HIs scraps from Good Kid MAAD City and To Pimp a Butterfly are better than anything most musicians put out in a lifetime. When I hear Kendrick’s untitled unmasted. I feel like I’m hearing a product of Q-Tip, Erykah Badu and Tupac. The Jazz, the funk, the afro-centric influence, the lyrical ability he has is unmatched in today’s landscape of hip-hop. I’m one of the people who think Tupac wasn’t a rapper but, more so a poet, one of the best of our time at that. I feel Kendrick channels all these artists qualities on everything he does especially being a modern poet. Listening to Untitled 01, 08.19.2014, is like hearing an in studio cypher or better yet a great spoken word performance over beats. Stand out tracks are Untitled 05 and Untitled 07 which was produced by Swizz beatz and Alicia Keys 5-year-old son Egypt. Every track feels like an elongated in-studio jam session between Kendrick and his band. The only person I know to do that is Prince but the only difference is that Prince keeps his music to himself. I think what makes this Album so good is that it came out of nowhere, was not expected, no buzz, and no preconceived notions of how great it would be. Untitled unmastered is only 8 tracks deep and clocking in at only 35 minutes but, this is every bit of good as his two last albums.
With Beyonce starting the trend, I think we are at the beginning of a renaissance of how we will receive albums from artists, particularly great ones. Because they are so sought after, people will leak share and distribute sometimes unfinished material that ruins the album for artists. In this case, Kendrick did it himself, smart. In the case of Kanye’s TLOP, he seemed pressured to get it out and in result some tracks needed to be fixed and some just felt short. With Kendrick’s Untitled, he knew it was unpolished, hence the title, but I think that’s part of it being so good. I give it 4.5 out 5 stars.