Kendrick Lamar Visits New Jersey High School Where To Pimp a Butterfly Is Taught
Before the release of Kendrick Lamar’s brilliant To Pimp a Butterfly, the Compton lyricist told Rolling Stone he believed the album would “be taught in college courses.” He had the right idea. Brian Mooney, a teacher at High Tech High School in North Bergen, New Jersey, has incorporated the album into his freshman English curriculum to support lessons on Toni Morrison’s classic debut, The Bluest Eye. According to The New York Times, the students were asked to “reflect on the dichotomy of Black culture in America—the celebration of itself and its struggle with historic oppression.”
Once word got back to K. Dot, the MC dropped by to sit in on a recent class. He answered students’ questions about TPAB’s inspiration, listened to some of their rhymes and spoken word poems, and later performed 2015’s de facto Black National Anthem, “Alright.”
Miguel’s Wildheart Album to Feature Kurupt and Lenny Kravitz
Miguel is keeping the guest list tight for his much-thirsted third album, Wildheart. The follow-up to 2012’s sterling Kaleidoscope Dream will only include two feature slots, albeit from legends. Kurupt makes an appearance on the timely “NWA,” which first hit the Internet back in December. And rock god Lenny Kravitz closes out the 13-song affair with “Face the Sun.” Wildheart is slated for a June 30 release (finally!).
Tyler, the Creator Says “Apple Is the New White Man”
Welp, not everyone is excited about Apple’s venture into the streaming business. The always-outspoken Tyler, the Creator offered his two pennies on Apple Music via his Twitter account. “Oh no Apple is the new White man trying to control every f*cking thing we are f*cked!” writes the Odd Future artist, abusing his caps lock and offering no further explanation. Cultural imperialists or not, Apple seems to be the road to Drake’s Views From the 6 LP later this year.