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Kendrick Lamar

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    May 8, 2014

    Blue, the Misfit Streams Debut Album, Child in the Wild

    Local hip hop fans have been waiting for this day for a while. Blue, the Misfit, a local producer and rapper who detoured to Los Angeles for several years before coming back to Dallas, has already set himself apart for his sludgy beats and gritty non-hooks. Having previously produced tracks for old ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    The Best Concerts in Dallas this Weekend, 5/2 - 5/4

    It's finally May and -- surprise, surprise -- the music festivals are getting into full swing. There two noteworthy ones this weekend alone, and both are new kids on the block (or relatively so): tonight's JMBLYA Festival and tomorrow and Sunday's Suburbia Fest. And that's just the tip of the iceber ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    JMBLYA Music Fest Teams Up with Support Our Students' Student Summit

    JMBLYA, Dallas' growing gumbo pot of a music festival, is returning this weekend for a second year with an amplified purpose. Marked for last year's appearances by Grammy rivals Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore, this year's line-up boasts a slew of highlights with the likes of Chance the Rapper, RiFF R ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    ScHoolboy Q Reminds Dallas Why He's Hip-Hop's Oxymoron

    ScHoolboy Q is one of those rappers that you never truly know what to expect. With his recent major label debut, Oxymoron, Q treads the line between being dubbed a "conscious rapper" and a full-on trap gangsta rapper by way of drug references and a 2 Chainz feature. So, it makes perfect sense that ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014
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    March 20, 2014

    The 9 Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, March 20-23

    This week there are a couple exciting pieces of local music news worth mentioning before I let y'all get out there and be great this weekend. First of all, the reopening of RBC is upon us. This Friday and Saturday the punks, metalheads and hardcore kids will return to their Deep Ellum home after sev ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014
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    January 2, 2014

    Outkast Reunion, No More Blackface and Other Requests for 2014

    Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. In his new column, he writes about his life and times. Dear 2013, Oh, man. So you're officially over. That's kind of sad. You were mostly a very dope y ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    How Kanye West Changed the Message of His Yeezus Tour in Dallas

    A foreboding, shadowy and sinister figure lurks at the edge of an enormous white mountain top. Buzzing synths permeate the arena, and the masked man of the hour saunters below. "Hold My Liquor," one of the standout tracks of Kanye West's most recent album, stirs over the ravenous crowd. He performs ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013
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    November 6, 2013

    Kanye West Yeezus Tour Postponed Indefinitely [Update: It's Back!]

    Update: Kanye's LED pyramid has been righted. He's just announced the modified tour route. Several cities have been rescheduled, a few have been cancelled altogether, but Dallas is right where it was before: December 6 with Kendrick Lamar as support. Original post follows... Shortly after Kanye W ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    The Ten Best Bands at ACL 2013

    BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA If you want to catch an act in the one and only tented stage at ACL, it's recommended to do it early in the day or towards the end of the weekend. It always seems to get pretty packed on Saturday when people realize they can escape the sun and hear some pretty good jams ... More >>

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    October 13, 2013

    The Ten Steamiest Moments from ACL Weekend Two

    Before the end-of-the-weekend deluge that cancelled Day 3, it was unseasonably hot in Austin: temps in the low 90s, blazing sun, hordes of fans filling the open plains of Zilker Park, and muggy downpours that only left everyone stickier. In turn, the bands did plenty to turn up the heat. Here are th ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    Infant Etiquette at ACL: Keep Junior Out of the Weed

    Seeing all the ACL kids running around in the Zilker Park grass, playing football with pierced and tatted dads, or showing off their dancing skills with mom, was a bit of a surprise. By Angelica Leicht But it makes sense that people who aren't working while at ACL would want to bring along their ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    Top Five Acts at ACL Festival, 10/5/2013

    Editor: Our friends at Houston Press' Rocks Off music blog are tackling the first weekend of Austin City Limits, and they're bringing us these dispatches. THE CURE The Cure was one of the acts, if not the act, that I was really looking forward to seeing in Austin. They're, dare I say, legendary. Th ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    The Nine Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, September 19-25

    Good god, Dallas. It's going to be a cheap Monday. This weekend you've got live music in the city, in the suburbs, Fort Worth, and everywhere else in between. Unfortunately it's not a matter of who you're going to see, it's who you're going to have to miss. It's 2013, and though we were promised je ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013
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    September 18, 2013

    The 39 Best Show Announcements of September (So Far)

    Every week more and more shows are added to the Dallas Observer live music calendar -- here's how to make sure your show is included. And you can always peruse every upcoming concert on our calendar. Below are this month's additions, the newest are in bold.

