Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is best known for his popular hip hop releases, including the bestselling Section 80, which was his first publicly released independent album; the album was critically praised and was considered one of the best hip hop albums of the year. Since then, Lamar has continued to release critically acclaimed material, including works with many popular hip hop and rap artists such as Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Drake and Lil Wayne. But how much do you really know about Kendrick Lamar? Let’s take a look at some interesting trivia that will probably surprise you!

He went to the same high school as Dr. Dre

Both Lamar and Dr. Dre attended the same high school–Centennial High School in Compton; obviously, the two attended the school many years apart.

Lamar’s music was recommended to Dr. Dre through an Eminem connection

Lamar’s earliest music was uploaded to various social media, including his personal YouTube channel. Paul Rosenberg, who is the manager for Eminem, was impressed with what he saw and showed Dr. Dre some samples of Lamar’s videos. Dr. Dre eventually found Lamar’s video “Ignorance is Bliss,” which so impressed Dr. Dre that he reached out to Lamar after viewing it.

At one point, he didn’t own his own home or apartment

In 2013, Lamar admitted in an interview that he didn’t currently have a house or apartment to call his own; not because he couldn’t afford one, but because he was always at the studio recording, staying in hotels, or on tour, which made it unnecessary for him to go back to his own place.

He is firm with his anti-drug stance

Kendrick Lamar's 'Alright' music video still
Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright’ music video still

Lamar has fought against the stereotype of drugs and music, particularly hip-hop and rap, going hand in hand. He has spoken out against using drugs multiple times, and has even included anti-drug messages in several of his lyrics. In an interview with MTV, he also spoke out against musicians promoting drug use in their music as a type of “fashionable trend,” particularly referencing several notable musicians who sing about “popping’ mollys” and other hard drugs, despite evidence that they don’t use them.

He didn’t always rap under his own name

Kendrick Lamar uses his own name–minus his full last name, which is Duckworth–for his music career. That wasn’t always the case, however. When he was much younger, he decided to create a stage name, similar to the many rappers and hip hop artists he looked up to; this stage name was K. Dot. Lamar eventually decided that he preferred using his real name because he felt it helped audiences connect with him as a specific person with talent, rather than simply thinking of him as just another young, anonymous kid who could rap. He also felt that going by his real name was a way for him to better represent who he was, and where he came from, which was hidden when he was rapping under the stage name K. Dot.


Surprising Facts About Big Sean

Big Sean is best known for his bold lyrics and impressive beats; his debut album, Finally Famous, was released to critical acclaim and it was ranked was one of the best debut albums of the year. His most recent release, the studio album Dark Sky Paradise, rose to the number one spot on the Billboard 200 shortly after its release. If you’re a fan of Big Sean, consider the following surprising facts that you probably didn’t know about this successful entertainer.

Big Sean is a stage name (but his real name is Sean!)

Big Sean in his new video 'I know'
Big Sean in his new video ‘I know’

Many musicians create stage names for their music career, especially artists in the hip hop and rap genre. Big Sean is a stage name for the rapper, whose real name is Sean Michael Leonard Anderson.

He was raised in Detroit

Although Big Sean was actually born in Santa Monica, California, his family moved to Detroit when he was just 3 months old. He eventually attended the Waldorf School of Detroit, which promotes alternative means of education than traditional schooling. After attending the Waldorf School, he attended and graduated from Cass Technical High School with a 3.7 GPA.

His hometown is frequently mentioned in his lyrics, particularly the “west side” of Detroit, which is where Big Sean was raised.

Kanye West signed Big Sean to his label in 2007

In 2007, Big Sean attempted to get Kanye West to listen to some of his music and give his opinion on Big Sean’s music. At first, West did not want to give Big Sean a chance, but he eventually relented and listened to several of Big Sean’s tracks. He was impressed with what he heard and signed Big Sean to his personal label (G.O.O.D. Music) in 2007.

He used to participate in weekly rap battles

When Big Sean was still in high school, the local radio station WHTD Detroit would host weekly rap battles from local rappers. Big Sean would routinely participate in these rap battles, where his earliest freestyle could be practiced and heard.

He credits his spirituality to his mother’s books

Big Sean describes himself as a spiritual person, and credits his spirituality to his upbringing, particularly his mother and several books she gave him. He has mentioned these books as being the ones that changed his life in several interviews. The particular books mentioned by Big Sean are the philosophical spiritual books Asking is Giving, The Alchemist, and The Secret.

He experiments with personal style

Big Sean has been known to describe his personal fashion style in interviews as “experimental.” He prefers to mix and match various brands and styles to create a unique look, rather than following the fashion trends of the day; he is especially fond of accessorizing, and can often be seen sporting various necklaces, watches and bracelets, hats and other fashion accessories. Among his favorite fashion brands are Alexander Wang, Givenchy, Balenciaga, and Adidas; he often wears his favorite brands on red carpets, to special events, and even during his touring shows.


