History Music / KendrickLamar

5th Jan '18 1:35:49 PM pepsimax
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* ''Film/{{Black Panther|2018}}: The Album'' (2018)
17th Dec '17 5:31:29 PM stuffedninja
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* DarkestHour: "u" is this for ''To Pimp a Butterfly'', as it's a song that deals with depression and aggressive self-hatred.



* DrowningMySorrows / INeedAFreakingDrink: Swimming Pools (Drank)

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* DrowningMySorrows / INeedAFreakingDrink: Swimming Pools (Drank)DualityMotif: Explored in various forms throughout ''DAMN.'', up to and including the album having an alternate storyline when played in reverse.



* [[EpicRocking Epic Rapping]]: Several of the songs on ''good kid'', the most obvious being "Money Trees" (6:26), "Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst" (12:03) and "Real" (7:23).

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* [[EpicRocking Epic Rapping]]: EpicRocking:
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Several of the songs on ''good kid'', the most obvious being "Money Trees" (6:26), "Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst" (12:03) and "Real" (7:23).



** ''DAMN.'' gives us the 7 long minute ''FEAR.'', a song about Kendrick's fears during different stages of his life. Just like ''Mortal Man'' and ''Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst'', it ends in a spoken word portion by Kendrick's cousin Carl.

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** ''DAMN.'' gives us the 7 long minute 7-minute-long ''FEAR.'', a song about Kendrick's fears during different stages of his life. Just like ''Mortal Man'' and ''Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst'', it ends in a spoken word portion by Kendrick's cousin Carl.



* FakeOutFadeOut: His "Black Friday" freestyle contains one about 30 seconds before the end, as well as a fake second one at the actual end, where Kendrick starts going into another line, stops himself, and says "No, I'm just fuckin' with ya".

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* FakeOutFadeOut: His "Black Friday" freestyle contains one about 30 seconds before the end, as well as a fake second one at the actual end, where Kendrick starts going into another line, stops himself, and says [[{{Troll}} "No, I'm just fuckin' with ya".ya"]].



* HypocriticalHumor: "HUMBLE" has a chrous that says "Bitch, be humble" while the rest of the song is a BoastfulRap.

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* HypocriticalHumor: "HUMBLE" "HUMBLE." has a chrous chorus that says "Bitch, be humble" while the rest of the song is a BoastfulRap.



* OhCrap: "I'mma tell you where I'm from, OK? You gon' tell me where you from, OK? Or, or, where your grandma stay, where your momma stay, or where your daddy stay, OK? Matter fact, get out the van, homie. Get out the car before I snatch you out that motherfucker, homie."

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* OdeToIntoxication: "Swimming Pools (Drank)" deconstructs this trope; it superficially presents itself as this, but is really about the danger and downsides of alcoholism.
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OhCrap: "I'mma tell you where I'm from, OK? You gon' tell me where you from, OK? Or, or, where your grandma stay, where your momma stay, or where your daddy stay, OK? Matter fact, get out the van, homie. Get out the car before I snatch you out that motherfucker, homie."



* TheReveal: On ''To Pimp a Butterfly'', the tracks end with Kendrick reciting a poem and getting a little bit further each time. The final track, "Mortal Man", reveals that [[spoiler:Kendrick is reciting the full poem to Music/TupacShakur.]]

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* TheReveal: TheReveal:
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On ''To Pimp a Butterfly'', Butterfly'':
** "How Much a Dollar Cost" ends with
the tracks end old man who keeps asking Kendrick for a dollar (only for Kendrick to refuse to help each time) revealing that [[spoiler:he is God, and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Kendrick's greed has cost him his spot in heaven]]]].
** The whole album ends
with Kendrick reciting a poem and getting a little bit further each time. The final track, "Mortal Man", reveals that [[spoiler:Kendrick is reciting the full poem to Music/TupacShakur.]]



* SelfEmpowermentAnthem: "i", which is especially powerful considering its heavy contrast with [[TearJerker "u"]].



* SuddenlyShouting: Kendrick during is life performances...and it's EPIC!
* TakeThat: "King Kunta" takes shots at rappers who use ghostwriters, rappers who didn't actually earn their success and just hopped on the latest trend, and people who blindly follow the next big thing (i.e., Kendrick) just because they're popular. "The Heart Part 4", meanwhile, is absolutely ''loaded'' with shots at Music/{{Drake}} and Music/BigSean.

