U2 and Kendrick Lamar have shared their new song “American Soul.” Listen below. The track is an alternate version of their collaborative DAMN. track “XXX.” The two recently teamed up for U2’s song “Get Out of Your Own Way,” which also appears on their upcoming album Songs of Experience. That features the previously released singles, “You’re the Best Thing About Me” and “The Blackout.” Their follow-up to 2014’s Songs of Innocence arrives December 1.
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Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born in Compton, California on June 17, 1987, the son of a couple from Chicago, Illinois. His father, Kenny Duckworth, was a member of a street gang called Gangster Disciples, and Lamar’s family had ties to the Bloods. His first name was given to him by his mother in honor of American singer-songwriter Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations. In 1995, at the age of eight in his hometown of Compton, Lamar witnessed his idols, Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre, film the music video for their hit single “California Love”, which proved to be a very significant moment in his life. He grew up on welfare and section 8 housing. As a child, Lamar attended McNair Elementary in the Compton Unified School District. As a teenager, Lamar went on to attend Centennial High School in Compton, where he was a straight-A student.
In 2004, at the age of 16, Lamar released his first full-length project, a mixtape titled Youngest Head Nigga in Charge (Hub City Threat: Minor of the Year), under the pseudonym K-Dot. The mixtape was released under Konkrete Jungle Muzik and garnered local recognition for Lamar. The mixtape led to Lamar securing a recording contract with Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), a newly founded indie record label, based in Carson, California. He began recording material with the label and subsequently released a 26 track mixtape two years later, titled Training Day (2005).