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    September 6, 2013

    Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z Announce Fall Tours

    Yeezus has risen! This morning, Kanye West took to Twitter to announce his first solo tour in five years. The 23 city run starts on October 19th in Seattle, and will hit Dallas' American Airlines Center on December 6th, before wrapping up in Houston. As if that wasn't enough to whip the internet in ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival Attendees Review The Show, The Blog and Dallas

    This Saturday, Dallas-based music blog Gorilla Vs. Bear hosted their third annual festival at Granada Theater. Local music fans flocked to the historic venue to watch Booty Fade, Empress Of, HAERTS, Blue Hawaii, and Danny Brown share the stage. We talked to the crowd to see how the night's festiviti ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    In Denton, AV the Great Has Grand Plans for His Raw and Underground Beat Battle

    Raw and Underground event organizer AV The Great isn't the least bit shy about proclaiming his freestyle battle and beat competition being the "best representation of the Dallas hip-hop scene." In fact, in the spirit of rap battles and DJ swagger, he's not the least bit shy about anything. "This i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Kendrick Lamar - Verizon Theatre - June 13, 2013

    Remember last Halloween when Kendrick Lamar played Southside Music Hall just nine days after his critically acclaimed major label debut dropped? Well, If you were lucky enough to attend, you'll probably tell your grandkids about it one day. The era of catching Kendrick in intimate venues is official ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    35 DISD Students Who Overcame Adversity will Get Free Tickets to Tonight's Kendrick Lamar Concert

    Though pre-millennial generations may not always connect the dots between hip-hop and academics, things have come a long way since Biggie Smalls' crack rock & jump shot career options mentality of the mid-nineties. Now that rap has grown into a global, billion dollar industry, the culture has made m ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    Wu-Tang Clan, Empire of the Sun and More to Play Breakaway Music Festival in Dallas

    There's a new music festival coming to Dallas. Well, Frisco, technically: It wil held at FC Dallas Stadium. But there are plenty of reasons to make the trip for the inaugural Breakaway Music Festival. The lineup, which hasn't been finalized, includes Empire of the Sun, Wu-Tang Clan, Big Gigantic, Ju ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    The Sales Power of In-Store Performances

    This is not your everyday Billboard chart. Each week, we'll tell you which bands are selling in the fine record shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where we consumers of music have impeccable taste. CD Source owner, Lance Price, saw a combination of new releases and classic albums creep towar ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    Danny Brown Was Not the Victim of His On-Stage Blowjob, Despite Contrary Reports

    This is a complicated story to tell. Misogyny, misandry, rape, consent, slut shaming, and victim blaming are not exactly pleasant topics of discussion- but this week they were all brought to the forefront of #raptwitter. Danny Brown's Old & Reckless Tour is well underway. The Detroit rapper's first ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    David Bowie Tops the Dallas Independent Record Store Charts

    This is not your everyday Billboard chart. Each week, we'll tell you which bands are selling in the fine record shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where we consumers of music have impeccable taste. Consensus arose at Good Records and CD Source as David Bowie takes the lead in top selling alb ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Is Adele's 21 the 21st Century Commercial Equivalent to Thriller?

    This is not your everyday Billboard chart. Each week, we'll tell you which bands are selling in the fine record shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where we consumers of music have impeccable taste. Fleetwood Mac will be playing in Dallas at the American Airlines Center June 4, and their reis ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012
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    December 14, 2012

    The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2012

    10. The Idea of Beautiful, Rapsody The black mamba of super producer 9th Wonder's Jamla Records team reached a new pinnacle in her career, and in her evolution as an artist this year. Sprinkled with collaborations from Big Remo, BJ the Chicago Kid and Childish Gambino, Rapsody takes us on a journey ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012
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    December 12, 2012

    Five Local Rappers to Watch in 2013

    As a city, we've been developing culturally and economically at a rapid pace over the last few years. Built around a scene of prominent weekly events like Beauty Bar's Big Bang Thursdays and Prophet Bar's Wednesday night open mic jam sessions, local rap artists get the chance to interact and network ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Ten of the Best Concerts of 2012

    There were too many great performances this year, in venues big and small, by acts local and national, to thoroughly cover within the confines of a blog post. This year's DOMA showcase (self-indulgence alert!) provided some transcendent local sets, we had a wealth of great festival acts to consider, ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Dom Kennedy - Trees - 12/8/12

    Dom Kennedy, Raw Elementz Trees Saturday, December 8 On Saturday, Dom Kennedy saved the best for last. On the final date of his Yellow Album tour, he sold out Trees, making him the third West Coast rap act in three months to sell out a Dallas date. Not only was it another great night for the new We ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    Five Rap Albums That Changed the Game in 2012