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* SuddenlyShouting: Kendrick during is life performances...and it's EPIC!
* TakeThat:
TakeThat:
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"King Kunta" takes shots at rappers who use ghostwriters, rappers who didn't actually earn their success and just hopped on the latest trend, and people who blindly follow the next big thing (i.e., Kendrick) just because they're popular.
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"The Heart Part 4", meanwhile, is absolutely ''loaded'' with shots at Music/{{Drake}} and Music/BigSean.



* ThisLoserIsYou: If you still want to live the gangsta lifestyle after listening to GKMC, you have some problems.

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* ThisLoserIsYou: If you still want to live the gangsta lifestyle after listening to GKMC, ''GKMC'', you have some problems.



* WhamLine:
** TheReveal of the identity of the old man in "How Much a Dollar Cost".
--->''[[spoiler:"You're lookin' at the Messiah, the son of Jehovah, the higher power\\
The choir that spoke the word, the Holy Spirit\\
The nerve of Nazareth, and I'll tell you just how much a dollar cost\\
The price of having a spot in Heaven, embrace your loss.\\
'''I am God'''."]]''
** [[spoiler:Hearing the voice of Music/{{Tupac|Shakur}} at the end of "Mortal Man".]]
** In "DUCKWORTH.", after telling an extensive story between two characters (Kendrick's father and Top Dawg; [[spoiler:Top Dawg, robbing a KFC, decided not to kill Kendrick's father since he gave him free and extra food]]), Kendrick brings it all together with the final lines.
--->''Then you start remindin' them about that chicken incident\\
Whoever thought the greatest rapper would be from coincidence?\\
[[spoiler:Because if Anthony killed Ducky, Top Dawg could be servin' life\\
While I grew up without a father and die in a gunfight.]]''
* WhatTheHellHero: "How Much a Dollar Cost" is essentially God sending this message to Kendrick in the midst of his fame-induced greed.



** Completely inverted with his song "Money Trees", in which his friend Anna Wise sings the bridge, which makes it A Wild Singer Appears.

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** Completely inverted with his song "Money Trees", in which his friend Anna Wise sings the bridge, which makes it A Wild Singer Appears.Appears.
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9th Nov '17 11:27:04 AM stuffedninja
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* BoastfulRap: "HUMBLE.", a deliberately [[{{Irony}} irony]]-filled song over an uncharacteristic trap beat where Kendrick elevates himself while telling ''others'' to sit down and be humble. It has been analyzed by some as a quasi-[[ParodiedTrope parody]] of the trope's popularity in trap music.
1st Oct '17 7:17:59 PM stuffedninja
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* OnceMoreWithClarity: Throughout ''To Pimp a Butterfly'', Kendrick progressively recites more and more of a poem, adding lines after the end of each song. The album concludes with TheReveal that [[spoiler:the whole poem is being recited to Music/TupacShakur]].



* RearrangeTheSong: The version of "untitled 03" that was performed on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' differs notably from the album version; the final verse is left out, and there's not as much buildup for certain parts of the song.



* AWildRapperAppears: He does this in Music/ImagineDragons' "Radioactive" (remix)
** Completely inverted in his song "Money Trees", where his friend Anna Wise sings to bridge, which makes it A Wild Singer Appears.
** On the single version of Music/TaylorSwift's "Bad Blood", which few were expecting.

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* AWildRapperAppears: He does this in the remix of Music/ImagineDragons' "Radioactive" (remix)
** Completely inverted in his song "Money Trees", where his friend Anna Wise sings to bridge, which makes it A Wild Singer Appears.
** On
"Radioactive", and on the single version of Music/TaylorSwift's "Bad Blood", which few were expecting.expecting.
** Completely inverted with his song "Money Trees", in which his friend Anna Wise sings the bridge, which makes it A Wild Singer Appears.
9th Aug '17 9:04:39 PM PhysicalStamina
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** "Ain't nobody prayin' for me" is a recurring phrase on ''DAMN.'', appearing in some form on "ELEMENT.", "FEEL.", the album version of "HUMBLE.", and "FEAR."



* CapsLock: Every single song title in the album DAMN.

