When your first major label album is considered one of the best of all time, naturally there’s a little bit of pressure on the sophomore album. This is rare but it is exactly the position that Kendrick Lamar was in after he dropped good kid, m.A.A.d city in October of 2012. Those that were in the know had already heard Section.80 and had to acknowledge what kind of a monster we were dealing with, but for many, Kendrick’s rise was rapid and the debut on Interscope Records was the culmination of it. The Compton MC dealt with the expectations well, and even months after the album dropped and he was touring the world off of it, he admitted that he hadn’t even started thinking about the next album yet. This was the signal for fans to strap in for what was going to be a long wait, but one that was certainly worth it.