Review: Untitled Unmastered Kendrick Lamar


Late night on March 3rd Kendrick Lamar dropped his new surprise album “Untitled Unmastered”.  “Untitled Unmastered” is laced with 8 songs, the untitled projects have dates instead of ordinary  track-listings.  The dates appear to show when each of the songs was either recorded or written. Almost all of the songs are dated 2014 or earlier. “Untitled Unmastered” is Lamar’s fourth official album.  The new album is the follow up to 2015’s “To Pimp a Butterfly”, making it Lamar’s second album in less than a year.  When  he released “To Pimp A Butterfly”, the album went on to be certified platinum and  won several Grammy’s.

Kendrick has been teasing this project since December 2014, when he debuted the first “Untitled” on The Colbert Report, as the show’s final musical guest. In January 2016, he then debuted “Untitled 2” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, having never formally released the first “Untitled.” During his scathing Grammy’s performance last month, Kendrick also rapped a new verse that some have labeled “Untitled 3.”

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The album is currently available on iTunes and on Spotify and Tidal.  In keeping with its name, the songs on “Untitled Unmastered.”   The cover is an alluring shade of  green but again without an actual image.  Kendrick refers to this work as a “project” rather than an album.  This moderate approach actually keeps things mysterious and of all the artists working in hip-hop today, Lamar is among a small group of MCs who are focusing back to a pre hip-hop era.