Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna Wins “Best Rap/Sung” Grammys For “Loyalty”

Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna picked up and early Grammy award for Best Rap/Sung Performance for their collaboration “Loyalty.”

The track is featured on the TDE rapper’s new album DAMN., which has picked up a couple nominations including Album of the Year and Best Rap album. “This is love I appreciate every single one of ya’ll out there and TDE the crew Interscope,” Kendrick said before giving Rihanna a shout-out. “Hey Rihanna what’s up man, she came through and gas me on that record gas me on my own record man Rihanna this Grammy belong to you.”

Rihanna gave K-Dot props for allowing her to be on such an incredible record. “Thank you Kendrick for giving me this incredible opportunity to be on such a great record, I love this record, and be on it, congrats you deserve this award,” she said.

Kendrick Lamar received the award right after he kicked off the Grammys with an electrifying performance with U2 rock legend Bono and The Edge. K-Dot also won two early awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for his single “HUMBLE.” The music video “HUMBLE” is also nominated for Video of the Year and is expected to win.

Congrats Best Rap Song – "HUMBLE." K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (@KendrickLamar) #GRAMMYs

— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) January 28, 2018

Congrats Best Rap Performance – "HUMBLE." @KendrickLamar #GRAMMYs

— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) January 28, 2018

Congrats Best Music Video – "HUMBLE." – @kendricklamar, The Little Homies & Dave Meyers, video directors; Jason Baum, Dave Free, Jamie Rabineau, Nathan K.
Scherrer & Anthony Tiffith, video producers #GRAMMYs

— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) January 28, 2018

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Kendrick Lamar Taps TDE Rapper Isaiah Rashad For “Black Panther” Soundtrack

Kendrick Lamar taps TDE rapper Isaiah Rashad for Black Panther soundtrack.

K-Dot and Top Dawg are producing the soundtrack for the blockbuster Marvel movie and we’re told its almost complete. Bit by bit more details are coming out about the album like the guest list and track titles. His announcement got fans all excited for the pending music and not to mention the movie presale tickets are already breaking records. If things continue like that, Black Panther will be one of the biggest movies of all time and surely one of the biggest this year.

Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad new song will be featured on the final album according to TDE rep MackWop. The single in question was recorded from last year summer for Rashad’s album, but then change of plans and it ended up being on the upcoming Black Panther soundtrack. From all accounts, it sounds like the single is straight fire and is shaping up to be one of the most anticipating tracks on the album. “Ended up being the black panther shindig,” MackWop wrote.

RELATED: Kendrick Lamar Recording New Music For “Black Panther” Soundtrack

It’s being a while since we’ve heard from Isaiah Rashad since he has been quiet over the past year with the exception of “The Race” remix delivered in the summer of last year. He has been widely regarded as one of the most talented artists out of Top Dawg Entertainment so it’s exciting to hear some new music from him.

Ended up being the black panther shindig ? https://t.co/zR6hUe5pxb

— MackWop (@MackWop) January 9, 2018

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SZA Reacts To Grammy Nomination “Never Thought This Was Possible”

SZA is one of the most inspiring success stories in music this year.

The Top Dawg Entertainment singer/songwriter is the most nominated female artist at the 2018 Grammy Awards. She leads the women with five nominations including Best New Artist, Best R&B Song (Supermodel), Best R&B Performance (The Weekend), Best Urban Contemporary Album (Ctrl), and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Love Galore). JAY-Z and her labelmate Kendrick Lamar leads the nominees with eight and seven nods respectively.

In a heartfelt message to her fans and supporters, SZA, real name Solána Imani Rowe, says that she never expected to get a Grammy nomination, not in her wildest dream. “I never really thought this would possible for me ..sometimes u get told no a lot or ur not good enough or ur not the “type” n U start to believe it…THANK U EVERY SINGLE PERSON THATS EVER TAKEN A CHANCE ON ME OR BELIEVED AT ALL .I LOVE YOU.. specially my Mama.#TDE,” she wrote on Twitter while also sharing a screenshot of a text message that she received from her mother.

I? never really thought this would possible for me ..sometimes u get told no a lot or ur not good enough or ur not the “type” n U start to believe it…THANK U EVERY SINGLE PERSON THATS EVER TAKEN A CHANCE ON ME OR BELIEVED AT ALL .I? LOVE YOU.. specially my Mama.#TDE ??? pic.twitter.com/fkirMXWABf

— SZA (@sza) November 29, 2017

“I? remember pretending to be vegan cause that’s all I? could afford lol (chips avocado n salad mix ) I? remember sleeping on everyone’s couch cause I missed the train AGAIN (thank yall for having me lol ),” she wrote on Instagram. “Sold my beloved 500$ grillz for 50 bucks at the gold shop for train fair( I? was SICK lol ). I? BEGGED Punch for writers on this project cus I? thought no one would ever like me the way I? was . He said “U don’t need em”. I? remember crying cus I? didn’t have any hits or a quantifiable “sound”.. I? remember feeling like damn maybe I suck . maybe I? should try something else ? Maybe I’m jus wasting space ..Life’s weird.”

