By Joe DeRosa
By Joe DeRosa
By Joe DeRosa
Rob Fusari Interview (Grammy Award Winning, Multi – Platinum Music Producer, Songwriter And Music Executive)
By Cullen Ronan
In the time that passed from 2012 to 2015, Kendrick Lamar’s style had changed drastically. In his previous albums prior to To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick’s approach to his music was a familiar scene; hard-hitting delivery with deeply symbolic lyrics that were blanketed in memorable, up-tempo beats.
It was a formula for success, as Kendrick quickly became one of the industry’s most respected hip-hop artists. To Pimp a Butterfly was a drastic, but refreshing change to Kendrick’s style, as the consistent use of jazz melodies and tempos combined with Kendrick’s signature hard-hitting delivery of social undertones offered a sound that was unheard of.
Now, in 2016, more than a year after he dropped To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick surprised the world again by offering a deeper insight into his transformed style with the release of untitled unmastered. The album contains a series of 8 unreleased outtakes from To Pimp a Butterfly.
The tracks on this album follow suit to the album’s name, with each track being labeled untitled with each chronological number following it, as well as the year that the specific song was recorded.
Its clear from the introduction of the very first song that these songs could fit right in with To Pimp a Butterfly’s track list, as the familiar ominous atmosphere containing the signature jazz elements and unique arrangement of melodies that made To Pimp a Butterfly so memorable are the norm on this album. The tracks all flow well, with every track transitioning to another in a way that isn’t too abrupt or out of place.
What makes it more interesting, however, is that we also get to hear samples of Kendrick’s original sound show up in certain songs. A sound reminiscent of the general atmosphere of Section .80 comes to mind as Kendrick slugs a call and response style verse with Jay Rock, which is an elegantly vicious attack on the beat that the boys from TDE have been proficient in with past endeavors. Kendrick also shows the unique narrative style that he has on To Pimp a Butterfly and G.O.O.D Kid M.A.A.D City on the second track, where Kendrick exaggerates his voice and swaps flows at several points in the song.
Another element on the album is Kendrick’s use of motifs. One of the most common elements on To Pimp a Butterfly was Kendrick’s repetition of various themes within the tracks or in interludes, more specifically, the re-occurring poem that Kendrick recites at the end of certain songs. Considering that untitled unmastered is practically an extension of To Pimp a Butterfly, its not surprising that Kendrick had these re-occurring themes appear, especially Kendrick’s chanting of, “pimp pimp,” which is found at the beginning of the second and seventh tracks on the album
Untitled Unmastered offers further insight into the mind of Kendrick, offering ideas that, while missed the initial cut or just were plain not released, still offer a unique view at a man’s take on societal distress, and is a very suitable addition to Kendrick’s track record as an artist.