A lot of people question where the consciously driven lyrics of hip hop have gone. With Kendrick Lamar's Section.80 we once again have a conscious lyricist to carry the torch.
When Tupac Shakur comes to you in a dream and tells you to "not let the music die" you're kind of required to follow that path. I wonder if it really was a dream or is Tupac actually still alive? A blog for another time perhaps. Regardless if you believe this or not, it seems Kendrick Lamar has been chosen to follow in Tupac's footsteps. To continue in that Tupac mold he's worked with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and was annointed the "new king of the west coast" by that duo along with the Game. He's got some pretty legit co-signers early in his career
His album,Section.80, which is a reference to the decade in which he was born, is a masterpiece dedicated to highlighting the problems afflicting his generation. I'd say our generation but I'm a 90s baby so I'll leave it as his for the moment.
Songs like A.D.H.D create a scene where twenty somethings can't focus on coversation or even relationships because their attention is constantly drawn away in search of their next high. Keisha's Song tells a tale of an impoverished women and her attempt to make money by becoming a prostitute and the dangers that life comes with. With his lead single, HiiiPower (produced by J. Cole), Kendrick aims to create an idea of enlightenment because he believes most things learned in school to be half truths.
Of course Kendrick has those songs that boast his ability like Rigamortus and Ronald Reagan Era. Regardless Kendrick Lamar delivers a captivating CD that is a must listen for anyone who enjoys the deeper meanings of hip hop music.