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Hollywood just can't get enough of slave stories: A&E Networks has officially announced that a remake to Roots, the hugely popular miniseries from the '70s (and inspiration for Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta"), is set to air simultaneously on History, A&E, and Lifetime in 2016. Based on Alex Haley's novel, the update will be executive-produced by LeVar Burton, who starred as the slave Kunta Kinte in the original, and Will Packer. But that's not all! A&E Networks has also picked up a six-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, starring Lily James and Paul Dano, from the BBC and the Weinstein Co., which will also be simulcast on History, A&E, and Lifetime next year. »
- Dee Lockett
Well, we've officially found our favorite pun of 2015. Popular salad joint Sweetgreen has teamed up with Kendrick Lamar to create what has officially become our new favorite meal: a salad called "Beets Don't Kill My Vibe." Yes, you read that correctly. If you're unfamiliar with K.Dot's music, the name is a play on the rapper's hit 2012 tune "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe," and we'll admit, we think the moniker is pretty genius. Per MTV News, Sweetgreen is launching the salad in honor of the Compton-born musician headlining their forthcoming Sweetlife Festival, which features a number of notable artists and will take place May 30 »
Sean Carter, aka Jay Z, doesn't use Twitter much, so it was a very rare moment indeed when the hip-hop mogul went on a 16-Tweet "stream of consciousness" tear on Sunday (April 26), to promote the music streaming service Tidal (owned by Carter's own Project Panther Ltd.). Using the hashtag #TidalFacts, Jay Z did his best to quell rumors about the company's health, to air his dreams for Tidal, and the like. It was not his intention, I'm sure, to cull responses like these: Jay-z (@S_C_) -- since you're on Twitter today, any thoughts on Baltimore or Nepal? #TidalFacts — Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) April 26, 2015 Turn on the news. See Baltimore? Ok. Rt @S_C_: We are human (even Daft Punk ha). We aren't perfect - but we are determined. #TidalFacts — DuffJuice (@Bacardiduff) April 26, 2015 @S_C_ can't wait for the track about Ferguson or Baltimore that you will drop to debut on tidal. »
- Katie Hasty
The Summer movie calendar is full of big-budget action films and star-studded comedies, but what about the smaller films? The trailer for Dope is out, and it'll steal your heart. It's a comedy starring Shameik Moore as Malcolm, a geek who gets stuck with a bunch of drugs to sell. It's kind of jarring to see The Grand Budapest Hotel's Tony Revolori in such a different role as one of Malcolm's friends, while Workaholics' Blake Anderson stars as a dealer (not too much of a stretch), and Zoë Kravitz plays a love interest. Kendrick Lamar's "i" is playing in the trailer, and the movie will feature four new songs from Pharrell, who is also producing alongside Sean Combs. It debuted to great reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, and it's set to open on June 19. »
High top fades, punk rock and def raps are the order of the day in Dope, a major breakout at Sundance this year that, in the wake of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, couldn’t feel more timely. Now you can see for yourself as the film’s official full-length trailer has dropped. Part coming of age story and part contemporary examination of the part of La that spawned Gangsta Rap and G-funk, Dope follows a trio of nerdy South Los Angeles high school students obsessed… »
I generally try not to watch trailers and clips for fear of spoiling a film, but I'm also a big fan of Kendrick Lamar, so when the rapper's Grammy-winning single "i" kicked on 17 seconds into the latest trailer for Rick Famuyiwa's breakout coming-of-age comedy Dope, I couldn't help but keep watching. I don't want to sound too on the nose, but after checking out the trailer in full, Dope looks pretty dope. The film centers on Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a high school kid from a tough Los Angeles neighborhood juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the Sat. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. Tony Revolori, Blake Anderson, Keith Stanfield, Zoe Kravitz, Kiersey Clemons, and rapper A$AP Rocky round out the impressive cast of young actors. »
- Jordan Benesh
