Still, K-Dot has been delivering more than Shakespearean conscious raps and Compton-based visuals. Maroon 5 feat. Many can relate to becoming their true love's afterthought, and Lamar questions, "Do he lay it down for you, touch your poona like this? The upbeat repentance has amassed more than million streams on Spotify alone. Travis Scott feat. Travis Scott 's "Goosebumps" earned a Hot position and a certified-platinum plaque. Taylor Swift feat.
Many artists that helped foster the growth of rap would eventually be regarded as some of the greatest MCs of all-time. Names like 2Pac, the Notorious B. And while the stars of the aughts are beginning to enter the back-end of their careers, rap fans have been speculating which artists of this current generation are destined to become the next icons. Well, we think it's safe to say that Kendrick Lamar is at the forefront of that pack and slowly pulling ahead of his contemporaries. After making a name for himself with the release of the Kendrick Lamar EP , the Compton native followed that up with his breakthrough mixtape, Overly Dedicated , which was critically acclaimed and put his name atop the list of promising rap prospects with the potential to blow. But it would be his independently released studio album, Section. That culminated in the release of his Aftermath debut, good kid, m. Upping the ante with his experimental sophomore effort, To Pimp a Butterfly , Kendrick has proven himself to be in a class of his own as an artist and his most recent project, untitled unmastered.
To mark the Kendrick Lamar's 33rd birthday and in lieu of his cancelled Glastonbury headline set we've compiled a list of his best songs from Damn , To Pimp A Butterfly and more. The alternate history of Los Angeles is written in rap. His tales of American hunger and longing and his skill in combining searing rap and harmonic melody have seen his songs resonate in communities far beyond his own. Below are nine songs that showcase why.
Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. If there was ever any doubt about Kendrick, the past few years have proven that we're watching one of the all-time greats in real time. All that means, though, is it's just another Kendrick album; he's dropped three close-to-classics in a row, and there are no true bricks in his catalog. With each record he gains greater command of his abilities—which is to be expected—but also his creative vision. Instead of making another grand statement piece of an album, he smashed all the ideas contained in it to make great songs that, when taken together, count towards just as thoughtful and urgent a whole. The result means that we have 14 more contenders for a list like this. Moreover, it's hard to imagine that Kendrick's prowess has even reached its peak. Like Kanye, and maybe even more than him, Kendrick has reached the rarefied place where his audience will trust that he knows exactly where he's going next.