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What Went Wrong With… DAMN. & The Continued Overrating Of Kendrick Lamar?

A review of Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. by What Went Wrong Or Right With...? for whatwentwrongwith.com

Everybody’s favourite overrated rapper is back with his fourth studio album and at this point Kendrick Lamar can do no wrong, at least in his fans’ eyes. Even at the mere glimpse of some artwork or a “leaked” track, Lamar’s minions flood Twitter with a barrage of praise …“Kendrick is the G.O.A.T”“Kendrick dropped some bars”… (insert goat or fire or 100 points emoji here… 🐐🔥💯). To anyone who doesn’t play into this hype, this kind of adulation can look ridiculous, almost like mass hysteria – it’s like these people have never heard Hip-Hop with a message before (albeit a hollow message). This is what happens when your only exposure to Hip-Hop is some twerp like Lil Uzi Vert, of course you’re gonna love Kendrick Lamar if Mumble Rap is your only source of rap music, but that kind of comparison only serves to bolster this mythic sense of godliness that surrounds Kendrick Lamar, an accolade and attribute that is largely undeserved.

If you don’t know, Kendrick’s second album ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ was taught as part of an English class in Georgia Regents University and his third album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ was canonised at Harvard University Library (I hope Producer and Harvard Fellow 9th Wonder added ‘Soul On Ice’, ‘Let’s Get Free’, and ‘Revolutionary Vol. 2’ to the library too, otherwise he’s a mainstream fake like everybody else). My point is that the mainstream media and the public at large have acted for years like the sun shines out of Kendrick Lamar’s arse, like everything he makes is flawless, I mean c’mon, his first two albums were decent enough (although his second contained some Poppy crap like ‘Swimming Pools’ and ‘Poetic Justice’), his third album was a complete mess, but they were all overrated nevertheless, and his latest, well I’ll get to that in a moment.

If you turn on the radio or TV and hear Drake or Taylor Swift umpteen times a day, of course Lamar is going to blow your tiny mind but the incessant overrating and flattery aimed at Kendrick only comes from people who either listen to Pop, missed Hip-Hop’s golden era entirely, or whose idea of Hip-Hop is the likes of Migos and Lil Yachty (or all of the above). So while people who listen to Zara Larsson or Anne-Marie keep describing everything Kendrick releases as “fiyah” or “fuego” on social media, the rest of us know it really isn’t. Lamar’s label Aftermath/Interscope is playing the public like they always do, they push overrated MCs onto people who have no real knowledge of Hip-Hop so everything looks and sounds unique to them. To underground heads this shit doesn’t wash, it only takes a quick listen to something like ‘Makin’ Enemies’ by K-Rino to realise Kendrick Lemar’s flow, delivery, and content is radio-friendly, watered-down, overground, overrated Hip-Pop…

Mainstream, studio-backed albums 90% of the time follow a carefully crafted plan to attain recognition, fame, and longevity; the first LP showcases a new artist’s credibility (Section.80), the second crosses over with hints of credibility and maturity (Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City), the third denounces the previous crossing over and affirms its credibility once again, all-the-while “experimenting” with “new” sounds (To Pimp A Butterfly). From that point onward if you have the media on your side and a major studio behind you, you can do what the fuck you want, you can apparently even piss about in the studio letting kids play on instruments and the doormats in the upper-middle-class mainstream critic brigade will tout your bronze shit as gold (Untitled Unmastered). So at this point Lamar could release an album of armpit farts and the public will buy it, thankfully his latest album ‘DAMN.’ isn’t that bad. The problem for me (someone who doesn’t crawl up Kendrick Lamar’s arse every two seconds) is that this is an average, somewhat lacklustre release, but I guess I’m going to be one of the few saying this.

‘DAMN.’ is no classic, far from it, it’s more like a mixtape masquerading as an album, as though a couple of new songs have been combined with a few left-over tracks lying around in the studio. The tracklist seems like a jumble with songs placed in random order resulting in a jumping between moods. The slower songs for example, such as ‘YAH.’ and ‘FEEL.’ should not have a song between them and instead should be closer to the song ‘PRIDE.’. The confused grouping gives this LP a sense of disorientation and disarray, the album jumps all over the place, changing its tempo from slow to fast and switching genres from Trap to Soul.

