This gives fans insight on how Kenny works in the studio. Kendrick Lamar’s Lost “PRIDE.” Verse
While everyone has been posting their best pictures of Kendrick in support of DAMN., TDE’s Punch had to stunt one time by unveiling a lost “PRIDE.” verse scribbled in red ink on a notepad. Kendrick Lamar Vs. Geraldo Rivera
Remember when Geraldo Rivera criticized Kendrick Lamar over his 2015 BET Award performance of “Alright” because he vandalized a fake cop car on stage? How about this pic I got from Dot of a lost verse for the song PRIDE. But with a project like DAMN. Geraldo has since responded to the inclusion with an 18-minute video and wishes Kenny hadn’t said his name at all. As time gently inched closer to April 14, fans were gifted with hint after mysterious hint amid pristine excitement. — HRS AWAY #TDE (@dangerookipawaa) April 13, 2017

It might be the reason why the album leaked in the first place. “Aside from Drake, in my opinion, [Kendrick Lamar is] probably the best Hip Hop   artist out there today,” Rivera admits. While The Alchemist (“FEAR.”), Mike WiLL Made-It (“HUMBLE.”), Terrace Martin (“LOYALTY.”), DJ Dahi (“YAH.,” “LOYALTY.,” “LUST.,” “XXX.,” “GOD.”)   and Canada’s own BADBADNOTGOOD (“LUST.”) have already established a solid name in the music game already, the project also includes fresh production from newcomer Teddy Walton on the song “LOVE.” featuring Zacari. — Sounwave (@SounwaveTDE) April 14, 2017

— Sounwave (@SounwaveTDE) April 14, 2017

The rumors ran so rampant that in-house TDE producer Sounwave was forced to clarify his tweets. Rivera gained attention and ad dollars as people tuned in to hear him calling out the Grammy Award-winning rapper, so Dot is now shamelessly monetizing off that commentary on “BLOOD.” and “DNA.”
“This is why I say that Hip Hop   has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years,” Geraldo said in 2015 of Kendrick’s BET Award performance. Kendrick and Teddy linked up in 2016 and after he recorded the song, Kenny told the 24-year-old Memphis beat maker, “Yo this is going to be big,” according to a Noisey interview with Walton. Niggas wanna post they best Kdot pics cause the album out. “HUMBLE.” & “The Heart Part 4”
DAMN.‘s lead single “HUMBLE.” takes on new meaning on the album version and while “The Heart Part 4” isn’t included on the project, it does subtly make its way onto “FEAR.”
“HUMBLE.” follows comfortably after “PRIDE.” which is segued into the next sound with a record scratch signifying an internal battle between having pride and being humble, as Pitchfork points out. On “ELEMENT.,” James Blake, Sounwave and Ricci Riera are noted as the producers with additional production by someone named Bekon. while utilizing a soundbite from the criticism. Haaaaa. The dopest part about experiencing Kendrick Lamar’s release of DAMN., besides the obvious (music), are all of the small yet significant details, the unknown particulars and eerie illuminati theories surrounding the project. Now that the project is here and available to be dissected, there are seven things music mavens should know about DAMN. “[Kendrick] was like, ‘Actually play anything… sounds… instruments… like anything you have, it don’t even have to be a beat,’” Walton explains. “Time revealing itself my ways are magnified/Same patterns requiring that I never camouflage /Looking at me in shock you found my identity/Asking yourself do I have room 4 empathy.”
The song was produced by The Internet’s Steve Lacy, who impressed the “HUMBLE.” artist while in a session with DJ Dahi. #stunt #idontdoitforthegramidoitforwellidodoitforthegram #lol #youfeelsometypeofwaythenaaaaahhhhhhaaaaa #yea
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“Pride is my biggest sin/I tried   to fight it but I never win/Layin’ myself down in the beds I made/Karma is always knockin’ with capital K’s/It started when I was tossin’ my life in the sand/Crossin’ the street, momma don’t you hold my hand,” the lost rap reads. I would like to announce my retirement #DAMN
— Dave Free (@miyatola) April 14, 2017 But what if I told you… that's not the official version.. Kendrick Lamar is dropping 2 albums this weekend…
— ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ (@deathyeezus) April 14, 2017

