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Is Kendrick Lamar releasing a second album this Sunday?


Everyone loves to speculate and the internet is the best place to do it. While listening to Kendrick Lamar’s newest album DAMN. I decided to check out what Reddit thought about it, specifically subreddits like ‘R/HipHopHeads’ and ‘r/KendrickLamar.’ Most of the comments regarding DAMN were positive, and deservedly so, it’s a phenomenal album. However, I kept seeing references to the second album. Immediately I thought to myself, “Jesus, it’s been like 12 hours since this was released and people are already asking for more.” But, that wasn’t the case.

There’s a conspiracy floating around Reddit stating that Kendrick Lamar might be dropping another album this Sunday, April 16. While I’m hesitant to believe conspiracies in general and especially conspiracies about celebrities, the evidence presented is much more believable and rooted in fact than a lot of the clickbait you see on a daily basis. From conspiracies that Kendrick is pulling a Jesus, dying and rising again this Sunday, to comparisons to 2Pac, to a revenge conspiracy involving Kanye West, Reddit has done an incredible job of scraping together bits and pieces of evidence that point towards a potential second album from Cornrow Kenny.

Below is a list of some of the theories pointing toward a second album:

  1. The “2Pac/ Kendrick” Conspiracy (This one seems a little far fetched, but stranger things have happened.)
  2. The “Crip/ Blood Contrast”  Conspiracy (Seems pretty plausible)
  3. Flying Lotus retweets speculation post. (Ehhh, doesn’t hold much weight)
  4. On The Heart Part IV Kendrick says, “I said it’s like that, dropped one classic, came right back ‘Nother classic, right back My next album, the whole industry on a ice pack With TOC, you see the flames.”
  5. The “No physical copies for sale because it will be a double album package” Conspiracy. (Maybe?)
  6. The “Kendrick Dies in DAMN. and rises from the dead in second album” Conspiracy. (Sounds nice, who knows.)
  7. The “Kendrick will drop no album because he’s dead and wants revenge on Kanye” Conspiracy. (LMAO, this one is a little farfetched.)

Written by Jesse Wiles

Brand new Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE” (Prod. by Mike Will Made-It)


April 7th can’t come soon enough. Kendrick continues to push his forthcoming album with the intoxicating new single “HUMBLE.” The video is filled with religious undertones and shows Kendrick in Jesus’ spot at the table in a reenactment of the last supper. Surprisingly, production on this one comes from Mike Will Made It and Kendrick flips his flow to match the tireless beat. Check out the video below and keep an eye out for his album coming soon.

Written by Jesse Wiles

TDE’s take over of 2016 continues with new Ab-Soul album releasing this Friday

Photo by Jesse Wiles

With 2016 coming to a close TDE has one more record drop scheduled. Ab-Soul’s long awaited album DWTW is set to come out this Friday alongside J.Cole’s upcoming release. Soul hasn’t put out much since his 2014 album These Days… In celebration of the announcement the rapper took to Twitter to liberate this Soundcloud link of a new song that will also be on the album titled “Threatening Nature.”

Written by Jesse Wiles

Album Review: The Sun’s Tirade

The Sun’s Tirade casts Isaiah Rashad in a different state from where he left off two years ago with the release of his breakout debut Cilvia Demo. While a lot of the themes are similar throughout The Sun’s Tirade, Rashad is different. His words have more urgency. He’s older, almost exhausted.

Since Cilvia Demo, self destruction has steered his course. Almost getting kicked off his label three times for struggling with alcohol and, the latest choice drug of rappers, Xanax. The wear and tear is evident from the jump. “4r The Sqaw,” gets things off to a somber start. On the hook, Rashad raps, “you ain’t nothing but a baby, your fear is growing up.” On the last hook, the emphasis switches from his fear of growing up to his “fear” growing up, signifying a possible escape from captivity. However, at this point in the album the future looks bleak. On “Titty & Dolla” Rashad makes another blatant reference to the effects of his addiction, “gotta consider my liver, gotta get rid of my kidney, that was the only thing holding me back.” The song’s hook is an ode to the influential Outkast songs “Ill Call B4 I Cum” and “We Luv Deez Hoes” off of their 4th studio album “Stankonia.”

Much like Cilvia Demo, the production throughout the album is flawless. On “Free Lunch” a subtle jazz guitar riff plays throughout as Rashad reminisces on Chattanooga and his homies and family. A few songs later Rashad raps over production from Park Ave and D. Sanders. The beat has a rattling high hat that hits perfectly with a little bit of bass. Rashad switches his delivery, choosing a choppy flow with shorter verses that puts a more syncopated emphasis into his lyrics. “Trust me I feel like the man, trust me I feel like the Wop, rock,” raps Rashad, likening himself to Gucci Mane who was recently released from prison in great shape having been away from drugs. Out of nowhere, the DJ tag “Eardrummers” shatters the serenity of the album and Mike Will Made It’s production takes over, reminding listeners that it’s 2016.

The absence of his father has played a large role in Rashad’s music since Cilvia Demo. There are fewer direct references to him on The Sun’s Tirade, but he is still a driving force behind the emotion and pain in Rashad’s music. On “Dressed Like Rappers” Rashad focuses on being around his two children and being a positive influence. In the song he also poses an important question about the influence that he and other rappers have on youth, “little boys dressed like rappers, can that road make them daddies?” Toward the end of the song he also raps about redemption, “I talked to God, I got approved, I got a life now.” This line signifies an important mood shift in the project, feeding directly into the next song “Don’t Matter.” Like a gift to listeners and to himself “Don’t Matter” signifies the rebirth of Isaiah Rashad. The electric, upbeat production backs his lyrics, which are filled with strength. He finally rejects what’s bringing him down, whether it’s an unnamed partner or drugs and alcohol.

While there are obvious differences between this release and Cilvia Demo, Rashad is still the same rapper. Filling listener’s ears with intricate lyrics woven seamlessly into a mixture of West Coast and dirty South production and rapping with individuality and originality while incorporating flows and cadences from some of the best to ever touch a mic. Though it might not come across as one, The Sun’s Tirade is an album filled with hope and reason to celebrate. This is a triumphant step forward in both the music and life of Isaiah Rashad.

Written by Jesse Wiles