The big question in hip-hop this season: which megaartiste made the superior album, Kanye West or Kendrick Lamar? My noncommittal answer is that I prefer Lamar’s album but also feel like I’ve exhausted it for the time being, while I could imagine West’s longer but also messier offering getting better and better indefinitely. It’s already grown on me more in a month than Yeezus has over the past three years, and I think Yeezus is fabulous. But Lamar is clearly at an insane career high right now, and for all we know he’s just getting started. Levitate levitate levitate levitate.
Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope, 2016)
Recently crowned king of rap though Lamar may be, this album in itself isn’t that big a deal — it’s just an outtakes collection, eight songs rejected from last year’s To Pimp a