Release date: March 4th
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment
"Get Top on the phone!" says Kendrick Lamar early on in "Untitled 02," referring to Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, the CEO of TDE, the label that's been Kendrick's home since he was a teenage whiz kid. It's a conversational aside, but it's also a telling moment, showing that the Compton rapper has reached the point in his career where even his in-jokes become hooks.
More than a collection of To Pimp a Butterfly cast-offs, Untitled Unmastered is a brain mapping of one of our most politically curious MCs. What's on his mind? The role of the Supreme Being, police violence, genocide, racism, the materialism of the record industry, blow jobs, and everything in between. And, instead of looking only inward, Lamar shines the spotlight on his inner circle, particularly collaborators like Terrance Martin, Thundercat, Jay Rock, and Adrian Younge. Be glad he got them all on the phone, and be even more thankful that he lets us listen in.