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A stunning, in-depth look at the power and poetry of one of the most consequential rappers of our time. Kendrick Lamar is one of the most influential rappers, songwriters and record producers of his generation. Widely known for his incredible lyrics and powerful music, he is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time. In Promise That You Will Sing About Me, pop cul A stunning, in-depth look at the power and poetry of one of the most consequential rappers of our time. Kendrick Lamar is one of the most influential rappers, songwriters and record producers of his generation. Widely known for his incredible lyrics and powerful music, he is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time. In Promise That You Will Sing About Me, pop culture critic and music journalist Miles Marshall Lewis explores Kendrick Lamar’s life, his roots, his music, his lyrics, and how he has shaped the musical landscape. With incredible graphic design, quotes, lyrics and commentary from Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alicia Garza and more, this book provides an in-depth look at how Kendrick came to be the powerhouse he is today and how he has revolutionized the industry from the inside.


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A stunning, in-depth look at the power and poetry of one of the most consequential rappers of our time. Kendrick Lamar is one of the most influential rappers, songwriters and record producers of his generation. Widely known for his incredible lyrics and powerful music, he is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time. In Promise That You Will Sing About Me, pop cul A stunning, in-depth look at the power and poetry of one of the most consequential rappers of our time. Kendrick Lamar is one of the most influential rappers, songwriters and record producers of his generation. Widely known for his incredible lyrics and powerful music, he is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time. In Promise That You Will Sing About Me, pop culture critic and music journalist Miles Marshall Lewis explores Kendrick Lamar’s life, his roots, his music, his lyrics, and how he has shaped the musical landscape. With incredible graphic design, quotes, lyrics and commentary from Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alicia Garza and more, this book provides an in-depth look at how Kendrick came to be the powerhouse he is today and how he has revolutionized the industry from the inside.

30 review for Promise That You Will Sing About Me: The Power and Poetry of Kendrick Lamar

  1. 5 out of 5

    Geoff

    This was an interesting book - pitched between a pop biography and an academic analysis of Kendrick Lamar and his place in Californian, Hip Hop, and US culture. Lamar is a great MC recognized in both hip hop and wider circles; his album Damn won the Pulitzer prize in Music in 2019, the first in forever that wasn't opera or contemporary Avant Garde orchestra music And he fits both the strong / hard / misogynistic trappings of most hip hop these days while also moving beyond that to an examination This was an interesting book - pitched between a pop biography and an academic analysis of Kendrick Lamar and his place in Californian, Hip Hop, and US culture. Lamar is a great MC recognized in both hip hop and wider circles; his album Damn won the Pulitzer prize in Music in 2019, the first in forever that wasn't opera or contemporary Avant Garde orchestra music And he fits both the strong / hard / misogynistic trappings of most hip hop these days while also moving beyond that to an examination of the effects of these stances. His lyrics are interesting and dense and he does the somewhat unusual tactic of often rapping from the point of view of created characters in his songs, normal in music in general but pretty unusual in rap. The author does a good job of discussing what makes Lamar interesting, where he came from, and (most interestingly to me) connects him to larger trends in society (especially BLM), in contemporary hip hop (Drake and J. Cole), soul and jazz (especially Marvin Gaye), alternative Hip Hop (with connections both to the pre-gansta rap period where acts like De La Soul, PM Dawn, and especially A Tribe Called Quest could exist and to the members of his supergroup Black Hippy), and other prominent rappers that came before (with long discussions of Tupac). This isn't an exhaustive biography, nor does the author goes as deep into doing close readings of Lamar's lyrics as I expected. He also expects you to have a good grounding in Hip Hop to follow along. But I liked the way he made connections to rap and pop music history and the way he wove in his and other's reactions to Kendrick's music and how it's affected them and Hip Hop at large.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karen Dee

