Untitled Unmastered. Was just released and you must get a hold of Kendrick Lamar new album Lamar’s new album, that contains music made in 2013 and 2014, while Lamar was working on his last album To Pimp A Butterfly. The tracks are raw but the listeners will enjoy a ride as Lamar explores the limits of his own creativity. The Album is available on ITunes, Apple Music, Tidal, and Google Play Music.
Kiana Fitzgerald of NPR music describes Lamar’s album with the following:
“It feels and sounds like Lamar is shaking off flakes of the old him and growing a new skin by the minute. In that song and others, we get a direct line into Kendrick Lamar’s experimentation with using his voice as an instrument. We hear him strain and yell and whisper his way through his own evolution.”
Lamar had been on a mission to release some of his new tracks, he appeared on the Colbert Report in 2014, and then performed parts of the collection during his, awe-inspiring Grammy performance. In an interview with 2 Dope Boyz, Lamar said the album face clearance issues and his record company Top Dawg was worried if the album would turn people off.
Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork had this to say about untitled 5:
“It fully explores how power disparities create street violence, and how that violence impacts the psyche, shaping one’s sense of normality. It grapples with sanity in the context of a human framework that doesn’t make sense. It wonders if the prerequisites for lucidity are skewed in the hood, if it’s even possible to think rationally trapped in a loaded reality. Kendrick, along with TDE cohorts Punch and Jay Rock, tackle how classism feeds the prison-industrial complex, and in turn, commodifies black violence.”
The Album is receiving positive reviews, untitled 5 is receiving most of the positive attention, but untitled 07 is also holding its own. Nathan S of DJ Booth gave the track high reviews saying:
“Those woozy synths lines are…oh goddamn, and now those drums kicked in? Drugs won’t get me as high as this. YES LAWD. SWEET JESUS TAKE ME NOW I’M READY. More of this please, I’m back, resurrected from track 6 – I’m floating. This sounds more like it could have been a GKMC leftover than TPAB. Funny, this is exactly the kind of song all the people who didn’t like TPAB said they wanted, and exactly the kind of song Kendrick doubters would have used as evidence that he’s not a great rapper…wait…beat switch. Now it sounds like an orphan English kid singing about being from Compton – and a whole different beat.”
It really is can’t miss music, that will probably take over national radio stations this summer.