I’m just digging some Black Hippy music before heading over to work tonight. Kendrick Lamar isn’t the only good rapper blowing up California, and no, I don’t mean Odd Future. His crew, Black Hippy is pretty dirty as well, and if you’re keeping track of Kendrick, you should probably start looking into the rest of his crew too. Check him in action with Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul below.
‘Birds and the Beez’ ft. Kendrick Lamar – Schoolboy Q
‘Try Me’ – Black Hippy
Anyone who follows this blog even occasionally knows that I believe Kendrick Lamar is one of the best in the game right now, lyrically, the best. This dude is smart, he raps with substance, he raps with emotion and he’s been through it all. His debut album, ‘Section.80’, didn’t receive as much publicity as I personally expected, but then again, the mixtape ‘O.verly D.edicated’ was a masterpiece that would be hard for anyone to follow up. Since ‘Section.80’, Lamar has been making guest appearances all over the place. Check out this freestyle over five completely different beats in the span of six minutes on Sway in the Morning.
It’s been over two weeks since I’ve posted, a pretty fast and wild two weeks. Starting classes kind of got me back in the groove of things though, and of course, the groove always leads to tunegrape.
First of all, Kendrick Lamar released Section.80 on July 2. I’ve been waiting for Section.80 forever. Now that I finally have given the album a few listens, I’ve been trying to come to a final decision on it. Section.80 is difficult to dissect. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, whether its the complexity of the music that I need time to grasp or if this album simply is not as good as O.verly D.edicated. It doesn’t have a the feel that O.verly D.edicted did, the glue that held OD together, the common theme that ran through it.
At the same time some of these tracks are unbelievable, and you can tell Kendrick tried very hard. He wanted this to change the world, maybe his ambitions are what hold this album back, maybe it needs to be done looser, with a more carefree feel.
Those are a couple simple criticisms though, beyond that, it’s obvious Kendrick remains one of the truest and most intelligent rappers in the game, and Section.80 is a must listen. ‘Poe Mans Dreams (His Vice)’, ‘Rigamortus’, Kush & Corinthians’ and ‘Hol’ Up’ are definitely must listens, the highlights of the album. ‘Fuck Your Ethnicity’ is a very interesting track and of course, ‘HiiiPower’ has been around for a while and is an awesome song.
I Love Music ft. Obergeek and Kendrick Lamar – Tech N9ne
A friend told me he heard ‘HiiiPoWeR’ by Kendrick Lamar on satellite radio the other day. Still waiting for Kendrick to blow up. Most talented young rapper making his way up through the industry right now. The J. Cole produced ‘HiiiPoWeR’ is yet one more solid example of why Kendrick Lamar is making waves in the industry all over the place.
HiiiPoWeR – Kendrick Lamar
Plus J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar playing a yet to be released song at a signing event.
I can not wait for Kendrick and J. Cole’s album. That and ‘Detox’, which features Kendrick, are set to fire Kendrick high into the rap stratosphere.