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Kendrick Lamar @ Hammersmith Apollo

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by Juran Hakim (subscribe)
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Born and raised in the notorious city of Compton, South Central L.A., known for its street gangs, murder rates and drug trafficking. Kendrick Lamar is a diamond in the dirt in all aspects of the term.

What differentiates Kendrick from the latter is his uniqueness. When other Hip Hop enthusiasts claim ownership to a gang or group, especially in South Central L.A., Kendrick strays from the hype and keeps his music more on a positive vibe.

The young rapper recently released his first solo studio album to much acclaim and success. He has already built a core fan base due to his plethora of mixtapes released before his debut album; it seems that the future is bright for the Compton native.

The album titled "Good Kid M.A.A.D City" (spawning 13 tracks and 3 bonus tracks) is an insight into Kendrick's life thus far. The footnote at the bottom of the album cover reads "A short film by Kendrick Lamar". Kendrick's goal was to achieve a socio-documentary thematic narrative throughout the entirety of his album; skits and cut scenes are implemented in between various tracks giving the listener an experience similar to the cinematic. I believe the album is distinctive, the production is quality and the lyrics steeped in raw talent.

In addition to this Kendrick Lamar's London tour dates have long been confirmed, booked and sold out, consequently changing the venue from the modest sized IndigO2 to the more spacious Hammersmith Apollo. With the concert taking place on the 20th January in the New Year, the Compton rappers' plinth upon the Hip Hop 'Hall of Fame' is fast approaching.

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When: 20 January 2013
Where: Hammersmith Apollo
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