    This book was really insightful, not just about Kendrick Lamar but of hip hop and R&B and the history behind them. There was a lot of context given for the creation of rap and the times in which it evolved. The author examined Kendrick's music not only in the context of his life but the framework of the world in which Black people live that inspired his work. I loved that the author talked about the history of the music and the important figures like Tupac that made rap a global phenomenon. To un This book was really insightful, not just about Kendrick Lamar but of hip hop and R&B and the history behind them. There was a lot of context given for the creation of rap and the times in which it evolved. The author examined Kendrick's music not only in the context of his life but the framework of the world in which Black people live that inspired his work. I loved that the author talked about the history of the music and the important figures like Tupac that made rap a global phenomenon. To understand Kendrick's music you have to understand the world in which he lives and the history of Black people in America. These two things are essential as they inform his voice and inspiration. I believe Kendrick's music will grow as he matures and experiences more of the world outside of what he can see around him but what and who he can connect to universally. Is he the Tupac of this generation as he has been called? I don't think so. I think he is his own voice and I'm excited to see how it grows.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    I went into this knowing nothing about what would be discussed. I am pleased that I did. I learned a lot about a person who I consider one of the greatest rappers of my time. Thanks for the ARC NetGalley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    “Promise That You Will Sing About Me”, by author Miles Marshall Lewis, is about hip hop rapper sensation Kendrick Lamar. The book not only gives the history of Kendrick Lamar’s music and influence but also the history of hip hop. It was actually quite fascinating to me to read of Mr.Lamar’s life and the influence he has on an entire generation. Throughout the book is interviews with activists, critics, and also Pulitzer juror Farah Jasmine Griffin. I had no idea that Mr.Lamar won a Pulitzer! I l “Promise That You Will Sing About Me”, by author Miles Marshall Lewis, is about hip hop rapper sensation Kendrick Lamar. The book not only gives the history of Kendrick Lamar’s music and influence but also the history of hip hop. It was actually quite fascinating to me to read of Mr.Lamar’s life and the influence he has on an entire generation. Throughout the book is interviews with activists, critics, and also Pulitzer juror Farah Jasmine Griffin. I had no idea that Mr.Lamar won a Pulitzer! I loved this book, it is evident the author put extensive research and has much knowledge of Kendrick Lamar and hip hop/rap. I liked the author’s writing style too, it flows well. *For those of us that love graphics, this book is full of them! I received an advanced readers copy of this book in a gracious giveaway on Goodreads by St. Martin’s Press. My review is based upon my opinion after reading (and enjoying!) the entire book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dre

    Reading "Promise That You Will Sing About Me" by Miles Marshall Lewis is an experience, I tell you. Not only does Lewis give critical, well-researched analysis of Kendrick's body of work, he gives a glimpse into the life of Kendrick by way of his environment, musical influences, and the time period that shaped him. Musical ethnography of one of my favorite rappers is a treat in the way that it feels as though you are front + center of a hip-hop seminar and this curriculum covers Kendrick. There Reading "Promise That You Will Sing About Me" by Miles Marshall Lewis is an experience, I tell you. Not only does Lewis give critical, well-researched analysis of Kendrick's body of work, he gives a glimpse into the life of Kendrick by way of his environment, musical influences, and the time period that shaped him. Musical ethnography of one of my favorite rappers is a treat in the way that it feels as though you are front + center of a hip-hop seminar and this curriculum covers Kendrick. There is no stone left unturned as Miles discusses Kendrick Lamar the artist: from his unique style and flow, on down to the competitive energy that tethers Kendrick to the likes of rapper Drake. The author masterfully weaves his own personal experiences into the mix-- where he was and what he was doing when something specific happened in the country. And what Kendrick might have also been experiencing, using his age, environment, and lyrics for reference. In reading, I was blown away by how well-researched everything was. However, there were times when I felt the author led me down a rabbit hole of information I had a hard time crawling out of! Any true student of hip hop will appreciate this read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you to Netgalley for the eARC and St. Martin's Press for the physical ARC of "Promise You Will Sing About Me" in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cavak

