March 4, 2016. The date that Kendrick Lamar released an album titled Untitled Unmastered. It was not an album that was supposed to happen and it was not an album that was suspected to be released ever. Lamar is currently one of the best rappers in the world right now and is quite possibly one of the best rappers ever. His funk, and soul sounding beats and music combined with his unique voice is just uncanny. His music isn’t being matched by anyone in the rap game right now because Lamar is an incredibly versatile rapper.
With his Dr. Dre like synthesizer beats, and his unique voice, Lamar could have been on of the early founders of rap like Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and Ice Cube, but instead he’s on top of the game about 30 years later. His flow is ridiculous and untouchable. This album is named “Untitled Unmastered” because that’s exactly what this album is. The album wasn’t mixed, it wasn’t really edited and none of the songs have titles.
These songs were recorded for his incredibly successful record, “To Pimp A Butterfly,” and were just not put onto the album. These were songs just lying around in the studio and were basically dead. No one was going to hear these songs, no one was supposed to ever know about these songs, and now we have an eight-song album that is sold on iTunes and everyone is talking about it. Rappers aren’t supposed to beat out people like Adele and Taylor Swift for Grammy’s. It’s not a part of the norm, but Kendrick isn’t considered a part of the norm.
“My mama told me that I was different the moment I was invented Estranged baby, no I’m not ashamed
I recommend every inch of your lunatic ways,”
Lamar is fine with being different from every other rapper in the game right now. He’s a poet; he’s not really a rapper. He is a very strong force in the world for black people equality and isn’t ashamed to put that into his songs. There is a reason that Lamar is winning Grammy’s as a rapper, and other rappers are not. He’s a step above everyone else, and I’m not sure that anyone is going to catch him.
In “untitled 07 2014-2016” there is a line that is repeated throughout the first part of the song before the beat changes. “Levitate, levitate, levitate, levitate,”
“Love won’t get you high as this
Drugs won’t get you high as this
Fame won’t get you high as this
Chains won’t get you high as this
Juice won’t get you high as this
Crew won’t get you high as this
Hate won’t get you high as this
Levitate, Levitate, Levitate, Levitate.”
This is how “untitled 07 2014-2016” begins and I believe Lamar is trying to tell us all that nothing will get you as high as yourself. You, yourself, have to “Levitate” to a higher ability, but love, drugs, fame, chains, juice, crew, hate, life, he, she, for free, two keys and even Bentley’s won’t get you as high as yourself.
Ever since Lamar released the song “M.A.A.D. City” he has been levitating himself to a higher level. Sure every rapper has that one song that propels them into being the new superstar rapper, but sometimes those rappers never live up to that first great song. Still, there are rappers that had incredible great first songs like Lil Wayne, Drake and Fetty Wap, but none of those rappers are even going to come close to the amount of awards that Kendrick Lamar will end up winning by the time he quits rapping.
LeBron James said he needed some new Kendrick to listen to leading up to the Cleveland Cavaliers playoff push this season, and I never would have thought that I would be thanking James again after he left the Miami Heat, but thank you LeBron. Lamar was just sitting in the studio just pushing out songs like nobody’s business and he probably thought to himself, “Huh, the King of basketball just recognized my game, so I’ll help him out. Here’s eight songs I didn’t put on To Pimp a Butterfly, and I’m not even going to title or master these songs. I’m just going to put out raw music. Here you go LeBron, I’m the greatest of this time, and you’re the greatest of this time, you deserve it.” If that’s not what really popped into Lamar’s head then I have no idea what did.
Kendrick Lamar is probably the best rapper ever, and he just proved that in these past few weeks with putting out an album that was full of songs that weren’t good enough to make the real album, yet these songs are so good that the whole world of Twitter is still talking about “Untitled Unmastered.” Levitate, Levitate, Levitate, Levitate.
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