The theory was originally offered by a user on Reddit by the name of n9y25ah7_ and word spread of this possibility like wildfire. “The song I did for him came from this acoustic session that was recorded on my iPhone,” the 18-year-old producer revealed during an interview on Beats 1 Radio. On “YAH.” he calls Geraldo out specifically. #DAMN. that will forever be   incorporated deep within the Hip Hop history books, who can blame him for making such a smug statement? Internal conflict   is a continuing theme Lamar has expressed in his music throughout his career. “PRIDE.” and “HUMBLE.” now come as a complimentary pair. “Somebody tell Geraldo this nigga got some ambition,” Kendrick raps. .@dangerookipawaa @TopDawgEnt @kendricklamar @miyatola @iamstillpunch Blame Target for the leak haha
— PincheChewster (@PincheChewster) April 13, 2017

Dave Free Is Retiring
No, not really. Ok. Let me clarify some things…
— Sounwave (@SounwaveTDE) April 14, 2017

The "unofficial version" I was referring to was the leaked version that's missing important interludes and vocal pieces…
— Sounwave (@SounwaveTDE) April 14, 2017

So, there’s that. “I showed Anna Wise how to record her vocals and she recorded this whole idea over these acoustic guitar chords I came up with, a small little drum loop that I made and then I took her vocal stems and made a beat over it.”
The song was originally titled, “Wasn’t There.”
The   Incredible Beat Makers
This project comprises of so many legendary and well-respected Hip Hop producers in the game and among those are a few talented unknowns shrouded in mystery. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and RZA among other Hip Hop notables, Pitchfork points out. The CD is available in stores now   for a cool $13.99. physical copies will be in stores 2mor ….. Well, Lamar addressed the attack on DAMN. “So I just started playing all my older songs that I’m not even done with, just instruments and stuff and actually at that moment, he kind of didn’t seem too interested in some of the stuff that I was playing.”
Next thing Teddy knows, TDE is asking him to send over whatever sounds he played that day. Bekon had his hands in creating the sound for “BLOOD.,” “YAH.,” “PRIDE.,” “XXX.,” “GOD.,” and the 9th Wonder-produced “DUCKWORTH.”
As a matter of fact, working with 9th Wonder was a dream come true for Dot, a desire dating back seven years. Yea. Get The “DAMN.” Physical
No need to wait to get your hands on the physical version of DAMN. Turns out Bekon is actually Daniel Tannenbaum, a producer formerly known as Danny Keyz who has previously worked with Dr. “I didn’t particularly care for the way he mentioned me,” he later added. Illuminati Easter Day Theory
Word around the internet is that Kendrick Lamar is releasing a second album on Easter Sunday (April 16).

He explains how the cover wasn’t even planned, but while shooting the video for “Land of the Free,” the moment just happened. Joey hangs out of a car with an American flag flying and he has both middle fingers up. It can be really hard to connect to your deeper, spiritual self with all of the poisons and distractions in a place like this. It’s definitely an interesting question, because we do have a love-hate relationship with this country. A post shared by joZif BADMON [💰💰] (@joeybadass) on Mar 29, 2017 at 4:26pm PDT

The album’s cover art helps tell the powerful story of life as a black man growing up in the modern United States. I wouldn’t even be conveying this message if I wasn’t here in America. Shoutout to @tonywhlgn for designing and Gari Askew for shooting. Just imagine what the next 30 years will look like, babies growing up with devices in their hands already. So how can I not be proud to be here? “I accept the dark with the light,” he shares. ALL AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ in stores and available everywhere April 7th. Seriously, we straight up in the Matrix, we thought we would have flying cars, but it’s just these devices that got us locked up. album a week later, the reverberations of the Brooklyn MC’s work will be felt for a long time. We live in the Matrix here! They’ll be showing their babies their entire lives on the internet.”