    Before the storm of best of lists start hitting the blogs, I wanted to take a second to put aside the artistic merit aspect of the year in review, and take a look at what happened in the cultural landscape of rap music. Some of these albums were really good, some of them were really not, but all of ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012

    Mary J. Blige

    Sunday, November 18, at American Airlines Center

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    November 1, 2012

    Kendrick Lamar - South Side Music Hall - 10/31/12

    Kendrick Lamar, -topic, Dustin Cavazos South Side Music Hall Wednesday, October 31 Thanks to Scoremore and AEG, Dallas rap fans are currently having one of the best Halloweens ever. By the time candy prices are marked down again, our city will have seen Nas with Lauryn Hill, Asher Roth and the A$AP ... More >>

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    October 31, 2012

    Seven of This Week's Best Show Announcements: Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift, The xx and More

    Mary J. Blige Sunday, November 18, at American Airlines Center, $49.25-$199.25 Tickets go on sale today for Mary J. Blige's "Liberation" Tour, which will feature special guests Brandy and Kendrick Lamar. The tour is in support of Blige's upcoming 2013 release, My Life II...The Journey Continues (Ac ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    The Seven Best Concerts In Dallas This Week

    Nas and Lauryn Hill Monday, October 29, at the Palladium Ballroom, $54.75 This pairing is an inspired one, and especially notable for fans of Lauryn Hill, who have been wondering where the follow-up to 1998's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has been hiding. That (hopefully) comes with the release of ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Five of This Week's Top Show Announcements: Kendrick Lamar, Maroon 5 and More

    Kendrick Lamar Wednesday, October 31, at South Side Music Hall, $34.29 Here's a last-minute announcement for ya. If you still haven't nailed down your Halloween plans for next week, Scoremore's bringing Kendrick Lamar back to town, and he'll be serving up tracks from his brand-new album, good kid, m ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher Breakdown

    In the last couple of years, the BET Hip-Hop Awards have proven to be the most ironic awards show on television. There's little to no merit in an artist actually taking home an award anymore, unless you get the I Am Hip Hop lifetime achievement honor. The most important accolade an artist can really ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Ab-Soul, Jay Rock - The Door - 9/7/12

    Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Brain Gang Blue, -topic, A.Dd , Mohicans, Lil' Marley The Door Friday, September 7 L.A. emcee Jay Rock took the stage Friday night following a downsized roster of homegrown artists, and established hype I've witnessed only from his Top Dawg Entertainment peer, Kendrick Lamar. Whi ... More >>

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    July 2, 2012

    Schoolboy Q - The Door - 6/30/12

    Schoolboy Q The Door Saturday, June 30 On a night defined by sweat and hype, Schoolboy Q showed that sometimes you can be too good. Taking the stage after a litany of local artists, Q stalked the stage and effortlessly shifted gears between songs, taking control of style after style, showing exactl ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Brain Gang Blue Remixes "Party On" With An All-Star Dallas Cast

    With Brandon Blue currently making some of the most innovative beats in Dallas hip-hop, it's no wonder Slim Gravy (A.Dd ), Dave (The Mohicans), Dustin Cavazos and -topic joined fellow Brain Gangbanger JT in reworking "Party On," the lead single from the Numb EP. Not only is this beat a dramatic im ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012
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    January 20, 2012

    Hood Loved It: Kendrick Lamar Gets Intimate at Trees

    Kendrick Lamar Trees Thursday, January 19 Since the last time Kendrick Lamar graced a Dallas stage, his star has only been on the rise. His most recent mix tape, Section.80, has garnered buzz, rave reviews and a spot on Drake's upcoming tour with ASAP Rocky. That's one buzzy tour, but the party las ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Drake Comes to Arlington in March

    Miss you, Wheelchair Jimmy​ Canadian hip-hop curio Drake's latest album, Take Care, seems to be a divisive one. Is he joking? Serious? Depressed? In need of a therapist? Much has been written about the album's moody tone and existential angst. This review may be the most in-depth. Today it w ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Watch: Lil Twist -- "Love Affair (featuring Lil Wayne)"

    Lil Twist​After the jump, you can watch the just-released music video from Oak Cliff's Own Lil Twist, for his Lil Wayne-featuring song called "Love Affair," which is set to be part of the 18-year-old's upcoming debut Don't Get It Twisted full-length.But, first, a word on the young rapper. Namely: ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Bonus MP3: Sore Losers (feat. Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar) -- "Cooler Than Coach K (Remix)"

    Sore Losers​In case we haven't yet given you enough reasons to pay some mind to Dallas hipster-hop duo Sore Losers, let's end today by giving you one more: Today, the duo released a new remix to one of the tracks off its phenomenal (and free to download) Free Loaders mixtape. The re-working comes ... More >>

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