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  • Kendrick Lamar battles his demons, comes out a rap visionary on 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

    Kendrick Lamar battles his demons, comes out a rap visionary on 'To Pimp a Butterfly'
    If it wasn’t clear after 2012’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City,” an album instantly, justly heralded as a classic, Kendrick Lamar’s follow-up, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” confirms that he’s a genius. He’s here...
  • SXSW 2015: The festival changes, but for the better?

    SXSW 2015: The festival changes, but for the better?
    A prevailing notion at the South by Southwest music festival, which concluded here Sunday, was that this year's edition delivered a much-needed course correction. Having spent the better part of a week trudging around downtown Austin — from...
  • Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' gets a surprise early release

     Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' gets a surprise early release
    Kendrick Lamar's new album, "To Pimp a Butterfly," arrived Sunday night, a week before its scheduled release date on March 23. Although the release initially appeared to be an accidental leak, major-label distributor Interscope confirmed to The Times...
  • Kendrick Lamar sets 'new global record' with Spotify streams

    Kendrick Lamar sets 'new global record' with Spotify streams
    Kendrick Lamar's new album has been fixed at the top of the iTunes album chart since it unexpectedly appeared late Sunday night. But Apple's music store isn't the only place fans have been listening to the L.A. hip-hop artist's highly anticipated -- and...
  • Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' arrives a week early

    Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' arrives a week early
    Kendrick Lamar's new album "To Pimp a Butterfly," has arrived a week before its scheduled release date. Happy Monday, everyone. Lamar himself seems fine with it -- or at least resigned to it. He tweeted Sunday night, "Keep calm. All is well." The boss...
  • Kendrick Lamar delivers masterful 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

    Kendrick Lamar delivers masterful 'To Pimp a Butterfly'
    So what would the late Tupac Shakur and the very much living Kendrick Lamar talk about if they were ever to meet face to face in the next life? According to Lamar, they'd dish on economic inequality, revolution and racial metaphors about caterpillars...
  • Kendrick Lamar is an essential voice for Los Angeles and beyond

    Kendrick Lamar is an essential voice for Los Angeles and beyond
    The most memorable televised music performance of 2014 occurred on Nov. 15, when self-described Compton's human sacrifice Kendrick Lamar stood on the Studio 8H stage of "Saturday Night Live" and performed his then-new single, "i." It had been more than...
  • For the record

    UC Irvine flag controversy: A column in the March 13 California section about the controversy over displaying the American flag in one office at UC Irvine misidentified UCI Vice Chancellor Thomas Parham as UC Vice Chancellor Robert Parham.  Red light...
  • Earl Sweatshirt's new album showed up on iTunes, and he's not happy

    Earl Sweatshirt's new album showed up on iTunes, and he's not happy
    Early postings to iTunes are bedeviling L.A. hip-hop albums this week. First came the endless and preplexing tease over Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly," which went on and off the digital retail service in various versions. Now Sweatshirt, one...
  • Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly': Dense, difficult, grandiose

    Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly': Dense, difficult, grandiose
    So soon after it was unexpectedly issued late Sunday, "To Pimp a Butterfly," the new record by Compton-raised rapper and lyricist Kendrick Lamar, is still settling in, less a voluminous whole than a germinal swirl of phrases, grooves, bass lines and...
  • The wait is (almost) over: Kendrick Lamar's new album out March 23

    The wait is (almost) over: Kendrick Lamar's new album out March 23
    Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated new album finally has a release date. The Compton rapper's next effort will arrive March 23, according to an iTunes pre-sale that went up on Friday. Lamar quietly tweeted out the link to the pre-sale to his...