By chance stuck Good Kid, Maad City on the other day and was blown away by how accomplished it is. Really feels like a great coming of age novel or movie. With the 'work' of understanding what it's all about already done, but the album not fresh in mind, it really hit me full force what an important writer and performer he is. The way his characters just come to life, the way you can just feel those kids letting loose because they've got nothing else, it's fucking exhilarating.
As to TPAB
1/ These Walls
2/ What's Wrong
3/ From the outtakes of Pimp it looks like he's really doubling down on his wordcraft, which I love. I think he'll further embrace his role as a leader lyrically. Some of his awards show/late night TV performances have demonstrated that the guy can perform as well as he can write, which is rare. Maybe he'll be moved to flex that muscle a bit more and we'll get more of a spectacle/concept? Musically, who knows. I was dubious about the jazz but it really grew on me. Inmy heart I'd love him to rap more over the cynical, dark beats of Good Kid, but I'll follow him wherever.
I kind of think, fuck polls on Kendrick. Each release has been honestly where he's at and almost too different to rank.
Rogue side thought: I think in live shows he's shown he can really carry a tune, and he obviously loves soul and jazz -maybe some real singing? Just a thought.