6 Songs To Add To Your Summer Sixteen Playlist

Summertime in Los Angeles is one of the best seasons of the year. You can roll down your windows, bump music, drive through the streets until sunset or chill out under the summer breeze at a friend’s BBQ.

So whether you’re looking for something to fuel you through your summer day  or are planning a weekend getaway, there’s no better way to enjoy the summer than to have the right soundtrack to set the mood.

I’ve taken the time to gather some summer tunes for those moments where you just want to chill out, relax and enjoy the ride. So get ready, crank the volume up, and let me make this your hottest summer yet! (just don’t forget your sunscreen).

Mila J – “Kickin’ Back”
Problem Feat. 2 Chainz – “My Sqaud” Remix
Franc Grams & Dave East – “Summertime”
YG Feat. Drake & Kamaiyah – “Why You Always Hatin?”
Bobby Brackins Feat. Ty Dolla $ign – “Faithful”
AD & Sorry JayNari Feat. YG – “Thug”

It's A Golden Week In West Coast Hip-Hop

West Coast rap is sometimes disparaged by hip-hop purists for it’s perceived lack of lyricism and substance, but what it lacks in lyrical acrobatics and “message,” it more than makes up for in personality. However, throughout the years, we’ve had our very own California natives who remind us that West Coast rap is very much alive and that the sentiment comes through just as powerful as any other region.

With that being said, the month of June has a golden week for West Coast rap as three of its greatest rappers of all time celebrate birthdays. Ice Cube celebrated 47-years-old yesterday (June 15), the late-great Tupac Shakur would of turned 45 today (June 16), and last but not least, Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar will turn 29 tomorrow, June 17. I’ve taken the time to honor and acknowledge these pioneers during their birthday week.

As a former N.W.A. member, Ice Cube has since moved on to create solo albums, produce records and movies and act in many films. The Gangsta Rap vocalist become one of the most famous and popular members of the rap community and has been dubbed as one of the greatest MC’s of all time. Cube is noted as one of the best lyricist and storytellers of the 90s and is regarded as a brutally honest rapper with his lyrics often insinuating a political stance on violence and aggression. Even to this day, he continuously delivers unparalleled raps and is without a doubt one of the founding fathers of gangsta rap.

While Tu Pac’s life was cut short at the young age of 25, the All Eyez On Me rapper proved to have been paving the way in the early 90s. Pac achieved great heights in his career that make him one of the most commendable artists of all times. Most of his songs send out a social message. He was greatly concerned with the social problems faced by the Afro-American community such as violence and hardship in inner cities, racism, conflicts with other rappers, social injustice, and poverty and police brutality.

Checkout the teaser trailer for All Eyez On Me! June 16th is Tupac's birthday. What's your favorite Tupac song?

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Since king Kendrick Lamar stepped into the music sense, the To Pimp A Butterfly MC has taken the genre by storm and especially after a brilliant debut album, a world-shattering verse on “Control,” and dozens of guest spots. Lamar has inherited the West Coast throne. Not to mention, his powerful and eye-opening Grammy’s performance earlier this year and taking home not one, not two, not three, but five trophies.

Nonetheless, these West Coast veterans have been and continue to be a prime staple for the golden state. Happy Birthday Ice Cube, Tupac, and Kendrick Lamar!

Sounwave Releases Credits To Kendrick's 'Untitled Unmastered.' & Kendrick Pays Homage To Kobe

Kendrick Lamar flooded social media the night he suprised fans with the release of his Untitled Unmastered. EP. Songs from the EP like, “Untitled 02”, “Untitled 05” and anthem track, “Untitled 07” (Levitate) instantly became hits and repeats. Well, Sounwave, one of many producers from the EP, took to twitter to finally release the official credits to Kendrick’s latest masterpiece. Credits include Thundercat, Cee-Lo, Jay Rock, SZA, Bilal, Terrace Martin and more. See full credits in the picture below.

In other Kendrick news…

Kendrick linked with ESPN’s Scoop Jackson to pay homage to Kobe Bryant, as he plays his final game as a Los Angeles Laker, in a short segment titled, “Fade to Black.” The segment features Kendrick at The Inglewood Forum (Kobe’s first home as a Laker) where he dubbs Kobe his “One man LA King,” and an essential component of LA’s DNA, supported by his “Untitled 07” (Levitate) track and highlights of the Black Mamba. Watch Kendrick’s dedication to Kobe below and tune in to watch Kobe play the last game of his 20 year NBA career tonight against the Utah Jazz.


Kendrick Lamar Ft. Bilal, Anna Wise, & Thundercat - These Walls

Continuing the slew of impressive visuals off his critically acclaimed album, To Pimp A Butterfly, K-Dot drops the video to his track “These Walls” featuring Bilal, Anna Wise, & Thundercat.


Kendrick Lamar - "For Free?" (Video)

Well, well, well, if it isn’t the King of Compton. Kendrick Lamar returns to drop visuals for his To Pimp A Butterfly track, “For Free?” Directed by Joe Weil and The Little Homies, Lamar and his team creatively encompass humor into the video as he draws from the standout metaphor in “Wesley’s Theory” of falling victim and being “pimped” by the music industry. Watch down below.

Jidenna Ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Classic Man" (Remix) (Video)

Jidenna finally nabbed Kendrick Lamar for the official video to their top-charting remix, “Classic Man.” The rising emcee strolls down the west in style, palms trees and all. Watch below as he and the king of Compton have the night of their lives at a secret spot only for the freshest.

DJ Hed's Hit List ft. Omarion, Jidenna, Gunplay, Glasses Malone & AD!

No one breaks more new music than DJ Hed right here on Home Grown Radio! For the doubters, each week we’ve asked DJ Hed to compile a list of tracks as

Home Grown Radio Presents:

Hed’s Hit List

The picks this week include:

Jidenna “Classic Man (Remix)” ft. Kendrick Lamar

Omarion “I’m Up” ft. Kid Ink, French Montana

Gunplay “WuzHaninDoe” ft. YG (Prod By DJ Mustard)

Glasses Malone “After Hours” ft. Dom Kennedy

AD “Juice” (Prod By League Of Starz)


Kendrick Lamar Ft. Schoolboy Q – The Heart Pt. 4

Via DJ Whoo Kid today we get a new track from TDE members Kendrick Lamar & Schoolboy Q entitled “The Heart Pt.4.”  Judging by the quality it seems like it’s a few years old but nevertheless its still new K.Dot & Q so who’s complaining?

Mixing-A-Masterpiece: "Thuggin" Glasses Malone ft. Kendrick Lamar (Video)

Via SKEE TV’s ‘Mixing-A-Masterpiece’ video series, we get a behind the scenes look of the making of Glasses Malone‘s Kendrick Lamar-assisted single, “Thuggin’.” Malone brings us along to Skip Saylor Studios in Northridge where he speaks on the inspiration behind the profound cut and how he views society. Watch for yourself down below.

Terrace Martin Takesover On Home Grown Radio (Videos)

A few weeks back Producer/Musician, Terrace Martin stopped by HomeGrownRadio and completely took it over. He shared key moments in his life from meeting a young N.W.A at the Rodium Swapmeet, studying the likes of Snoop DoggTeddy Riley & Quincy Jones, as well as intense studio sessions for Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly and completing his new album Velvet Portraits. Now check out the visuals to that great night we were able to share with Terrace.

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