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2011 BET Hip Hop Awards Cyphers: Shady 2.0, Maybach Music, MGK, Ludacris, B.o.B, Skillz, Busta & More

BET revealed two of their anticipated cypher circles last week, from the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards before the show aired. Then, on Tuesday night (October 11), viewers finally got to see all the cyphers ... and BET really upped the ante this year. Hip-hop's rising stars took turns alongside veterans to rip the mic. From Eminem and his Shady 2.0 roster, to Chris Brown and Tyga, all the way to the Maybach Music Group (Wale, Pill, Stalley, Meek Mill, and Rick Ross)...
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Kendrick Lamar: A.D.H.D. (Music Video)

Buzzing Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar heads to New York to show the Big Apple some love for a brand new music video for a track called "A.D.H.D.", off his recently released mixtape Section.80. Shot in NYC and directed by Va$htie, the clip was inspired by the song's dark beat and melancholy lyrics, which explore a generation in conflict. According to the director, Lamar illustrates the song's universal and age-old theme of apathetic youth. Presented by clothing brand, Rock Smith, Kendrick and some friends hit the liquor at the beginning of the clip to pick up some goodies, and then hangs out front ...
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Snoop, Game & Dr. Dre Pass Torch To Kendrick Lamar; Rapper Overwhelmed With Emotion (Video)

Compton newcomer, Kendrick Lamar, has gained such a respect amongst his peers ... that even legends have co-signed him. Several months into the biggest year of his career -- in which he was named an XXL Freshman Class alum -- the rapper was overwhelmed by everything at once, during a performance at L.A.'s Music Box venue on Friday (August 19). As Kendrick headlined a sold-out show, he got choked up, unable to hold back his emotion, when...
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Behind The Scenes Of Kendrick Lamar’s Photoshoot With Photographer Estevan Oriol

Rising Compton rapper, Kendrick Lamar, has been doing his thing for a minute now ... and finally got some shine earlier this year when XXL named him one of their 2011 Freshman Class. Fresh off the release of his latest project, Section.80, the young rapper recently hooked up with famed Los Angeles-based photographer for an exclusive photoshoot for CNN, in his trademark-street style. "I first shot Kendrick Lamar while shooting Jay Rock's album cover in Knickerson Gardens in Watts," says Estevan...
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Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar: Hood Gone Love It (Music Video)

The two flagship artists from Top Dawg Entertainment team up for this brand new single from Jay Rock's official debut, Follow Me Home, dropping this summer on TDE/Strange Music. In the Dan Gedman-directed clip, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar keep it hood, spitting their verses from Jay's block in and around Watts to Kendrick's Compton. Both enjoy a bbq, then it fades to black as both young stars look over the Los Angeles skyline...

Kendrick Lamar: HiiiPOWER (Music Video)

Los Angeles rapper Kendrick Lamar continues his buzz into the summer, following his accolade of 2011 XXL Freshman, with the release of a brand new music video for "HiiiPOWER," the first from his upcoming project Section.80. The Top Dawg Entertainment signee has and message to send with his lyrics and does so on the J. Cole-produced banger, as he mixes in imagery of the legendary African American icons such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Huey Newton...

Lil B, Yelawolf, Kendrick Lamar Among XXL’s 2011 Freshman Class

Over the last few years, XXL's "Freshman Class" as become a list to watch for among hip-hop fans. The highly anticipated 2011 grads have finally been revealed. Usually, it's 10, but this year the long-running mag chose 11. Although the cover leaked nearly a month ago, the official list was just this week. The 11 rappers XXL thinks you should watch are: Lil Twist, CyHi Da Prynce, Big K.R.I.T., Meek Mill, Diggy Simmons...
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Baller Links: Kanye Wanted Coverart Banned, ‘Ghostbusters 3’ Coming, Olivia Munn

Various times during the week, BallerStatus.com's team scours the Internet, hitting major websites and cool blogs, for random stories of interest. Whether it be serious news, a awesome video clip, a random blog entry, or even some photos, we post and link to the interesting tidbits of the day. Inside is the latest from today --- including Kanye West wanting his coverart to be banned, Olivia Munn's Maxim cover, and "Ghostbusters 3" ...

Compton Newcomer Kendrick Lamar Reacts To Dr. Dre Co-sign, Says Deal In The Works

Dr. Dre was spotted before Christmas by the folks over at Hollywood.tv, who asked him what artists he'd be working with in the New Year. What did good doctor say? "Right now, just west coast hip-hop artists, that's what I'm doing." And who, specifically? Dre named Aftermath signee Slim Da Mobster -- and up-and-coming Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, outta Jay Rock's Top Dawg camp, who he mentioned again recently...