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Mortal Men and the City of Baltimore

Michael W. Waters | Posted 04.28.2015 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

I am not a fan of violence, but I am a fan of the people being heard. Now that it has hit the fan, I pray that we open our ears to hear the cries of a people far too long trampled upon, a people who can take no more.

Kendrick Lamar Just Revealed Who He Thinks The Best Rapper In The Game Is

Mic | Posted 04.17.2015 | Black Voices

Kendrick Lamar is terrible at social media, but on Wednesday afternoon, Top Dawg Entertainment's label boss talked Lamar into answering questions on T...

What Kendrick Lamar, Drake And Kanye West Say About The Black Experience In America

Posted 04.04.2015 | Entertainment

If you think about it long enough, the American Dream is not for the black man. The idea that a certain set of traits will bring you power and bounty,...

Lessons About Home, From Kendrick Lamar

Sean Flores | Posted 04.01.2015 | Latino Voices
Sean Flores

It's a tale of managing depression and the overbearing responsibility that's attached to success and prosperity. A kind that is sometimes self-imposed. A kind I can relate to.

50 Years of A Love Supreme and 50 More

Judah Joseph | Posted 03.30.2015 | Entertainment
Judah Joseph

John Coltrane is worth much more than the sum of his parts. His work permeated the collective conscience of those concerned with disrupting the norm, with challenging their own mastery of their crafts.

Kendrick Lamar Has The First No. 1 Album With 'Pimp' In The Title

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 04.01.2015 | Entertainment

There are many historical firsts in Billboard chart history, and Kendrick Lamar just notched a pretty unique landmark: "To Pimp a Butterfly" is the fi...

Kendrick Lamar, Lee Daniels, and Dismissing the Double Standards on Black Artistry

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.26.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Current standards set by the masses suggests that black men and women cannot artistically express anger, be imperfect, invoke rebellion, find humor in their woes, be unapologetically sexual, explore taboos, and re-appropriate the tumultuous barriers placed on us.

Kendrick Lamar Performs Surprise Concert On A Moving Truck

All Hip Hop | Posted 03.26.2015 | Black Voices

Back in December Kendrick Lamar teamed with Reebok for the “I Am” video presentation. The two brands joined forces again last night for a surprise...

The Debate Everyone Should Be Having About Around Kendrick Lamar's New Album

Mic | Tom Barnes | Posted 03.21.2015 | Black Voices

Kendrick Lamar knew To Pimp a Butterfly would make a huge impact when it landed. Before the album dropped, Lamar was already talking about how the ...

On Kendrick Lamar and Black Humanity

Posted 03.20.2015 | Celebrity

It is said that depression is anger turned inward. And if that’s true, then the entirety of Black America suffers from a depression....

A Thank You Note to Kendrick Lamar

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

After listening to TPAB, I feel stirred into good works. I feel compelled to apologize for all of the unedited sermons, uninspired exhortations, and unthoughtful utterances I've shared in over fifteen years of ministry with words.

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly's Devotional Bandleader

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 03.19.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

To Pimp a Butterfly paints with colors that resemble, if I may use the C word, classic hip-hop -- the album feels more like De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and 2Pac, all of whom made records that duck and weave in their bounce.

To Pimp a Butterfly: Redefining Freedom and the American Dream

Julian Mitchell | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Channeling the revolutionary essence of the Harlem Renaisance, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly is a gripping, soul-driven melodrama that masterfully depicts the story of a courageous young man fighting through the painful process of liberating himself.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: Emerging Artist Creates Interactive Paintings you Can Touch and Hear

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 03.19.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Most visual artists prefer that viewers do not touch their completed works on display at a museum, gallery or studio. Thomas "Detour" Evans is not of that mindset. The emerging artist has created interactive paintings meant to be tapped at designated touch points to emit music.

A Track-By-Track Guide To Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

rollingstonelogo | Posted 03.17.2015 | Entertainment

The following article is provided by Rolling Stone. There are surprise releases and there are accidental releases. The appearance of Kendrick Lamar...

Interruption and Rebellion: First Thought's on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly

Michael Darer | Posted 03.16.2015 | Arts
Michael Darer

Black life, Lamar argues, is haunted by the potential for disruption. Always lurking is the notion that a life building momentum may be suddenly and randomly derailed, cut short. His latest album is a distillation of this and a rebellion against it.

Kendrick Lamar Releases New Album A Week Early

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 03.16.2015 | Entertainment

Kendrick Lamar wasn't due to drop his sophomore LP, "To Pimp a Butterfly," until March 23, but a "clean" version of album appeared on iTunes late Sund...

Kendrick Lamar Announces New Album Title And Release Date

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 03.06.2015 | Entertainment

The details of Kendrick Lamar's sophomore album have been kept quiet, even after he released "i," his first "good kid, m.A.A.d city" follow-up track. ...

Mic Check: Here's Why Hip Hop Hasn't Grown up Yet

Julian Mitchell | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

In the midst of these projected possibilities, one thing is certain: the power of Hip Hop is immense and unwavering. But, how the art form is used from this point forward will determine the type of power we truly want to have.

ESSENCE Fest Announces All-Star 2015 Lineup

AP | Posted 02.23.2015 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The 2015 Essence Festival will feature Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, comedian Kevin Hart, Common and Trombone Short...

Listen To Kendrick Lamar's Blistering New Song

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 02.10.2015 | Entertainment

Fresh off two Grammy wins for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, Kendrick Lamar dropped a new song, "The Blacker The Berry." Produced by Boi-1da,...

The Real Best Rapper Alive: Hopsin

Azeem Khan | Posted 03.20.2015 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

The undisputed king of underground hip-hop is a man by the name of Marcus Hopson, better known as Hopsin. As an independent artist with his label My Funk Volume, Hopsin has been selling out world tours for years, signed successful artists, and amassed a huge following.

MTV's Bold MLK Day Move Will Be One You Won't Want To Miss

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices

On Monday, MTV will air twelve hours of programming in black and white -- and no, this is no accidental glitch. The television network will kick o...

A Lot Of People Wanted To Know The Lyrics To 'Drunk In Love' Last Year

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 01.14.2015 | Entertainment

Rap Genius has revealed the most-viewed songs and artists on its site in 2014. In terms of songs, the top spot went to Beyonce and Jay Z's "Drunk In L...

New Artist Reviews: Klassik

Morena Duwe | Posted 03.14.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

The art of hip hop has always been a powerful way to convey the duality of human existence. From gangster rap to rhythmic flow-etry and everything in between, hip hop is meant to carry a strong message, whatever that message may be. Emerging from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, comes a fresh breath of hip hop in R&B soulster, Klassik.