Kendrick Lamar is finishing 2014 with a band. Lamar made an appearance on the last show of The Colbert Report and premiered a jazz-infused new single that is yet to be titled. The track comes from Lamar’s upcoming album. For the live performance on the show Lamar recruited a power house band to support him including Thundercat, Terrace Martin, and Bilal. Watch the live performance and stream an audio version above.
As promised, Kendrick Lamar dropped his a new track “I” promoting self love. The track has vibe that reminds me of Cee Lo. “I” may appear on his upcoming album slated to drop this year.
Through all the ups and down Chris Brown has experienced in the industry he somehow continues to put out music. Breezy sheds the bad boy party vibe we hear in”These Hoes Aint Loyal”, and goes back to the ballads with his latest release “Autumn Leaves”. Oh did we mention Kendrick Lamar hopped on this one? The song comes from his sixth studio album X which is out September 16th, 2014.
Check it out his previously released single “X”
Producer, Mike Will Made It, goes left with his sound for his latest track “Buy The World”. It sounds like a score you’d hear an old western movie sped up. All I keep hearing is galloping horses. Will recruited Future, Lil Wayne, and Kendrick Lamar which makes what would be an odd beat to rap over, somehow work. Well actually, with Kendrick on a track you could damn near get away with any sound you want. Flushing toilets on the beat? No problem. Cats howling during mating season? Why not. How about garbage disposal churning and grinding up leftovers? Put K dot on it and we’re good. Stream it above and put your comments below.
Rising Jazz pianist, Kris Bowers, is putting a fresh new spin on the genre, weaving in hip hop, R&B, and classical influences into his music. After listening to his latest release, Heroes + Misfits, we realized the album title was spot on, because we’re not exactly sure how to “label” Bowers. The only thing we can say is he is nothing short of amazing. The Sampler got a chance to sit down with Kris and get to know more about his influences, his experience being a young spirit in one of the oldest genres of music, and what its like to be a “Hero and a Misfit”.
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Sza recruits label mate, Kendrick Lamar, for her latest track “Babylon”. The single comes from her upcoming album Z that is slated to drop tomorrow (April 8th, 2014). Stream the remix below.
After hitting us with a snippet, today comes the full version of Alicia and Kendrick Lamar‘s collaborative effort “It’s On Again.” The Pharrell-produced number is the lead single off the upcoming Spiderman 2 soundtrack and will be offered on iTunes tomorrow, April 1 while the full soundtrack is available on April 22. “The Amazing Spiderman 2” film itself hits theaters on May 2, 2014. Stream below!