Kendrick Lamar
Section.80


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andru Okenuf USER (31 Reviews)
September 9th, 2011 | 39 replies | 4,565 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: everybody put three fingers in the airr. the sky is falling, the wind is calling, stand for something or die in the morning. Section 80, Hiii Power

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Kendrick Lamar is a man of humble origins. Like many notorious west coast hip-hop artists, he grew up in Compton, California, citing DMX and Nas as major influences. He claims the flow to his first mixtape, Youngest Head Nigga in Charge, released in 2003 at the age of 16, was inspired by Jay-Z. But 2Pac has continually served as his major inspiration as Lamar claims a vision of Shakur coming into his dream with the message: “Keep doing what you’re doing, keep my music alive” inspired him to write much of Section 80.

The diverse set of topics explored on Section 80 makes the album stand out immediately. Lamar goes from talking about political follies committed in the ‘80s in “Ronald Reagan Era” to the difficulty of being a kid growing up in the Ghetto in “Chapter Six” to the inner-conflict of a young woman in “Tammy’s Song” and “Keisha’s Song.” But beyond just exploring a wide array of motifs, Kendrick manages to rap on top of brass, electronics and simple percussion throughout, adapting seamlessly to beats that are telling a story all their own. Though at times this diversity disrupts the flow of the album, it shows clearly the maturity and talent of this young star.

Static filled intros to “F uck Your Ethnicity” and “Hiii Power” are sure to grip you and throw you directly into contagious beats that tickle your brain and get your heart pumping. In “Hiii Power”, the album’s lead single, Kendrick builds upon an incredible afrobeat intro from “Ab-souls Outro”, and empowers his listeners. He gives them the desire to seize the day and rise up strong against the things that make no sense. But the oft-ignored and sensual “No Make-Up” shows off a soft and caring side that is both incredibly catchy and melts my emotions into nothingness each time I hear it.

In August 2011, while onstage with Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and Game, Lamar was crowned the new king of west coast rap, and after hearing his track “Ignorance is Bliss”, off of his previous mixtape O(verly) D(edicated), Dr. Dre was eager to collaborate with Kendrick. While Section 80 will be a difficult album to top, at 23 and with such an incredible network on top of the fact that he already possesses such maturity, Kendrick Lamar seems poised to be a major player in the rap industry in the years to come.



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aok
September 9th 2011



4386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not sure how I feel about this one, but I’ve been thinking about writing it for a while now and it definitely needs some sputnik attention (edit: just realized there's already been a review for it, but still). Lemme know what you think, and I’ll probly edit this a bit in the next few days. Cheers all.

“I think the biggest misconception is that people don’t really understand the struggle of a good kid in a mad city yet you know?” –Kendrick Lamar

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WashboardSuds
September 9th 2011



4990 Comments


you think I'll like this andy?

aok
September 9th 2011



4386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if i were you, i'd check out 2pac, dre and biggie before hitting this. you'd probably enjoy this, just a bit less than me i'd say.

Idnuf
September 9th 2011



1491 Comments


I'm quite the fan of 90s rap and no, I don't like this at all, so........

MalleusMaleficarum
September 9th 2011



14245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^shit taste.

WELCOME TO VIGILANTE

IM HUNGRY MY STOMACHS ANTSY I RIP THRU YUR FUCKIN PANTRY

U NIGGAS IS MARCUS CAMBY




WASHED UP


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Idnuf
September 9th 2011



1491 Comments


uhh no sorry, even Luc and EBV have better taste than you, and you're terrible at rapping

The point was that the summary isn't true, this isn't old school at all.

aok
September 9th 2011



4386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

user votes: 60

average: 2
poor: 0
very poor: 1
awful: 0

well, there's always someone that disagrees

MalleusMaleficarum
September 9th 2011



14245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

idnuf

plz realize that everything you say and think is a joke to me

aok
September 9th 2011



4386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i didn't say this is old school, i said if you like old school, you'll like this. guy grew up worshipping pac and dmx, and is working with dre so he's a descendent of but not a member of old school.

Inveigh
September 9th 2011



24863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah he doesn't really sound like 2Pac or DMX at all... he's more like a west coast version of Lupe Fiasco. but better.

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Idnuf
September 9th 2011



1491 Comments


If it isn't old school then why would fans of old school hip hop like this? I know it came out this year, but the only time when "if you like old school you'll like this" is appropriate is if the album is actually old school. The clean, modern production is the main reason I dislike the album (i.e. the newness of it).

and Malleus,

plz realize that everything you say and think is a joke to everyone

MalleusMaleficarum
September 9th 2011



14245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aww look @ that hes speaking for the world again

aok
September 9th 2011



4386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he's more like a west coast version of Lupe Fiasco. but better.


he's really got his own sound. i don't think he sounds much like lupe at all personally. not that he does sound much like pac or dmx (i never say that he sounds like them, just like i never said that this is old school), but he does worship those guys.

with odd future still exploding everywhere, i appreciate this as a return to quality mainstream rap

MalleusMaleficarum
September 9th 2011



14245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lupe comparison sucks balls

Idnuf
September 9th 2011



1491 Comments


Yeah Malleus that "worst user on the hip-hop forum" thing wasn't a joke, everybody thinks you're an idiot, just so you know. We're also not being all buddy buddy kind of mean when we say that you're a terrible rapper, you really are.

also I worship porn stars therefore I am a porn star

WashboardSuds
September 9th 2011



4990 Comments


thanks andy

MalleusMaleficarum
September 9th 2011



14245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

idnuf.

you missed the memo about how i dont care what ur saying

haters gon hate my shit cuz they cant do what i does

duuuhhh

wabbit
September 9th 2011



6984 Comments


DOS BEATZ!!!

MalleusMaleficarum
September 9th 2011



14245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ronald reagan era

aok
September 9th 2011



4386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@inveigh - i added the word mainstream to the description since that's actually what i meant

@idnuf - he worshipped these rappers and is therefore influenced by these rappers. if bjork listened to nothing but 2pac for the next year and then recorded an album, would she sound like 2pac? no. would she be influenced by 2pac's sound? yes



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