Dr. Dre protégé Kendrick Lamar captured the #2 spot on the Billboard chart this week with the release of his psychedelic hip-hop masterpiece, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, selling 241,000 copies. The Compton-bred emcee’s debut album with a major-label has received significant praise from an array of critics and artists alike, scoring 5/5 from XXL, 4.5/5 from HipHopDX, and 9.5/10 from Pitchfork. Dre has even gone so far to title Lamar as the new “King of California”. One of KL’s biggest fans is A$AP Rocky, who called the 25-year old rapper “this generation’s Nas”.
“Ey yo, you know to see one of ’em [from the TDE crew] do it is so inspirational, cause Kendrick and Q is my favorite rappers in all reality,” Rocky says of the Black Hippy crew’s recent success. “K. Dot is the man, he know he the man,” Rocky continues to share his praise for the album, “When I seen “Swimming Pools” I said ah man K. Dot not playin with them now. That was so creative. And when I listened to the album everything connected like a story with the pictures, with everything, and it just made so much sense, and I’m just like, ‘this is what you call art.’ And I needed that. K. Dot is our generation’s Nas. He is. Hands down.”
Kendrick Lamar’s most consistent acclaim is the way he tells stories so fluid and vividly, listeners are genuinely captivated by that moment of life. Kendrick has not only proven himself as a skilled lyricist, but a narrator, a storyteller, a relator, seemingly similar to Nas’ stylistics. His scenes include beautiful temptresses, raucous nights, gang violence, alcoholism and drugs, indulgence, but also determination and inspiration, goodness and madness alike. He raps in first person, third person, through the eyes of others, and in the internal voice of his own conscience. All this woven together by didactic skits from his adolescence. Kendrick chronicles in such great detail that you have the impression you