Initial Impressions of Kendrick Lamar’s Surprise Album, Untitled Unmastered

After over a week of hinting that someone from TDE would drop some new music soon, Kendrick Lamar released a surprise album last night called untitled unmastered. As you can imagine, the internet went fucking crazy. While your pseudo-intellectual-hip-hop-philosopher friends are probably writing their think pieces right now, I listened to the album too and have a much less pretentious-sounding (I hope) rundown of the 8 tracks that make up the album. That’s because I listened to it a grand total of one time through and stream-of-conscioused my first impressions. Take it, leave it, berate me in the comments section, do whatever feels right to you.

untitled 01 | 8.19.2014: This erotic moaning/dirty talk is making me uncomfortable yet v turned on at the same time. Probs NSFW. Calling it now: the lyrics will inspire many internet essays, and probs a college-level seminar.

untitled 02 | 06.23.2014: Kendrick really commits to singing and tbh isn’t terrible at it. New betch anthem: I just got a raise / spent it all on me / and I’m bossin’ up / bitch get out the way. Def a hit.

untitled 03 | 05.28.2013: If anybody else came out with a song that went “What did the [insert person of various race here] say” the whole world would lose its shit, and not in a good way. All hail King Kendrick for being able to say what nobody else could [prayer hands emoji].

untitled 04 | 08.14.2014: How do people whisper that fast? Was Twista secretly featured on this track?

untitled 05 | 09.21.2014: 5+ minutes in which I feel like I’m in a smoky jazz lounge on quaaludes, and I’m not mad about it.

untitled 06 | 06.30.2014: Sounds like something off D’Angelo’s last album. A must-add to your smash playlist.

untitled 07 | 2014 – 2016: Oh Jesus Christ, this song is 8 minutes. I need an adderall. No wait I lied, no adderall needed—definite banger. Prepare for this song to get murdered by the radio, the club, and all your friends’ pregame playlists. While the whole thing is cool, the first three minutes are where it’s at, much in the same way most people aren’t even aware there is a second half of “M.a.a.d. City”. Full disclusure: I skipped the entire last minute.

untitled 08 | 09.06.2014: We made it fam. The end. I feel like if you don’t listen to this song while walking peppily/dancing down the street, you’re doing it wrong.

You can like, stream the album on Spotify btw.


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