There are two or three decent songs which prop up the weaker ones. ‘DNA.’ and ‘HUMBLE.’ are examples of this, the production is still hackneyed but these tracks are somewhat enjoyable and re-playable (but they both end too fast for my liking). ‘FEAR.’ and ‘DUCKWORTH.’ are two more half-decent songs, they’re not brilliant, they won’t be held in the pantheon of classic Hip-Hop songs but in ‘DAMN.’ they do stand out (‘FEAR.’ is only memorable if you ignore the many other examples of mesodiplosis in Hip-Hop).

On the topic of Damn’s better songs, when ‘HUMBLE.’ dropped, Lamar’s lyrics were rightly criticised for being patronising and misogynistic and I’ll add to that. The line “I’m so fuckin’ sick and tired of the Photoshop, show me somethin’ natural like afro on Richard Pryor. Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks…” ends with the little addition of “…still will take you down right on your mama’s couch”, however the word “still” denotes a negative opinion of so-called “natural ass” therefore nullifying the entire sentiment. So despite a woman having stretch marks, Kendrick Lamar will “still” fuck them, was he expecting congratulations for that bullshit?

There’s lots of mediocrity and radio-friendly dross on this LP. Songs like the easy-listening, radio-fodder ‘LOVE.’ sounds like some Pop producer is channelling Cam’Ron’s ‘Oh Boy’ (it’s produced by Greg Kurstin who worked with the shite Ellie Goulding so that’s not a bad description). The Rihanna track ‘LOYALTY.’ is out-and-out Pop garbage (typical of Robyn Fenty I guess) and Lamar’s opening verse on this song sounds like he’s rapping with a clothes peg on his nose. There’s also the the crappy ‘GOD.’ with its contrived Trap flow and lame chorus and there’s a trash chorus in ‘ELEMENT.’ too (and Lamar bites a bit of Juvenile in one of the verses). For ‘XXX.’ (which sounds like two songs welded together) Kendrick Lamar seems to have dragged in U2 for singing duties like A$AP Rocky did with Rod Stewart for his second album – bringing in old, past-it, white singers will always appeal to mainstream critics I guess. All this forgettable and throwaway “filler” unfortunately takes over this album, and that’s not the only thing wrong with ‘DAMN.’.

Production-wise, this release doesn’t contain anything memorable, the overall sound is nothing to write home about. For me the production is the worst element of the album, in fact some tracks are so amateur, they sound like someone pressed the “demo” button on a drum machine and just let Kendrick rap over it. There’s also the strange concept of making this release sound like a mixtape with DJ shoutouts and abandoned and then repeated verses… “new shit!”“new Kung Fu Kenny!”… please no.

This is Good Friday and it’s Easter on Sunday so to Kendrick, someone who many people seem to think is Hip-Hop’s second coming, it’s probably apt to release something that will be celebrated by many even though they’re Hip-Hop non-believers. For someone who likes to preach to the masses like a doorstep Jehovah, unfortunately ‘DAMN.’ is the equivalent of some free magazine that Jehovah’s Witnesses push through your letterbox. This is a mixtape at best, something if you listen to on Spotify will net the artist and studio around $0.006 rather than $9.99 on iTunes. For this piece of work the previous figure rather than the latter sums up the worth of ‘DAMN.’ – well under a cent.

Now of course, there are theories online that a second album will be released on Easter Sunday/Monday and this is just a taster for something better. Well if that’s true, it would explain the overall mediocrity of this release, in addition rappers usually release a mixtape to wet the appetite for a full-blown album. But if this theory is just some fans’ wet dream and a second, better album doesn’t surface on Monday, ‘DAMN.’ remains another disappointing album for Kendrick – that’s now three in a row.

With the DJBooth review for this album reading “DAMN! DAMN! DAMN! DAMN! I’m at a complete and utter lost [sic] for words” (I assume he/she means “loss for words”) you know the overrating is set to continue. Misspelling aside, a review that ends with this paragraph…

“Kendrick delivered. He gave us a rap album unlike anything he’s ever created and unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. By now this is what we should expect from the King. He is a king and the crown on his head is immovable.”

…it goes to show that the first page of a Google search will only offer you a mainstream view of things. That first page, the holy grail of search results will try to convince you up is down, left is right, and that ‘DAMN.’ is a classic, but sane, free-thinkers know this is bullshit especially when praise is coming from all sides. Only some tween raised on Disney will be saying “Damn!” when they hear this album (in a valley girl accent no doubt) everybody else will hear what I hear; a mishmash of Hip-Hop, Soul, and Pop cobbled together hastily with a sense of mixtape amateurishness. But I guess the truth will have a hard time getting through all the bullshit praise.

