In recent times, Kendrick Lamar has been consistently making history. Big accomplishments include receiving the Generational Icon Award from the California State Senate, receive the Key to the City of Compton, 11 Grammy Nominations (wins 5), TPAB going platinum and more – and that’s just in the last year. Just a few days ago, k.dot continued his momentum by dropping an untitled EP.
Kendrick comes out the gate on the first song, “Untitled 01,” touching on subjects like discrimination and new slave mentality. Going against the grain of his usual spiritual approach in his music, He aggressively word plays biblical metaphors to shine a light on modern America. On “Untitled 2,” he takes you on a dark tour through his perspective on the line crossing between the hood and the industry. On this black ski mask vibe beat he boldly points out TDE’s power by rapping:
“Me and Top is like a Kobe and Phil
A father figure fuck with him you get killed
Fuck with me and he will kill you himself
TDE the mafia of the West”
The original version of “Untitled 03” was performed along with Thundercat, Bilal, Terrance Martin and Anna Wise on the last performance of The Colbert Report. Showcasing his social awareness, Kendric cleverly uses the stereotypes of Asians, Indians, Blacks and Whites to tell us about his experiences with each race; telling us the advice they give and who wants to capitalize on his craft.
The soft guitar and Kendrick’s whispering on “Untitled 04” takes you on a mental voyage. With the assistance of SZA and Jay Rock to deliver his message, they address the importance of free thinking.
On the chorus of “Untitled 05,” Anna Wise and Kendrick express society’s rejection for a life of sin. K Dot, Punch and Jay Rock all rap about the decisions they made in their life that strongly based on the reality of their environment. Following that is “Untitled 06,” where Cee-Lo Green joins the Rosecrans emcee on a song about embracing unique talents
Arguably the best song on the surprise EP is “Untitled 07” – a 3-part, 8- minute emotional ride from his confidence as an emcee to the fun side of his creative process. Not only is the second part of “Untitled 07” produced by Swizz Beatz’s 5-year-old son, Egypt, but there are some diss lines that sound like they’re aimed at Roc Nation artist, Jay Electronica:
“You niggas fear me like y’all fear God
You sound frantic, I hear panic in your voice
Just know the mechanics of making your choice and writing your bars
Before you poke out your chest, loosen your bra
Before you step out of line and dance with the star
I could never end a career if it never start”
Ending the EP on “Untitled 08,” K Dot did what he does best and touches on difficulties black Americans in the hood face such as finance management and self-respect. Further proving why he’s one of the best to ever touch the mic, he drops a great body of work with songs that’s been sitting in the vault. In a somewhat “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” fashion, Kendrick tightens his grip on the rap game. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a part 2 sometime this year.
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