It’s the same story we’re often used to hearing.
They all make it out the hood with the dream of becoming a Hip-Hop artist.
A handful actually makes it out, but there’s a few who stand out.
One of those artists is Kendrick Lamar.
There’s an old soul about Kendrick Lamar that radiates in his music, his style, and in his mannerisms. You can tell growing up in Compton, California didn’t limit his ability to tell a story so effortlessly. His clever ways of using his lyrical talent to express his socially conscious side while representing the hood is refreshing to see in an industry that is saturated with Hip-Hop that glorifies everything from sex to drugs to the latest dance craze. Although Kendrick’s been on the scene for a while, it was Good Kidd, m.A.A.d City that brought him instant success and rightfully so. I wasn’t only impressed with the music of GKMC, I was also impressed with how he carried himself after the release. He didn’t put his fame and success in people’s faces with blinged out jewelry, outrageously expensive cars, and custom-made apparel. His humbleness resonates in interviews with the media (radio, television, internet), and they prove how down-to-earth and grounded he is. His attitude reads “impact” and not “impress”.
To Pimp a Butterfly further confirms his brilliance with utilizing live instrumentation as opposed to computerized and why it’s appreciated with true music lovers. To Pimp a Butterfly gives listeners an old school vibe with a touch of Jazz, Funk, and Soul. His fans from day one expressed difficulty vibing to the complexity of the album via social media. However, his mission to speak what’s on his mind from his love of music to racial profiling has garnered much-deserved attention and respect from all over the world.
This 28-year-old man has shown tremendous growth since his release of TPB. You can sense his awareness to not let the industry turn him into some superficial Hip-Hop artist. He expresses more of who he is with his plaits, facial hair, and he continues to rock hoodies and jeans. All of that shows that he’s focused more on his music than trying to keep an image.
This is why Kendrick Lamar is cut from a different cloth. Some may debate this, as other Hip-Hop artists’ names will be dropped (hence J. Cole).
I give J. Cole his props as another Hip Hop artist whose uniqueness impresses me, but I have yet to hear his entire catalog to share my thoughts on him musically.
Once I do, I’ll gladly show him love.
Until then..It’s All about K.Dot