Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2012
When Ocean reins himself in, tucking his words and melodies into tighter verse-chorus structures, the songs have startling force.
Lamar is an unlikely star: a storyteller, not a braggart or punch-line rapper, setting spiritual yearnings and moral dilemmas against a backdrop of gang violence and police brutality.
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