The term classic is thrown a lot in today's day and age. Fans of artists believe that their favorite artist's latest album is instantly a classic without no actual justification of their opinion. One artist who has garnered a lot of attention lately is the rapper from Compton, California, Kendrick Lamar. His latest album went platinum in August and he is also leading with 14 nominations in the BET Hip Hop Awards. Lamar also set the hip hop world ablaze with his name calling verse on Big Sean's Control single. Artists like Joell Ortiz and King Los responded to Kendrick Lamar's claim of being the king of New York.
Lamar's album has received praise by many artists like The Game and Nas. It has been classified as a classic album by the general public but is it really a classic album?
The album is solid overall and doesn't give in to radio music. The Compton rapper's album is a true hip hop album which still gets radio play. That is a hard thing to do in this era. Radios respect Lamar and it shows by his songs getting played. Being co-signed by Dr. Dre doesn't hurt either.
The album tells a story of Lamar's tribulations of growing up in Compton. The songs take you to the streets of Compton and witness things through Kendrick's eyes. The album has superb singles like Swimming Pools, Backseat Freestyle and Poetic Justice. The album also has other songs like Money Trees and Compton which could also have been singles with a music video.
The album is a great listen. the idea of making it a concept album only helped this album propel to a classic album in many people's eyes. Only time will tell if Lamar delivered an album that can withstand the test of time.