#12: Kendrick Lamar – untitled 02

 

Kendrick might be at the stage of his career now where he actually suffers from overhyping, but he does it to himself. Following on from ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ last year, he has released an album that purports to be a collection of rejects and castoffs from those sessions, and it is a better record than most artists achieve in their careers. It is similarly daring with its genre dabbling, and if anything pushes the jazz connections even further than TPAB did. Anyone who wasn’t already on board with Kendrick is unlikely to have their mind changed by ‘Untitled Unmastered’ (a more meaningful title than it first seems), but for those enjoying the ride, this is just another 35mins of treasure to be explored, plundered and revelled in. I really could have picked any track – I particularly like the long version of ‘untitled 07’, with all of its meandering jazz odyssey vibes – but I’ve stuck with one of the most direct tracks here.

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