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Dom Kennedy – By Dom Kennedy | Review

Dom Kennedy - By Dom KennedyStupid-lookin’ ass cover be damned, I really like By Dom Kennedy. I had basically no expectations coming into this album, only being barely aware of who Dom Kennedy was: some new West Coast rapper who featured on a pretty good song from Kendrick Lamar’s early mixtape, Overly Dedicated. The song wasn’t super impressive but it caught my attention enough to bring me here, so shout out to Kendrick for helping to make this happen.

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Hasty Generalization: The Game – Documentary 2

Honestly, I’m not sure why The Game exists. If all art should have a purpose of some sort, then I’d love for someone to tell me what The Game’s reason for being is. Why does anyone need this music? Granted, that’s a question that should be asked of many rappers before we volunteer our time listening. And there are loads of rappers who deserve this question much more than Game. But while listening to The Documentary 2, his sequel to his debut, I realized that I still don’t know who and, more importantly, why exactly The Game is.

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Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

To Pimp A Butterfly is a concept album, so expect spoilers below. If you just need a quick recommendation, go get this album. It’s worth your time. Period.

Lay in the White House and get high, Lord
Lay in the White House and get high, Lord

This is not entertainment. Some songs may be entertaining, at times. But, this is not an entertainment product. This is not music to shake your ass too, although a few songs may inspire some gyrations. Kendrick has set his sights much higher than merely making a fun record, or one with a couple good messages. He easily could do that. Hell, he could easily have simply expanded on the themes of Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. He’s too driven to stagnate. He’s got a world to save…

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