Earlier this week, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith informed fans that a member of the TDE roster would drop a project before the week’s end. Fans had little to no idea that it would be Kendrick Lamar. So, who do we have to thank for this surprise drop? It appears that the credit goes to NBA superstar Lebron James. In February, he directed a tweet to Kendrick Lamar and encouraging him to release his untitled tracks.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 23, 2016
Every element of Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered. tells you something about the Compton MC’s provocative, multi-layered genius. Take the contrast of the collection’s ultra-generic title and its attention-grabbing, out-of-left-field release. Take the retro-futuristic, Funkadelic-inspired grooves that simmer under tracks like “untitled 02” and “untitled 06.” These are only the beginning of the album’s hypnotic, nuanced nod to hip-hop’s deep roots and unstoppable political and expressive currency. Songs like “untitled 03” and “untitled 05”—with layered references, wild-eyed jazz solos, and cutting insight—continue Lamar’s winning streak.
The project is now available on Apple Music.
1. untitled 01 08.19.2014 (Prod. by Hit-boy and DJ Spinz)
2. untitled 02 06.23.2014 (Prod. by Yung Exclusive and Cardo)
3. untitled 03 05.28.2013 feat. Thundercat, Bilal, Terrace Martin and Anna Wise (Prod. by Da Internz)
4. untitled 04 08.14.2014 feat. Jay Rock and SZA (Prod. by Bizness Boi and Nard&B)
5. untitled 05 09.21.2014 feat. Anna Wise, Punch and Jay Rock (prod. by Nard&B)
6. untitled 06 06.30.2014 feat. Cee-Lo Green (Prod. by Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge)
7. untitled 07 2014 – 2016 (Prod. by Frank Dukes, Cardo, Yung Exclusive, Swizz Beatz and Egypt Dean)
8. untitled 08 09.06.2014 (Prod. by DJ Khalil)