Kendrick Lamar's not the most interactive force on Twitter, but on Wednesday he went out of his comfort zone. Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith convinced Lamar to hop on Twitter for a brief, impromptu Q&A. For less than an hour, Lamar answered a handful of fans' questions on topics including his favorite rapper, his inspiration for To Pimp a Butterfly, and his thoughts on Lil Wayne. Thanks, Tiffith. More of this please.Here are the highlights: In other Kendrick news, the full alternate version of Kanye West's "All Day" began making the internet rounds. It has that dangerous kind of K.Dot verse that makes the track his own. Enjoy while basking in the rest of his Twitter Q&A: »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
When in doubt, round up your girls! Taylor Swift did just that for her upcoming "Bad Blood" music video, which began filming Sunday morning in Los Angeles. Cara Delevingne, Zendaya and Paramore's Hayley Williams were all spotted on set with T.Swift, mingling in white robes and snacking on craft services before the shooting began. The bevy of ladies were all seen wearing dramatic cat eye makeup and side-swept hair for the music video shoot, but no other details have been revealed yet. Meanwhile, surrounding a ton of speculation that they'd work together, rapper Kendrick Lamar was seen on the set as well. It's no secret that all three gals have been increasingly close with the »
Mumford & Sons recently announced that they'd plug in their guitars for their upcoming LP Wilder Mind, and the folk band-turned-arena rockers brought their new electric sound to Saturday Night Live with a pair of new album singles, "The Wolf" and "Believe." From the opening moments after host Taraji P. Henson's introduction, it was immediately clear this wasn't the Mumfords of Babel, as the band's trademark banjos and accordions were replaced by the loud squeal of distortion and feedback.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Marcus Mumford explained why »
After a slow start to 2015 (anniversary special excluded), the last two weeks of “Saturday Night Live” have been a return to form. Both the Dwayne Johnson and Michael Keaton episodes were excellent, now the show has the chance to complete the trifecta with Taraji P. Henson as host. There’s bound to be at least one “Empire”-centric sketch tonight (probably involving musical guest Mumford & Sons, because why not), but personally? I’m hoping Taran Killam gets to bust out his amazing Brad Pitt impression opposite Henson in a parody of “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.” (Those banking on a “Person Of Interest" parody might be disappointed.) Still, there’s far more than parodies planned tonight, and as per usual, I’ll be covering them in liveblog form. Follow along starting at 11:30 pm Est, and leave your comments throughout the show as I grade each segment in real time. »
- Ryan McGee
Ever wonder what happens to kids from viral videos? (I know I worry about Lil TerRio all the time.) A few years ago, one video in particular of a spelling bee went viral when a white kid was asked to spell the word negus. I'm sure you can guess why. Now someone has mashed up that video with the album version of Kendrick Lamar's "i," in which he gives the etymology and definition of the word. The kid eventually spelled it correctly (to his surprise), but just imagine if he had Kendrick in his ear. Bet the song probably brings back some bad memories for him now. »
- Dee Lockett
Mirel Wagner will also appear on the second episode of the new series, which will air on April 21 on BBC Two.
Blur, The Vaccines and Laura Marling were previously confirmed for the first episode on April 14.
As usual, a half-hour live edition of each episode will air at 10pm on Tuesdays, with the extended edition airing on Friday nights.
Kendrick Lamar, whose new album To Pimp a Butterfly went to No.1 last month, recently announced his engagement to Whitney Alford.
Watch the video for Kendrick Lamar's 'King Kunta' below: »
Prinz has been named co-head of Worldwide Concerts, a title he will share with Steve Levine. Wheeler will work under them as a concerts agent.
“I am incredibly proud to bring in Rob as a partner,” said Levine. “His leadership, senior relationships in the industry, and diverse list of iconic clients are a perfect fit for us. We’ve been enjoying a tremendous period of growth in our touring business, and I’m thrilled to have Rob and Nikki on board to keep that momentum going.”