    Promise That You Will Sing about Me reads like a love letter to rap with fascinating personal anecdotes from Lewis. If you're not familiar with the genre, that's fine. You'll gain a healthy dose of historical and cultural explanations that you may have not otherwise felt or experienced. Lewis is quite the storyteller. Wow, can he elaborate. As someone who's not part of the Kendrick Lamar wave, I was surprised to learn how much praise and influence he has had over the last decade. Tells you often Promise That You Will Sing about Me reads like a love letter to rap with fascinating personal anecdotes from Lewis. If you're not familiar with the genre, that's fine. You'll gain a healthy dose of historical and cultural explanations that you may have not otherwise felt or experienced. Lewis is quite the storyteller. Wow, can he elaborate. As someone who's not part of the Kendrick Lamar wave, I was surprised to learn how much praise and influence he has had over the last decade. Tells you often I pay attention to the music scene, period. The only one I was kinda familiar with before this book was Childish Gambino. I can only speak for myself when I say Lewis went above and beyond in making me look up a YouTube video here and there. Rich and descriptive, it's just the tonic I needed in learning about a new voice of a genre I like. I appreciated whenever Lewis wrote about what he believes are Kendrick Lamar's weaker or controversial pieces. Kept it real with me. It's a small quibble but understandable. Kendrick hasn't lived a long life yet, so autobiographical details about him may be repeated. You're just going to have bear with it. Whenever Lewis repeats, it's often to remind you how and why they are so relevant for each section. The artwork in here is marvelous. So were the pages printed in color. Shame I have an advance reader's copy. Be interested in seeing what colors are used for the print on sale. Promise That You Will Sing about Me got me to look up an artist I'd never heard of before. It introduced me to a generation's voice that I hadn't considered before. Thrilling, no? If you want to learn why Alright matters so much without getting into a flame war or troll comments online, read this book. Lewis educates you. I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

  7. 5 out of 5

    lisa

    This book is a combination of hip hop history, and glowing review of Kendrick Lamar. It was interesting, somewhat in the vein Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib, but without as much cultural commentary. Mostly Miles Marshall Lewis wanted to talk about how great Kendrick Lamar was and how his lyrics helped shape a groundswell that is part of the BLM movement, etc. It's perfectly fine, but wasn't inspiring in any way. To be honest, I prefer just to listen to Ke This book is a combination of hip hop history, and glowing review of Kendrick Lamar. It was interesting, somewhat in the vein Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib, but without as much cultural commentary. Mostly Miles Marshall Lewis wanted to talk about how great Kendrick Lamar was and how his lyrics helped shape a groundswell that is part of the BLM movement, etc. It's perfectly fine, but wasn't inspiring in any way. To be honest, I prefer just to listen to Kendrick Lamar for a few hours, and actually feel something instead of reading this book to try to feel something. I think part of my lukewarm feelings about this book was the ARC I got, which was clearly a very early format of this book. I expect (I hope) that the paragraphs that got chopped up for random pictures and quotes will be put together in a way that is a less jarring read. Also, I had several chapter in my copy that began in the middle, and it took me awhile to realize that I had to skip around the book to find the beginning. Again, little ARC nitpicks that I'm sure will not show up in the final copy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    I will preface this review with I'm not a huge fan of Kendrick Lamar. Like the author, I grew up with rap and hip hop artists who influenced Kendrick. Like him, I also stopped really listening to that music and other genres, because they were tired and their lyrics mostly shit. I just never came back. I entered this giveway for two reasons: my cousin is a huge fan and I really was fascinated by the first rapper to ever get a Pullitzer Prize award. It was amazing. Even though the summary book talk I will preface this review with I'm not a huge fan of Kendrick Lamar. Like the author, I grew up with rap and hip hop artists who influenced Kendrick. Like him, I also stopped really listening to that music and other genres, because they were tired and their lyrics mostly shit. I just never came back. I entered this giveway for two reasons: my cousin is a huge fan and I really was fascinated by the first rapper to ever get a Pullitzer Prize award. It was amazing. Even though the summary book talks of this, this book is not that at all. Don't expect it. I was disappointed in this book for that reason. In fact, the album that won him the award was not discussed in detail like MAAD City. The layout and content was all over the place. I didn't really get the point of this book. Hood Politics which I thought was an interesting chapter was put in the very beginning and then repeated again for Chapter 2. I'm not sure why. There was no consistency and some of the pages I couldn't read due to faded text or gray text on a gray / black background. It was also one of the few times I felt the author put too much of himself into this story. At one point, he went on a tangent about east coast vs west coast and then he decided he liked west coast on a road trip to Atlanta. It went on longer than that though. I did learn a lot of great music history and I did learn more about Kendrick Lamar. Just not what I wanted. I had some nostalgia and got out some old playlists to listen to some music of my youth. I also picked up a few new artists who I added to the list. I'm sure if you are a big fan (like my cousin), you might like this book, but the inconsistency of the text and page and content turned me off to recommend this book wholeheartedly.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrée Charron-Martin

