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WATCH PRINCE AND KENDRICK LAMAR’S JAM SESSION FROM 2014 [VIDEO]

Back in 2014, Prince invited Kendrick Lamar to jam out with him on stage at a special concert to celebrate the release of Art Official Age (with 3RDEYEGIRL) and PlectrumElectrum at the Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis. The much talked about performance was never really seen as Prince’s team took down any footage of the performance. But in the wake of The Purple One’s passing, his estate has cleared the video footage for everyone to see. Unfortunately, the two would never formally collaborate although they nearly did on Kendrick Lamar’s “Complexion” off of his Grammy award winning album To Pimp A Butterfly. Check out the performance in the video above.

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KENDRICK LAMAR PAYS HOMAGE TO KOBE BRYANT IN ESPN SHORT FADE TO BLACK

It’s hard to believe that this is the end for Kobe Bryant. But with his legendary career coming to a close, it’s only right that Los Angeles’ finest, Kendrick Lamar, put a cap on his career with this incredible ESPN short titled “Fade To Black.” With “untitled 07” (or “Levitate”) backing the segment, K Dot breaks down Kobe’s career highlights in the finest way possible.

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NOISEY BOMPTON: VIOLENCE TOUCHES US ALL (PART 4) [VIDEO]

“I know a lot of people are saying that it’s getting better, but I’m the one that’s doing the funerals.”

Religion plays an important role alongside stories of Compton gang life in the music of Kendrick Lamar. In the fourth of six segments of Noisey Bompton, we pay a visit to the Greater Zion Family Church and talk to Pastor Michael Fisher about what he thinks the role of gangster rap is in the community and whether crime in Compton is actually receding. Then, we head to Campanella Park, the heart of Piru gang territory, to talk to Kendrick’s friend G. Weed about his experiences growing up Piru and becoming involved in the ongoing back-and-forth with the neighboring Crips. “Can’t nobody make this place safe,” he tells us.

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NOISEY BOMPTON: KENDRICK LAMAR’S COMPTON & DINNER WITH LIL L (PART 2) [VIDEO)

Compton, California, is known for launching the rap careers of stars like Kendrick Lamar, and music provides a promising avenue out of the community’s cycle of violence. In the second of six segments of Noisey Bompton, we spend a day with Kendrick’s childhood friend Lil L, who’s pursuing his own musical ambitions. L’s grandma invites us over for a gumbo dinner and shares her experiences as a mother and grandmother who’s lived in Compton since 1965. Then we head to one of the West Side’s many hole-in-the-wall studios, where L gets to work recording with his friend Earl Swavey and producer Larry Jayy.

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NOISEY BOMPTON: GROWING UP WITH KENDRICK LAMAR PART 1 (VIDEO)

Compton, California, is one of hip-hop’s most celebrated locales, the birthplace of acts like N.W.A. and, more recently, Kendrick Lamar. It’s also home to a complicated gang culture. Noisey Bompton centers around Kendrick Lamar and the friends he grew up with on the West Side of Compton, many of whom feature on the cover of his album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly.’ n the first of six segments, we sit down with Kendrick to talk about his acclaimed albums, pay a visit to his high school, Centennial, and get to know his childhood friend Lil L.

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WATCH KENDRICK LAMAR’S PERFORMANCE AT THE 58TH GRAMMYS

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have definitely heard about Kendrick Lamar’s epic performance at The 58th Grammy Awards. Although he didn’t win the coveted Album of the Year (that went to Taylor Swift), the Compton emcee won 5 awards including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and more. But it was his performance that will be etched into the memory of all who watched. Check it out as Kendrick performs “Blacker The Berry” and “Alright” before kicking a previously unheard verse.