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Review: Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered

Kendrick Lamar
Untitled Unmastered (Universal Music)

Breakdown: Kendrick Lamar’s latest album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ has been called one of the best hip-hop albums of the past five years. The record saw the rapper being nominated for 11 Grammy Awards this year, seven of which he took home. The rapper, however, dropped a surprise compilation album of previously unreleased demos that originated during the recording of Kendrick’s hit album.

How Many Good Tracks: 7 of the 8.

What I Liked: There is something so special about the hip-hop Kendrick releases. While hip-hop is, these days, seen as a genre which explores topics of fast cars, women, money and drugs, the genre originated as a way to tackle political and psychological themes which helped the audience think and express views they weren’t able to through other methods. Kendrick keeps the essence of hip-hop alive on this album. The rapper also isn’t afraid to experiment with other genres on his hip-hop album. Elements of jazz, funk and soul are seen throughout the album. Lyrically, this is another strong offering from Kendrick Lamar which tackles hard political and racial topics, identity and being the best man he can be. The songs are different and, although essentially leftovers, prove just how talented this rapper really is.

What I Didn’t Like: In all honesty, this is a damn good album. The only think I would have liked is a cleaner tracklisting, however, I guess it’s what gives the album character. Stellar job from Kendrick.

Best Track: untitled 05 | 09.21.2014.

Rating: 4/5

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