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New Issue: Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar, Section.80  – I need to be more diligent. For many reasons. But recently, I’ve been sleeping on plenty of music that I’ve 1) heard at SXSW or 2) seen live. Kendrick fits both. And yet somehow I still missed out on this goodness for most of 2011. Well, I guess it’s never too late to say your sorry. Or to enjoy good music, cause this is the realness.

It’s about ideas! And he has lots and lots of interesting ideas. In a surprisingly palatable debut. I distinctly remember his showcase at SXSW 2011 – hints of consciousness and elegance were there (althought overshadowed by the incessant cacauphony that is your “crew”) and he had more poise than what you would expect for seemingly coming out of the unknown. His physical stature only adds to the unassuming character. There’s pride (and a bit of devilishness) in his perpetual grin. Yet he carries it all off with wit and particularly sharp lyricism. Compton never seemed so urbane!

All of this in a live show can often lead to a let down once the recording comes through. Not to worry, those black hippies in his crew have found a way to mirror his lyrical potential with thought provoking, throwback inspired sumptuos melodies that build this new haze of hyperreality that is at once ephemeral yet tangible. That’s heady talk for an easy on the ears album. It’s great to see new hip hop artists pushing out fully realized music that still have an element of experimentation. It’s extra great that West Coast rap is at the forefront of posing new questions, new sounds, all that new-new (and no, Odd Future is neither posing new questions or nor pushing out anything worth considering as “new”. High school amateurism has always existed.). There is a lot to like in this debut and even more to wish for in the future. Let’s hope that it’s realized.

Written by TopDrop

February 13th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

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