Kendrick Lamar has been involved in the rap game going on 10 years now, first signing to TDE in 2003/2004 at the age of 16 after dropping Y.N.I.C (Hub City Threat: Minor Of The Year). Back then Kendrick was spitting under the moniker K-Dot, and he started his climb to the top by releasing mixtape after mixtape, touring with other TDE artists, and building up a reputation by featuring on other artists singles. Overly Dedicated started to wake audiences up to Kendrick’s solo talent, his lyrical ability, and his dominating presence on tracks -Section.80 rolled the same audience out of bed, then Good Kid, M.A.A.D city slapped everyone in the face – King Kendrick became the ‘saviour’ of Hip-hop for some, and for others he was it’s new golden boy. Critics raved about Kendrick’s sophmore studio album, and rightly so. It’s narrative strategy along with it’s quality production values, and Kendrick’s intimidating versatility, and his top quality lyrical content made critics and fans alike see the album as a landmark in hip-hop. Kendrick caught the eyes and ears of the whole hip-hop community, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that we’re all waiting with baited breath to see what he produces next. The two new singles have teased us with two different styles – ‘i’ is seemingly light and optimistic, borrowing heavily from funk, soul, and more specifically The Isley Brothers. The Blacker The Berry has a much heavier sound, its angry, sinister, racially-charged and defiant. The songs are united by this defiance however – they are empowering and inspiring, but the method for such inspiration differs greatly. We’ll let you draw your own conclusions though, so check out the two new singles below, along with four of our favourite Kendrick joints. Hopefully they’ll keep us ticking over till the yet-to-be-named album drops. .
The Blacker The Berry
Ignorance Is Bliss