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Really love Earl’s flow. Bonus points for rapping about Vince Carter’s knee cartlidge. I’m also a sucker for old school drums and piano loops. Can’t wait for the full LP.. @mewsikboy
Having only listened to one Kendrick Lamar mix tape before, I was kind of surprised to see so many positive reviews of his new album “good kid, m.A.A.d city”. I thought he was just an okay rapper and that mix tape I had downloaded, was instantly forgettable. Really glad I gave this new album a shot, as it will easily be among my favorite LPs of the year.
Aside from the whole Joey BadAss/Pro-Era click, I haven’t found anything too exciting in modern hip hop. What I find most interesting in Pro-Era’s music is that it sounds as if it were created in the mid-late 90’s and takes me back to that period of my life.
What Kendrick Lamar does on this album, is take you on a well thought out, cinematic, musical journey into his (fictional?) teenage years. It’s such a detailed narrative, both lyrically and musically, that you can picture being in the middle of the action. Each song flows smoothly into the next with the help of skits & interludes (mo money, mo skits?).
The production on this album is awesome. I have read some reviews that say “overproduced” but each beat/sound fits perfect with Kendrick’s raps and flows, which do change song to song. The style changes are to that of different scenes, different locations, different emotions. Really dig the sample choices and while there are plenty of big name producers on the album, each song is crafted to sustain the theme that Kendrick envisioned.
I think the subtitle of the album (“A Short Film by Kendrick Lamar”) says it best. The albums plays out like a film and it may the first hip hop album, in recent memory, where each line, verse & chorus are vital to the overall picture.
Standout tracks for me are “The Art of Peer Pressure”, “Swimming Pools” and “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst”. There are some real emotional moments on that last track (gun shots mid-sentence / overall tone of “Dying of Thirst”) and I’ve never had such a strong reaction to this genre of music before.
It’s such a big, high profile release (#2 on Billboard) that I’m sure most people have heard it already. If not, I suggest you silence your cell phones and enjoy the film.
How did Tame Impala get John Lennon to sing on “Lonerism”?