Kanye West may still own the sole share in hip-hop’s throne, but considering how disappointing both Watch the Throne and Cruel Summer were, it’s becoming clear that Kanye isn’t going to be at the top forever. To be fair, those were collaborative albums that he wasn’t in charge of so here’s hoping that his next solo album is better. If anybody coming up in hip-hop right now has a chance to dethrone Kanye, it’s Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar. I’ve used “The Recipe” and “A.D.H.D.” from Kendrick’s solo output already as my Song of the Day and his verse on his Black Hippy partner Ab-Soul’s “ILLuminate” is one of the best parts of the song (not that Ab-Soul doesn’t bring the heat). Kendrick Lamar was my third favorite act at this year’s Bonnaroo. I’m actually pretty pissed right now about Kendrick Lamar. He was supposed to play in Morgantown on this Friday with Gym Class Heroes (but who gives a fuck about them). But the show was postponed til next week. And I’m going to have to work that Friday. So I can’t go. Fuck! It really sucks because Lamar just released his debut studio LP, good kid, m.A.A.d city, and it gives Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE a run for its money as best album of the year (and also the most annoying title stylization). Here’s one of the hit singles off the record, “Swimming Pool (Drank).” Enjoy and listen to this album on endless repeat.
Song of the Day #185: “Swimming Pools (Drank)” by Kendrick Lamar