His debut album is nothing short of a masterpiece. Not only does it sound new and great, but it actually means something, which is very rare these days in the music industry.
Mainstream hip hop has been saved.
I'm talking about Kendrick Lamar. Some of you may know him, he's getting pretty popular and some are now considering him the new king of rap.
And no, he's not a sellout, he's not a rapper who talks about money and sex. He's a socially conscious rapper, and his new album (good kid m.A.A.d. city) is the best hip hop album I have heard in a long time. His flow is unique and his lyrics are amazingly deep. He just might be the next Nas or 2Pac. Hell, one song is even TWELVE MINUTES LONG!!!
Highlights include "The Art of Peer Pressure," "Compton," "Swimming Pools," and "Master Splinter a.k.a. Master Splinter's Daighter."
For people who love rap with a meaning and 90's hip hop, you finally have a modern album that retains that greatness. Get it now.
This album absolutely blew me away. Hip-hop has been killing it for the past few years, but not since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy have I listened to such an incredible rap record. The concept alone is really incredible; the way the songs all fit together is awesome, and the narratives they tell are presented in such a unique and interesting way despite, in their most basic essence, tackling standard gangsta rap subject matter. I've already started discussing in-depth what certain tracks, and the album as a whole are really about with some of my music nerd friends.
I realize that this all sounds like a bunch of gushing, but good kid, m.A.A.d. city is one of the best albums I've heard in the past couple years.