Kendrick Lamar

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Rise Up and Cool Out With the Best Liberation Jams of the Moment

From Bey to ‘Ye, famous to underground, these uplifting and message-driven bangers from the first half of 2016 perfectly score any midsummer gathering.

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Beyoncé and K-Dot, Sheila E. and More Tear Down the House at BET Awards

From Usher to Future to Janelle Monáe, the top Black artists and performers reigned supreme at the awards ceremony.

Drake Leads BET Awards Pack With Nine Nominations

The ceremony will air on June 26, complete with a tribute to Prince.

Beyoncé Spills Some 'Lemonade,' Stops The World

Fans can now access both the visual and audio album via iTunes and Tidal. 

M.I.A. Responds to Criticism of Her #BlackLivesMatter Comments

The provocative artist created controversy when she criticized Beyoncé’s apparent silence on Islamophobia.

Nicki Minaj, Priyanka Chopra and Lin-Manuel Miranda On Time's '100 Most Influential' Covers

Gina Rodriguez, Ta-Nehisi Coates and many other notable people of color across disciplines also made this year’s list. 

N.W.A.'s MC Ren to Gene Simmons: 'Hip-Hop Is Here Forever. Get Used To It.'

Kendrick Lamar introduced the seminal hip-hop group at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday. 

So, Kendrick Lamar Decided to Take Over Your Friday

The Grammy award-winning MC just dropped two projects: a surprise album and a short film. Good luck getting anything done today.

Did Kendrick Lamar Bite His Grammy Performance?

“I know Kendrick don’t know he bit my play but the person who told him to do that dose [sic],” tweeted Philly emcee Dice Raw. 

Kendrick Lamar Owned The Grammys Last Night

Kendrick may not have won “Album of the Year,” but who cares? Did you see that performance? 

Malawian Inmates Might Net the Country its First Grammy

“I Have No Everything Here” was recorded by 14 inmates and two guards at the Zomba maximum-security prison. 

Yasiin Bey Announces Retirement, Details Treatment in South Africa in 10-Minute Message on Kanye West's Website

The artist formerly known as Mos Def also announced an upcoming album and detailed aspects of his recent arrest.

Kendrick Lamar Visits White House, Talks to President Obama About Mentorship

K-Dot described the visit in a new video supporting the “Pay It Forward” campaign. 

WATCH: Kendrick Lamar Sears Through New Song on 'The Tonight Show'

The Compton MC debuted “Untitled 2” during last night’s episode. 

WATCH: Kamasi Washington Talks 'To Pimp A Butterfly' and the Juncture of Jazz And Hip-Hop

The acclaimed musician speaks and jams with fellow saxophonist Terrace Martin in a new video from GQ

2015 Favorites: the Breakdown

We asked tons of creators and changemakers to tell us their favorite music, TV shows and more of 2015. Here’s our breakdown of what hit with folks the most, by category. 

Kendrick Lamar's Reaction to Police Brutality: 'Rage Is The Perfect Word for It'

In XXL’s latest issue,  the superstar speaks candidly about his own experiences with state violence. 

Kendrick Lamar Tops Grammy Roster With 11 Nominations

D’Angelo’s “Black Messiah” and the “Hamilton” cast recording were also recognized during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards nomination announcement. 

Peace, Love and Soul: The Soul Train Awards Slays

Erykah Badu, Babyface and more showed up and showed out at the 2015 Soul Train Awards. But some viewers were not feeling the R. Kelly feature.

ICYMI: Watch Kendrick Lamar's Searing National Symphony Orchestra Performance

Watch videos of “These Walls,” “i” and “King Kunta” as performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center on Tuesday night.