29 Grammy nominations and 12 Grammy wins. He’s four for four with some of the greatest albums of all time. His discography has grown throughout the decade and it’ll only continue to grow. At the age of 30 some would say not only is he the best rapper alive, but he’s the best rapper of all time. Kendrick Lamar week may have come to an end but we’re ending it on a high by picking our top 50 songs from his astounding discography.
On 15th March 2015, the most culturally important album of this generation was released and it was one which propelled Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar to levels that are beyond that of rap music, beyond the realm of Spotify streams and album sales. 2015’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ was a project that moved people and raised his profile and standing to Mandela level, this era’s Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson or Maya Angelou of the black community, a true prophet of his times. But what made this album so unequivocally stunning? So groundbreaking and culture defying? Well there’s a million and one reasons for this album to be admired and this is my take on what I see from a near flawless body of work from hip-hop’s prodigal son.
Kendrick Lamar has caused shockwaves in the music industry throughout his career, whether that be with his groundbreaking studio albums or his guest appearances on other artists’ work. These are his ten best verses as a feature on other work, some of which are regarded as some of the best verses of the century.
With a new album in the pipeline and currently supporting Kendrick Lamar on the DAMN. tour, British singer, songwriter and masterful producer James Blake has a busy 2018 scheduled. He is a former Mercury Music Prize winner and all three of his albums so far have gained huge critical acclaim; but what are his best songs?
Everything about Black Panther has been breaking boundries. From it’s casting of black talent, it’s influence on culture, all the way to the soundtrack. The Black Panther album was curated by one Kendrick Lamar and features a vast array of black artists. Does the album live up to the hype that movie has generated?