All that being said, this isn’t the worst album out right now, it isn’t even the worst Kendrick Lamar album, but it has to be pointed out (again and again if necessary) that Lamar isn’t the only one releasing credible Hip-Hop – both Joey Bada$$ and Your Old Droog dropped better albums in the last few months and both LPs despite their many flaws are more well rounded and contain more satisfying songs. But it seems that Ken Duckworth, whose name sounds like some reject Coronation Street character, will rise to the top because of all the corrupt mainstream praise he garners. He’ll continue to be called “the king” and “the greatest” even though he hasn’t come close to matching those that have come before. These days everyone bandies the term “G.O.A.T.” about but these fools seem to be people who don’t listen to Hip-Hop, if they did, they’d acknowledge that “the greatest of all time” really does mean “all time”. Kendrick Lamar hasn’t come close to overthrowing the best of the best from ’87-’97 and if he can’t dethrone the golden era greats then it’s impossible for him to be the frigging G.O.A.T.

Damned.

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    • its obvious the person who wrote this rides drakes dick so hard LOL the album is honestly pretty amazing And trumps pretty much everything coming out right now which can be said for most of kendricks work

    • It’s obvious that the person who wrote that reply has Kendrick’s dick so far up their arse that they can’t think straight. Drake is a lame fucking prick, maybe read this…

      https://whatwentwrongwith.com/2016/01/20/what-went-wrong-with-drake/

      …but no, DAMN. is an overrated mess. The only thing Lamar’s albums trump is mainstream shite, you obviously don’t listen to a diverse range of Hip-Hop, you’re probably a Pop fan, who else would write “LOL”?

  1. Great review – 100% agree. Humble is a great track but most of the rest of the album is hugely disappointing – particularly the production which I’m not digging at all.
    It’s a shame, I had high hopes for this one.

  2. I can’t understand it . I’ve never been impressed by Kendrick Lamar . Lyrically he is slightly below average for rappers his age (pushing 30) . Andy Mineo is a popular Christian rapper who has a slick style (both in production and in lyrics) like Lamar but is much better lyrically and has much better content (on both his faith-based and secular material) . Mineo doesn’t have the money or hype behind him . Or the pop-star appeal .

    To compare Kendrick to the greatest rappers from 1979 to 1999 is not feasible . To compare Kendrick to today’s best underground rappers isn’t feasible , either . You can’t compare K-Rino , Ras Kass , Vinnie Paz or Apathy to Kendrick .

    It’s troubling to see younger guys with talent like Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine sign with Eminem . Now they will be featured on tracks by all the overrated Shady/Aftermath/T.D.E. artists .

    • Yeah, I enjoyed listening to Westside Gunn/Conway during FLYGOD’s release but signing with Eminem was the wrong move. Shady Records has never done much for their artists in terms of exposure and profitability other than to boost Eminem’s own credibility and I doubt the label will help promote Hall N’ Nash to the masses. Just like M.O.P. and Mobb Deep signing with G-Unit Records, established or semi-established acts never really benefit from coming under the control of a crossover rapper. Either sign directly with a major or stay independent possibly with a major distribution deal.

    • Andy Mineo isn’t even remotely as good a lyricist as Kendrick Lamar. Andy has basic, pitty-patty bars.

  3. I really enjoyed this album. Damn is a huge improvement over To Pimp A Butterfly. Sonically, it is much more consistent and well-structured. Most of the beats were good and while they have a mix of Jazz, Soul, and Trap, Damn is less over the place like the last album. Kendrick Lamar is putting on some nice flows on DNA, Feel, Humble. Lust, Pride, and Fear are personal songs that you could relate to. Duckworth features good storytelling. Don’t get me wrong, the album does have flaws. The beat-switches can be overbearing and annoying like in XXX. Element and Loyality are okay but forgettable. YAH is the musical equivalent of a sleeping pill. God and Love are straight garbage. There was unnecessary intro track Blood. But other than that, Damn is an enjoyable album.

    Let’s get to the real business! Kendrick Lamar is NOT the greatest rapper of all time. No chance in hell! When it comes to pure lyricism, K Rino and Ras Kass will mop the floor with Lamar. When it comes to flow and delivery, Kendrick does not come close to a rapper like Tonedeff or Notorious BIG. When making great albums, Kendrick Lamar is no Tupac or KRS-One. Kendrick Lamar is a good rapper that can spit, but I have yet to see Kendrick really prove himself to be one of the greats.

