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.
Last week, Kendrick headlined a Beats By Dre Party in Las Vegas and above is the up close footage. K. Dot fans, this may hold you over just a lil bit.
As for the Beats By Dre commercial of Colin Kaepernick that premiered today, well, let’s just say I’m with Steve Kerr and much of Twitter…
A few years back Game featured Kendrick Lamar on “The City”, one of the most heart felt tracks on his RED Album. Today we get a 20syl Juicy remix from Kendrick’s powerful verses from his collaboration with Game. The original is below as well as the remix.
Sing That Shit- Vibe To’Download Below.
Stop what you’re doing K. Dot fans, here’s a new verse from him on the remix to Tool’s “I’m Ghost” with Famoso. And you don’t have to wait long, Kendrick spits a nice first verse over the upbeat electro-infused beat, produced by Infamous DJ Haze.
When the lights shut off, an artist’s dream is that their work will stand the test of time. The ones that influence our culture are the ones we most remember. Here, two powerful creative forces come together to elevate the status quo and lay ground to their legacy. This is their poetry. Sing about them. This is part one.
Part 1 of a two part visual for “Sing About Me” and this artfully done, documentary style video is a must-see. Directed by Darren Romanelli, watch K. Dot do his thing above. good kid m.A.A.d. city in stores now (if for some reason, you didn’t know).