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Watch: Rihanna Joins Kendrick Lamar in “LOYALTY” Video

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Kendrick Lamar continues to deliver outstanding visuals off his acclaimed new album, DAMN. Surprising fans on Friday (July 28), the rap superstar premiered the anticipated video for “LOYALTY” featuring Rihanna.

The duo join forces in a homage to a Bonnie and Clyde type of couple in the symbolic Dave Meyers and the little homies-directed clip.

After a curious opening scene where Kendrick is seen blindfolded and surrounded by scantily clad women in a red room, the two lovers appear to be running a scam. Approaching a man in a fancy BMW i8, RiRi manages to get him outside and then Kung Fu Kenny proves that his fight training has paid off. K-Dot and RiRi steal the whip and eventually wreck it in a surprising accident.

There are stunning views of Los Angeles throughout the cinematic clip, including one of Lamar and Rihanna on a rooftop. “Trust me,” Kendrick tells his co-star, before holding on to her while she daringly hangs off the side of a building. Later, the duo snuggles up on the edge of the building while overlooking the night’s stars.

Check out the video below.

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Listen: Ne-Yo Remixes Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble”

Sit down and listen to Ne-Yo get open on his surprise remix to Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.”

With a new album in the works, the R&B crooner takes a moment to flex his rap skills, spitting some confident and braggadocious bars over the potent Mike Will Made It beat. Borrowing K-Dot’s flow, Ne-Yo opens the remix reflecting on his career and Grammy wins.

“I remember wishing I could sit at the Grammys with Jay and Bey, and Rihanna and Chris / Be part of the clique / Second guess myself and all my shit like, ‘Do I really fit?’ / Three Grammys later, I guess I must be pretty good at this,” he rhymes.

Later Ne-Yo continues to express the reasons to remain humble, while also addressing an unidentified adversary.

“Who is this ni**a thinking that he fronting on Ne-Yo? / Get the fuck over yourself, check your ego / I didn’t change, I evolved, get it right / I wrote a song and it changed your whole life,” he raps. “I am Grey Poupon, I’m Evian, I’m highbrow / Been inspiring these dudes for a while now / Never said it ’cause I never thought I had to / But since they talkin’ shit I’m glad to.”

Get a dose of Ne-Yo’s bars below.

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Watch Chloe x Halle Cover Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble”

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Gotta give it up to the super talented Chloe x Halle, who continue to share their outstanding cover skills, all while hot on the heels of releasing their must-hear new mixtape, The Two of Us.

The protégées of Queen Bey took to social media on Saturday to share a live piano rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s surprise new single “Humble.”  The teenage sisters gave the Mike WiLL Made-It produced banger a twist of their own, and it only makes us want a full version!

“I’m so, I’m so sick and tired, tired, of the Photoshop,” they sing. “Show me something natural like Afro on Richard Pryor / Show me something natural like booty with some stretch marks / Still gon’ take you down right on your mama’s couch in Polo socks.”

Chloe and Halle have released numerous covers of rap hits recently, and it was their standout rendition of Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts” that originally led them to signing with her Parkwood Entertainment imprint.

Check out their cover version of “Humble” below.

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The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar Perform “Sidewalks” Live

While performing a special VEVO show in Los Angeles on Saturday night (Dec. 17), The Weeknd surprised the audience by bringing out Kendrick Lamar to join him for “Sidewalks,” off his new hit album Starboy.

Abel and K-Dot dapped up one another before the TDE spitter delivered his show-stopping, rapid-fire verse.

Backed by a live band, things didn’t end there, as Kendrick stayed through the song’s final chorus, supporting The Weeknd on the streetwise anthem, which features vocals from Sam Smith.

Before “Sidewalks” dropped, The Weeknd said the song helped him see Kendrick’s “genius” ways. “He’s a genius,” he told Beats 1. “He probably came in the afternoon and left late at night. He did it there on the spot. He played the record over and over. I played him songs, the ‘Starboy’ theme, of course, which he incorporated into his verse. He would just walk around, we had food, and he’s writing his verse in his head. He’d go to his phone, look at it a few, put it back in, start walking around. He then at one point went into the studio booth, closed the door, and I could hear him yelling his verse.”