    Although I dnf'd after approximately 50%, I am still giving this book a 4 star rating! Thank you to Goodreads and St. Martin's Press for the Advance Reader's Edition I won in a giveaway! If you are a fan of Kendrick Lamar and his brethren from Top Dawg Entertainment you will truly love this book. It is so beautifully and eloquently written, the imagery is powerful, the socioeconomic and political undertones are moving and I really respect the author for presenting both Kendrick's positive and no Although I dnf'd after approximately 50%, I am still giving this book a 4 star rating! Thank you to Goodreads and St. Martin's Press for the Advance Reader's Edition I won in a giveaway! If you are a fan of Kendrick Lamar and his brethren from Top Dawg Entertainment you will truly love this book. It is so beautifully and eloquently written, the imagery is powerful, the socioeconomic and political undertones are moving and I really respect the author for presenting both Kendrick's positive and not-so-positive personality traits. The author, Miles Marshall Lewis, has clearly done his research listing all of Kendrick's albums and accomplishments while quoting some of his lyrics to reinforce his points. He also dives into hip hop history and Kendrick's influences. I did not finish this book as the subject matter simply doesn't speak to me. Kendrick Lamar is not one of my favourite rappers but I am glad I got to read about his life nonetheless.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dominique

    3.5 stars. Overall, a pretty decent book. Though I was hoping for a bit more about Kendrick’s rise to fame and his backstory. So I feel like Lewis really only scratched the surface of who he is as an artist. But I did, however, learn some very interesting (and also some very messed up) pop culture history that I had never heard of before, which blew my mind. I also really liked the narrator. All in all, it just felt like a comprehensive rap history book, rather than one focused on Kendrick, whic 3.5 stars. Overall, a pretty decent book. Though I was hoping for a bit more about Kendrick’s rise to fame and his backstory. So I feel like Lewis really only scratched the surface of who he is as an artist. But I did, however, learn some very interesting (and also some very messed up) pop culture history that I had never heard of before, which blew my mind. I also really liked the narrator. All in all, it just felt like a comprehensive rap history book, rather than one focused on Kendrick, which I had hoped for. But I totally agree with Lewis - Kendrick deserved that Pulitzer Prize for “DAMN.” & he’s definitely the most talented, poetic rapper of our generation. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an audiobook ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nic Ojo (bujos_n_books)

    🎤The musical influences that shaped Kendrick Lamar's lyrical style are discussed. 🎤The collection of research and interviews at the beginning of the chapters seemed like they were dropped there absent-mindedly. This made it difficult to follow. Perhaps a distinction between the two would have a difference. 🎤There is repetition of information throughout the chapters. At times I thought I was listening to the same chapter again. 🎤There was more about the history of rap than about Kendrik Lamar. Perh 🎤The musical influences that shaped Kendrick Lamar's lyrical style are discussed. 🎤The collection of research and interviews at the beginning of the chapters seemed like they were dropped there absent-mindedly. This made it difficult to follow. Perhaps a distinction between the two would have a difference. 🎤There is repetition of information throughout the chapters. At times I thought I was listening to the same chapter again. 🎤There was more about the history of rap than about Kendrik Lamar. Perhaps this was the point. 🎤Some books maybe more enjoyable as a physical book instead of an audiobook. This one might fit this category. 🎤This was a DNF for me. Thank you MacMillian Audio and NetGalley for this audio-ARC.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I won this book from a Goodreads give away. The book is well written and informative about the history of rap - hip hop music industry. The history of how Kendrick Lamar got into music. The harshness at times, I guess put me off. I would read a little bit and put the book down. Was hard for me to keep reading, to keep my interest. Mostly in disbelief of things that happened to him, my ignorance of things like that happen in the world. Knowing very little about the struggles one has getting into I won this book from a Goodreads give away. The book is well written and informative about the history of rap - hip hop music industry. The history of how Kendrick Lamar got into music. The harshness at times, I guess put me off. I would read a little bit and put the book down. Was hard for me to keep reading, to keep my interest. Mostly in disbelief of things that happened to him, my ignorance of things like that happen in the world. Knowing very little about the struggles one has getting into the business. If nothing else Lamar was persistent. I will pass the book along for someone else to read. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn about Kendrick Lamar.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I won an advance copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press. I’d rate it 4.5 stars. The book provides a good history of Kendrick Lamar and how he fits into the history of hiphop. The author includes enough personal information to establish his own expertise in this area, and the book is very readable, even for someone (like me) who appreciates the lyrical genius of Lamar but doesn’t have much background in the history. The author includes commentary from what he calls the chorus — Alicia Garza, a I won an advance copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press. I’d rate it 4.5 stars. The book provides a good history of Kendrick Lamar and how he fits into the history of hiphop. The author includes enough personal information to establish his own expertise in this area, and the book is very readable, even for someone (like me) who appreciates the lyrical genius of Lamar but doesn’t have much background in the history. The author includes commentary from what he calls the chorus — Alicia Garza, a member of the Pulitzer nominating committee the year Lamar won, music industry vets, etc. The book left me eager to see what Lamar does musically and especially politically/activism-wise in the coming years. Hopefully the author is planning a follow-up book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Cook

