Thursday, January 3, 2013

Martin Had a Dream... Kendrick Lamar - "Backseat Freestyle" (Black Hippy)

It took Kanye nearly 5 album's time to write something as densely-layered and reflective as Dark Twisted Fantasy. But Kendrick Lamar managed to achieve equally revealing results on his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d. city (if you don't count #Section.80, Overly Dedicated, or Kendrick Lamar EP) that quite honestly, rivals even Mr. West's seasoned talents! What Lamar ended up penning is a semi-autobiographical tale based around his childhood, growing up on the "mean streets" of Compton. good kid, m.A.A.d. city's stone cold grizzly narrative briefly touches on slingin' dope, money, bitches, pizza, freestyling, bloodshed, etc.

"Backseat Freestyle" is easily my favourite [non-]single pulled from the instantly CLASSIC album; Kendrick Lamar weaves a crazy/AWESOME tall-tale that's partially about a neighborhood chick with a fat ass, Sherane, and compares his manhood to the structural integrity of The Eiffel Tower. Lamar took the reigns and self-directed "Backseat Freestyle"'s black-and-white music video clip along with Dave Free and Jerome D. [Hurd] on location across Compton/Paris. Believe it or not, the footage just might be re-used as part of a larger good kid, m.A.A.d. city album-length short film project... which is rumored to be co-starring either Janet Jackson or Taraji P. Henson. good kid, m.A.A.d. city un-surprisingly topped a shit-ton of reputable "year end" album lists and needless to say, it's available @ a local record store near you!

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