Reinforcing his status as the modern-day hip-hop messiah, Kendrick Lamar has answered our prayers for vital, indispensably great songs yet again. As if his recent powerhouse performance and five—count ‘em, five—wins at last month’s GRAMMY Awards ceremony wasn’t enough to keep us listening, last night Lamar surprised his legion of rabid fans by unveiling a collection of highly in-demand compositions written and recorded at various points over the past three years.
Don’t let the minimalist album artwork and nondescript album and song titles fool you though, the heavily jazz-imbued, funk-tinged, and experimental untitled unmastered.—like its acclaimed precursors good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012) and To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)—showcases the magnetic Lamar at his very finest.
Standout tracks include the infectious studio versions of the introspective "untitled 03 l 05.28.2013." and "untitled 08 l 09.06.2014," which Lamar previously performed on The Colbert Report and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The soulful "untitled 06 l 06.30.2014." featuring CeeLo Green and produced by the dynamic duo of Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad is another undeniable highlight.
Though we hope that your Friday is already proving to be a happy one, streaming untitled unmastered. below is sure to make it even happier. Enjoy!
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