    Speaking of Humble, why is there outrage over throwaway lines?

    • DAMN. is definitely better than To Pimp A Butterfly, like I said there’s around four songs I would play again but for me the album has no real consistency or a sense of flow from beginning to end. There’s also no concept, maybe deadly sins (LUST. PRIDE. etc but that gets abandoned) and why the mixtape vibe?

      On the topic of “HUMBLE.” this was one of the few times that I actually heard people say anything against Kendrick, it might have been an overreaction but I’m glad that (some) people are de-constructing his rhymes rather than blindly following him (and in turn labelling him “the king” like many publications have and still do). The problem with the public is they’ve never heard of Tonedeff or K-Rino so they stay in this weird “he’s the greatest” mode oblivious to the better rappers out there.

    • Sonically, it is much more consistent and well-structured. Most of the beats were good and while they have a mix of Jazz, Soul, and Trap

      This is a very strange statement to me — I didn’t really hear much jazz and soul (or trap) in that album, it was 90% pop garbage, and in many of the songs it is difficult to even talk about a beat, let alone it being good…

      Kendrick Lamar is putting on some nice flows

      This is an even stranger statement — my biggest problem with Kendrick has always been that he doesn’t really have a good flow. Yes, there are examples of rappers being off-beat on purpose and doing it well, Kool Keith for example, but Kendrick is not one of them. And this is a very underappreciated difference between the golden years of the 90s and now — the nice varied flows of the 90s have disappeared, even among the artists who still have some meaning in their lyrics, and have been replaced with something more akin to spoken word.

      And the glorification of Kendrick is a perfect illustration of how deep the rot has set with respect to that aspect of hip-hop — nobody who has such a boring flow has any right to be in the GOAT discussion…

  4. I agree. I really don ‘t get all the perfect reviews — The Guardian 5/5 — The Telegraph 5/5 — are they listening to the same thing as me because I sure as shit don ‘t hear perfection??? Whether or not ‘ Nation ‘ comes out this album is not what the media makes it out to be. This isn ‘t Miles Davis ‘ Kind of Blue ‘ level music man , there ‘s at least 6 or 7 average songs on ‘ Damn ‘ nowhere near a flawless release.

  5. There go the MSM making something out to be better than it actually is.No surprise there……..
    Profits over prophets

    • Speaking about the mainstream media its f’d up that they never say anything against him even when he says or does dumb things.

      I stopped respecting K Dot when he defended Iggy Azalea

      – –

      “She’s doing her thing,” “Let her. People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they at. Do your thing, continue to rock it, because obviously God wants you here.”

      – –

      The Iggy situation wasn’t just about cultural appropriation she was a racist but he stuck up for her but what was weird is that the media never gave him shit about it. Its like he never gets any heat from anybody for anything he does.

      Its funny to me that K Jenner and Pepsi get so much criticism for their ad but Kendrick gets none for his Reebok commercial. What’s the difference???

      Here’s one article that broke it down

      – –

      https://mic.com/articles/114776/kendrick-lamar-made-the-best-album-of-the-year-and-now-he-wants-you-to-buy-reeboks

      – –

      He definitely has the media on his side.

  6. This is simply a case of not recognizing greatness before us. 1 stop using soundcloud and underground rappers as a comparison. There is a reason they arent in the mainstream, and kendrick is. 2 name another artist that has a better track album than kendrick 4 albums deep. Yet he gets the same positive critiques on his albums kinda like he actually tries to get better.

    Finally as a lover of rap and hip hop, Damn is the embodiment of hip hop. If you truly know hip hop then you know its made up of the emcee, the Dj, the style, the message. Kendricks style is normally boring, but never has kendrick been pushed by producers or featured artists like this album. Weed heads can blaze from blood to duckworth, the club can bump element loyalty humble and dna, the old school gave props for him going juvenile on element telling a deep story on fear and duck worth. You catch my drift his music is for those in between fans. Not perennial haters like yourself or normal fans, hes getting the southern listeners the west coast mainstream only people, the casual drake fans, the east coast listeners, the J. Cole fans, the nice beat fans, the did you hear that fans.

    Other than drake no other rapper in the past 4 years has put together samples, an instrumental lyrics, a theme, and kept a constant message throught out the album. You can hate on dude and no hes not the greatest rapper alive. Just stop hating on dude for attention. Hes our only bright spot in an era of edm/trap rap, mumble rap, egotistical DJ/Producers.

