Section.80 was my favorite 2011 mixtape. Unlike other Compton rappers, Kendrick Lamar has a quick hitting flow with unique beats. His style is also unlike many of his Compton predecessors. Rather than follow rappers like Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg, Kendrick raps from the soul and speaks about current events. He does not bother to hide his disillusionment with his generation either. He openly voices how he feels, which makes me respect him all the more.
In one of Kendrick's songs, ADHD, is an irony about the power people get from smoking weed. Interestingly enough, Kendrick Lamar has elected not to smoke in order to be a role model to his generation. In today's rap industry, almost every rapper smokes AND raps about regularly.
Kendrick takes a different approach in order to distinguish himself in the rap industry. This certainly earns him my respect and it should earn yours.
Below is a song off of section.80.
ADHD - Kendrick Lamar