I really want to clarify my earlier statement that I was surprised at the sound and production on the Kendrick Lamar album for a hip hop album. Kinda comes off as ignorant or slightly racist. What I meant was that usually with hip hop or any genre that decides to also explore and heavily incorporate influences from other genres into their music the result often winds up putting obvious dividing walls between the sounds they know and the sounds they aren't familiar with. Usually this is a result of artists just mining the surface of other genres and pasting them into their own work. Which I get as it takes a good musical ear and a deep understanding of a genre to really understand all the elements that make it work beyond a gimmick. Kendrick Lamar's production has that rare fluidity where the merging sounds of hip hop and pop-psychedelia don't sound forced and completely blend in to one another seamlessly. As I said earlier, pretty impressive.
I think what I find so exciting about hip-hop right now is how adventurous the productions have become. The guys making the best beats right now are all doing it in their bedrooms for basically nothing. Lil B in particular raps over a ridiculously wide ranging style of beats. Have you checked out any of Clams Casino's instrumental stuff?
He's kind of got the opposite problem of Kendrick, his storytelling is focused too much on fucking bitches. Still worth a listen if you didn't mind Kendrick but I think both of them are kind of works in progress.
Give that Grimes album another spin, it'll really grow on you.
Kendrick Lamar - Section 80: The production on this album is super impressive. Probably more so because I wasn't expecting a hip hop album to sound like this, never mind be able to execute it so well too. At times it felt as transcendent as some of Anti-cons stuff and Themselves. So many subtle sonic tricks throughout. However, I was barely able to make it half way through the album due to Kendrick's boring ass lyrical content. His flow and rhyming are pretty good, but man oh man does he ever hump on some tired ass themes. It's weird, I totally appreciate what he's doing and the positive or empowering messages he's going for and I think it is way better than hearing frontin' gangsta bullshit, but it comes off so bland. At times it felt like I was listening to the Jack Johnson of hip hop.
Uhg I completely agree with everything you said. I've been listening to the album a fair bit recently because I've found enough stuff on there that I like but all of your complaints are still there. Maybe check out Keisha's song towards the end, that one is pretty good too.
On a related note, I was listening to this earlier and Dr. Garbanzoured I'd share. The lyrics are horrible but hearing how well a menomena sample works is kind of trippy
I used to love Seperation Sunday/Boys and Girls in America but I kind of feel like the band has become a parody of themselves. Their last two albums have just been the exact same formula with diminishing returns. I bet they're still a lot of fun live though.
As soon as I posted that I realized that I hadn't heard Team Sleep. The Ladies album is weird because it isn't abrasive and it has something approaching hooks. His drumming style is the same but it's lower in the mix.
That Ladies album is way more conventional than you would expect. Unless there is something I've missed, it's the only thing Zach Hill has done that comes anywhere near being called conventional. It's also probably my favorite project he's been involved in.