16 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Section.80 introduced much of the world to Kendrick Lamar, an introverted Compton native with a unique voice and an unusual talent for rendering his world both in close-up and from a bird's-eye view. His technical mastery is immediately apparent: Check his double-time flow over hyperactive horns on “Rigamortus.” Even more agile is Lamar’s racing mind, which leaps from empathetic love songs (“No Make-Up”) to ruminations on childhood in the crack era (“A.D.H.D.”), and even—over the melancholy jazz breaks of “Kush & Corinthians”—his own personal contradictions.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Section.80 introduced much of the world to Kendrick Lamar, an introverted Compton native with a unique voice and an unusual talent for rendering his world both in close-up and from a bird's-eye view. His technical mastery is immediately apparent: Check his double-time flow over hyperactive horns on “Rigamortus.” Even more agile is Lamar’s racing mind, which leaps from empathetic love songs (“No Make-Up”) to ruminations on childhood in the crack era (“A.D.H.D.”), and even—over the melancholy jazz breaks of “Kush & Corinthians”—his own personal contradictions.

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