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Kdot - Training Day (2005)

What Kendrick Lamar did at 19 is what most rappers can't do in a lifetime.  This Compton based rapper drops a serious classic. His demo CD, Hub City Threat, Minor of the Year, got him to Top Dawg Entertainment. Here, he has been releasing mixtapes for a few years.

On this mixtape, young Kendrick raps to beats that were popular from the 80s-2007, such as Jay-Z's "Show Me What You Got", Notorious B.I.G's "Who Shot Ya", Slum Village's "Players" as a tribute to late producer J-Dilla, and Andre 3000's "Prototype". Here, all the songs features a Lil Wayne copycat flow, but the mixtape gets Kendrick to rap to some killer old skool/new skool beats. Luckily, to make it all better, features come with Jay Rock, EmJae, Punch, and more. During the mixtape, a story kind of starts to build up as you listen to the mixtape from scratch, where skits before the song plays come up. On the cover, it has a byline that says "In the next 26 tracks, you'll learn about the streets", and this is where you know that a story builds up. There are interviews in the middle of the mixtape with fellow DJ, DJ Dave about his flows, lyrics and life.

Overall, this mixtape is a real classic mixtape with killer classic beats, which got Kendrick to where he is now.  Source

1. one shot kill - 0:00
2. blame god - 3:11
3. who shot ya (freestyle) - 06:30
4. good morning america - 09:23
5. blow them horns feat punch - 13:22
6. gz and hustlers feat jay rock - 17:25
7. i feel it (freestyle) - 21:05
8. interview with dj dave part 1 - 23:52
9. imma g freestyle - 24:05
10. interview with dj dave part 2 - 26:16
11. man of the hour - 27:46
12. interview with dj dave part 3 - 30:40
13. never die - 31:13
14. hpnotiq - 34:44
15. j dilla freestyle feat punch & jay rock - 36:25
16. interview with dj dave part 4 - 40:26
17. get throwed feat emjae - 41:17
18. blood sport (freestyle) - 44:30
19. prototype feat punch - 48:37
20. hard body - 54:02
21. grammy fam (freestyle) - 57:45
22. a song 4 buffy (freestyle) - 1:01:07
23. interview with dj dave part 4 - 1:04:10
24. dreams feat punch - 1:05:47
25. the best rapper alive - 1:10:40
26. imagine feat jay rock & punch - 1:14:32

Kendrick Lamar - C4 (2009)

C4 Mixtape was released on Sunday, December 13th, 2009. Kendrick Lamar continued to impress with each new leak, and C4 Mixtape is no exception. It's strengthens Kendrick Lamar's already impressive body of work, which has seen positive change over the years. We're most definitely anticipating Kendrick Lamar's next offering.

The following artists contributed to the mixtape: Lil Wayne, Ab-Soul, Punch, Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q, BO. The following producers contributed to the mixtape: Sounwave.

Kendrick Lamar C4 Mixtape

1. Intro (Wayne Co-Sign)
2. Best Rapper Under 25
3. Mr. Carter 2 (New Wayne Verse)
4. A Milli
5. Bitch I'm In the Club
6. West Coast Wu-Tang ft. Ab-Soul & Punch
7. Phone Home ft. Punch
8. Compton Chemistry
9. Take Off Your Pants (Ab-Soul)
10. Shot Down ft. Punch
11. Play With Fire
12. Friend Of Mine
13. Still Hustlin ft. Jay Rock & Ab-Soul
14. Welcome To C4 ft. Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q & BO
15. G Code
16. Famous Pipe Game ft. Ab-Soul
17. Misunderstood ft. Jay Rock
18. Young & Black

Kendrick Lamar - EP

Let's play some word association. When I say "Compton," most people will respond with: "Gangs," "NWA," "Dr. Dre." Some of the younger hip-hop fans may even throw out "The Game." Now, going by what most people think, Compton is synonymous with gangsta rap and gangsta livin'. So when I say that my first review for RapReviews covers a young Compton cat named Kendrick Lamar, your mind might wander to blunts, beyatches, sippin' 40s, poppin gats, and repping yo' set.

