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Inspirational

This song has a great message. You should really listen to it.The tone of the song is different but it is really up beat and has a great sound. You should definitely listen to his entire album.✌🏾️🙃😀

Get yo taste up!

If you were one of the people that listened to "good kid, m.A.A.d. city", you know Kendrick has outstanding potential and is undoubtedly at the forefront of meaningful new age hip-hop music. Sadly, if you have only ever listened to new-age mainstream rap, this album will not appeal to you sonically.

Unlike m.A.A.d. city which felt like a meaningful rap album disguised as a mainstream album, Kendrick puts everything out on the table with this album.

Although inspired by jazz and funk, this LP definitely held its roots as a hip-hop album. Having a totally different style from his previous works isn't a bad thing. This felt like an album that needed to be made for the sake of not only Kendrick but Hip-Hop itself.

Surely even if you hate how this LP sounds, you'll have to agree the production is brilliant. Even if not your personal cup of tea, each track on this album felt live and raw, and the album version of "i" seen here is not the same as the single, but a live version followed by there being a scuffle in the crowd that Lamar calms by spitting acapella bars.

Something truly unique I've never seen in an album is how there is a poem which follows nearly every song. The catch is, you first hear a little, then a little more is added, and more and more. After each section the next song takes place in that part of the poem. It's so seamless and it makes me feel as if if I listened to this album shuffled or a song here and there, it wouldn't do it justice.

It feels like a cohesive story that follows Kendrick almost as a journal or autobiography, starting before he was famous, and ending.. well, you decide.

The end of this album is an ultimatum. When you discover who the poem is addressing, it'll either blow your mind, or you'll be saying "who is he talking to?"

See, it isn't Lamar's album that is the problem, but people's taste and limited perception on music in general. This is an audiophile, rap enthusiasts dream, while casual rap listeners may feel a little apprehensive at first due not only to the new, which is actually a mix of old and new, sound; the lyrics demand you know history.

So here's my recommendation. Listen to more rap. Go back to Tupac, Nas, Jay-Z- then listen to Lamar's previous work, then listen to this.

With the right set of ears this is undoubtably a 10/10 album. Ingenious lyrics and storytelling and meaning. If you don't like it, it's most likely you who's the culprit.

Sounds dope

All the snippets are HOTTTTTT!!!!

Biography

Born: June 17, 1987 in Compton, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated rapper Kendrick Lamar is one of the rare artists who has achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those who inspired him. A native of Compton, California, Lamar originally rapped as K. Dot and released a series of mixtapes under that name. Youngest Head Nigga in Charge (2003), issued when he was only 16 years old, caught the attention of Top Dawg Entertainment and led to a long-term association that helped raise the rapper's...
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