Fans are still waiting for the possibility of a Kendrick Lamar-J Cole Album collaboration, and though that project is still a little hazy, here?s something real to watch out for: Kendrick has announced the Kunta’s Groove Sessions tour, which he revealed on Instagram.
According to Pitch Fork, the tour will is his first tour and will take place in eight cities over eight nights. The dates and cities have yet to be announced.
Promising music, dance, performance, and more, Kunta’s Groove Sessions sounds like it will be some sort of arts showcase paying homage to one of Kendrick’s muses, Kunta Kinte, reported Hot News Hip Hop.
Meanwhile, Kendrick has praised the fearlessness of N.W.A.’s Eazy-E and the new kind of truth-telling he brought to hip-hop in a tribute that kicks off Paper magazine’s three-part series celebrating late rap greats in their October Nowstalgia issue.
Rolling Stone?reports that talking about the same, Kendrick said, ?People were scared to talk about these kinds of tough situations, but because [Eazy] and the group took it upon themselves to talk about [these things], every artist is able to and they owe it to him. He’s not only the birth of gangsta rap, but he’s the birth of a whole legacy of being able to say what you want to say on a record and not being in fear of what others may think and not offending your own art and your own reflection.?
He further stated that, ?You’re nothing without your own backyard,'” Lamar said, adding later: “You can go all the way across the world 10 times but when you come back to your city and see the pride and joy in these kids’ faces, it’s the ultimate feeling. I think that’s exactly what they were thinking and it’s exactly how I think today. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for Eazy and I wouldn’t be able to say the things that I say, talk about my community the way I talk about it, for good or for bad.”
Lamar’s tribute to Eazy-E will be followed by two more remembrances, set to arrive soon: Eminem on Tupac, and Swizz Beatz on the Notorious B.I.G.