Kung Fu Kid

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

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Alright everyone K.Dot. No. Kendrick Lamar. No. KUNG FU KENNY (that sounds about right) has touched back down on earth and dropped a new work of art onto us. Not in the same theme of his last Effort “To Pimp A Butterfly” of black consciousness in today’s political and social climate, it is still a beautiful work of art nonetheless. What’s this new Kung Fu Kenny like? This album is all packaged up to have these following ingredients: Power, Poison, Pain and Joy. This is a whole new sound for Kendrick its more modern upbeat music, but the message is still there.

The Upsides: You know what you’re getting from Kung Fu Kenny when it comes to a project. This project added in a new realm to Kendrick’s discography. Kendrick has a great way of releasing singles that play a larger part into a movie of an album. Once more Kendrick is growing right in front of our eyes. Rapping over hard gritty beats with his signature voice.

The Downsides: Lets see what we can find here to say is negative. We here at the doctrine love this album. Yet, kendrick seems to be finding new ways to be having fun with his music. Anytime you think Kendrick is finally going down one actual path and you’re grooving. It’ll change.

Honorable Mentions:

Fear: Take a walk through Kendrick’s life and what was his most intimate fears at the ages of 7, 17, and 27. 3 verses that let you into the mind of Kendrick and maybe just even into inner city youth of America?

Age 7 Kendrick:
“I beat yo ass, you better not run to your father.
Seven years old, think you run this house by yourself?
Nigga, you gon’ fear me if you don’t fear no one else”

Age 17 Kendrick:
“I’ll prolly die anonymous.
I’ll prolly die because these colors are standin’ out
I’ll prolly die from one of these bats and blue badges Body slammed on black and white paint, my bones snappin’
I’ll prolly die ‘cause that’s what you do when you’re 17”.

Age 27 Kendrick:
“The shock value of my success put bolts in me
All this money, is God playin’ a joke on me?
Is it for the moment, and will he see me as Job?
Take it from me and leave me worse than I was before?
At 27, my biggest fear was losin’ it all
Scared to spend money, had me sleepin’ from hall to hall
Scared to go back to Section 8 with my mama stressin”

-In each of these child’s eyes you can see the dedication to the development of skill, not the desire to overpower others, but the fun and hunger that comes with the drive to get better, to keep practicing that same motion over and over and over and over until it feels smooth, dig deeper and come back and make that motion smoother, that hunger to learn - This desire to learn should be encouraged in all children regardless of the art. The arts are what help us find and refine ourselves-