March 07, 2016

Kendrick Lamar "Untitled, Unmastered" (Album Stream)

"Demos from To Pimp A Butterfly. In Raw Form. Unfinished. Untitled. Unmastered," says Kendrick Lamar. Features and production by Thundercat, Adrian Younge, the homie Astronote, SZA, Cee-Lo, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Frank Dukes, DJ Khalil & more. "Every element of Kendrick Lamar's unedited unmastered tells you something about the Compton MC's provocative, multi-layered genius. Take the contrast of the collection's ultra-generic title and its attention-grabbing out-of-let field release. Take the retro-futuristic, Funkadelic-inspired grooves that simmer under tracks like "untitled 02" or "untitled 06." These are only the beginning of Lamar's hypnotic, nuanced nod to hip-hop's deep roots and unstoppable political and expressive currency. Songs like "untitled 03" and "untitled 05" - with layered references, wide-eyed jazz solos, and cutting insight - continue the brilliant reign of King Kendrick." As with all Kendrick projects, I recommend a purchase, but you can stream it below.