Well, Kendrick Lamar loves the blunts, 40s and bitches, but his EP is about as gangsta as Kid Cudi's argyle sweater. It's not a bad thing, and it's really apparent that Kendrick Lamar is trying very hard to push music in his own image, absent of any pigeonhole or box that critics (like myself, with word association) try to put him in. He is definitely not a cut-and-dried, paint-by-numbers Compton rapper that recycles the same talk about peelin' caps, Kendrick Lamar is out to make his own unique footprint in the long history of Compton hip-hop.

The production on the "Kendrick Lamar EP" is mostly handled by Sounwave, fellow Top Dawg artist and Compton native, with helping hands from King Blue of Sore Losers, Insomnia, Wyldfyer, and Pete Rahk. The album gives a low-impact, low-tempo vibe that's best served with a cold beer, an empty room, and some good headphones. Sounwave's specialty is presenting music as an electric landscape set to a distinct hip-hop rhythm. It would be like listening to Bjork's hoodrat cousin. Lamar's voice drips out that Rosecrans Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard, but he makes it bend and swerve in unique ways around each beat he comes across on the album. Once again, the theme here is to be different. "To be me," as he would say. Source

Kendrick Lamar EP

1. Is It Love Ft. Angela Mccluskey 0:00
2.Celebration 2:58
3.Pussy And Patron Ft. Ab-Soul 7:48
4.She Needs Me Ft. Javonte 12:30
5.I Am (Interlude) 16:06
6.Wanna Be Heard 17:19
7.I Do This Ft. Jay Rock 21:56
8.Uncle Bobby And Jason Keaton Ft. Javonte 26:04
9.Faith Ft. BJ The Chicago Kid And Punch 30:03
10.Trip 33:54
11.Vanity Slaves 38:44
12.Far From Here Ft. Schoolboy Q 42:58
13.Thanksgiving Ft. Big Pooh 46:51
14.Let Me Be Me 50:30
15.Determined Ft. Ash Riser 57:48
16. Stann Smith - Recovery (Bonus Track) 1:02:18

Kendrick Lamar - Overly Dedicated

There’s a term that gets tossed around quite frequently these days. A term used to describe a person who enjoys or agrees with something or someone that has become increasingly popular. This person is said to have hopped on the Bandwagon. Once an artist breaks through to the mainstream, that artist gains many new fans and followers. A countless number of new fans and admirers never even take notice to the respected artist’s early works, or even care to wonder how the artist became famous. Most listeners don’t care at all about how that artist progressed and grew throughout their career which is one of the best aspects of listening to music. And if you’re like me (hopefully you are), when I found out about an upcoming MC by the name of Kendrick Lamar, I wanted to go back to his previous efforts to see how he has changed so far in his bright, young career.

Kendrick Lamar, formerly recognized as K. Dot, gained an abundance of new supporters with his release of his 2011 LP Seciton.80. His major label debut was well received among listeners everywhere, including myself. Before Section.80 in Kendrick's discography, is the interestingO(Verly) D(Edicated) aka O.D. mixtape. His latest mixtape was released in 2010 and consist of 13 tracks. And before you even get to the actual music, you should notice the cover of the mixtape which contains pictures of musicians that have passed away from drug overdoses (hence O.D). Some musicians pictured are Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Pimp C and more. Source

1. The Heart Pt. 2 0:00
2. Growing Apart (To Get Closer) 4:54
3. Night Of The Living Junkies 8:35
4. P&P 1.5 12:06
5. Alien Girl (Today w/ Her) 18:09
6. Opposites Attract (Tomorrow w/o Her) 22:19
7. Michael Jordan 26:42
8. Ignorance Is Bliss 32:32
9. R.O.T.C (Interlude) 36:00
10. Barbed Wire 38:43
11. Average Joe 43:09
12. H.O.C 47:24
13. Cut You Off (To Grow Closer) 52:41
14. Heaven & Hell 58:05
15. She Needs Me (Remix) 1:01:54

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  • Joshua Lemelle

    I heard J. Cole cosign so I had to check you out for myself.

    • fuckboiees

      these guys were claiming they had an exclusive mixtape but this shit been on the internet forever

  • leon

    you rap like pac n away

  • Ibn

    Substance music, @ Leon, K.dot cant be compared to anyone bruh. He is Kendrick Substance music Lamar.. Period.

  • aftermath

    Is kendrick at aftermath or not?

  • Young Aries

    Kendrick Lamar is Aftermath. I think that their isnt any labels that could handle him….

