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After blessing us with another studio album after almost 2 years, Kendrick Lamar has been topping the charts with DAMN, having all his 14 new tracks on the Billboard top 100. Kung-fu Kenny has created chart topper songs ever since entering the rap game, with songs like A.D.H.D, Swimming Pools, Money Trees, and not to mention his debut number 1 on the top 100, HUMBLE. Along with these songs, Lamar has produced music that don’t necessarily reach the charts but instead resemble his artistic and experimental charisma as a rapper.
To celebrate the success of this album of what we can only call lyrical genius, here’s five of Kendrick Lamar’s most unconventional songs that I suggest you to take a careful listen.
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Let’s start off with a song from his 5 time Grammy Award-winning album – You Ain’t Gotta Lie from To Pimp A Butterfly. No matter the public response to this song, this track definitely portrays a Kendrick’s struggles as a kid growing up in Compton, California from the perspective of his mother, alongside a funky and enjoyable beat.
I couldn’t make this list without touching this track. Being Kendrick Lamar’s only single of 2016, Levitate brought to fans a very grime and dark vibe, almost like they were entering Kendrick’s mind for 3 minutes. Essentially, it touches base to Lamar’s reoccurring theme of how materialistic things cannot fulfill one’s heart. Classic Kendrick.
PRIDE. is one of those songs that puts your thoughts in a reflective light. For you die hard Kendrick fans, this song could not bring out more of the artist’s inner conflict as a successful rapper with lots of wealth and as a regular human being trying to figure out what they mean without materialistic possessions. This song is relatable for people who feel like the way they have been evolving over time come in conflict with the ideas and principles that they once grew up with.
With old samples and jazz like beats, Kendrick uses FEEL. to express another inner conflict. He explains to us how over time as an artist he has made a huge impact not only in music but in his community. He feels almost saint-like in that he has the power to help anyone in any way, yet he feels no one is out there looking for him.
When Kendrick dropped this unexpected compilation album in early 2016, no one knew what he had in store. All that we knew was the title was “Untitled, Unmastered.” – Lamar delivered exactly what the title portrayed; a very raw, musical compilation that most rappers don’t drop nowadays. With Kendrick’s artistic persona being as experimental as always, Untitled 02 is probably one the best songs to portray that charisma.