The "tone"? The fuck does that even mean in this context? Who cares? The album is flat out boring and isn't interesting to me. I just don't "feel" Kendrick on a personal level. He's talented but I just don't like his music, and I am baffled as to why people are going as far to compare this album to Illmatic.
How the fuck do you even make the connection? Comparing this to Illmatic is like comparing beets to tangerines.
This is a run of the mill album. It isn't bad, it isn't great, it's good. This has to be the most hyped project I've heard about since J. Cole's debut where—surprise—people compared it to Illmatic. You must be a real "hippity hop head".
I'm curious to know what artist do you connect with then????
When I was in high school and actually spent tons and tons of time diggin for music, ah man, tons of niggas. Here are some of my favorite artists during my high school hip hop quest:
J Dilla's discography (The Shining is one of my favorite hip hop albums)
The Diplomats in their prime
Wu Tang (mostly Ghostface, U-God, Masta Killa, GZA and the rebel INS) but aside from a few tracks, i like their solo work better than their group shit
I was big into Biggie and Tupac but not as much now
Nas sort of, not really a huge fan, but i like a lot of his shit
Guru's solo stuff
Blackalicious for a little while
Drizzy the gawd
some of the gold Slum Village shit
Canibus the gawd
Vinnie Paz the gawd
Lately though I've been really feeling Freddie Gibbs never listend to him up until a week ago and he's quickly become my favorite rapper at the moment.
Outside of the hip hop realm I dabbled in some white boy shit like Depeche Mode (big fan of their stuff), Audioslave (Chris Cornell the gawd) and Tool
Also i'm a big Mavado and huge Buju fan and i like a lot of dancehall/reggae shit. I listen to some soul like the Temptations, the Manhattans, got some Thelonious Monk on my shit. I listen to a lot of stuff man.
I listen to a ton of music but I just don't feel anything when it comes to Kendrick. I like Schoolboy and Ab Soul though, not sure why everyone dickrides the Gremlin though.