    • Mitchell

      True words my friend.

  • http://www.stumbleupon.com/url/www.dopebox.net/ Lyle

    this mixtape is better than his album

    • RENCH

      #WORD

  • http://soundcloud.com/user57480/fractal-followers Fractal

    You live inside the moment and they live inside their minds.
    http://soundcloud.com/user57480/fractal-followers

  • Jay from Detroit

    You the truth my nigga. Who can stop you fam?

  • illmatic27

    do u have Youngest Head Nigga in Charge?

  • redstar753

    #BLACK HIPPY SOUP…CHICKEN RAMEN NOODLES PINTO BEAN$…CHILLI RAMEN NOODLE$……

  • redstar753

    #WEST

  • Hizzy

    Faith Is My Shit !!

  • Pablo

    Omg black hippie just gave birth to hip hop of some other kind I can’t get enough.

  • http://www.membersonly206.com Will J.

    Ever come across his actual first tape? Youngest Head Nigga in Charge from 03?

  • http://modelmayhem.com/destinyw Destiny

    Heard the last two but the not the first one ever :) You’ve come so far!

  • Nona

    I love you kendrick, im sorry but i just thought you should knw im obsessed i cant handle it anymore, i think if you had to walk into my room you might be frightened

  • beauty

    i myself have been waiting a long time to her the truth come alive again.
    i myself have been hearing stuff the didnt apply again
    i myself have been feeling u speak to thee which is me
    i myself have been tasting the poems of your brain
    i myself have been seeing the ill shit that my all humans go insane.
    – k dot fam . Lisa J

  • Houston rogers

    Man dats my nigga, I gott every mixtape….!!!

  • David

    fuck! i wish i could get on 1 track with these foos…there i go dreaming again haha.. ehh back to my normal life…

  • Johnny

    I feel very grateful that i got to witness this. Kendrick Lamar you will forever be the savior of hiphop. Never change stay true to yourself & to your music. Temptations will come into place but i know you wouldnt sell out like all these other rappers.

    # SchoolboyQ Ab-Soul Jay Rock Kendrick Reincarnation Of N.W.A.

  • john

    Kendrick man throws it down with the latest (B&t^h don’t kill my vibe). come out to Colorado. 2012

  • Mitchell

    Thanks.

  • alex

    yeaaa kendrick

  • Ace

    Yo Kendrick, I’m just a teenager from the south man. I really enjoy listenin to your music. We have two completely different area codes, but i can relate to everything you say. Keep up the good work, and you should colaborate with Big K.R.I.T.

    • D

      DJ Khaled-Kiss The Ring Album (2012) : #5 They Ready (J.Cole, Big K.R.I.T, & K.Dot)

  • Anneka

    Being from the city and only a year younger than Kendrick I appreciate the quality of music Kendrick makes. When I bought good kid, m.a.a.d city, I replayed it so much that I’ve practically memorized it. I just bought the album approx. 1.5 weeks ago. I am just now seeking to purchase Kendricks mix tapes to receive more enlightenment. My music collection was stuck on old school until I found out about Kendrick. I would like to thank Kendrick and his support system for helping me reconnect to my elation. I’m tuned in to really being a real positive product of a negative environment and having an artist on the mainstream be my voice.

    Kendrick, I feel as if you are either my brother or my husband in another life. Real talk. Even if we never meet in person our spiritual energies are definitely on the same frequency. I pray that our generation and those thereafter be influenced by your music and open their eyes…. all three of them. keep your messages subliminal, those who have not opened their third eye are not ready to learn that swimming pools is not promoting alcoholism and that bitch, don’t kill my vibe is not intended to be derogatory, you are enlightening the masses about how powerful energy is and how we have to be mindful of our self worth within and the type of energy we transfer and receive. We have been programed to self destruct without knowing we were being programed through sound and imagery, you are reversing it and our peers don’t even get it yet. It makes me smile to know that my city has a different message to go along with the gangsta images we are known for. I send Peace and Blessings to you Kendrick. You will never fade away, music lives forever in the hearts of our people.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hnights Terri

    Love this dude!!! Maybe a bit too much.

  • JimmyCorn

    Sick! The jig is up! du dud du dudu

  • S.A fan

    I just pray and hope u don’t change#keep it real lyk u do#il 4 eva stand by U#big_up man u doing it ther#

  • Nancy Morales

    Kendrick oh man your music gets me threw my days smoothly and secure i feel a spacial bond with you threw your music.

