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Kendrick Lamar - Kendrick Lamar

Lamar, Kendrick - Good Kid, m.A.A.d City Artist Kendrick Lamar
Title Good Kid, m.A.A.d City
Label Polydor
Every so often an artist comes along who changes the musical landscape, an artist who brings something different to the game... Step forward Kendrick Lamar.

Hailed as the new face of West Coast Rap, the 24 yr-old Compton-native has already been making his mark on the music scene, first with his sought-after mixtapes.

Fast-forward to 2012 and with the weight and backing of Dr. Dre (the two recently had a joint XXL cover), Kendrick is released his highly-anticipated major label album ‘Good Kid, m.A.A.d City’. Hot single ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’ serves as a good taster to the album, alongside the previously released warm-up single ‘The Recipe’ ft. Dr. Dre and the collaborative single with Lady Gaga called ’Partynauseous’. As well as scene stealing features alongside The Game, Drake, Rick Ross and others - Kendrick is poised to be the first artist in a long time to not only change how the country views West Coast hip hop, but how the world sees Hip Hop as a whole.
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Lamar, Kendrick - To Pimp A Butterfly Artist Kendrick Lamar
Title To Pimp A Butterfly
Label Interscope
With Lamar’s previous album, ’Good Kid M.A.A.d City’, lauded as one of this fledgling Century’s best, the level of expectation on its follow up was sky-high. How do you proceed after such a triple A-rated straight-up hip hop smash? Get afflicted by the (P)funk, that’s how. Channelling the psychedelic stew of Parliament / Funkadelic, ’To Pimp A Butterfly’ positions Lamar along the higher branches of rap’s genre-busting evolution (see also The Roots’ ’Phrenology’, Common’s ’Electric Circus’, Q-Tip’s ’Kamaal the Abstract’, André 3000’s ’The Love Below’). The expansive scope of Lamar’s vision also runs to a live studio band featuring Robert Glasper, Flying Lotus’ fretless bass maestro Thundercat and producer /sax player Terrace Martin, who add free jazz backing, pulling the music in another direction.

Lyrically the album walks in the footsteps of the socio-political commentary of Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, but in the post-Ferguson era of continued police brutality towards African-Americans, Lamar’s anger burns bright. Less ’What’s Going On’, more ’ The Predator’. He offers a thoughtful and thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be a black man in America today, often introspective, but never naval-gazing.

Inspired and inspiring, ’To Pimp A Butterfly’ is an adventurous and challenging album, and one that can be added to the essential hip hop list.



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Lamar, Kendrick - Untitled Unmastered Artist Kendrick Lamar
Title Untitled Unmastered [STAFF TOP 10s 2016 - Andrew]
Label Interscope
Kendrick Lamar released a surprise eight-track album, ’Untitled Unmastered’, comprising outtakes from the Grammy-winning ’To Pimp A Butterfly’. Filled with jazz solos and politically-charged lyrics, it appears to be a companion piece to ’Butterfly’, rather than a standalone record. All of the tracks are untitled, save for the date they were recorded.
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