Kendrick Lamar covers XXL

Kendrick Lamar covers the return issue of XXL that hits newsstands today and writes his own cover story.

Still in writer mode, Kendrick crafted his own story for XXL titled Writer At War, where he explores his experience with his extraordinary fame, the impact he has had on his fans (and vice versa), the process in which he records, his overall mind state after two years on the road and so much more.

This looks like the must-cop for any Kendrick fan. One more photo and a BTS video below. Look for K. Dot on tonight’s Colbert Report as well.


XXL shutting down print

Recapping a news item from yesterday, XXL is no longer going to print according to the New York Post. Townsquare Media has acquired XXL as part of Harris Publications and one of the big changes will be no more iconic covers on newsstands. This news on top of last week’s similar sentiment from SpinMedia, who announced that VIBE will no longer go to print as well. I’m not sure about these moves — it’s what stands these magazines apart from the online magazines. Now they’re going to become fully online? I think the artists and their fans appreciate the print quality and esteem that comes with a cover and I think the hip hop game will miss them both.


Kendrick Lamar karaokes rap songs

It’s been a slow year thus far for new K. Dot, but this week, XXL unearthed an entertaining, rare video for Kendrick doing karaoke… of rap songs. Watch him change his voice to a nasally 1999 Slim Shady for “My Name Is” and puff his chest for 50’s “In Da Club”.

DJ Drama “2014 XXL Freshmen”

Culminating (hopefully) a whirlwind of content on the 2014 XXL Freshmen, DJ Drama combines with XXL to drop their annual mixtape with the upcoming artists. The 21-track project boasts all-new tracks from the 12 Freshmen, with the likes of 2 Chainz, Fabolous and Lloyd Banks appearing as guest features. Peruse, stream, download below.

XXL Freshmen Roundtable Pt. 3

Pt. 3 of the XXL Freshmen Roundtable is above as Troy Ave, Lil Bibby, Jarren Benton and Jon Connor talk about representing their city and the diverse styles of all the artists on the cover.

ICYMI, Pt. 2 is below and features Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, and Lil Durk on telling their stories and being authentic and original. And yeah, we’ll run it back to Pt. 1 when Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Kevin Gates, Isaiah Rashad and August Alsina got together to talk about blending hip hop and R&B and performing for the large crowds.

For all things XXL Freshmen, click here.