Hip hop dominates the charts
2017 is a year in hip hop when mainstream artists Drake and Kendrick Lamar continue to reign with their latest projects released this Spring.
Drake released his 22 track LP, More Life, March 21 and assured fans that his latest project is not an album but a playlist, on which one song may sound totally different than the next. The album features catchy lines from one of the Migos trio, Quavo on “Portland” and the rambunctious Atlanta auto-tune Young Thug on “Sacrifices” and “Ice Melts.” The album’s sound is luxurious, which is produced by OVO’s low-key sound producer Noah “40” Shebib. Drake, who was born in Canada, shouts out his Caribbean ties through some raps over jungle styled beats. The albums lacks any new material from the melancholy rapper. The lyrics are a direct reflection into the rapper’s glamourous life, which he mostly rapped about on his previous album on Views. There’s definitely a major hit on “Fake Love” which was the first single released off of the album and received instant success. The album remained at the top of the Billboard 200 for the past month; however with the release of Kendrick Lamar’s new album, DAMN, the charts have shifted and leave fans to decide, if Kendrick or Drake is the King of Hip Hop today.
Kung Fu Kenny, a.k.a. Kendrick Lamar, known most for his classic album released in 2013, Good Kid M.A.A.D City, has been switching up his musical style over the years with the 2015 live jazz instrumentation, To Pimp A Butter fly , to an even greater experimental album released April 14, DAMN. Six years into the game, Kendrick’s fourth album is darker and lyrically potent than ever. Lamar’s track names reflect what the songs are about; these songs touch on issues like love, lust, fear, humility, loyalty. Kendrick claims the world has turned away from the important thing in life, God, and that the world is living a “worldly” life. The album mirror’s Kendrick’s soul, which is grasping for light in a world of darkness. The album has a religious tone similar to that of Chance the Rapper’s, referencing many bible verses, while maintaining a hip hop sound for the masses. Kendrick’s best song on the album is “FEEL” where listeners can feel himself battling emotionally, and spiritually throughout the song saying that “ain’t nobody prayin for me.” The first single released off the album, “HUMBLE”, was an instant success, reaching a billion streams in less than a week. The album has two features, Rhianna on “Loyalty” and Bono from the duo U2 on “XXX.” DAMN is rich in storytelling, poised to be one of Kendrick’s best album of his discography.
Give these two albums a listen and tell us what you think, who’s better, Kendrick or Drake?