Kendrick MC Wake Up Call…Who’s Listening?
By now everyone has heard the recent lyrical alarm sounded off by Cali’s lyrical torch-bearer Kendrick Lamar. The young MC decided to turn a Big Sean song called “Control” into his own personal sounding board for all those within the current crop of up and coming artists. In an age where few artists mention others by name and most look to avoid the confrontational nature that has been a staple within the genre, Mr Lamar said “Screw that!” Running off a list of the games current “new” artists Kendrick woke up the collective Hip Hop community with is unexpected attack.
In the aftermath of this fury artists who have been on and off the mainstream radar are replying with “answer” tracks to the many claims young Kendrick made. Personally as a fan of lyrics and word play this is heaven to me just because I love the art of Rap. I get that some music has its place and all material doesn’t need to be super lyrical, but its nice to hear a certain level of skill again. Now, while a expect to see no immediate end to the reply songs, I hope that the bigger point raised by Kendrick Lamar does not get missed. This isn’t a one time call to action. It’s a self check on what you are doing and taking pride in the title of MC. This is a title that for as long as it has existed demanded you to bring your best and strive to be the best.