i actually liked it quite a lot, there's some fantastic concepts on here and very well executed as a sort of audiobiography. i really dig how Lamar is jumping back and forth from different character's POV (sometimes different parts of himself, sometimes other people like in "Sing About Me") and switching up his voice and flow as it goes.. he's very talented for sure.
the beats go from slamming to mediocre though. some tracks really grabs you from jump and works perfectly with the themes, such as "Art of Peer Pressure", "Dying of Thirst", "Compton", "GOOD KIDD", "Madd City", etc.) but i don't fuck with "Sherane" and "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" for example.
all in all i think it's a good debut album, well executed and original. definitely one of the most interesting West Coast debuts in the last few years, but had he invited a few A-list producers (beside Just Blaze) the album could have been much better.
3.5 / 5
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