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Kendrick Lamar and Rapsody ’27 bars of Genius’ (Getintothis article)

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To Pimp a Butterly is rapidly becoming the most discussed album of the year, Kendrick Lamar’s mammoth opus igniting the literary love from all corners. I’ve absolutely loved it to death (you can vist my review here) but the early release did stunt me a little from a writing perspective. I’d penned close to 1500 words of a eulogy to Lamar for Getintothis about whether he could follow on from good kid MAADD CITY which I was due to polish into a final article the week commencing only to get a etxt saying the album was out early on Spotify. As I excitedly listened to the brilliant new album part of me was proper gutted that this meant the end for my words, which it turned out, were prophetic. Only me and my laptop knew this though…

Even though some of that went into the review I wrote, I still felt like I needed to really shine a light on a different component of the album, and the more and more I listened to it the more and more I was drawn to Rapsody’s verse. It was so beguiling because it was understated dopeness, not the instant standout verse on the album but still one that just became more and more interesting the more I listened to it, one of the many layers and textures to the release that had still not been truly picked up (to my knowledge at least) by critics.

So I started writing about it, and mindful of already missing out on getting my point across I tried to come at a different angle as possible. It’s weird really that I could wrench 2000 words about a single verse on an album so jam packed full of ideas, but everything from the lyrics up to the decision to even enlist her spoke volumes about the concept of the LP and how it fits in the lexicon of great hip hop releases. The fact a woman was the only person who properly guest rapped on the album differs from hip hop; every solo guest of real punch has always been a man, which says so much about the dominance of men in the genre despite a plethora of great female rappers.

The reception was by far and away the best I’ve ever had for an article, 9th Wonder retweeting it on a  few occasions, Rapsody herself tweeting at me saying she was honoured (below) and sharing on her Facebook (above). It’s also something I’ve not seen mentioned elsewhere, although once I’d written the piece I read this interview on Complex where she talked about how a lot of the thematic similarities were a coincidence. Normally that kind of assertion reaks of bullshit but I thoroughly believe her, and it blows my mind about the verse even more.

Read the piece here.

 

Kendrick Lamar ‘King Kunta’ (Video)

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Kendrick Lamar is the best rapper alive right now, end of. His brilliant third album To Pimp a Butterfly (more here) has been the biggest and best thing in hip hop in ages and the first video to drop since it was released in march is now here, a glorious love in to the west coast he reps so brilliantly, tying in with the languid Dre and DJ Quik infected beat he rides in the song itself.

Low riders, check. Gangsters decked out in colours, check. Wife beater vests and ridiculous booties, double check. King of Hip hop? You know it.

Kendrick Lamar ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Wow, just wow. King Kendrick’s third album has had me more excited than any other release I can think of in recent years, and the best part is the anticipation wasn’t even half the fun. The end result is ridiculous, hugely ambitious, varied in sonic scope and just all round boss. Even the 2Pac interview, which I wasn’t sure on at first, might even be an artistic merit. I wrote a review for Skiddle, but elsewhere the internet lost it’s shit in many ways, as the below video from Complex outlines.

 

Noisey breake down Kendrick Lamar ‘Good Kid Maad City’

“He doesn’t normally smoke, but, shit. He’s with the homies”

Kendrick Lamar delivered what the internet, bar Shyne, agreed was a bona fide masterpiece last year in ‘Good Kid MAAD City’, a luscious, fluid tale of life in Compton. Part of the majesty of the record is though that the narrative isn’t particularly clear or consistent, and the chronology is completely at odds with the way the album gels musically. It’s a delicious irony, that something so stylistically coherent is essentially jumbled up. As anyone who’s listened avidly to Ghostafce kill ah make next to no sense on the regular, a lot of the time that’s par the course in hip-hop.

Anyway those folks at Noisey have attempted to break down the stroyline a little more. Clcik the starting quote for the full details. rest assured though that it still makes no sense!

