It’s been a while since I’ve heard a rap album with structure and song content, and songs with structure and song content. There’s a story behind Section.80. That story reflects the cold streets of Compton, Los Angeles, California. Though instead of painting a picture of Los Angeles through a gang viewpoint, he did it by way of struggle. Hence the album’s name.
Fuck Your Ethnicity: 4/5
Hol’ Up: 5/5
No Make Up (Her Vice) (feat Colin Munroe): 4.75/5
Tammy’s Song (Her Evils): 5/5
Chapter Six: 5/5
Ronald Reagan Era (feat RZA): 5/5
Poe Man’s Dream (His Vice): 4.5/5
The Spiteful Chant: 5/5
Chapter Ten: 3.75/5
Keisha’s Song (Her Pain): 5/5
Kush & Corinthians: 4.75/5
Blow My High (Members Only): 5/5
Ab-Souls Intro: 5/5
Not much to say here. I usually never have much to say about the elite albums that I review, usually because there’s really nothing to nitpick at. I will say that Kendrick eerily reminds me of Tech N9ne early in the album. Also, I love the drums on this album – especially on “Poe Man’s Dreams”. To elongate this review, I’ll point out the three main strengths in this album.
- The production, the production as a whole isn’t outstanding, but Kendrick sounds at home on these beats, which is most important.
- Structure, the story and storytelling that takes place within the story and theme of this album. It’s not something you usually see in a rap album because it’s so hard to effectively accomplish.
- Lyrics/Subject Matter. This is pretty self-explanatory, Kendrick maintains a strong subject matter (matching the theme of the album) and remains lyrical throughout. That’s a feat in and of itself.
All in all, this is a great album. Recommended to rap fans of any subgenre as it touches pretty much every aspect of rap that any Hip-hop fan would expect.
4.78/5 (in other words, it’s damn near perfect).