“SHOW ME SOMETHIN' NATURAL LIKE AN A** WITH SOME STRETCH MARKS!"
“MY LEFT STROKE JUST WENT VIRAL!"
Who knew such an obscure phrase would become such a prolific calling card. On this day in 2017, Kendrick Lamar announced his return with “HUMBLE," the rapper's first song since 2015's internationally lauded To Pimp a Butterfly. After the poetic, jazz-infused lyricism of TPAB, “HUMBLE" was a drastic switch in sound for the artist, subbing out amalgamated funk and soul instrumentals for a braggadocious beat by Mike Will Made It. The track, which was released rather unexpectedly, drove fans into absolute madness and, in hindsight, wasn't even meant for Kendrick.
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE. www.youtube.com
In an interview with NPR, Mike Will Made It spoke about his brash instrumental and how it was originally meant for Gucci Mane. “With 'HUMBLE,' I knew that beat was going to capture a moment. It just felt real urgent," he told NPR. “I made that beat when Gucci Mane was getting out of jail...with him in mind." Mike Will instead ended up showing the beat to Kendrick, because “it kind of [had] an N.W.A./Dr. Dre feel." Kendrick loved it, and Mike Will ended up producing two more tracks (“DNA," “XXX,) for the rapper's fourth studio album DAMN.
It was always her dance floor.
Few artists have given as much of themselves to their fans as Lady Gaga.
Since being ordained queen of the nightclub (not to mention the pregame, the getting-ready-bedroom-dance, the drag show, and the summer night drive) in 2008 with "Just Dance," the hit single from her hit debut album The Fame, Gaga has continued to surprise fans with constant reinvention. She cemented her place as the pop-artist of a generation with Born This Way and even (as over-produced as it was) Art Pop, and then, shockingly, went on to release a jazz standard's album with Tony Bennett (Cheek to Cheek), a country album (Joanne), and finally become an Oscar-nominated actress for A Star Is Born. Somehow, she pulled off every iteration of herself with charisma and grace.
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Watch Fritz perform at 3PM on Popdust's livestream on Saturday, May 30th.
Fritz Hutchison just released his debut album, Wild Wild Acres.
It's the kind of album that will make you want to lounge in a hammock all day or ride a horse across the country or just drop everything and howl at the moon—it sounds like that kind of freedom. Hutchison is alternatively blunt and sincere, a trickster with a performative flair and a penchant for sunny hooks.