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* CapsLock: Every single song title in the album DAMN.''DAMN.''
5th Aug '17 4:29:11 AM jormis29
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He released his first mixtape at the tender age of sixteen. Having signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, Kendrick continued to pump out acclaimed mixtapes and finally released his debut album in 2011, titled ''Section.80''. The album won him great critical acclaim and revealed to the public the great potential the young MC had, including [[Music/DrDre Dr. Dre]] and Music/SnoopDogg, who crowned him the "New King of the West Coast" at a concert.

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He released his first mixtape at the tender age of sixteen. Having signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, Kendrick continued to pump out acclaimed mixtapes and finally released his debut album in 2011, titled ''Section.80''. The album won him great critical acclaim and revealed to the public the great potential the young MC had, including [[Music/DrDre Dr. Dre]] Music/DrDre and Music/SnoopDogg, who crowned him the "New King of the West Coast" at a concert.



** Kendrick and Dr. Dre on "The Recipe" and "Compton"

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** Kendrick and Dr. Dre Music/DrDre on "The Recipe" and "Compton"
2nd Aug '17 9:15:14 AM darkchiefy
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He released his first mixtape at the tender age of sixteen. Having signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, Kendrick continued to pump out acclaimed mixtapes and finally released his debut album in 2011, titled ''Section.80''. The album won him great critical acclaim and revealed to the public the great potential the young MC had, including [[Music/{{NWA}} Dr. Dre]] and Music/SnoopDogg, who crowned him the "New King of the West Coast" at a concert.

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He released his first mixtape at the tender age of sixteen. Having signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, Kendrick continued to pump out acclaimed mixtapes and finally released his debut album in 2011, titled ''Section.80''. The album won him great critical acclaim and revealed to the public the great potential the young MC had, including [[Music/{{NWA}} [[Music/DrDre Dr. Dre]] and Music/SnoopDogg, who crowned him the "New King of the West Coast" at a concert.
25th May '17 10:01:59 AM stuffedninja
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Kendrick began hinting towards a fourth album on March 22, 2017, where he deleted all of his pictures on Instagram and uploaded a since-deleted picture with nothing but the word "IV". The following day, ''The Heart Part IV'' was released as a promotional single, signaling the return of Kendrick after nothing but a complication album and features the last year. The song takes shots at Music/BigSean and Drake while hinting the date of his fourth album with the line ''"Y'all got April the 7th to get your shit together."''

A week later, the album's lead single ''HUMBLE.'' was released. On April 14, 2017, Kendrick's fourth studio album, ''DAMN.'' was released to widespread critical acclaim, beating out Drake's ''More Life'' for best selling Hip-Hop album of the year with 600,000 units sold.

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Kendrick began hinting towards a fourth album on March 22, 2017, where he deleted all of his pictures on Instagram and uploaded a since-deleted picture with nothing but the word "IV". The following day, ''The Heart Part IV'' was released as a promotional single, signaling the an upcoming return of Kendrick after nothing but a complication album and features the last year. The song takes Kendrick, supposedly taking shots at Music/BigSean and Drake while Drake, and hinting the date of his fourth album with the line ''"Y'all "Y'all got April the 7th to get your shit together."''

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A week later, the album's lead single ''HUMBLE.'' single, "HUMBLE.", was released.released ahead of schedule due to the cover art being leaked online. On the announced date of April 7, 2017, the new album was not released but merely made available for pre-order, to the dismay of fans. On April 14, 2017, Kendrick's fourth studio album, ''DAMN.'' was released to widespread critical acclaim, beating out Drake's ''More Life'' for best selling Hip-Hop hip-hop album of the year with 600,000 units sold.
2nd May '17 10:18:33 PM AmateurMadman
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** Kendrick and Rihanna on "LOYALITY."
** Kendrick and U2 on "XXX."

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** Kendrick and Rihanna Music/{{Rihanna}} on "LOYALITY."LOYALTY."
** Kendrick and U2 Music/{{U2}} on "XXX."
2nd May '17 6:55:49 AM ItsMeDr
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** Kendrick and Music/Rihanna on "LOYALITY."
** Kendrick and Music/U2 on "XXX."

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** Kendrick and Music/Rihanna Rihanna on "LOYALITY."
** Kendrick and Music/U2 U2 on "XXX."
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