What do you know about Hugh Bonneville?

This English actor was born back in November 1963 and he has been involved in all areas of acting and entertainment on stage, film, television and radio. He studied acting in London at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and he started to get involved in acting in the year 1990. We are going to be talking about his appearances in film and television, while we highlight the best work that he has done over the years in all areas of entertainment.

His career began with television in 1990 when he played the role of Jas in Chancer. Then he played Rick Bayne in Dodgem back in 1991 on 5 episodes and in 1993 he played the captain in Paul Merton: The series. 1994 brought a good number of roles for him and he played Victor Savage on The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, he was Dominic Kent in Peak Practice, Daniel Aurifaber in Cadfael and Henry Oakes in Between the lines. Then in 1995, he was involved in The Vet as Alan Sinclair for 6 episodes and he had a small role in EastEnders as the headmaster.

Hugh Bonneville talks about 'Downton Abbey' final recording
Hugh Bonneville talks about ‘Downton Abbey’ final recording

In 1996 he had a 7 episode role as Steve Hollingsworth in Married for Life. Then he was Nathan Pym in Bugs and on 1997 he had roles in See you Friday, the man who made husbands jealous and get well soon. Then in 1998 he was in heat of the sun as Edward Herbert, Mosley as Bob Boothby and Holding the baby in Gordon Muir.

From 1999 to 2005 he appeared in Murder most horrid, Take a girl like you, the cazalets, Armadillo, Midsomer Murders, Tipping the Velvet, Daniel Deronda, The Robinsons and the rotters club. From 2006 to 2010 je played Jeremy Ogilvy on the Vicar of Dibley, Lain Barclay on Five days, Matt on Freeing and Gregory Parton in the Bonekickers. Then from 2011 to 2014 he was involved in shows like Twenty Twelve, The Hotel, Turn Back Time, Getting On, World’s Most Dangerous Roads, Da Vinci’s Demons, Top Gear and W1A. In 2015 he made an appearance in Galavant as Peter the Pillager.

His movie career began with television movies like Stalag Luft, Frankenstein, Breakout and Tomorrow Never Dies. In 1999 he appeared in now cult classic Notting Hill as Bernie and he played Bertrand in the Emperor’s new clothes in 2001. From 2002 to 2005 he was involved in a large series of television movies including Impact, The gathering storm, right under my eyes, the biographer, Doctor Shivago, The Commander, Conspiracy of Silence, Love Again, Hear the Silence, Piccadilly Jim, Stage Beauty and Beau Brummel: This Charming Man.

In 2006 he played Tony Whittaker in Tsunami: The Aftermath and in 2007 he did four last songs as Sebastian Burrows, as well as appearing in a few television movies. He started 2008 with the television movie Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story and worked in Knife Edge and Glorious 39.

His career has continued to evolve from 2010 to 2014 with roes in Legally Mad, Critical Eye, Shanghai, Burke & Hare, Hippie Hippie Shake, Third Star, Mr. Stink, the monuments Men, Muppets Most Wanted and Paddington.

Hopefully there will be a lot of work from this talented actor in the future. He has had a fair share of roles in both TV and Film, and it wouldn’t be surprising if we saw him breaking into the Western word at some point in his career. We will be ready to post any relevant news on Hugh Bonneville’s career, so stay tuned if you want to learn more about this English actor.


Do you know Bob Odenkirk at all?

Robert John “Bob” Odenkirk was born on October 22nd, 1962, in Naperville Illinois. Odenkirk grew up in a large family, being the second of seven other children. As a child he was anxious to leave the suburban area he grew up in and fly to the city. Beginning at an early age Bob Odenkirk’s true passions began to shine through as he began writing comedy for pleasure.

Odenkirk explained this, saying, “I would get home from school and sit down and write fake songs,” he recalled, “And I never perceived it as a career thing, but just something I did. I liked it so much. I would write comedy for an hour or two, riffing of some stupid person on TV or something.” Thus Odenkirk’s early comedic beginnings went.

He graduated high school at only 16 and then proceeded to enroll at Southern Illinois University. He worked at the radio station at the school but he never completed college. He moved to Chicago to try stand up comedy when he was three credits away from graduating. In Chicago he joined an improv theater called Second City. Second City was the prime place to go for people who were soon-to-be cast members of Saturday Night Life. During this time is when Odenkirk wrote his sketch called “Matt Foley” which was later made popular by Chris Farley on Saturday Night Life.