- Dave McNary
Kendrick Lamar fans got a little taste of his partnership with Reebok at last month's surprise concert-meets-5k-run in Los Angeles, and now the first official commercial starring the rapper has dropped. It's a very Kendrick-esque ad, but it still has a few people raising an eyebrow over his motivations for the partnership. The full video features sweeping views of the rapper's native La and shots of Kendrick and the team going over shoe designs in a warehouse. But it's the voiceover that's the main draw here. It's reminiscent of Kendrick's signature lofty lyrics which, somewhat oddly, don't have much to do with shoes. "When in the course of human events it becomes necessary »
There's a running poem in Kendrick Lamar's new album that unfolds with every song. It begins, "I remember you was conflicted / Misusing your influence / Sometimes I did the same," which makes his new commercial for Reebok all the more uncomfortable to watch. Kendrick's worked with the footwear brand before; he even released a poignant ad a few months ago meant to empower kids affected by poverty and violence. His latest commercial tries to do the same, though this time the message gets a bit more muddled. On the surface, it's a rallying cry for revolution, but its "we, the people" ethos is about as transparent as Jay Z's Tidal. Because the only self-evident truth in this is that brands will pimp anything, including Kendrick's influence, to make a quick buck. Fashion killed the rap star? For Kendrick's sake, we hope not. »
- Dee Lockett
If the whole millionaire rapper thing gets old for Kendrick Lamar ... Patriots star Chandler Jones tells TMZ Sports he has a job offer for the Compton Mc ... as the team's official world ambassador. Kendrick got the whole 'net talking about the Pats (again) by rockin' a throwback New England jacket in the his latest video "King Kunta" -- which has 2 million views on Youtube. Chandler says he's been paying attention to the internet hubbub and »
- TMZ Staff
Kendrick Lamar has confirmed that he is an engaged man.
The singer was asked during a radio interview on Friday if he had popped the question to girlfriend Whitney Alford.
"Yeah, definitely," he told the hosts of The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1. "I'm loyal to the soul."
Photos: Couples Who Got Engaged In 2015
Kendrick added that his bride-to-be, as well as other friends in his inner circle, has been a great support to him from the very start of his career in music and help to keep him grounded.
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Coming clean. Kendrick Lamar opened up about his struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts in a new interview with MTV. The celebrated rapper, 27, became vulnerable when discussing the song "u" off of his 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly. In the emotional track, Lamar discusses his inner demons, rapping, "I know your secrets... I know depression is restin' on your heart for two reasons... And if this bottle could talk I cry myself to sleep / Bitch everything is your fault... Shoulda killed yo ass a [...] »
Kendrick Lamar and his longtime girlfriend, Whitney Alford, are heading down the aisle. The To Pimp a Butterfly rapper announced the happy news during an interview on Power 105.1 this morning. When the 27-year-old Grammy winner was asked to respond to rumors that they were planning a wedding, he replied, "Yeah, definitely. I'm loyal to the soul." Kendrick has remained relatively private about his 10-year romance, although fans got a window into his relationship with Whitney in a New York Times Magazine article last year. The reporter who wrote the story remarked that she was "so at ease sassing him that at first I thought she was his sister." Kendrick also told the writer that Whitney was the one person in his life with the power to "call him out" and had been with him "since day one" of his career. Congratulations to the couple! »
Wedding bells are in Kendrick Lamar's future! The Grammy-winning rapper confirmed Friday that he is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Whitney Alford. In an interview with The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1, Lamar, 27, responded to rumors that he had proposed to high school sweetheart Alford. "Yeah, definitely," the rapper said. "I'm loyal to the soul." For the most part, Lamar has managed to keep his personal life private, but in a 2014 New York Times Magazine profile, the musician opened up about Alford, saying, "She's been here since Day 1." He echoed those sentiments in Friday's interview, describing the importance of always having "real people" around you. »
- Andrea Park @scandreapark
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