    I was thrilled to win an ARC of this book from the publisher through a Goodreads giveaway. It was filled with information about the music scene, political events, and cultural insights that took place alongside the rise of Kendrick Lamar. I was overwhelmed by the meticulous amount of research presented. The formatting of the ARC was difficult to read, so I'm hoping that was cleaned up a bit prior to mass publication. Anyone who enjoys learning about the rap/hip-hop music scene or black history i I was thrilled to win an ARC of this book from the publisher through a Goodreads giveaway. It was filled with information about the music scene, political events, and cultural insights that took place alongside the rise of Kendrick Lamar. I was overwhelmed by the meticulous amount of research presented. The formatting of the ARC was difficult to read, so I'm hoping that was cleaned up a bit prior to mass publication. Anyone who enjoys learning about the rap/hip-hop music scene or black history is going to love having this in their reference collection.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Miles Marshall Lewis offers a very readable and informative book on Kendrick Lamar, a Pulitzer prize-winning hip-hop/rapper artist. The author's in-depth research shows throughout the book as he discusses Lamar's background, influences, and growth as an artist who is continually evolving and influencing the musical scene. Readers are also given a history of hip-hop which was both interesting and eye opening. My thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read an ARC of this book Miles Marshall Lewis offers a very readable and informative book on Kendrick Lamar, a Pulitzer prize-winning hip-hop/rapper artist. The author's in-depth research shows throughout the book as he discusses Lamar's background, influences, and growth as an artist who is continually evolving and influencing the musical scene. Readers are also given a history of hip-hop which was both interesting and eye opening. My thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read an ARC of this book. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are freely given.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    This book is specifically targeted at Kendrick Lamar fans and I, as a general aficionado of hip-hop history and culture, didn't get much out of it. The author inserts himself and his experiences into the book far too often for my taste and spends the rest of the time dissecting lyrics and interpreting supposed influences. Usually, I'm all for books that are secretly love letters but this feels more like a test of pre-existing knowledge on said rapper than a reason to fall in love. Artwork is kin This book is specifically targeted at Kendrick Lamar fans and I, as a general aficionado of hip-hop history and culture, didn't get much out of it. The author inserts himself and his experiences into the book far too often for my taste and spends the rest of the time dissecting lyrics and interpreting supposed influences. Usually, I'm all for books that are secretly love letters but this feels more like a test of pre-existing knowledge on said rapper than a reason to fall in love. Artwork is kinda cool though. I was sent a free copy of this book for review by the publisher.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Initially, I thought that this was an autobiography and was a bit confused when I realized that it wasn’t. However, I found the book interesting. I loved how the author explained how Kendrick Lamar’s life influenced his music. You can really tell how much search was put into this book. It was incredibly descriptive. The book contains images and commentary from other authors and artists. *Thank you Netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for an honest review.*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Wallace

