DAMN. Only a rapper who is debatably the best at his craft right now could pull together the impressive lineup for guest slots— including U2— and barely use them. Between his work this year with Thundercat, Lamar continued to build on the astounding success of To Pimp A Butterfly and fearlessly is the standard-bearer for West Coast hip hop. With a massive headlining arena tour, the rapper isn’s just at the top of his game, but he’s the most important voice in his genre who is vastly outpacing his peers.
Anyone anointed by Dr. Dre is a special talent. But Kendrick Lamar is on the verge of ascending higher than any Dre pupil to a status only enjoyed by Eminem. Ahead of his Coachella headlining slot, Lamar dropped his new LP, appropriately titled