Joy, frustration, positivity, hate. Music can both create and help accentuate moods for the listener. As performers that use the spoken word, rappers have an intimate relationship with their fans that goes beyond just hearing by putting listeners in their shoes.
Never one to shy away from his emotions, Kendrick Lamar creates mood music that reflects where he’s coming from and where he’s at in the moment. From contemplative (“Kush and Corinthians”) to conflicted (“Ignorance is Bliss”) to combative (his infamous “Control” verse), he never seems to stay in the same zone for too long. It is his ability to encompass so many emotions in his work that has won over so many.
To celebrate K-Dot’s 27th birthday and the start of summer, we have selected some of his most seasonal cuts, along with selections from some of his collaborators and kindred spirits, that are sure to get any Kendrick fan in the mood.
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