Kendrick Lamar - Section.80
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Based on 8 reviews
2011 Ratings: #69 / 964
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2011 Ratings: #46
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July 2, 2011 / Release Date
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It’s all about the moment, and Section.80 is about as relevant as it gets.


Section.80 still stands as a powerful document of a tremendously promising young guy figuring out his voice.


After a string of highly promising but ultimately confusing mixtapes, Kendrick Lamar delivers on his immense Dr. Dre- and blog-fueled hype with one of 2011's best hip-hop albums.

The Needle Drop
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar doesn't follow the usual tough and hardened stereotypes that come with repping the California city. The guy isn't a wimp, but he's more interested in saying something thought-provoking than violent.

Kendrick's conceptual aptitude is part of what makes him stand out, but he thrives most at relating defiance in dealing with his circumstances.

kendrick guessed my score 7 years in advance
50th review wtf

Kendrick Lamar showed in his debut album that he is a very clever rapper with some interesting stories about society such in tracks like keisha's song (her pain) and tammy's song (her vice). Conceptually this may not be as good as his next 2 records but section.80 was a great starting point and the music itself is great.

The production on this record is fantastic. From the catchy beats in hol' up and rigamortus to the chilled, relaxing beats found on A.D.H.D and kush & ... read more
Now this is an album I've been needing to listen to in full for a while now and I am not disappointed in the slightest. Section.80 a great body of work and stepping stone in the great career of Kendrick Lamar. Now this record does still sound like Kendrick is really finding his sound and all and you can still hear his influences at points more than his own style but he still does a phenomenal job on here. On tracks like Keisha's Song, Kendrick already shows his great storytelling abilities that ... read more
man these three albums are just goldmines, this album is absolutely insanely good and it really goes underrated in his discograohy which kinda makes me sad ngl. no bad songs or duds, everythng hits hard and everything slaps.

FAV TRACKS: F*ck Your Ethnicity; ADHD; Chapter Six; Rigamortus
LEAST FAV: The Spiteful Chant

Although it's not something that I would return to as a whole, Kendrick's 'Section.80' is a solid and powerful debut record. He states his political views in a unique and creative front, while presenting some chill production in the background. His best is yet to come in the timeline.

Color: Purple
FAV TRACKS: The Spiteful Chant, Ronald Reagan Era, Hol' Up, HiiiPower, Kush and Corinthians
LEAST FAV: Chapter Ten, A.D.H.D
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Track List

  1. Fuck Your Ethnicity 
  2. Hol' Up 
  3. A.D.H.D 
  4. No Make-Up (Her Vice) 
  5. Tammy's Song (Her Evils) 
  6. Chapter Six
  7. Ronald Reagan Era 
  8. Poe Mans Dreams (His Vice)
  9. The Spiteful Chant 
  10. Chapter Ten 
  11. Keisha's Song (Her Pain) 
  12. Rigamortus 
  13. Kush & Corinthians 
  14. Blow My High (Members Only) 
  15. Ab-Souls Outro
  16. HiiiPower
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Added on: July 21, 2011