Here's the real cover that will be underneath the flag sleeve when you purchase the physical album next week. “I am who I am because of the way everything is. “It was the universe. You can never fully plan the way things happen,” he explains. Joey Bada$$ set the rap game on fire with the release of his   All-Amerikkkan Bada$$   album earlier this month. In my head it wasn’t like, ‘Yo, this is gonna be the cover.’”
All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ received a 4.1 rating from HipHopDX and is expected to debut in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 when the numbers are released Monday. Even if the hype for the project was short-lived with Kendrick Lamar storming in with his   DAMN. “I was just driving the car, and out of nowhere I just stuck my head out and put my middle fingers up. “Deeper than that though, America is as first-world as it gets. In an interview with GQ, Joey explains his complicated relationship with his home country after the drop of the politically-charged project.

“The last time we played was five years ago. I was dead tired.”
In the late afternoon, HipHopDX had the caught up with the indie duo from New York, consisting of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter. So it was great. Big Boi’s doing his own record right now. This was definitely not their first rodeo. This lead many to wonder about a follow-up project. Each year, all the biggest artists of every musical genre gather in Indio for three days of music, parties, art, food, culture, and more music. Big Boi is one of our best friends now.”
Matt added, “ And we played a shit ton of festivals. Indio, CA – Friday (April 14) marks day one of the Coachella Weekend one mayhem. We wanted to just do a side project, for fun, to get our minds off Phantogram, and the seriousness we always represent ourselves as. In 2015, Phantogram joined forces with Outkast’s Big Boi for collaborative effort called Big Grams. She stated, “I don’t know. I want to work with Vince Staples, Pusha T, and 3 Stacks. “As far as what Big has told me, they don’t want to do anything together unless it’s considered Outkast,” Matt clarifies. He’s releasing it, I think, really soon. Phantogram hung out in the media trailers prior and spoke with DX about a new Big Grams project. It was basically for fun. I fell asleep to it last night. We killed it. So different music, new music, and probably have more fans.” And then we’ll meet back up after we’re both done.”
When asked if Big Grams resonated with listeners like they thought it would, Sarah wasn’t sure how to answer. I didn’t get to observe it. Sarah explained, “We’re currently planning on recording the second record, second EP, LP, whatever we’re going to be doing. People seem to come to our shows. He’ll do his tour. That’d be dope.”
Quickly following that statement, DX asked if this would be separate from the Big Boi collaboration. DX asked which Hip Hop artists were on their current playlist, in which Sarah quickly answers, “The new Kendrick song.”
Matt admits, “I just downloaded his new album.

I love the song, the melody. Obviously translating some of the main sentiments of the album, which is love and family. “Somewhat similar to the way I kind of write lyrics,” he said. “It was a challenge. Yeah, it’s a really great song.”
Sampha recently released his debut solo album called Process, which was well-received by music fans across all genres. Speaking with DX, the   UK crooner explains that moment and the difficulty in pulling it off. Just in terms of giving a bit of a generational story. Getting a quick moment Friday (April 14) night with Sampha at the Coachella media tent, he explained a recent performance where he covered Drake’s multiplatinum single “Controlla” in March. short film. “Ummm, I’m listening to Stormzy’s album.”
In terms of artists he wants to collaborate with, he answered, “Yeah, I’d love to collaborate with Chance.”
DX had the pleasure of attending an exclusive screening of Process short film at MOCA in Los Angeles a few weeks prior. “It was probably one of my favorite songs off Views,” he said.   
When asked which Hip Hop artists he was currently listening to, he paused and pondered. Sampha explained his vision behind the 30-minute clip.   “It’s not completely obvious what I’m saying all the time, but it’s definitely a lot of feeling there. “Somehow it’s supposed to be able to translate that feeling of that kind of identity crisis I guess I felt. It’s just such an interesting flow, and I love the beat. But also kind of telling it through Khalil’s unique storytelling style.”
Kahlil Joseph is also the man responsible for Kendrick Lamar’s m.A.A.d. It’s a lot just about the feeling.”