Check out the footage below.

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New Music: Mary J. Blige feat. Kendrick Lamar – American Skin (41 Shots)

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Mary J. Blige has unleashed her powerful remake of Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin” featuring a surprise guest spot from Kendrick Lamar.

While Mary performed the song for Hillary Clinton during an episode of “The 411,” K-Dot’s verse is brand new.

“These days murder keep ’em busy / Sweet blood flowed on the gurney / Yellow tape tied around the street / Colin Kaepernick was more than worthy, ” he rhymes.

Mary’s soulful voice brings the anti-police brutality theme home. “Well, is it a gun? Is it a knife?” she asks. “Is it a wallet? This is your life / It ain’t no secret / No secret my friend / You can get killed just for living in your American skin.”

This isn’t the first time Mary and Kendrick have joined forces. They also teamed up on “Now or Never” off the deluxe edition of good kid, m.A.A.d. city.

“American Skin (41 Shots)” may appear on Mary’s forthcoming album Strength of a Woman, which will also feature  “Thick of It.”

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Beyoncé Brings Out JAY Z, Kendrick Lamar & Serena Williams at “Formation Tour” Finale

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“The Formation World Tour” closed out with a bang on Friday night (Oct. 7) at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

Beyoncé capped off her extended worldwide trek with a star-studded finale, that included many guest surprises.

Fans, including Frank Ocean, Hugh Jackman, Tyler Perry, Misty Copeland, and more, looked on all night as Bey delivered another awe-inspiring show, which included appearances by Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Serena Williams.

With a career-spanning set, Queen Bey was joined by her husband during “Drunk in Love” for a warm, playful, and sexy duet, one that included a hug and a kiss at the end. Meanwhile, K-Dot came through for the fiery “Freedom” while splashing in the water-filled set. Tennis star Serena Williams also surprised fans, acting as a dancer for “Sorry” in real life, much like she does in the song’s video.

This night wasn’t originally set to be the tour’s finale. However, Beyoncé was making up for postponing this stop last month. During the set, she paused to thank the crowd.

“I have so much energy because of you guys feeding it to me,” she explained. “I really wanted to make this show special…This is definitely my dream right here. I dreamt that I would be doing this and I’m actually doing it, and I could not be here without you and your support.”

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Beyoncé Celebrates Birthday with Star-Studded Soul Train Themed Party!

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It was a night of peace, love, and SOUL on Monday, as Beyoncé celebrated her birthday with a star-studded bash in New York City.

The #BeyDay party was themed after the infamous Soul Train, and ’70s disco style. Friends and family filled the venue, including Kelly Rowland-who dressed up as Donna Summer, Alicia Keys-who was inspired by Chaka Khan for her outfit, Michelle Williams, Serena Williams, Solange, Usher, The-Dream, Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, Swizz Beatz-who manned the turntables, Diddy, Cassie and more.

JAY Z went all out dressed up as Jimi Hendrix, causing the internets to go crazy over his shuffle dance move as he entered the party behind Queen Bey.

Blue Ivy gave her Mommy an adorable birthday wish, and Bey thanked all of the attendees for their love and support.

“Thank you everybody for coming. You guys did such an incredible job committing, and I’m so happy to be here. Thank you baby,” said Beyoncé.

Check out the pics and video footage below.

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Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar Open BET Awards with “Freedom”

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BET had the biggest surprise up their sleeve for the opening of the 2016 BET Awards on Sunday night.

Kicking off the show with none-other than Beyoncé, they set a powerful message for the evening, with an updated version of her Kendrick Lamar-assisted song “Freedom,” off Lemonade.

As her backup dancers strutted down the aisles to the sound of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Queen Bey stood perched on the stage in an ankle-deep pool of water while fire erupted behind her. “I’ma wade, I’ma wave through the waters,” she sang, kicking up waves as she hit choreography with her crew.

Keeping the surprises coming, Kendrick Lamar popped up at the front of the stage to spit a new verse on the commanding cut. “Revolution televised, hoping that you see the sign / Meet me at the finish line, 40 acres give me mine,” he rapped, joining the singer in the pool to face each other and wild out.

Watch their epic performance below.

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