Odenkirk was soon working as a comedic writer on Saturday Night Live in 1987 thanks to writer and Odenkirk’s good friend Robert Smigel. Odenkirk had the opportunity to work closely with individuals like Conan O’Brien, Dana Carvey, and Dennis Miller. Even though he sometimes had the chance to appear in sketches and he even won an Emmy Award, Odenkirk longed to be in front of the camera and not stuck behind it. This frustration prompted him to leave Saturday Night Live in 1991.

The 1990s were a period of success for Bob Odenkirk as a comedian as he established himself as a heavyweight for the world of comedy. A year after leaving Saturday Night Live Ben Stiller cast him in The Ben Stiller Show, a FOX series that was unfortunately short-lived. During this time Odenkirk wrote for Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Get a Life, and The Larry Sanders Show. In 1995 he appeared in Mr. Show with Bob and David along with David Cross. The HBO series was critically acclaimed and earned Odenkirk a lot more popularity. After he and Cross tried to make a movie called Run, Ronnie, Run, which fell flat, Odenkirk began directing films and this is what much of his career comprised of during the early 2000s.

Currently Odenkirk has most of his fame and popularity from Breaking Bad. In 2009 Bob Odenkirk was cast as the sleazy wise-cracking attorney of the series, Saul Goodman. His mouth and hair are what have become trademarks of Saul which Odenkirk has carried over. About the hair Odenkirk says it is a “tricky piece of hair engineering that Saul pulls off, but … it says a lot about his character. Cleaned up on the sides, because he’s all business, and the comb-over is to try look younger, and the mullet is to try to look like a relaxed dude, but who’s also capable of focusing and being serious.”


Why Outlander Might be the Next Show you Binge Watch

Diana Gabaldon wrote a series of time travel novels called Outlander, after which the Outlander British-American television drama series is based on. The series was produced by Left Bank Pictures for Starz, and it was created by Ronald D. Moore. On August 9th, 2014, it began its first season which was 16 episodes and the second season was renewed for a minimum of 13 episodes on August 15th, 2014.The second season is going to be based on the second book in Diana Gabaldon’s series: Dragonfly in Amber.

The cast of Outlander consists of Caitriona Balfe as Claire Beauchamp Randall/Fraser; Grant O’Rourke as Rupert MacKenziel; Same Heughan as James “Jamie” MacKenzie Fraser; Duncan Lacroix as Murtagh Fraser; Tobias Menzies as Frank Randall/Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall; Bill Paterson as Ned Gowan; Gary Lewis as Colum MacKenzie; Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan; Stephen Walters as Anghus Mhor; Graham McTavish as Dougal MacKenzie; Simon Meacock as Hugh Munro; Annette Badland as Mrs. Glenna Fitzgibbons; Steven Cree as Ian Murray; James Fleet as Rev. Dr. Reginald Wakefield; Simon Callow as the Duke of Sandingham; Aislin McGuckin as Letitia MacKenzie; Laura Donnelly as Janet “Jenny” Fraser Murray; Roderick Gilkison as Hamish MacKenzie; Tim McInnerny as Father Bain; and Nell Hudson as Laoghaire MacKenzie.

The combat nurse Claire Randall who lived during the period of 1945 was mysteriously taken back in time to the year 1743. She finds her very life in danger in a new and unknown world. Although she was married when she lived in her own era, she is forced to wed a man named Jamie Fraser. Jamie is a young Scottish soldier who is both romantic and chivalrous. Claire is swept away in a passionate relationship with him which breaks her heart into two pieces. She finds herself having powerful feelings for two separate men in two different times and worlds.

Caitrona Balfe as 'Claire Fraser' in 'Outlander'
Caitrona Balfe as ‘Claire Fraser’ in ‘Outlander’

IMDb gives Outlander 8.7/10 stars and gives it 9.1/10 stars, making Outlander a positively received TV series. Those who have read the books adore all of the details of the TV series, complimenting the actors, writing, and costumes. Fans of both the book and the television show say that the series no way misrepresents the books. Many of the reviews are written from people who have read and loved the books and excitedly looked forward to the TV series, and, to their good fortune, found themselves not the least disappointed. Some viewers who first saw the series and then read the books even claimed the books were not nearly as good as the TV series. Those who are not familiar with the books or the story also find themselves enjoying the series, but who are adamant sci-fi fans may find the series disappoints and isn’t geared enough toward the genre to be labeled as such.

Many critics who watched only the first episode claim the series is boring and not worth watching any further. They claim it to be unsophisticated with its lead character and overall theme which some compare to Fifty Shades of Grey. If you were a fan of the books you will probably like the TV show, at least that is what the common consensus is. If not, or if the idea of Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t compel you, the series may not be right for you.

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