I just saw this and figured there are plenty who have yet to as well: Kendrick Lamar’s first mixtape, which was recorded and released in 2003, resurfaced on the interwebs sometime last spring. This is undoubtedly a fun listen for any K. Dot fan as Y.H.N.I.C. shows the raw skill and potential, combined with the unseasoned youth of any young rapper. Stream/download below and read how Kendrick Lamar reflected on the mixtape below. #OldSchoolSundays
My first mixtape, I was 16 and it was called Y.H.N.I.C., Youngest Head Nigga In Charge. Kind of ignorant, right? We put it out on a local scale in Compton and built a buzz in the city and eventually got to this guy named Top Dawg, he had his own independent label and I’ve been with them since and we’ve just been developing my sound and branching off of that mixtape to eventually have a debut album.