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As the battle for the top of the rap game ensues vigorously, Kendrick Lamar gears up to take the throne.
There has been a consistent buzz about Kendrick Lamar dropping his next project for the past couple months, and the famed rapper has all but confirmed it in his surprise track, “The Heart Part 4,” with the lyrics, ‘Y’all got until April 7th to get y’all shit together.’ Many are speculating that the newest album from the Compton native will solidify his standing as the best in the game, giving clout to his nickname, ‘King Kendrick.’
It’s been two years since we last saw an official album from the King, which was met with mixed reviews. To Pimp a Butterfly was heavily jazz influenced with Thundercat, Kamasi Washington and Flying Lotus, straying from the widely acclaimed emotional rollercoaster with mesmerizingly quotable lyrics, hard hitting beats, and overall comprehensibility that was good kid, m.A.A.d city. However his ability to experiment with blending of differing genres is what pulls a major part of Kendrick’s audience to his music. President Obama’s favorite song of 2015 was “How Much A Dollar Cost” which tells a story of a beggar asking for a dollar, forcing the King to reminisce on his faith, current sociopolitical issues such as homelessness and the oppression of lower classes.
Something Kendrick always manages to pull off flawlessly is weaving social/political issues onto his pulverising beats. He recently released “Humble” as well, which focuses on current day societal “norms” both in the rap game and out.
‘I’m so fuckin’ sick and tired of the photoshop.
Show me somethin’ natural like afro on Richard Pryor.
Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks.’
Many hope that this will be the theme of the April 7th album, calling out the many places we have strayed away from, loving ourselves and others for who they are in life. Sure there will be the typical slaps that one would expect on a rap album, however if you want to be known as the King, diversity, flexibility, and experimentation are needed.