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EXCLUSIVE: Kendrick Lamar Debuts New Track With Drake At Private Listening Session In NYC

(AllHipHop News) Not even a Hurricane warning could keep Hip-Hop music’s elite journalists from attending last night’s listening session for West Coast Hip-Hop messiah, Kendrick Lamar. Over 30 music journalists braved the massive, long line outside of Chung King Studios in New York City in the pouring rain and high speed winds, to be one of the first people to hear Lamar’s upcoming album, good kid, M.A.A.d city.

Lamar seemed all the bit of a new artist, displaying signs of nervousness before he began playing a handful of tracks from his highly anticipated album. Dressed comfortably in a black fitted hat and a white short sleeve collard shirt, Lamar began the listening session with “Partynauseous”, featuring mega star Lady Gaga. The rapper did not adhere to the usual listening session protocol, introducing each track or explaining what the tracks mean to him. Instead, Lamar quickly ran through just a few of his songs.

Lamar controlled the session from the comfort of the studio control room, and almost seemed to be hiding out from the legions of media fans in his presence. The second track he played was produced by Hit-Boy and featured an almost jazz sound – much different from the Lady Gaga-assisted track he opened the session with.

On the third track, Lamar brought out the big guns and traded versus with Dr. Dre, who recently hailed Lamar the new “King of the West Coast.” Lamar seems to have bought into his new title and referred to himself as “King Kendrick Lamar” on the track, which was produced by Just Blaze.

Lamar did not play the entire album, omitting fan favorites “Swimming Pool (Drank)” and “The Recipe”. The last and final track Lamar played showcased him teaming up with YMCMB star Drake and featured a sample from Janet Jackson’s hit, “Anytime, Anyplace.”

The crowd, which included rappers Pusha T and Fred Da Godson, seemed surprised when Lamar announced that those were the only tracks he was going to play for them. One thing was certain – attendees felt Lamar did a great job of whetting his fans’ appetites for his new album, which will be in stores on October 22 on Interscope Records.

  • Brian Andrew Smith

    do you know what the definition of debut is? How is this his debut when he has already released section.80 and overly dedicated.

    • DatboyJ

      Because this is an official album release….Section.80 and overly dedicated were “mixtapes”.

      • Nemesis_Enforcer

        Nah they were totally original albums and were sold on iTunes. They were independent albums.

      • Guest

        No…..iTunes sell mixtapes too…some artist choose to officially sell them on iTunes. (not albums). Browse thru some other artists n you’ll see that some of them have mixtapes on there. Jay Rock was the only one who has a debut album in their camp.

      • Brian Andrew Smith

        please explain what the difference is between and album and a mixtape, sense you seem to be so knowledgable about them. In any other genre of music besides hip hop, those releases would be considered albums.

      • DatboyJ

        No they not..their official “mixtapes” not albums. In their camp, Jay Rock has the only debut album. Look up some more artist on iTunes and you see that some of them sell their mixtapes there. At first it didn’t make any sense to release a free mixtape then sell it on itunes but it happens….I can name some names for you if you disagree.

      • Nemesis_Enforcer

        What was mixed about them? Yall niggas need to start being accountable for the stuff that you say. So plead your case. What made it a “mixtape” as opposed to a digitally released album? Lil Wayne just released a MIXTAPE where he had freestyles, verse, and such over beats we’ve heard b4. It was a blend (the original term) or “mix” of promotional songs. Thats what a mixtape is.

        Just yesterday, Kendrick tweeted that Section 80 is available on iTunes. He views it as an album. So I’ll go with his view on this one.

      • DatboyJ

        You need to be aware of whats going on but you make certain statements…..The term mixtape USED to mean it released for with freestyles, and a DJ.and you were paying for them for the internet came along..if you been paying attention to the changing times..you’d see that…the term mixtape has changed..now the majority of them are free but SOME artist still sell mixtapes AND SOMETIMES they put original material on it ..YOU SHOULD KNOW this but it somehow went over your head. This internet and the changing times has changed a lot of shit when it comes to how rap music given to the public. You and other dude is sitting here arguing…THATS NOT A DEBUT ALBUM……so you calling the people who made the damn album wrong????????? So you gonna tell TDE/Aftermath/kendrick lamar/etc that it aint a debut album when they’ve CLEARLY been saying its a DEBUT ALBUM..its ok to have an opinion but damn!!!!

      • Nemesis_Enforcer

        This is Kendrick’s 3rd album (or 4th if he considers “Average Joe” an album. It is also his major label debut. End of story.

      • DatboyJ

        Even if they were independent albums and not mixtapes, they weren’t released nationally, so this one is his first album”nationally”. You ask me, it shouldn’t be called that either but whatever

      • Brian Andrew Smith

        they may be labeled as mixtapes but let me ask you this. was it all original music. Were they ordered like an album with skits and interludes? Was there a DJ curating the entire collection of songs? The term mixtape is so overused and misused.

      • DatboyJ

        I agree with you on the term mixtape being misued but there are mixtapes with orignal content, and don’t need a DJ, thats the way it is sometimes. Like Alley Boy, if you even listen to him, his mixtapes that just came out yesterday is a “mixtape” with original songs and no DJ.

      • Brian Andrew Smith

        so how is that a mixtape? Seriously, in any other genre those releases would be considered albums or at the very least a compilation. But something like section.80 had an overarching theme and all of the songs were ordered with a proper intention to string them along in a cohesive pattern, which if you ask me, thats what makes an album.

  • Nemesis_Enforcer

    So they braved hurricane weather and long lines to hear 3 songs?

    And then as a fan, why do I keep hearing about songs produced by people that aren’t who made him who he is today? Hit-Boy, Just, T-minus, Scoop, rumors about the Neptunes. none of these producers were on OD, Section 80, the Average Joe tape, etc. Not that it’s a problem. It’s just not what Kendrick said is going happen whenever someone asks in interviews. He always say he has creative control and he working with the same producers that he been working with. I believe in KDot. I just don’t trust Interscope lol. GAGA?

    • Brian Andrew Smith

      i don’t know but i am just guessing here, that he only played the tracks with the people outside of his circle and the rest of the album is all TDE and their affiliates. Just a guess though.

      • Nemesis_Enforcer

        I kinda of thought that too. I hope so. If it ain’t broke, dont fix it.

    • MarquisCarter

      The writer means TORNADO. I live in the Tri-State. Don’t no damn hurricanes really come this way.

  • AK

    this was a show for the mainstream he left his hard shit for the album

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  • johnblacksad

    He traded VERSUS with Dre huh? must be for that Detox album! smh…

  • johnblacksad

    “which will be in stores on October 22 on Interscope Records”.

    What about download release date?… ya’ll hip hop journalists is slackin on da job

  • johnblacksad

    “But as you listening to K-D-O-T
    Man, me and my girl split the bucket of KFC
    She listening to Drake and all I can say is “Damn
    These niggas that much better than me, baby?”
    I don’t think this is meant to be
    Cause I’m always losing self esteem
    She paused the iPhone then said, “Huh?”
    I repeated what I said then she replied, “Shut up.”
    You know you the best boy, you gotta keep doing it
    But don’t forget when you do, just keep you in it
    And never listen to what the industry say
    Don’t be a typical artist, be more like Jay
    Russell, Barry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Bob Johnson, Sean Combs, L.A. Reid
    Young black entrepreneurs did what it took to succeed, yeah
    So I gotta see success, I gotta make it off them Rosecrans steps
    Rising to the top like a soda shook up
    Bout to pop, and I’ll pop on whoever’s in my way”
    -Determined

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