mother were on their balcony in Compton when he looked up and observed what he calls ‘a dart’ flash quickly across the sky. The rapper says his mother didn’t see the quick unidentified object burst across the sky, and jokes that she still doesn’t believe him to this day.
In the same interview, Lamar says he’s seen ghosts and spirits as well, but doesn’t elaborate. As far as his UFO sighting though, Kendrick says it changed him and made him believe there is something more out there. On Howard Stern, co-host Robin Quivers joked perhaps Lamar had been abducted to which the rapper playfully responded he probably did, and said aliens probably gave him the energy to make his music. You can read a write up on Lamar’s original interview with Jo Jo Wright here: https://massappeal.com/kendrick-lamar-has-seen-ghosts-and-ufos/and a High Snobriety report on the recent Howard Stern interview here: https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/kendrick-lamar-ufo-alien-sighting/
Talk about debating the single most magnificent rap verse. The thought itself seems to have cracked straight from a barbershop in the 90s. A debate that perhaps, would get accompanied by a question on who’s the best top five rap artist. However, the perceptions deter the faint-hearted. With the opportunity to interview an artist like Kendrick Lamar, you got to ask all the questions. Everything including those deemed to have been passed by time. Well, when posed with the question about his greatest rap verse, Kendrick Lamar gave the honor to a special someone. An icon in the industry, Snoop Dogg.
The verse, “Hey, one, two, three, and to the four” is a line that comes from the 1992 hit called ‘Nuthin But a G Thang.’ The hit was the first single in The Chronic album. Well, the choice of the line was expected considering that Kendrick Lamar hails from the West Coast region. On the other hand, The Rap icon Snoop Dogg passed down the torch to Kendrick Lamar (as the best rapper) in Los Angeles in 2011. As it is so, it went on to show the close relationship and Kendrick’s love for the icon’s music.
One would expect that Kendrick would have picked a verse from his music. However, in a previous event, Kendrick revealed to i-D that ‘FEAR’ is his greatest achievement. On the other hand, he declined to give a straight answer when asked if he has written the best rhyme yet. Kendrick attributed the lyrics of the song to honesty. He added that the first verse shows the fears he faced through childhood. The second verse tells of the fear during his teenage years while the third touches on his fears at 27. The honesty in the lyrics qualifies to make then his best lyrics so far.
The hype was already there, and the fans were in position to see something epic. Taylor had already been promoting the video for “Bad Blood,” and some fans wondered if it would live up to the hype behind it. It did. People can believe the hype about Taylor. She is bad, but she has gone bad in such a good way. The video was a blockbuster styled mini film that told a story.
No one could expect that Taylor would be able to take over the pop world in such a strong way. The single for “Bad Blood” got edgier with a remix from Kendrick Lamar. He was shown in the video, and he had an extensive amount of time on the song. One facet that came as a surprise to Brian Torchin was that there was so much star power in the video. It is difficult to really name everyone that was there when a person sees it for the first time.
There are lots of pictures floating around the web for the video. That is how fans get a real feel of all the stars that came out to support the video. There are scenes with a split image of Kendrick Lamar’s face with the other half of the picture showing Taylor’s face. This was a hot shot. There is also a scene where Taylor gets kicked out of the window by another star friend, Selena Gomez. There are many cool cameos to see.