Artist sues Kendrick Lamar and SZA over imagery in their "All The Stars" video

Although Marvel’s Black Panther—and Kendrick Lamar’s accompanying soundtrack album for the film—have drawn strong reviews and massive box office takings over the last week, there’s at least one artist who’s unhappy with her unwanted (alleged) association with the film. Per Pitchfork, British-Liberian artist Lina…

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With Black Panther, Kendrick Lamar adds a great soundtrack to his résumé

Here’s a best-case scenario confirmed: The Black Panther soundtrack is also one of the best rap albums of this young year, at once an expressive and cohesive addition to Kendrick Lamar’s oeuvre and a thoughtful mixtape from some of R&B and hip-hop’s best. Of course it comes from Top Dawg Entertainment, which has…

Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd release new Black Panther track, “Pray For Me”

The anticipation for Black Panther couldn’t be higher. Ryan Coogler’s film is breaking presales records left and right, while his cast, led by Chadwick Boseman, is putting all other stars to shame on the red carpet. Kendrick Lamar’s done his part to stoke those flames, dropping songs here and there from the soundtrack…

Kendrick unveils the track list for his Black Panther soundtrack album

It’s kind of a coin-flip about which one we’re excited for more: Ryan Coogler’s upcoming superhero throwdown, Black Panther, or Kendrick Lamar’s long-anticipated soundtrack for the film. As of today, that conundrum is at least a little more well-informed; Lamar released the track listing for the album on Twitter, and…

Let’s assess the evidence that Beyoncé is somehow involved in Black Panther

Due to Beyoncé’s penchant for developing her albums in secret and springing them on the public without notice, her fans have developed a kind of pop-music PTSD over the years, the result being that any sudden movement or cryptic quote from Queen B can throw the fandom into a panicked frenzy of anticipation. This…

Recording academy president says women need to “step up” if they want to win more Grammys

Though the bulk of the statuettes had been handed out before the 60th Grammy Awards telecast began, the ceremony was still a lively affair thanks to stirring performances from Kendrick Lamar, Kesha, and Childish Gambino. But as the night went on, astute viewers noticed how few female nominees were making their way to…

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The A.V. Club’s 20 best albums of 2017

There was too much to listen to in 2017—not just albums, of which there were once again thousands, a barrage of releases from major-label veterans and SoundCloud up-and-comers alike, all vying for your attention. There was just too much of everything: a persistent, buzzing storm of push notifications and free-floating…

Kendrick Lamar says Damn was meant to be played backwards, and it rules that way

2017 has already seen a bumper crop of great rap records, from Future, Jay-Z, Vince Staples, 2 Chainz, MIKE, Starlito & Don Trip, and many more, but when the dust settles, Kendrick Lamar’s Damn may outshine them all. Despite its stripped, back-to-basics aesthetic and spartan first single, it’s a deceptively rich song…