Rapper Kendrick Lamar recently released a surprise new album called “Untitled Unmastered.” The album was released on March 3 and consists of album outtakes and demos in eight different tracks from his last album, “To Pimp a Butterfly.” “Untitled Unmastered” appeared a few weeks after his emotionally moving Grammy performance that attracted a tremendous amount of attention with its references to police brutality and the shooting of Trayvon Martin.


Praise for Kendrick Lamar's “To Pimp a Butterfly” from Mac Miller on twitter (@macmiller) March 17, 2015

Praise for Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” from Mac Miller on Twitter (@macmiller) March 17, 2015

The award-winning rapper may have surprised people with the sudden drop of an album, but he did not seem to shock anyone in terms of quality. With its strong musical production and lyrical value, Lamar grabbed attention once again with this new collection of tracks.


His music has been described as anything but conventional; it embodies the perfect amalgam of rap, jazz, funk, and spoken word. Lamar’s incorporation of political unrest in his tracks make them more accessible to his fans. 


The album release was not completely unpredictable, though, as Lamar previously performed tracks from the album on shows, such as “The Colbert Report” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”


Pitchfork reviews Lamar’s new album:

“A small and quiet statement from an artist with little to prove at this moment. Its author tempts deeper reading, but his choices and the lack of entry points—no directional song titles, no grand proclamations, no promotion—leaving nothing to deal with but the music.”


Esquire also compares “Untitled Unmastered” to rapper Kanye West’s recently released album, “The Life of Pablo”:

“West’s, an exploration of fame and his own narcissism; Lamar’s, a study of race and black America. Where West comes across as out of touch with everything and everyone but himself, Lamar is channeling his community.”


Do you like Kendrick’s new album? What are some of your favorite tracks? Let me know by tweeting me @JuliMiller97