King Kendrick Returns, Drops “untitled unmastered”

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 Kendrick Lamar followed up his wildly successful sophomore album, To Pimp a Butterfly (TPAB), with a collection of raw tracks. The album, untitled unmastered, features songs that he performed on shows like The Colbert Report and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, as well as tracks that didn’t make it onto TPAB. The eight-track album was released on March 4th at midnight EST, much to the surprise of the public, who welcomed it with open arms.

“This woozy jazz number is an instant K-Dot classic, as he performs vocal somersaults over sporadic blasts of saxophone,” writes Patrick Ryan of USA Today in reference to “untitled 02 | 06.23.2014”.

The aforementioned track is easily one of the album’s most memorable and catchy songs. It is the song that you play with a bass on high as you cruise down the streets with your friends.

“Beat gives it that shaking your head vibe. Like how there are parts that are slow and then just goes hardcore on the rap [verses],” proclaimed senior Adolfo Velazquez about “untitled 02 | 06.23.2014”.Untitled-Unmastered

“Untitled 03 | 05.28.2013” first premiered on The Colbert Report as Kendrick Lamar filled the role of the show’s final musical guest. In his interview with Stephen Colbert, Lamar reaffirmed that he was a writer and not just a rapper.

“I pride myself on that. It’s more storytelling than actually putting rhyming words together,” stated Kendrick Lamar.

The track features interactions between the subject and caricatures of an Asian, American-Indian, a black man, and a white man. The heavy subject matter coupled with bars and beats unmatched by other rappers is what sets Lamar apart. Moreover, the track establishes Lamar as one that doesn’t, as Patrick Ryan states, “fit any industry mold.”

untitled unmastered also includes songs that were most likely meant to be part of TPAB, such as “untitled 05 | 09.21.2014.” The jazz-heavy track features similar transitions to songs from his previous album such as the ghost-like vocal entrances.

“Demos from To Pimp A Butterfly. In Raw Form. Unfinished. Untitled. Unmastered,” tweeted Kendrick Lamar with an iTunes link for the album.

“He definitely completed the sentence of To Pimp a Butterfly. I think that’s what happened with this album. It’s the complete statement of TPAB,” remarked long-time collaborator, producer, and writer, Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner in an interview with Billboard.

 

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