First time I heard K Dot was when the ADHD video first premiered. I was tripping balls off of some shrooms, and the visuals were so “beautiful”. Me and my partner listened to it a few times before finally giving it a rest. The next day when I saw him again, he was excited af; telling me how he’d researched K Dot and listened to the Section .80 album. You’d think he’d found the love of his life, lol. I’m forever grateful for that week though, because ever since then I’ve been #TeamKendrick.
I would later go on to back track K Dot’s career and listen to all of his earlier work. Should’ve been a sin to give my ear so much pleasure, lol. He didn’t sound like anyone else, and he wasn’t pushing a particular image. He was a regular dude from the hood, with extraordinary musical talents. His beat selection was exceptional (to my ears) and his subject matter resonated within me. You’re probably like “C’mon dude, it wasn’t that serious”, but it was. See it was also motivational, and inspirational. Kendrick let me know that people still appreciated real artistry. As an artist, he really boosted my hope levels, in a sense of “You Can Make It”.
By the time he dropped GKMC, everybody knew who he was, and there was no debating the fact that he was and would be one of the dopest ever. The promotion alone had me hype af, I ain’t even gonna lie. The first time I heard it, and the way he put it together with the skits and all; I can’t even explain the feeling. All I could think of was, how tf can any rapper top this? It was clear that he’d evolved even more just by the way he put the album together. A musical-movie per say. The last time I had seen something in done in that fashion was Sticky Fingaz’, The Auto-Biography of Kirk Jones.
Something that always sells me on K. Dot is his production. It’s always totally unlike all the other music out at the time, which serves as a musical refreshment if you will. And the transitioning of the tracks are always seamless, and smooth af. If you think I’m just d**k-riding though, think about this. It was almost 2 and half years before he dropped his next album (To Pimp A Butterfly) and it was still highly….HIGHLY anticipated. Needless to say another masterpiece, that almost a year later he is still getting high praises for.
Another well put together album, that kept you listening in between songs to try to figure out what was happening next. I feel that’s what makes his albums so dope, is that it’s all connected. He sticks to one general theme or story, and that’s what sets him apart from just about every other major artist; his artistry. He always steps it up in every category from his production, to the content of his songs. Again, if you think I’m once again d**k-riding, watch this year’s Grammy Award shows, and let me know who basically owned that sh*t.
Anywhoo tho, I guess out of the goodness of his heart King Kendrick decided to not make us wait another two years for new music, and released an eight track EP, entitled, “Untitled, Unmastered”. Now clearly this project is not put together and crafted like his albums. From what I read these are songs he had lying around and not doing anything with, but the direction he’s headed is beautiful. The production reminds me of Organized Noize at the height of their career. His content continues to get deeper as he takes you first person on his journey from a hood kid, to a musical icon. If this is what he had just lying around, I’m really eager to see what his next project is gonna be like…even if it doesn’t drop until 2018