Label: Top Dawg, Aftermath, Interscope
Released: March 4
Kendrick Lamar’s Untitled Unmastered demonstrates how great of an artist the Compton native really is. Effectively a collection of ephemeral leftovers from the To Pimp a Butterfly sessions, the project offers rough sketches of Lamar’s thoughts about society and himself. But even as sketches, they have more power and technical ability than any of his peers could easily muster.
In a year where K.Dot showed out with guest verses on blockbuster albums—Lemonade, The Life of Pablo, Starboy, Blonde—you can still find his most impactful performances on Untitled Unmastered. As a fan, you can’t help but salivate over the thought of what he’s cooking up for the next project. —Edwin Ortiz