Thursday, April 14, 2011

"We’ve Been Off Slave Ships, Got Our Own Pyramids, Write Our Own Hieroglyphs"

Compton's new prince, @kendrick_lamar, has quite a bit of momentum and excitement surrounding anything he touches these days. Ever since Dr. Dre left Compton, there has been a general lack of Hip Hop talent out of that area aside from @nipseyhussle holding down LA. Because of that it wasn't a huge surprise that @drdre endorsed Kendrick on radio, saying he'd like to work with the relatively unheard of rapper. See below as Kendrick describes the 30 messages he woke up to the morning Dr announced it on radio without having even met him...
For me, that woulda been like Ryne Sandberg giving me a shout out when I was 10 years old comin up a Cubs fan and playing baseball. Every city has their own heroes and as someone coming up and trying to make a name for themselves, there can't be a better feeling than the king of the city goin out of his way to pull you into his success in hopes of it boosting your career. Don't get it twisted though, it's not like Dre went out of his way just to shout out a kid from his home city, Kendrick is slated to be on the mythical album Detox, which is like going from tee ball to game 7 of the World Series.

When you think of Compton you think of gangs and the life that surrounds surviving on the streets. So you'll be equally surprised to know Kendrick was a straight A student who wasn't gang affiliated. Call him the rose the grew from concrete, I call him an intelligent dude with the lyrical ferocity of a hungry rookie. I say rookie because even though he's been releasing mixtapes since 2003, he's only now starting to really burst onto the scene having made the 2011 XXL Freshman cover this year. To give a sample of why he deserved that honor, check out this absolute heat rock he dropped back in November titled Look Out For Detox.
Yea, I know, dude's got some skills on the mic. Below is the first single off his upcoming album Section 80, set to drop this spring. @JColeNC doesn't donate any verses, but instead handles the production on the track, showing why he's much much more than just a rapper. Real smooth rhythm on the beat and Kendrick does not half step one bit, absolutely goin' IN on three verses.

With every listen, this track grows on me. I gotta feeling I'm gonna look back on this as the starting line of a well respected lyrical career. #TimeWillTell

"Everybody put three fingers in the air...."

Kendrick Lamar - HiiiPower (prod by J Cole)


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