Kendrick Lamar delivered what the internet, bar Shyne, agreed was a bona fide masterpiece last year in ‘Good Kid MAAD City’, a luscious, fluid tale of life in Compton. Part of the majesty of the record is though that the narrative isn’t particularly clear or consistent, and the chronology is completely at odds with the way the album gels musically. It’s a delicious irony, that something so stylistically coherent is essentially jumbled up. As anyone who’s listened avidly to Ghostafce kill ah make next to no sense on the regular, a lot of the time that’s par the course in hip-hop.
Anyway those folks at Noisey have attempted to break down the stroyline a little more. Clcik the starting quote for the full details. rest assured though that it still makes no sense!
I left university in May 2004, and I genuinely reckon that there hasn’t been a better hip-hop album released in that time period than Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kid Maad City’. Hand on heart, it’s better than everything done by Kanye, Nas’ also great 2011 masterpiece ‘life is Good’ and certainly anything by the colum inch hoggers of hip-hop during this period, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Jigga et al.
Anyway, I’ll try and reason that argument at a later date when inevitably I still think Kendrick’s opus is amaizng in a years time, but dig the latest video to drop form him here featuring Drake.
Drake’s ‘The Motto’ was a bit of anthem last year, despite the fact it showed him rocking what looks like a collaboration between Primark and North Face (sorry Supreme lovers, the jacket is baaaaaad) and Lil Wayne mumbling in lime green ski boots. Amazing what a great beat can do. Anyway it’s been around for a while but only recently brought to my attention via my cohort on this site, left-field thinking revolutionary Darren Williams.
Über Hip-Hop Record Producer & Genius Timberland along with Missy Elliott as well-known friends with Aaliyah instantly made it known that they wanted nothing to do with Drake’s project.
As murmuring of unhappiness where being directed towards Canada’s best Rapper his Label Colleague & Boss made perhaps one of the biggest Own-Goals in Hip-Hop History…
This dis from the same Lil Wayne that made the colab with Jay-Z ironically called… ‘Hello Brooklyn 2.0’.
To distance yourself from the major entertainment market & Media Hub that’s New York City would cause a reaction yet it even became Political…
It must be noted that when big-time Rappers have spoken negativity towards major American Cities the results have been lethal & tragic..!!
Then the final part of this comedy of errors came from the most Plastic & even being more *surreal than anybody on the Young Money stable – Nicki Minaj.
In, this American Election Year that sees it’s 1st African-American President looking for a 2nd Term guess what she ‘spits’ (appropriate word) on wax. Please be warned, you’ll have to rewind this to believe she actually thought this was cool…
It will be interesting to see if any maturity along with business skills return at Young Money due to their Summer of total madness that might possibly become a very harsh winter, never to possibly recover?
Ohhh… this is why I used the Asterisk (*) in the above article was in relation to this…
Great video, great song. G-Eazy has been touring with A$AP Rocky and has been picking up a bit of buzz, and with his neat drawl it’s eazy (sorry) to see why. Think a less annoying Drake, this song featuring a brilliant chorus from Bayou singer Dominique LeJeune.