If you don’t think that Kendrick Lamar is the best thing to happen to hip-hop since Kanye West, you aren’t listening to the same rap genius that I am. Last year’s Section.80 was one of the strongest hip-hop records of the year (or since for that matter), and everything that Kendrick Lamar and the rest of the Black Hippy crew (Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q) have been dropping this year has been really solid. I’ve already used Lamar’s “A.D.H.D.” as my Song of the Day many moons ago as well as Ab-Soul’s “ILLuminate” which featured a killer verse from Kendrick Lamar. I actually still think that “ILLuminate” is the best hip-hop tune of the year. Kendrick Lamar has been dubbed the crown prince of hip-hop by true icons of the genre, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. He’s bringing California back in the biggest way since N.W.A. Earlier this year, Kendrick Lamar released a tune he made with none other than Dre himself. “The Recipe” joins “ILLuminate” and Odd Future’s “Oldie” as being one of the best rap tunes of the year. Enjoy.

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