    Think lebron everybody hates lebron now but pretty soon you will respect his legacy, or you will lie and tell your kids i remember how good lebron was back in the day. Stop acting like old ass haters

    • Let me break this shit down for you, son:

      1. Don’t you know that the most contrived response to an opinion you don’t like is to label it “hate” or to call someone a “hater”? To dismiss a point of view that doesn’t gel with yours as mere “hate” is the most clichéd comeback of all time. Maybe read this article for more information on your condition.

      2. I mentioned K-Rino, Joey Bada$$, and Your Old Droog in the article. One of the commenters then mentioned Tonedeff. These aren’t “soundcloud rappers” – K-Rino is a veteran and one of the all time greats, Joey Bada$$ is crossing over into the mainstream pretty well, Your Old Droog is an up-and-coming rapper with skill, and Tonedeff has one of the best flows/deliveries in the business. So that being the case…

      3. What pray tell is the “reason” that these rappers aren’t in the mainstream? Is it their superior skill or their tremendous talent? There a many rappers in the underground that don’t deserve to be there but for reasons too long to get into here, they’re unsigned or under-promoted. But someone like you doesn’t get to shit on them just because magazines, radio, and television refuse to plug them like your favourite overground artists. On addition, if you’re so against “hate” and “haters” why hate on underground rappers?

      4. You don’t get to pick and choose certain artists for a comparison, selecting garbage MCs to compare with Kendrick is only done to inflate Lamar’s worth. Yes Mumble Rap is trash, I wrote a whole article about it, but like I said in this review, comparing Kendrick to someone like Kodak Black isn’t a fair comparison – anybody standing next to that dude looks and sounds like the greatest rapper of all time. It was for this reason that I mentioned two albums released this year that were underrated and arguably better, but according to you they’re too “underground” to be compared with Kendrick’s album, how does that make any fucking sense?

      5. If you truly know your shit, the elements of Hip-Hop are B-Boying, MC-ing, Graffiti, DJ-ing, (Beatboxing), Knowledge, Culture, and Overstanding. Some of these might be outdated in contemporary rap music but Kendrick possesses what, like two of these? How is that the “embodiment of Hip-Hop”?

      6. That “other than Drake” line made me laugh, you really need to listen to more Hip-Hop, I thought you were a “lover” of the genre?

      7. You need to read your stuff before you post that shit, things like “an instrumental lyrics” makes no sense (unless you think it does, which explains why you like Lamar’s lyrics so much). Seriously though, re-read your reply… “Yet he gets the same positive critiques on his albums kinda like he actually tries to get better” …what the flying fuck stick?

      8. Keep trying that “hating for attention” and “perennial hater” bullshit when I have an entire site dedicated to praising and celebrating art and artists… whatwentrightwith.com

      9. If this review was only here “to get attention” why the fuck did you give me so much of yours? Just dismiss it as “hate” and move on like you contrived door-mats usually do. Or did it hit a nerve?

      10. You don’t start your second paragraph with “Finally” when you’re leaving a comment containing four paragraphs, that’s obviously not “final” is it?

      11. DAMN. is not a flawless album but like one of the commenters said above, many publications gave this album a perfect score. Perfection is rare and this isn’t it – there’s 4 songs that stand out (some could say 6 or more) but the entire album is far from being worthy of a perfect 5 or a perfect 10. That being the case, DAMN. is the definition of overrated, hence the frigging article.

      12. So far, this article has had one and a half thousand hits (not many but enough in a week to gage people’s opinion). Out of all the search terms only one was pro-Kendrick (kendrick lamar can do no wrong) every other was anti-Kendrick (kendrick lamar damn is overrated, damn album by kendrick lamar is overhyped, kendrick lamar is overrated etc.). That for me is enough evidence that people feel the same way I do about this album. Music is subjective and you have to accept that a section of society feels differently to you about an album or song. There is clear evidence here and on social media that there’s a segment of Hip-Hop fans who don’t feel the praise is warranted for this and Kendrick’s previous album.

      13. You do realise that this site is here for alternative opinions on popular topics/celebrities. If you think Kendrick Lamar is a musical genius then there’s plenty of crap out there for you to read. Probably 90% of the internet is dedicated to sucking up to him, why come here and belittle people who have a differing opinion? I for instance don’t hijack a pro-Kendrick forum and start to outline how I think they’re wrong, that’s their shit and this is ours. Don’t agree? Great, just piss off and keep telling yourself DAMN. is perfect, stop trying to school other people with your non-points.

