Kendrick Lamar, of the hip-hop collective Black Hippy, first gained major attention after the release of his 2010 mixtape, O.verly D.edicated. Since then, Lamar has worked with and been featured on projects with the likes of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Game and many others, including a feature on Drake’s 2011 release, Take Care. Born in Chicago and raised in Compton, Lamar first went by the name K. Dot, before deciding to go by his real name in 2009, when he dropped the Kendrick Lamar EP. Lamar’s most recent single The Recipe ft. Dr. Dre, will be on his forthcoming album, which will be released by Top Dawg, Aftermath and Interscope. Future releases by Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock will be released by Top Dawg and Interscope.
Lamar’s 2011 release, Section 80, is a concept mixtape which loosely revolves around the lives of two women and the personal hardships they go through. Section 80 explores a variety of subjects from the 80’s, including Ronald Reagan and the crack epidemic. Heavily influenced by Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur, Lamar says much of the project was inspired by a dream he had in which Tupac spoke to him. The first single off of Section 80, Hiii Power produced by J. Cole, is one of the two best tracks on the project along with the Sounwave produced, Rigamortis. Other standout tracks are Hol’ Up, also produced by Sounwave, Ronald Reagan, produced by Tae Beast, Poe Man’s Dream (featuring GLC), produced by Willie B. and Kush & Corinthians (featuring BJ The Chicago Kid) produced by Wyldfyer. Other features on the project include Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Colin Monroe, RZA and Terrace Martin. Don’t sleep! Check this one out!