Kendrick Lamar shot straight to #1 on the Billboard 200 last week, with his new EP “untitled unmastered.”!
Now I’m not the biggest Kendrick fan, but I have a great deal of respect for him as a performer and an artist. His style and substance are leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of Rap right now. He even far over-shadows Kanye, who has taken some bad and weird steps backwards as an artist as of late. Kendrick is definitely the best thing going on in Rap right now, which unfortunately isn’t saying much when pretty much everyone wants to sound like Future or something. I really miss when Rap was FUN and not all of this droning on, bland, boring mush.
I liked and respected Kendrick’s last album, “To Pimp a Butterfly” and of the Grammy nominees, it should have definitely won Album of the Year. Certainly over Taylor Swift’s predictable “ear-poop” album “1989”. I didn’t quite get ALL of the hype for “TPAB” since about two thirds to half of the songs on the album were bland-ish filler. Certainly the very talented Kendrick could do better. One of my friends doesn’t get how I can be critical of “TPAB”, but I hear half of the songs on “TPAB” plus a bunch from his previous album “good kid, m.A.A.d city” and know he can do even better. My favorite song from the album is by far “King Kunta” by the way.
Now just over a week ago Kendrick dropped his aptly named “untitled unmastered.” EP of some unfinished, unmastered and untitled songs from the “To Pimp a Butterfly” sessions. Low and behold, here are the songs that were missing from “TPAB”, instead sidelined by the filler. If he had included at least 4 of these 8 songs on “TPAB”, I would have enjoyed it even more and gotten all of the hype. And that’s just what I did. I removed the songs I felt were filler and replaced them with the best songs from “untitled unmastered.” Below is a Spotify playlist I made of this leaner meaner album. This is what it could have been and should have been from the beginning.
In closing, don’t get mad at me for being critical of Kendrick, because I like him. He can just be even better if he fine tuned just a little bit. I’m not quite sure how, I’m not the genius like Kendrick., but I’m sure he’ll figure it out. By the way, congrats on your new #1 album, Kendrick!
Adam Yauch A.K.A. MCA of the Hip-Hop trio, the “Beastie Boys” passed away today after an almost 3 year battle with Cancer, at the age of 47. The Beastie Boys were one of the most important, trail-blazing and influential Hip-Hop groups of the late 80s and early 90s. They were the first ever White Hip-Hop act, paving the way for Vanilla Ice, Eminem, Bubba Sparxxx, Asher Roth and others. Some of their hits include “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)”, “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” and “Intergalactic” (my personal favorite). They made music up through the 2000’s, with their now final album as a trio, “Hot Sauce Committee Part 2” being released just last year. They were also just inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last month. They are only the 3rd Rap act to ever be inducted. It’s great to know that he was able to be honored before his untimely passing. R.I.P. Adam “MCA” Yauch.
Today’s song of the day “Go Deep” by Janet Jackson reminds me of a crazy 2 night party a kid in my high school had when his mother was away and everyone completely trashed his house. I felt bad how everything turned out, but it was 2 of the most fun, crazy and debaucherous nights of my life. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Have any of you every gone DEEP like I did back in high school and they did in this video?
I’ve been on a bit of a Latin music kick lately. This past weekend I shared a series of Santana songs, yesterday I had a Jennifer Lopez song stuck in my head and shared it with you guys (not nesecarily a latin tune, but she’s Latin none the less) and I’ve been listening to a bit of Shakira and my favorite Latin band, Gipsy Kings. So today I’m sharing one of my favorite songs by the Gipsy King’s “Bamboleo”. These guys are great. It’s pretty awesome to see that many guitarists playing at once. I grew up listening to their songs with my step-mom. They remind me of her, summer and food/cooking. I’ve always wanted to see them in concert. I have to make that happen!!!
Tied with The Beatles and one other mystery act, you will hear about tomorrow, for number 1, on my top 7 artists/groups is Michael Jackson. Michael is without a doubt my favorite Pop artist of all time and the greatest performer to ever live. His music is timeless and just always makes me feel so good. I have many fond memories of growing up and jamming out to M.J., with my family and by myself. The day after he died, I was so saddened by his passing that I wrote a Eulogy of sorts that I shared with my friends and family on Facebook. I will be following up on this post with that “Eulogy”, stating just how much Michael Jackson meant to me as an artists, person and humanitarian. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” is probably my favorite song by Michael. It always makes me feel so good and want to party. Long live the king!!!