      14. I’m not an NBA fan so fuck knows what that LeBron shite is about, but I’m sure it makes as much sense as your brilliantly thought out and wonderfully composed reply.

      Stop acting like a contrived, boot-licking, arse-kissing wazzock.

  7. Out of Kendrick’s last three releases, this is definitely his weakest. I was feelin Dna and Humble and Duckworth but the rest is forgettable, and the middle is lacking something.
    The hype machine has gone into overdrive for this one no doubt. Pure bandwagonism. Nobody wants to say anything different and if you do your a “hater”.
    Sorry but this is NOT a classic album.
    Please stop overrating Kendrick just because your a fan!!!!!!!

  8. This is probably Kendrick Lamar’s weakest album. But saying he isn’t among the greats when the greats recognize him as being one is ridiculous. Saying that if you’re impressed with Kendrick Lamar you don’t listen to real rap is also ridiculous. TPAB was an album completely influenced by G-Funk. As for having songs that sounding “poppy”, so did Outkast. The production on Swimming Pools, for example, gave off a feeling of lethargy and intoxication. Kendrick’s entire discography is a continuous story. From Section.80 to DAMN he’s been telling a consistent story. That storytelling saw its prime in TPAB (the highest rated hip-hop album of all-time, btw). And Jesus Christ. Are you not allowed to like or listen to pop music if you like rap? Are only supposed to like one genre? I enjoy Rakim, Kool G Rap, Nas, Del The Funky Homosapien, Lupe Fiasco, etc. But I also enjoy Lorde, Taylor Swift, Adele, etc. Using pop music as a way to discredit your taste in rap is a cop-out non-argument. To Pimp A Butterfly was an extremely cohesive album. Sonically, it was different and I completely understand if you found it hard to digest in that aspect. But These Walls, Mortal Man, “u”, etc. were beautifully written songs. K-Rino has over 40 albums. No one wants to listen to all of that.

    It seems you really just want to hate on newer mainstream music. Because while Joey’s newest album is good, it doesn’t hold a candle to the majority of Kendrick’s body of work. There are even qualities within Migos that are commendable. Substance wise, their not impressive. But their flows and rhyme schemes are VERY impressive. Takeoff’s verse in Commando, for instance. Am I going to call him an all time great any time soon? No. Is it still an impressively written song when you break down his rhyme scheme? Yes. Not everyone has to spit like DOOM or Earl Sweatshirt to be all-time greats. Biggie wasn’t all that lyrical either. He had flow and could rhyme well. Tupac wasn’t much a of a lyricist, either. He wouldn’t hold a candle to Earl Sweatshirt, Lupe Fiasco, or Lloyd Banks. Kendrick has changed his sound and his style. But the most important element of his work has always been his message/substance.

    You talk about the “golden era” then rag on TPAB which is a perfect example of G-Funk.

    • You and many other people seem to be misinterpreting or misunderstanding the concept of “Pop music” and indeed what happens when you pander to the mainstream i.e. a Pop crowd. People can listen to whatever they want to but there’s always the mediocre counterpart and the credible versions of every genre. I personally listen to Punk, Reggae Dancehall, Grime, Old-School Rave, and Hip-Hop but every time one of these genres makes it into the charts it’s a namby pamby, appeal-to-all, unfocussed song/album. “Pop” music therefore is usually the watered-down version of any genre, especially today with radio plays and streams being added to how something charts (a very corruptible system that rewards non-controversial, middle-of-the-road stuff that appeals to everybody). Saying TPAB is the highest rated Hip-Hop album of all time just goes to prove how suspect the industry has become, there’s no way in hell that album is the greatest Hip-Hop album – hence my point about overrating Kendrick and his fans’ ignoring every time he goes “Pop” (essentially a by-word for mediocre).

      In addition, you’re jumping to conclusions about Biggie and Tupac, I don’t rate them as highly as others do, and let’s not forget they only charted when they watered-down their sound and appealed to the mainstream just like Kendrick has and does. Bottom line, Hip-Hop only gets masses of undeserved praise and acceptance from the critics and the public when something either completely sells out or makes it/themselves “radio friendly” which in turn ironically keeps Hip-Pop in a confined box of what is seen as acceptable by the public.

  9. Thank you very much for this post. I have been seeing the highly positive reviews all over the internet while in the same time trying to explain to all sorts of stupid people why this album is mostly trash, with very little success, and while I had not yet begun to question my own sanity, it is certainly nice to know that not everyone out there has lost theirs.

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