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Track Review: Kendrick Lamar - 'i' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas Rodwell   
26 09 2014
Image"He's not a rapper, he's a writer, he's an author! And if you read between the lines we'll learn how to love one another!"

Yes, King Kendrick has returned, and he's brought a slightly unexpected message with him.
"I" sees Lamar challenging himself, and hip hop boundaries in the process, with a positive outlook on life.

"I love myself", the Compton artist raps throughout, still distorting his voice and dividing opinions for doing so.

Growing up, Kendrick was forced to witness his uncle being killed at a fast food joint, as well as someone being shot in the head at a burger stand, but on "I" he remains determined to stay upbeat.

"Everybody looking at you crazy, what you gon' do? Lift up your head and keep moving, or let the paranoia haunt you?" he spits, in an admirable approach for someone who's suffered from depression since adolescence.

That "light in the darkness" approach matches his creativity; Lamar is fearlessly pursuing what he believes is right in a genre filled with artists that are anything but ground-breaking.
And so while he will attract criticism for the almost preaching tone of his verses, no hip hop fan can ever truly say that K.Dot is predictable.

He's experimenting, and after the global acclaim of 2012's "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City", rap fans are eagerly awaiting the 27-year-old's next LP, having presumably just heard its first single.

Hear "I" here.
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