In his short time in the game Kendrick Lamar has hit the ground running, releasing three solid projects including a debut album (good kid, M.A.A.D. City) that can be called this generation’s Illmatic. West Coast legends Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre have already christened him the new king of West Coast hip-hop, a title Kendrick has done nothing to discredit. On his birthday (June 17) we look back at his five best tracks thus far.
Despite being in his third year of the “mainstream” Kendrick has put out enough tracks to make curating a top five songs list pretty difficult. How many artists can you say that for? Not many, that’s for sure. The fact that his pre-Section.80 songs are disqualified makes things a little easier, but not by much. So before we get into this let’s break down what it takes to make the top five. Each song that appears on this list never gets skipped when it comes on shuffle or in the whip. Never. Also, radio singles are not anymore legitimate than B-Side songs. Now that we got that out of the way let’s get down to business.