    • leon fisheyy

      we gt sumthn in common i cnt go a day without listenin 2 his music… n alot of ppl say i look like kendrick lamar look 4 me on facebook im Leon Hulk Fishey

  • http://watsap SAINT

    mother fuckers its the best time for kendrick lamar fukin bitches.

  • http://watsap SAINT

    fukin bitches im the bitch who hates uliminati but the fukin bitch is here kendrick

    • http://watsap malaika

      u are fukin hot kendrick

  • http://gmail.com manny

    yo kendrick these songs really gave me inspiration and one day when my rap career takes off i will do a collab wit u

  • Michelle Givens

    I will be in Orlando tomorrow 4/09/2013 to see Mr.Kendrick Lamar.

  • Amo Mokoape

    Thank you to this niglet, Mr K. Lamar, for ressurecting a (real)atable spirit of hiphop. i used to hot box my white toyota too.

    much love… all the way from South Africa

  • Asher Nomkhitha Tamte JIkijela

    To kendrick .. Your music reminds me of the 90s..some may even compare u to 2pac but he has nothing on you … I thought i was the only one who was fascinated by death but from your music it seems like you do too. I never even thought about christianity and its importance until i heard sing about me( im dying of thirst)..you brought hip hop alive ….u revived it ..we are so fucken tired of beef,bitches,money ,pussy ,houses n chains ….we want substance… U ,jay rock,schoolboy q,absoul(black hippy crew) r on the social conscience tip …. U have a legion of fans in South Africa ….looking forward to seeing u perform live with the hippies…much love : From south africa (cape town)

  • Asher Nomkhitha Tamte JIkijela

    King Kendrick Lamar Wordsworth

  • http://n/a tiffany

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mikaa

    Wow Kendrick I Love Your Music! It’s Speaks To Me In A Way No One Esle Can I You Are My Favorite Rapper.

  • Daniel muchi

    long live ya musik kendrik o can i call you kenginious..all i can say is that you bring all substance not rap about i fuckd ya gall or i got b*** in all area cords or i have more money than you or i pop champagne blablabla all this other wanabee rappers rap about..you r the rezon y i went back to hiphop cos i grewup wit en this other rappers made me stop listening to ma musik…its me ya boy daniel from Nairobi kenya

  • tez

    anybody know the name of the song where he’s telling a story nd his childhood conscious is talking back to him saying he remember it

    • Rachel

      Hiiipower?

  • nature

    niggas who say aftamath cnt handle kendricks they are clownin,kendrick himself his de real rap old n new,whos better dan dre 4 nurturin him?? #ya bish

  • jaspis

    I find it so funny yet cute that I first have to follow him on twitter and like him on Facebook to get the mix tape.

  • Reabetswe mirror

    Eish kendrick evrytym wen i listen 2 ur music i feel lyk i cn fly…

    • sylvester

      ey REA u feel the same as i do

  • http://www.facebook.com/smileymemphisceleb Sherrita Kiara Moore

    Hey Kendrick Lamar I want to say I love you very much and may Go keep watching over you
    LOVE YOU LOTS!!!!!

  • Richard Ortiz

    Tell them I need my credit when its due, Tell them I need my lettuce when its new, tell them i have a fetish for fine fabrics Franklins and saying fuck you~ #west #kdot #comptonbound

  • Lunga S’nethemba Mdunyelwa

    Kendrick is King….

  • nydia bout that music

    k.dot is so sexy follow me on twitter @nydiahenry

  • leon fisheyy

    kendrick lamar needs 2 come 2 zimbabwe

  • Jeff-Marco

    kendrick-lamar-swimming-pools Remix produced by me https://soundcloud.com/realmind03/kendrick-lamar-swimming-pools

  • DAAK

    OOOOOH man when i listen to u r music i feel i got confidence i can make it like u did

    u the new God, King of Hip Hop don’t worry about Jayz or…ect u the best
    IS U ON TOP RIGHT NOW

  • Kyler95

    This web page is wrong. It says his first mix tape was when he was 17, well where is it at? The “first mix tape” on here was in 2005, but he was 19 in 2005. Where is his first?

  • