Dropping an 8-track project that is raw, untitled, unmastered and unfinished at K Dots career level is a statement in itself. Lamar recently earned himself a key to Compton, but you can call the Grammy Award winning artist a landlord because he has been unlocking doors in modern day music history to a lyrical revolution. If you were tuned into the Grammy’s, you may have not only seen a powerful performance by Lamar but you got to hear some now released jewels from his new project. Lamar also made an appearance on The Late Night Show starring Jimmy Fallon and on The Colbert Report. The Compton native released a tweet on last Friday with a link to the unexpected album on Itunes. It turns out the album is a sequel to his last album, To Pimp A Butterfly, containing a conglomerate of soporific and lucid unreleased demos.
Demos from To Pimp A Butterfly. In Raw Form. Unfinished. Untitled. Unmastered. https://t.co/YlAszcK4e4
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) March 4, 2016
Turn your volume down on “01 untitled 01 08.19.2014” until 1:18. The Compton MC takes no time to speak on politics, religion, education, war and discrimination, “it’s happening”. Using his “vocals to save mankind”, Lamar will numb your worries and have you mentally oscillating around the presence of the music. The T.D.E. artist is always challenging humanity musically, intellectually and unconventionally. Untitled Unmastered is necessary, like the new era of the Harlem renaissance; layered in soul and baptized in so much funk. There is a presence of black reformation similar to To Pimp A Butterfly. TPAB was dinner and Untitled Unmastered is the dessert; serving black unfiltered black consciousness by the pound.
Track number 2, “02 untitled 02 06.23.2014” is repeat and head nod worthy over a psychedelic instrumental. “Dippin’ and posing, look what I drove in….,”“Stuck inside the belly of the beast, can you please pray for me..”
The sound has texture and element, eliminating the mix and mastered smoothness. From the clash of the cymbals and the voice of the saxophone on “05 untitled 05 09.21.2014” to the intense vocal drive on every selection. The album is graced with TPAB musician, producer and singer collective including: TDE’s own Jay Rock and Punch, Anna Wise, Terrace Martin (keys and sax) and Sounwave (drums). Cee-Lo Green puts his soulfully-funky concoction on “06 untitled 06 06.30.2014”. When you hear, “Pimp, Pimp Hurray!” you know it’s another level to Lamar’s artistic lyrical wave and you might want to catch it. “Justice ain’t free therefore Justice ain’t me…..”, “Why you wanna see a good man with a broken heart.. ” The album from track 1 to 8 is awakening, consistent and an enjoyable groove; you never know the musical pattern or direction. Kendrick Lamar steady raising the bar for modern day hip-hop artists.
Give Untitled Unmastered a listen!
-01 untitled 01 08.19.2014
-02 untitled 02 06.23.2014
-03 untitled 03 05.28.2013
-04 untitled 04 08.14.2014
-05 untitled 05 09.21.2014
-06 untitled 06 06.30.2014
-07 untitled 07 2014 – 2016
-08 untitled 08 09.06.2014
Written by: Keandra “Ke’Ke” Scott