Kendrick Lemar, whilst featuring on Big Sean's track 'Control', has attacked many of his rapper peers for taking the trappings of fame for granted.
Kendrick Lamar has not been in the most subtle of moods of late. He's started to find the trappings of fame and fortune irritating or so his lyrics would suggest.
Kenrick Lamar at the Way Out West Festival in Sweden.
Lamar's rant features of Big Sean's upcoming Hall of Fame album. The 7 minute long track, in which Lamar raps, has not been released owing to sample-clearance issues. This track, 'Control', is highly critical of the attributes of rap culture, including the frivolous lifestyles of other celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan.
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The Billboard chart is all about rappers this week - and religious references, apparently.
With all the buzz surrounding Kanye West’s Yeezus lately, it comes as no surprise that the release topped the Billboard 200 album chart this week. Everyone wants to know if Yeezus is as godlike as its creator claims and it’s selling out like hotcakes – whatever those are. In any case, Yeezus has shifted around 327, 000 copies in its first week – not exactly topping Kanye’s 2007 success with Graduation, but it was enough for the album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard, which is still pretty respectable. Those numbers also place Yeezus as the third bestselling album of the year – behind Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience (968,000) and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (339, 000).
These days, Yeezy has a lot to celebrate.
Congratulations, Kanye! Despite what some of the songs claim, it isn’t exactly a godlike performance, but still – a solid week for West, who should probably be cut some slack, He is a newly appointed dad, after all. Following closely in the chart is – surprise, surprise – J Cole’s Born Sinner with 297, 000. Not a bad debut for what can be considered the rapper’s breakout album. Though for those, who were pitting Yeezus against Born Sinner, it’s pretty obvious who is winning at this point.
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Cocky comeback from the rap star
Mac Miller’s been teasing his fans about new material for some time now, but yesterday (May 9, 2013) he finally relented and dropped his new song Watching Movies – and as you’d expect with good ol’ Mac Miller, he did it with plenty of bravado too.
Tweeting"just something to play very loud" and linking to a Youtube clip of the video, Miller set his fans off with excitement, with the lyrics containing no small amount of smugness. Produced by Sap and Larry Fisherman, the Pittsburgh rapper eulogizes about his terrific lifestyle, indeed it’s so interesting that he declares, "looking at my life is like you watching movies." Indeed, Mac, but if you watch movies you’ll surely know that all the cocky guys get their comeuppance in the end.
The single caused the usual furore on Youtube that, well, anything that gets a few hundred thousand hits on Youtube does, with arguments breaking out left, right and center, presumably some casual racism got started, maybe some sexism, you know the sort of depressing stuff that goes down in the comments section. Miller was pretty chuffed about this though, commenting on Twitter "There's a huge religion argument going on in the YouTube comments for #WatchingMovies perfect." Absolutely, Mac. The album Watching Movies With The Sound Off is scheduled to come out June 18th. Check out the video below.
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