    I have never heard of Kendrick Lamar. I am so glad I decided to read this book. It is very well written and informative. After reading this book I felt truly schooled on a topic I knew little about. Very easy to follow. It frames hip hop from it's beginnings and how it has grown and evolved. The author uses such detail in writing this book and you can feel his love and expertise. I want to read more now. I highly recommend. I have never heard of Kendrick Lamar. I am so glad I decided to read this book. It is very well written and informative. After reading this book I felt truly schooled on a topic I knew little about. Very easy to follow. It frames hip hop from it's beginnings and how it has grown and evolved. The author uses such detail in writing this book and you can feel his love and expertise. I want to read more now. I highly recommend.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    I was very impressed with this book. The presentation is great, when I received it in the mail and opened the package it looked so great. I was impressed right away. This book has so much information that I did not know and may have never known as I don't listen to rap. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book and dive into something so foreign to me. Easy to read, nice layout, great story about Kendrick Lamar's life. Good Job! I was very impressed with this book. The presentation is great, when I received it in the mail and opened the package it looked so great. I was impressed right away. This book has so much information that I did not know and may have never known as I don't listen to rap. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book and dive into something so foreign to me. Easy to read, nice layout, great story about Kendrick Lamar's life. Good Job!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Hazen

    This book was a page turner from beginning to end. I was not aware of half of the things that Kendrick went through in his life and brought him into the career he is in today. This book is so well put together and full of knowledge, information and I just could not put it down. Memories jumped to me from the way they were explained so well. Highly recommend. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Jennings

    " In Promise That You Will Sing About Me, pop culture critic and music journalist Miles Marshall Lewis explores Kendrick Lamar’s life, his roots, his music, his lyrics, and how he has shaped the musical landscape. " And that pretty much says it all... Great book... And Miles M Lewis has done a great job writing this... Recommended! " In Promise That You Will Sing About Me, pop culture critic and music journalist Miles Marshall Lewis explores Kendrick Lamar’s life, his roots, his music, his lyrics, and how he has shaped the musical landscape. " And that pretty much says it all... Great book... And Miles M Lewis has done a great job writing this... Recommended!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joni Owens

    This is so much more than a book about Kendrick Lamar. It’s a history lesson of music, culture and Kendrick Lamar. The commentary by different people throughout the book was a great addition. The author has a wonderful way with words and story telling.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Tadlock

    I enjoyed the writing style of this book. I really enjoyed learning more about Kendrick Lamar, however, I really felt it was more of a hip-hop history as opposed to focussing on Lamar. Regardless, I still enjoyed the book, and I enjoyed the writing style of this author.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alandrea

    Several years ago, I was having a conversation with someone about hip hop music. They told me that Kendrick Lamar was a really profound rapper but they failed to tell me why. This book explains in great detail why many people who listen to hip hop consider him to be one of the greatest rappers ever. The author explains the cultural significance of Kendrick Lamar’s music. He goes deeper by detailing the various aspects of rap music in all of its forms, from the beginning until present day. This b Several years ago, I was having a conversation with someone about hip hop music. They told me that Kendrick Lamar was a really profound rapper but they failed to tell me why. This book explains in great detail why many people who listen to hip hop consider him to be one of the greatest rappers ever. The author explains the cultural significance of Kendrick Lamar’s music. He goes deeper by detailing the various aspects of rap music in all of its forms, from the beginning until present day. This book will take the reader on a musical journey through hip hop. Along the way the reader will be transported by beautiful illustrations that accompany the writing. After reading this book, I have a greater appreciation for Kendrick Lamar’s music and I understand why he is one of the most respected rap artists of today.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    A great look at the life of Kendrick Lamar and his success, struggles and achievements. A look at his talent, gifts and inspiration. Also you get a overview of rap through the years since its beginnings. The book is wonderfully written and done in a beautiful format.

  26. 5 out of 5

    John

    Super, I won the book, really excited to start reading this one

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Informative and well-written with great graphic design.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Fleming

    This was a wonderfully written book. From the authors prospective you are taken on a journey into hip hop culture, music and Kendrick.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trice

    Looking forward to getting my copy - will update review once read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Interesting but rather dark in undertones it makes you think about

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