RonArtest15 Posted April 14, 2017 Share Posted April 14, 2017 (edited) I don't check for hip-hop nearly as much as I used to, but I won't lie....I can't wait to get home later tonight and give Damn. a listen. But forget all of that for a second. Let's talk about the quality of product Kendrick Lamar ROUTINELY releases. Starting with Section.80, going to GCMC, TPAB, and now DAMN. What he's pulled off in his career should be admired and celebrated. IMO, no filler or garbage. Just straight artistry and the man keeps getting better and better with his craft. I remember when Lauryn Hill dropped Miseducation back in the day. The bar was set SO high following that release that I thought that it would be near impossible for her to top with any future projects. You can make a case that everything went downhill for her from there. I haven't seen any sort of fall off from Kendrick no matter how close to perfection I think one of his projects is. Jay-Z, for his past greatness, to me, has fallen off...that's to be expected. You can make the same argument for many guys who are thought of to be in the top-5 rappers of all time list who are still around. It's no disrespect, but rather how interests/priorities have changed as they've gotten older. We grasp to their hits from yesteryear because that's when they were at their best. The game has changed and there is so much garbage out there. I wouldn't dare mention some of these new cats out there dropping music as good lyricists/artists/etc. They serve their purpose as far as getting folks hype, but none of the music they drop has any sort of staying potential. They'll be forgotten. Kendrick, right now, is on another level. From all I've been reading about DAMN., it's got the potential to be a classic. Each time I think Kendrick has put the bar so high, he puts out another project that raises it. If ANYONE wants to crown him as the GOAT or put him in the top 3-5 best ever to do it, you'd get no argument from me. He's just that good. *edit* Made a quick thread title change...Conversations have branched off from Kendrick. A lot of us on here like hip-hop, so maybe we can just keep this thread to discuss ANYTHING involving the genre. Edited April 21, 2017 by RonArtest15 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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