The Rundown: Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d. city
"Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst"
The emotional center of the album, this beautiful 12-minute opus seems to combine two separate songs. The first, "Sing About Me," is a touching meditation on death and memory, with Kendrick Lamar once again taking on multiple points of views over a gorgeous piano-string backdrop anchored by a Bill Withers rim-shot loop. The second half, "I'm Dyin' of Thirst," features an amazing Danny Elfman-inspired beat that's stuttering and serene at the same time, while Kendrick asks for forgiveness before he meets inevitable, expected death. Recorded voicemails from his parents, interspersed throughout the album to mostly hilarious effect, here provide real insight into Kendrick's past and present.
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