Review-Kendrick Lamar Makes The 1st Great Hip Hop Album of 2012

10/29/12
9.2ARTIST INFO

Welcome to the 1st hip hop album of 2012 that enters the category greatness.  (And...For those of you wondering....Yes, I did hear Kanye's G.O.O.D. compilation, which certainly wasn't G.R.E.A.T. .... it was merely G.O.O.D.). But enough about Kanye (Imma let you finish...) back to Kendrick Lamar.

There are so many high quality, intelligent, edgy, conceptual things going on with this album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city,  that it garners a 9+ review from BitCandy.  Not for nothing but that kinda means a lot to us, as we alternatively have no problem dishing out scores of under "3s" and "4s" to Cat Power, Ariel Pink, Fiona Apple and other hype machiners this year.

So what's up with the 9.2 rating?!  What's the story here with Kendrick?  Well that's exactly the point. 

Because shock and awe...YES THERE IS A STORY!   I mean this album is a CONCEPT album!  When't the last time you got that from an artist?  Let me explain...

Through a series of interludes and skits intertwining the great beats and rhymes, we learn this album is mostly all about the journey of Kendrick losing his brother to  a gang shooting, his revenge and eventual redemption.  From his parents calling him wondering where he is and his dad yelling, "Where my Dominos [pizza]?!!" "You better not be out there with those hood rats" etc...to the actual shooting, the retaliation Kendrick serves up, being saved via Jesus Christ from his grandmother and how his mission is now to "give back."...it's like a TV / Film drama unrolling before your ears as your imagination fills in the gaps.

And who can deny classic Kendrick Lamar lines like in "Backstreet Freestyle" -- "I pray my dick get as big as the Eiffel Tower so I can fuck the world for 72 hours."

Or if it's on "The Art of Peer Pressure" where Kendrick is "riding with the homies / riding with homies."  I love the skit / narrative being intertwined with the song about breaking into an apartment, nearly getting busted and shaking off the police because "they made a right, the made a left, they made a right...then another right...one lucky night...ridin with the homies."

And then there's the 2nd best song on the album, "Swimming Pools (Drank)" which is about Kendrick getting schooled in the fine art of binge drinking.  Yeah...taking 2-3 shots just doesn't cut it because "Nigga why you babysitting only 2 or 3 shots.  I'm gonna show you how to turn it up a notch.  First you get a swimming pool full of liquor then you dive in it."

And lastly, there's the closing track, "Compton," which interrupts Dr Dre from counting his hundreds of millions from Beats Headphones...where he enters FIERCE on this track. 

We need more Kendrick's...in all genres.  Pushing the boundaries and making modern masterpieces.

 

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