SZA also spoke about not wanting to release her debut album because she was afraid of the disappointment.

I? remember pretending to be vegan cause that’s all I? could afford lol (chips avocado n salad mix ) I? remember sleeping on everyone’s couch cause I missed the train AGAIN (thank yall for having me lol ) . Sold my beloved 500$ grillz for 50 bucks at the gold shop for train fair( I? was SICK ? lol ). I? BEGGED Punch for writers on this project cus I? thought no one would ever like me the way I? was . He said “U don’t need em”. I? remember crying cus I? didn’t have any hits or a quantifiable “sound”.. I? remember feeling like damn maybe I suck . maybe I? should try something else ? Maybe I’m jus wasting space ..Life’s weird . I? Didn’t have any friends growing up. never gave my parents an opportunity to say “wow my kids killing it” didn’t graduate or do any fly shit before my nana died . been fired from every job I? ever had ..I remember sobbing on the phone w punch pleading for the album not to come out cause I? couldn’t take the embarrassment . Just wanted another week . Another day ?..he ignored me n said I’d be fine…This entire thing puts my wildest dreams to shame. I? dunno what to say cause I? dunno how to accept its even happening to me lol ? I’ve never won anything in my life until this week even (THANK YOU SOULTRAIN AWARDS!!) it all just feels strange somehow BUT IM SO OVERWHELMINGLY GRATEFUL FOR THIS STRANGENESS!! . I’m so in awe of Gods plan.. I just wanna live up to it. Thank you for listening to me.. thank you for understanding me.. thank u for bonding w my thoughts just the way they were. INFINITE GRATITUDE to the Recording Academy for this INCREDIBLE honor. I? can’t even believe I’ve been considered. God bless every person who worked on this album or gave it an ear (specially the producers of the century @somethingnebula @iam_c_lang @thankgod4cody ?) . Thank you Top and Punch for believing in me no matter what (even when I’m on your LAST nerves?) . Thank u RCA for giving me new wings?? THANK YOU GOD FOR THIS LIFE I? DONT UNDERSTAND . #Ctrl.. a concept . #mygrannynominatedfor5grammys #TDE

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SZA Song “The Weekend” Certified Platinum


SZA has had a great year and now she has more to celebrate after her single “The Weekend” goes platinum.

The TDE singer gets her platinum plaque from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) just before she celebrated her 27th birthday on November 8th. The single is featured on her debut album CTRL, which was released in June of this year. The project has been doing well since its released and SZA is already prepping her next big project.

“YO YALL TOOK A SONG THT WASNT A F***ING SINGLE AND MADE IT PLATINUM!!!??” she tweeted excitingly. “AHH I LOVE U MORE THAN CHEESE! THANK U 4 THE BEST BDAY GIFT EVER.”

SZA previously earned another platinum record when her single with Travis Scott, “Love Galore”, sold more than a million copies in the United States. Her album CTRL is now certified gold and is on it’s way to getting platinum certification. She is also prepping her fans for a deluxe version of the album.

“Ummm NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE ONE UH THESE LET ALONE 2!! Thank u more than words !! Ya did it !! #TDE,” she wrote on IG.

Ummm NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE ONE UH THESE LET ALONE 2!! ? Thank u more than words !! Ya did it !!????#TDE

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Kendrick Lamar Launches DAMN Pop-Up Shop In Several Cities

Kendrick Lamar mystery website reveals that he has launched several pop-up shops for his album DAMN.

The Compton rapper so far has the biggest debuting album on the Billboard 200 chart this year. Last week, Kendrick Lamar tweeted out a mysterious countdown website link for THEDAMNPOPUP.com. Turns out that it’s an interactive site for his DAMN pop-up shop showing a map of the U.S. highlighting 17 cities where he will open a pop-up shop this weekend.

Among the cities includes Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Las Vegas, Chicago and more. The first shop will be open on July 14th in Dallas, TX before moving on to the other cities. The stores will likely sell physical copies of the album and other merchandise related to the project and the label TDE. This is only another layer to Kendrick Lamar’s hugely successful year.

https://t.co/MO3qBpExO8

— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) July 7, 2017