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kendrick lamar 2pac

As you may have noticed, Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp a Butterfly dropped a week early last night. I’ve already dedicated this entire morning to listening to it — like everyone else, am I right? — but I’m not even attempting to write anything that resembles an album review before giving it more time to sink in (come back to me in, like, three weeks — there’s a lot to digest here).

However, an instant highlight of the album — and something that all the skits appear to build towards — is an interview with 2Pac at the end of the closing track, “Mortal Man.” It’s set up as a conversation between Kendrick and his hero, but we all know that’s not really the case. Instead, Pac’s powerful words are lifted from an interview he gave to Swedish radio station P3 in November 1994 — two weeks before the Quad Studios shooting, no less.

Coincidentally, P3 recently interviewed Kendrick Lamar (along with Joey Bada$$), which is also worth checking out. Listen to that here.

Listen to the full 2Pac interview below…


kanye west 2003

Throwback Thursday Tuesday? While Yeezy Season continues to sweep the world, here’s a gem from the pre-College Dropout vaults that Channel Dynamic unearthed: Kanye West performing an earlier — and more stripped-down — version of “Gold Digger” with John Legend back in 2003. Yes, two full years before the song would go on to top the charts, break digital download records and go triple platinum. That Reese’s tee, though?

Watch the vintage clip below…


morris day and HAIM "Jungle Love"

Well this is a bizarre combination that I never thought I’d see…The Grammy-nominated sisters of alt-pop group HAIM played ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ last night. And instead of performing their usual Urban Outfitters mood hits like “Forever”…they served as backup singers for conk legend Morris Day and the Time on that ‘Purple Rain’-soundtrack classic “Jungle Love.”
HAIM aren’t exactly the Apollonia 6 but they kinda killed it.

Watch after the jump

dangelo voodoo beyonce

D’Angelo’s seminal sophomore album Voodoo turned 15 on January 25, just weeks after he finally blessed the world with the long-awaited Black Messiah. To celebrate, Solange’s Saint Heron blog spoke to a selection of artists and producers about the impact the record not only had on the music world, but them personally. Beyoncé, A-Trak, Janelle Monáe, Thundercat and Solange herself were among those who paid tribute to this special, special album.

Read more below…


ol dirty bastard rare interview

Genius (formerly Rap Genius) is teaming up with MTV to crack the lid on a collection of never-before-seen interviews from the late ’90s. The raw and uncut conversations, featuring the likes of Cam’ron, DMX, Redman, Method Man and LL Cool J, will include full transcriptions, plus annotations from fans, contributors and respected journalists.

Genius and MTV kick things off today with this unreleased interview between the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Bloomberg’s Josh Tyrangiel from 1997, in which ODB talks about his struggles with sobriety, the importance of birth control and his family issues. The full transcript can be read here, complete with annotations from Tyrangiel and ODB biographer Mickey Hess.

Watch the interview below…


the game dr dre

The Game and Dr. Dre have had their differences over the years, but the Doctor joined his advocate on stage in L.A. last night as Jayceon celebrated the 10th anniversary of his debut album, The Documentary. Game also brought out Kendrick Lamar to fill in for 50 Cent (who, despite having such a big hand in the album, didn’t show for obvious reasons) on “Westside Story.”

While we’re reminiscing, revisit Complex’s “The Making of The Game’s The Documentaryhere.

Watch below…


jay z demo tape

Reasonable Doubt doesn’t turn 20 for another, oh, 17 months and 10 days, but you can take an early trip down JAY Z Jaÿ-Z’s memory lane with this collection of early ’90s demos that has surfaced online. Yes, most of these songs have been floating around YouTube for a few years now. And yes, you may already be familiar with them. But for ’90s babies like myself whose first memory of Hov was the “Hard Knock Life” video, then this is like stumbling on a rare artifact in hip-hop’s attic. His flow is raw, his style is undeveloped and he was having no luck with the labels at the time, yet Hov didn’t hesitate to crown himself the “greatest MC in the world.”

Jay really did give us prophecy on his first joint.

Listen below…



Nirvana’s early days as a clueless band weren’t that different from a young rapper’s experience. You start out by doing shitty shows at dive spots for little to no money in hopes of getting your big break. Eventually, you either progress or realize that a 9 to 5 is in your destiny.

It usually plays out to be the latter, but they’ll never stop trying. 25-years ago yesterday (Jan 12), Nirvana played a show at a Portland punk venue called Satyricon. In honor of the show’s anniversary, the Internets have supplied us with a bootleg recording of the concert. RIP Kurt Cobain.

Listen to the recording below…



Here’s a pleasant treat from the lost Beastie Boys video vaults. Thanks to some savvy message board readers, an unreleased video for the Brooklyn group’s 2011 Nas collaboration “Too Many Rappers” has surfaced. From the looks of it, MCA, Ad-Rock, Mike D and Nasir Jones spent some time romping around D.C. They take it from the streets to a random grocery store, concert, through a park and beyond.

Directed by Roman Coppola and Oscilloscope Laboratories for Capitol Records.

Watch video below…


50 cent patiently waiting

Wrapping up another excellent season of their Magnum Opus series, Complex revisits 50 Cent and Eminem’s very first collaboration, “Patiently Waiting,” off 2003’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’.

From Eminem’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, sending him 50’s early tapes (which lead to his eventual deal with Shady Records) to the melodic evolution of the song, the episode chronicles the full history behind one of GROTD‘s toughest cuts.

Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Sha Money XL, DJ Whoo Kid, Paul Rosenberg and Complex’s Noah Callahan-Bever provide additional commentary.

Watch below…


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