With five critically acclaimed mixtapes and an independent release already under his belt, it's easy to forget that Kendrick Lamar's first major-label LP hasn't even dropped yet. The much-blogged-about good kid, m.A.A.d city isn't due until later this month, but Lamar is already generating more media attention than a Mitt Romney gaffe. At a recent good kid preview party, Rolling Stone called the record — what they'd heard, at least — "precious," citing Lamar's "double-time barrages of syllables" and the album's "fierce drumbreak loops that screw your face up." Raised on N.W.A's 'hood-life narratives and influenced by his own upbringing on the very streets that his mentor, Dr. Dre, depicts in his music, Lamar gives a portrayal of present-day South Central L.A. that's not just vivid, but essential.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.