King Kendrick’s back.
Out of nowhere, the undefeated, undisputed, undeniable world heavyweight champion of hip hop fired a point-blank range shot at the Internet’s head, dropping a full length album, “untitled unmastered.” Some of the songs appear to be outtakes from his ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ sessions, but the project is still cohesive and works as a whole.
Backed by jazz and live instrumentation, Kendrick shows he is in his creative prime, expertly ruminating on issues such as urban blight, religion, racism and self analysis.
According to a quick review by Complex:
Continuing in Kendrick’s long tradition of rich, layered instrumentals, each track is backed by twinkling pianos and jazzy brass. The lyrics also build on common themes in his music, including his relationship with God and his internal conflict about the violence and drug use he sees in his community. “Why you want to see a good man with a broken heart?/Once upon a time I used to go to church and talk to God/Now I’m thinking to myself hollow tips is all I got/Now I’m drinking by myself at the intersection parked,” he emotes on “untitled 05 l 09.21.2014.”
The album can be purchased on iTunes by clicking here.
Or you can stream it below via Spotify.