(Photos + Video) Kendrick Lamar Named A ‘Generational Icon’

Some people deserves all things great, and Kendrick Lamar is definitely one of them. The Compton native has received the ‘Generational Icon Award’ from the California State Senate. [Hand Clap]. Hit the jump for the details.

Rapsody Explains “Complexion” Feature On Kendrick’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Album; Flying Lotus Talks Production

Kendrick Lamar shocked the world in more ways than one when he dropped To Pimp A Butterfly, eight days before its scheduled release date – an early release Top Dawg, man in-charge, blames on Interscope. Although there was a minor glitch in the iTunes link to purchase the album (thank God for pre-order), most fans still got the chance to listen to the 16-track release. Artists Ronald Isley, George Clinton, Anna Wise and Rapsody are featured on the set. Rapsody, who drops a few lines on the track “Complexion,” talks to Complex about what it was like to be featured on the album, the song’s meaning and the chemistry she shared with K. Dot. “Outside of being my peer, I’m also a fan. Outside of being an artist, I’m a fan of music and I’m a fan of Kendrick,” Rapsody says. “Anytime I do something, with Kendrick or Ab-Soul or Big K.R.I.T., I know enough about their music and enough about their story that they have put out to the world that you kind of have an idea from where you kind of take it if that makes sense,” she adds. More after the jump.

Kendrick Lamar Reveals Cover Art & Untitled Album’s Title, “To Pimp A Butterfly”?!

Hint, not a hint, hint … it keeps on going. Artists like Beyoncé and Drake have taught us, if we want to stay in the loop, don’t go to sleep. With that being said, SURPRISE… TDE’s Kendrick Lamar reveals the cover art for his upcoming album, To Pimp A Butterfly – possibly. After being silent – to the extreme – K. Dot unveiled a link for iTunes showing that he was ready to release his second studio album. The link only showed a black photo, one song available for listen; the powerful “The Blacker the Berry” (which I just-so happened to be listening to when I found out this good news) and its release date, March 23. Drop down bottom for more.

OK! Did You Know That Kendrick Lamar Will Be Headlining a College Class??

“good kid, m.A.A.d city,” Kendrick Lamar’s breakthrough album, has done more than ruffle the feathers of those mentioned (or not mentioned) in the Compton rapper’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” In fact, it seems that the album will be further established as a classic thanks to professor Adam Diehl from Georgia Regents University. Professor Diehl will be dissecting the 2012 album to shed light and emphasize the core narrative and societal influences it possesses according to REVOLT. More info after the jump.

LOL! Flying Lotus Claims Kendrick Lamar Took All His Beats!!

“He took all my beats,” claimed Flying Lotus in a recent interview. It was said when he was asked about his very own Captain Murphy album (FlyLo’s rapping alter ego) — which was put on hold. FlyLo explained by saying, “We’ve been working on stuff together. I went on tour and he recorded to a bunch of my songs. I don’t know if he’s gonna use them or not, but he recorded a bunch of stuff, which is why there’s no Captain Murphy album out yet.” Read more after the jump.

K.Dot Talks The Pressure Of Creating An Album Better Than “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City”

If you are any where near a Kendrick Lamar fan – such as myself – than you’re still listening to Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and waiting for K.Dot’s sophomore album with toes tapping. Although, genius does take time. Kendrick talks to Complex for their August/September 2014 issue about taking his time on the next release, so that measuring up to the skill that he showed during Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City will be easy like Sunday morning. While we hope that an end to Kendrick’s creating an album process is near, there is still no cover art, he admits to have recorded about 30-40 possible tracks and he’s still, “flirting with ideas.” Tae Beats, Sounwave of Digi+Phonics as well as Dr. Dre are a few of the producers to be working on the album – sure to be great. “Kendrick shook up the rap game, so anticipation for his second offering is through the roof,” says Nas. TRUTH! “Whatever he does will be appreciated, but at the same time he knows he has to bring it,” he adds. Also, TRUTH! I’ll just be over here biting my nails as I wait. For now, hit the jump to check out what K.Dot mentions about the pressure, or lack there of in creating the follow-up to his debut album.

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