Kendrick Lamar: “i”


Kendrick Lamar dropped a brand new single today— the self-esteem boosting “i” is our first glimpse at his forthcoming LP.

After the contemplative weight of good kid, m.A.A.d city and the ruthless shot-firing of “Control”, Lamar pumps the breaks and puts this new jam on some serious Outkast vibes, bolstered by a sample of The Isley Brother’s “That Lady” that uplifts the track on some of that love thyself, feel-good ish. I’m hearing some Thundercat flourishes on that bass solo outro too— considering he’s confirmed to be working on another track for the LP, that shouldn’t be too surprising. On “i”, Kendrick just sounds comfortable above all else and spits with all the cool confidence of a victory lap. Fair enough for the current messiah of rap who’s released one of the greatest hip-hop LPs in recent memory. You’ve earned it, K-Dot. But, on the first couple listens this track is a bit light for my tastes. What do ya’ll think?

There’s no release date for the LP yet, but Kendrick recently said that he has recorded 30 to 40 new songs and at this point hasn’t asked any other MCs to appear on the album. “I have so much to say! It’s somewhat selfish of me”, he says. The rumor mill’s projected a late 2014 or early 2015 release for the hotly anticipated follow-up to good kid m.A.A.d city. Regardless of how you feel about this song, that’s still something worth looking forward to.

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