This is album of the year, hands down. Okay…I wrote this whole other post about this, but accidentally exed out of it, so here’s take two. Sorry for any craptacularness.
I’ve listened to this at least twelve times. It’s not often that I’ll call an album perfect. But this fits the bill in every way that matters to me. There’s not a single bad track. I can listen from start to finish without ever getting bored. There is always something new to discover. None of these songs are surface songs, and all of them say something.
“Sing About Me / I’m Dying of Thirst” will forever go down as one of rap’s greatest songs. 12 minutes of poetic masterpiece. Plus, features from Dre and Drake.
I’ll say it again. Album of the year.
It blends the experimental and the hooks so well. Maybe the typical losing innocence in a harsh neighborhood isn’t new, but Lamar puts his own spin on it and makes it his own. His rapping about religion, family, and conscience add a lot of humanity far beyond the typical guns, violence, and sex gracing most ganster rap. It’s like two wars going on his mind and this album is his poetic gift to the world.
Lots of nods to past masters. At points, felt like I was in 1992, but then it would get all dubby. Very weird, yet awesome.
Don’t miss this. If you’re reading this, then you probably haven’t. But still.