Kendrick Lamar – “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” Remix (feat. Jay-Z)

Can Kendrick get any better? Yes, yes he can. This remix delivers the storyline of rap’s new king coming up in four minutes and three verse, all set to the backdrop of the most palpable beat on ‘Good Kid Maad City‘. First up Kendrick delivers a verse about the ease at which he’s entered hip-hop’s high end stratosphere, notably the ‘upper echelons’ as he calls it. Then Jay-Z turns up, delivers a brilliant verse for this remix (even if he is following certain Kanye delivery techniques now) before Kendirck gets back on the mic and absolutely lets rip.

The way he flips the languid stylings he drops on the original to the grimy aggression best served on ‘Backstreet Freestyle’, he absolutely murders the track. He leaked this week that Jay’s verse sent him back to the lab, and the result is he doesn’t just go toe to toe with him, but steps above. The track was leaked at SSXW (where the hottest shows in town were all three of Kendrick’s gigs) and has since been doing the round on youtube and soubndcloud with an image of a young Kobe Bryant breathless against a calm and sincere Michael Jordan, seemingly imparting advice. How apt can you get?

They keep lashing the hype on this young boy and he keeps rising to it at every juncture. The way he pays his dues as well, hooking in Mc Eiht, Dre’s ministerial overlording and now Jigga, it’s similar to the way Em did the rounds during the Slim Shady era on Rawkus and the mixtapes (back when they were really underground). Yet he knows it’s his time to go against them competitively, getting in the booth and cutting their head off, as he puts it in Acclaim Magazine. God knows how good his next album is going to be…

Lay Down In Swimming Pools by Mutya, Keisha & Siobhan

The Sugababes done gone did Kendrick. And it’s really good!

Kendrick Lamar ‘Poetic Justice’ ft Drake – Video

I left university in May 2004, and I genuinely reckon that there hasn’t been a better hip-hop album released in that time period than Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kid Maad City’. Hand on heart, it’s better than everything done by Kanye, Nas’ also great 2011 masterpiece ‘life is Good’ and certainly anything by the colum inch hoggers of hip-hop during this period, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Jigga et al.

Anyway, I’ll try and reason that argument at a later date when inevitably I still think Kendrick’s opus is amaizng in a years time, but dig the latest video to drop form him here featuring Drake.

DT Podcast 292 – Tanner Ross

Happy Valentines Day! Falling back in the mellow warmth of electronics on the day of love, this brand new podcast from Tanner Ross and Data Transmission is the real soundtrack to what you should be getting into, regardless of it just being a winter reflective mix rather than one specifically themed around emotive feeling. Just take a glance at the tracklist; Chilly Gonzales, Atjazz, Kendrick Lamar, Dam-Funk, Toro Y Moi and Bob Marley.

Or you can just smile at the charm of last year’s V-Day mixes from Soul Clap and Breakspear.

Rick Ross ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ (Freestyle)

So Rick Ross got shot up yesterday, crashing his car in the process. He’s since released a freestyle which basically amounts to a few bars at the start of Kendrick Lamar’s immense ‘Bitch don’t kill my vibe’ in which he states the following:

“Sometimes I look in the mirror, I can’t believe I’m alive/ Disrespectful to ni**as who want to take me alive/ Wishin’ death on you ni**as, we’ll never see eye to eye/ Somehow I pray for you ni**as at the very same time,”

Which is pretty standard big baller rap lyrics but slightly more meaningful (maybe) in light of this drama. Queue a million internet rumours…

Kendrick Lamar “Backseat Freestyle”(Video)

Kendirck Lamar’s album ‘Good Kid Maad City‘ was easily one of the best of 2012 and one of the biggest grinding cuts on said opus was ‘Backseat freestyle’. That track has now got a video which flashes the Eiffel tower off a fair bit (the producer is Hit-Boy, the up and coming G.O.O.D Music boardsman behind ‘Niggas in Paris’), although thankfully no comparisons are made realistically between that and Kendrick’s dick.

Also getting exposed is Kendrick’s elder relatives Rick Ross esque gut and Sherane’s ‘ass that a ruler couldn’t measure’. Not ground-breaking but it is pretty entertaining. the album though, if you haven’t already kop that because it’s next level.

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