To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city, @Okayplayer ranks the best tunes he made for the ladies.
Rap, in its nature, is rough around the edges, hardcore, gritty and grimy. It reflects the true nature of man, woman and child, unflinchingly, and doesn’t shy away from the tough-to-mention parts. Kendrick Lamar, like his predecessors before him, is a griot in every sense of the word. Able to suspend our attention, drive it towards the ills of the world and hold up a mirror at ourselves — we feel what he feels. Whether it is a real distrust in the American system or close friends and family (see: “Cut You Off”) — Kendrick is anxious, yet on the fence about subjects such as honor, trust and respect.