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Kendrick Lamar Praises Barack Obama For Showing Respect To Hip Hop Artists

“I think the world, not just hip-hop, owes him.”

It is not a secret Barack Obama and Compton's own Kendrick Lamar have built a good relationship. Obama has gone on record to acknowledge K. Dot as one of his favorite rappers and now Kendrick Lamar made sure to let fans know how impactful the President truly is, not only to the Hip-Hop culture, but also to world.

Last Friday (Dec. 16) The To Pimp A Butterfly artist visited the Big Apple to perform at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg for a secret pop-up show sponsored by American Express. Before the show began, XXL caught up with the introspective rapper and posed some questions about the President Barack Obama's term in office.

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Kendrick took this opportunity to speak about the first time he meet with Obama and their conversation about role models in urban communities, which Kendrick definitely embodies. Kendrick said, “You look at him as such a high figure in the world, but for him to embrace you and have a connection with you further than just being the President, and make you feel like an actual friend, that’s probably the best moment and one of his best characteristics. I meet a lot of people in high places and sometimes they get so detached from the world and from the people, they don’t even know how to interact with you. Basically watching him interact with my mother, my little niece, myself as a human, I think that’s the greatest thing.”

Kendrick also spoke about the POTUS' impact on the world and his appreciation for his approach to the culture saying, “I think the world, not just hip-hop owes him,” Kendrick said. “We all have to give him his credit due for even allowing us into the building. We would probably never get inside that house ever again. Think about it like that. Rick Ross, Cole, Nicki Minaj, he really went for us to come experience it. This is something our grandparents always wanted to see, never thought in a million years, but [we can] pass it down to our generation to say, ‘Alright, I’m in here and I’m finna use my power to let y'all see how this thing works and I’mma drop some knowledge on y’all that a man can’t drop on everybody else ’cause y’all have the most influence.”

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Beyonce's 'Lion King' Soundtrack Features Blue Ivy, Jay-Z, Pharrell And More

Beyonce has unveiled the tracklist for her executive-produced compilation, The Lion King: The Gift, on Tuesday (July 16). Inspired by the film's live-action remake, the soundtrack features a range of artists that will bring their unique voices to the 14-track collection.

Fans will hear the sounds of Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Tierra Whack, Pharrell, 070 Shake, Jay-Z and more. To begin the project's rollout, Beyonce released its lead single, "Spirit," that paid homage to the original film's "Circle of Life" hit melody.

Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records will release The Lion King: The Gift on Friday (July 19). The "Halo" singer, who's starring as Nala opposite Donald Glover's Simba, disclosed the cover art on her website. The motion picture will debut in theaters on Thursday (July 18).

The Lion King: The Gift:

1. Beyoncé: “Bigger” 2. Beyoncé: “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)” 3. Tekno, Yemi Alade, Mr. Eazi: “Don’t Jealous Me” 4. Burna Boy: “Ja Ara E” 5. Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar: “The Nile” 6. Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino: “Mood 4 Eva” 7. Salatiel, Pharrell, Beyoncé: “Water” 8. Blue Ivy Carter, SAINt JHN, WizKid, Beyoncé: “Brown Skin Girl” 9. Tiwa Savage, Mr. Eazi: “Keys to the Kingdom” 10. Beyoncé: “Otherside” 11. Beyoncé, Shatta Wale: “Already” 12. Tierra Whack, Beyoncé, Busiswa,  Yemi Alade, Moonchild Sanelly: “My Power” 13. 070 Shake, Jessie Reyez: “Scar” 14. Beyoncé: “Spirit”

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Kendrick Lamar's 'Good Kid M.A.A.d City' Is The Second Hip-Hop Album To Achieve This Feat

Kendrick Lamar’s good kid m.A.A.d city reportedly just achieved a major milestone on the Billboard charts.

Per the Twitter page Chart Data, the artist’s 2012 opus has spent a total of 350 weeks on the Billboard 200 Album chart, joining the ranks of Eminem’s The Eminem Show as the only other hip-hop album in history to achieve the feat.

Since dropping, Lamar’s LP has gained accolades the world over. In 2012, VIBE crowned good kid m.A.A.d city our Album of the Year, writing, “Glued by beautifully engineered soundscapes and accentuating skits, GKMC possesses both the structure and intricate nuances of an instant classic.”

Additionally, in 2014, the album became the subject of a new English composition class at Georgia Regents University. In the course “Good kids, Mad Cities,” students were able to compare and contrast the album to the words of writers, poets and authors such as Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, James Joyce and the film Boyz in the Hood.

What tracks from GKMC are you still listening to today? Let us know in the comments.

[email protected]'s 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' has now spent 350 weeks on the Billboard 200. It joins 'The Eminem Show' as the only hip-hop studio album to reach this milestone.

— chart data (@chartdata) July 15, 2019

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50 Cent Releases 'Power' Theme Song Remix

Starz's critically-acclaimed drama Power will soon call it quits after five years and six seasons. With rumors of additional spinoffs, executive producer, rapper and actor, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has brought fans a new rendition of the series theme song "Big Rich Town," according to BET. 

He surprised fans with his latest power-play via Twitter on Friday (July 12). The remix features R&B casanova Trey Songz and emerging Bronx-native rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. The new song is streaming on all major platforms.

New heat BIG RICH TOWN remix season 6 🔥@TreySongz @ArtistHBTL 🍾#lecheminduroi 🥃#bransoncognac pic.twitter.com/QR2ZzTjFE8

— 50cent (@50cent) July 12, 2019

"New heat BIG RICH TOWN remix season 6 @TreySongz @ArtistHBTL #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac" Mr. Jackson tweeted.

Trigga delivers his vocals on the chorus while A Boogie brings his own heat in the second verse on the G-Unit Records single.

Mixed reviews and responses flooded Twitter soon after the release.

I like the original better, Trey must owe you some money🤣

— cincygirlstyle (@The1HeLetGetAwy) July 12, 2019

"I like the original better, Trey must owe you some money 🤣" one user tweeted.

https://twitter.com/_artistone_/status/1149540218061459456

"Oh, this "Big Rich Town" remix is jazzy as hell," another chimed in.

This version is better than the original..nobody was playing the original version when he released it before the show came out

— Lucky Lo (@Polodownlucky) July 12, 2019

"This version is better than the original.. nobody was playing the original version when he released it before the came out"

Regardless oi the new song being a fan fave or not, the Power Season 6 late-August premiere is sure to drop jaws, now being titled "Final Betrayal". The official trailer for the supersized 15-episode season released Saturday (July 6).

Listen to "Big Rich Town (Remix" below.

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