Most of the time, a hip-hop record quick to indict the influence of pop culture and the moral fiber of our youth is simply a front for its creator’s encroaching obsolescence. Not so with young Compton native Kendrick Lamar’s galvanizing Section.80, which plays out more like a manifesto than a sermon, stoked by the credibility and understanding of someone trying to guide and understand their peers rather than bring down judgment. You like knucklehead gangsta shit with third eye-blinding abstraction? Empathy for women’s struggles followed by a track called “The Spiteful Chant” which says “suck my dick” about 375 times? Lamar’s got your back: Section.80 is a complicated record because life is complicated, but then again, you could just knock “Rigor Mortis” and just enjoy a phenomenal talent simply rapping his ass off.
By Marc Hogan on 02.10.15 in News
If you don't like what you're hearing from Kendrick Lamar, just wait a while. Compton, California's self-crowned King of New York never changes his essence, but multiple voices and multiple perspectives are central to wh...
By Marc Hogan on 02.09.15 in News
The first official trailer for N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton emphasizes the gangsta-rap pioneers' continued relevance before jumping to fittingly anarchic scenes of violence and nudity. Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, who b...
By Marc Hogan on 01.14.15 in News
Bonnaroo has had piano men. This year, singing the crowd in Manchester, Tennessee a song will be the Piano Man. Billy Joel is headlining the 2015 festival, which takes place from June 11 to June 14. Other leading name...
By Marc Hogan on 12.17.14 in News
Kendrick Lamar has a sense of humor, but he isn't joking. The Compton, California rapper — agreeing that he describes himself instead as a "writer" — appeared on The Colbert Report last night as the Comedy Central show's...