Cole’s rise to rap superstardom is still one of the more unexpected journeys in Hip Hop music, and the platinum-selling North Carolina rapper seems to realize this. “If I’m listening,” he said, “why can’t you listen?”
“J.Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only” airs tonight (April 15) on HBO. Also noted in the profile is Cole moved back home to North Carolina not far from where he grew up and has settled into the life of reluctant rap star. “I felt like it would be mad powerful for black people to see black people talking to each other. And you see a rapper who’s considered one of the biggest in the game, just listening,” said Cole. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only” documentary, borrowing from the title of his latest studio album. Check your local listings for times. While Cole remains largely private and insular, he believes his greatest gift to fans, supporters and observers alike are to observe and listen himself. Fayetteville, NC – J. And in the documentary, Cole, and director Scott Lazer reveals those conversations in cities like Ferguson, Missouri, which he famously visited in the wake of the death of Michael Brown, or his father’s hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas, soaking up some of local Black history. An ongoing mantra of being a better listener en route to stardom is present throughout the profile, and Cole urges that is the entire point of “J. In a profile by the New York Times, the rapper born Jermaine Cole reveals a bit more of his notoriously private life yet still keeps the spotlight largely on his work and not himself. In a new HBO documentary set to air this Saturday (April 15), Cole turns his attention to some of the cities, areas, and people that inspire his art. In the span of the interview, Cole reveals that he and his wife, Melissa, have a new baby, but would not share the gender nor name with the Times.

“Bounce Back” went gold in January with 500,000 units of sales and has skyrocketed since then. Bounce Back is now certified Double Platinum! It’s the highest-charting single of the G.O.O.D. Tour after the album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s 200 chart upon its February release. I Decided. Thank yall for this, more on the way!!! The Detroit MC celebrated that one of the album’s singles, “Bounce Back,” was certified double platinum. Watch the video for Big Sean’s “Bounce Back” below and see his Instagram post celebrating the song going double platinum above. album ripples through the spring. Sean Don is finishing up his I Decided. In an Instagram post made earlier this week, he promises “more on the way!!!” Yes, three exclamation points. 💿💿🙏🏾
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The RIAA has yet to acknowledge the two million sales mark on its official website. Music rapper’s career so far, reaching the #6 slot on the Hot 100. Big Sean continues to make his mark on 2017 as the effect of his   I Decided.

Forever 21 bites again! This time around, the fast fashion retailer is getting called out for flagrantly jacking Kanye West’s Saint Pablo Tour merch that instead reads: “Saint Francis.”
Shoppers were quick to point out the similarities between Yeezy’s   Life of Pablo tour merchandise and F21’s imitated version, manipulating   the same font and design as well. They were put on blast by shoppers for copying The Life of Pablo merch last year and continue to sell the product despite being called out on it. @TeamKanyeDaily
— SLVSTR (@Ibnmargiela) April 13, 2017

The billion dollar retail giant has made it a habit to shamelessly copy other fashion company’s products. They’ve also come under fire for stealing looks from Thrasher and Tumblr artists. Copying ‘Ye isn’t anything new for F21 though. They’re also selling a bootleg version of West’s Calabasas Collection, except that design says   “Los Angeles.” Then there’s also that graffiti denim jacket Forever is carrying, which ironically was inspired by a look Kanye himself was accused of jacking from homeless teen, Tweaky Dave. @Forever21 BITTING KANYE SO HARD WITH THE GRAFFITI JACKET, PABLO MERCH, AND EVEN THE PLANET KOSMOS FONT USED FROM CALABASAS. Puma recently served the 33-year-old merchandiser a lawsuit for swagger jacking Rihanna’s Fenty line   of “Bow Tie” slippers, “Creepers” and “Fur” slides.

Check out the full Coachella 2017 Weekend 1 lineup below and the live stream above. The first weekend runs April 14 through April 16 and features headliners Radiohead on Friday, Lady Gaga (who replaced Beyoncé)   on Saturday and Kendrick Lamar on Sunday. Indio, CA – Coachella 2017 is underway in the desert of Indio, California. Other major rap acts to perform throughout the festival include Future, Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, ScHoolboy Q, Travis Scott, Tory Lanez, Lil Uzi Vert, Kehlani, GoldLink and Kaytranada.