Friday, August 2, 2013

TGIF: Kendrick Lamar Live in Toronto

TGIF! Tonight, we're off to see hip-hop's boy wonder who, this time last year, was still partially shaded in mystery as one of the game's hottest new emcees. This year, it's a slightly different story. With his ill beats and flawless rhymes about surviving in Compton as a clean, straight-A dreamer, Kendrick Lamar captured the hearts of both mainstream and hipster hip-hop aficionados and critics with his genius conteptual debut good kid, m.A.A.d city.

Everything about Kendrick is fascinating; from his complex, enunciated lyrics and soulful samples to his upbringing and straight-shooting self-awareness. At only 26, Lamar resembles so many of the ambitious hip-hop greats in their early stages of rap fame; not only did he easily secure the title of best rapper of 2013, but he's en route to legendary faster than any comparable players.

If you don't have Lamar's debut, you need to remove the rock you've been living under and make some life changes. Hip-hop connoisseur or not, this music is art.


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