This is most universally-acclaimed album I’ve ever experienced, and for good reason. I mean this album is a arrival into the mainstream that has profound subject matter, which really isn’t something you hear on the radio and just being popular in general. This album can subsequently “save hip-hop” in a sense of words.
Kendrick is one of the more technically proficient hip-hop artists of this era and is shows in his delivery. He shows this in songs like the highly popular “Backseat Freestyle” in the last verse where he switches up his flow multiple times with incredible rhythm. This good kid also goes in in his song “m.A.A.d city” where he’s just spittin’ hard as hell and raps fire like:
“Pickin up the f*ckin pump
Pickin off you suckas
Suck a dick or die, a sucker punch
A wall of bullets coming from…”
And just rappin heat from there, you feel heatwaves comin out your earbuds.
With that delivery he still doesn’t sacrifice subject matter. His amazing single “Swimming Pools” is a anti-drinking song, he has songs about people in strife that he’s making music about, being real, effects of peer pressure, etc. Not the typical cars, clothes, hoes type stuff that Hip-Hop is occasionally stereotyped with.
Production on here is amazing too, being assisted by by superproducers like Sounwave, Hit-Boy, Just Blaze, Pharell, and DJ Dahi (one of my favorites) you can’t help but bob your head. But ya’ll already knew that, Kendrick Lamar is one of the most popular rappers out today and you can see why with an album like this.