Like we said when talking about the inclusion of ‘Rigamortis’ at track 10 on the Pink Panties mixtape, Kendrick Lamar is rapidly becoming essential listening on every single joint he graces. Compton’s finest young’un simply stops you in your tracks and freezes you like the title itself, with his incredible rhyme style and insightful lyricism. In fact it is difficult to pick a bad song from his ‘Section.80’ release, and the mind truly boggles as to what he is going to produce on 2012’s slated ‘Good Kid in a Mad City’ release. The line-up of expected production alone suggests what we have already suspected for sometime, which is that Kendrick is on his way to the very top of his profession.
While his subject matter and introspective slant on life in the hood, and positive messaging aligned to on point social observations, clearly demonstrate that Lamar has something significant to say, it is how he says it that really make him stand out. Unafraid to tackle taboo subjects and to speak his mind, his distinctive delivery and witty take on often heavy subjects are also defining features. Ultimately, rappers are judged on their mic skills, and whether chopping up freestyles or crafting intricate wordplay to lay down over structured beats, Kendrick Lamar seems to have skills in spades. We’ve picked out the huge J.Cole tune ‘HiiiPower’ and his ‘Monster Freestyle’ as examples of the two sides of lama, but as we said before it is virtually impossible to pick a dud from his catalog. Like another young slinger with something significant to say once put it, he’ll ‘leave your brains stimulated, niggas is frozen’. It ain’t hard to tell.