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2011, 16 tracks, 1 hour 1 min 34 sec


May 17, 2019

Section.80 Remains An Underrated Gem In An Incredible Discography

Amongst my group of friends at school, I had somewhat of a reputation for being the Hip-Hop head. This meant that I was the go-to person for any kind of Rap-related trivia and conversations about new music that had come out over the week. In all honesty, I spent the time I should have doing homework and studying at home watching rappers’ interviews and listening to their music so my expertise was certainly at the expertise of what would be considered more important things. But oh well, I’ll take it. My interest in Hip-Hop often meant that I would be up on certain rappers earlier than most, relative to my age group anyway. I remember telling friends about J. Cole in 2010 for example. He quickly became my favourite rapper and so anything he was involved with would get the attention of my 13-year-old mind. One day I stumbled across a song that he produced for another rapper called Kendrick Lamar. It was called ‘HiiiPoWeR’ which is intriguing but in truth, was probably off-putting at the time. I think I listened to it, but its talk of Malcolm X and Martin Luther certainly didn’t resonate with me. It wasn’t until sometime in 2011 that I once again came across Kendrick’s work, this time it was a song of his called ‘Look Out For Detox’, a reference to the yet-unreleased Dr. Dre album that has been in the works since the mid-2000s. This was just a display of great rapping and a lot more digestible for me and I loved it. I didn’t yet know that the instrumental was originally from a Childish Gambino song but even when I discovered the fact, it was still a Kendrick song to me. What he did to that beat was insane. I was officially a fan. The timeline escapes me a little bit but from there I went on to listen more of his music, which eventually led me to Section.80.

Written by @Akaash from Hip-Hop-N-More
May 17, 2019

Kendrick Lamar Puts a Futuristic Spin On 90s Alternative-Rap.

Kendrick Lamar, who was crowned king of the West Coast by Dr. Dre, The Game and Snoop Dogg is a weird, young up and comer who has been rapping for many years in the country. Lamar is from Compton, a rough city in California and he describes himself as a good kid in a mad city, which means that he is a good kid who doesn’t get or want to get into trouble. Lamar’s new album, Section 80 isn’t a guest-heavy affair - it was produced mainly by relatively unknown producers like Terrace Martin, Willie B, Soundwave, and Tea Beast. It’s difficult to dislike one beat on this whole album. With the guys from Kendrick’s Black Hippy crew sounding like Soul of Mischief when they get together all combined on this master piece. Though this album does not really make a heavy attempt to open Lamar to major record labels or wider listeners, it gives him an opportunity to pursue his muse wherever it runs. With songs like “Hiiipower”, “Fuck Your Ethnicity” or “Keisha’s Song (Her Pains)”, where he talks about a 17-year-old prostitute in Compton - it is very obvious that he is aware of the community and what is going on in the world and can get really deep in the thoughtful things he raps about on this album. Kendrick Lamar is yet to learn how to intensify all his best ideas into a few absolutely killer music. Notwithstanding, Section 80 still remains a powerful artwork of a young boy attempting to describe the world as he sees it.

Written by @OlajideTV from Olajide TV




Album Info



  • Jul 02, 2011


  • Rap


  • Top Dawg


  • Dave Free (also exec.)
  • Dude Dawg (exec.)
  • Kendrick Lamar (exec.)
  • Punch (exec.)
  • Iman Omari
  • J. Cole
  • Sounwave
  • Tae Beast
  • Terrace Martin
  • THC
  • Tommy Black
  • Willie B
  • Wyldfyer


  • Top Dawg, Carson, California


Section.80 is the debut studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. It was released on July 2, 2011, by Top Dawg Entertainment. The album features guest appearances from GLC, Colin Munroe, Ashtrobot, BJ the Chicago Kid, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and vocals from late singer-songwriter Alori Joh. The production was mainly handled by Top Dawg in-house producers from production group Digi+Phonics, along with THC, Tommy Black, Wyldfyer, Terrace Martin and J. Cole. The concept album features lyrical themes delivered by Lamar such as the 1980s crack epidemic, racism and medication tolerance. The album's lead single, "HiiiPoWeR" was released on April 12, 2011.
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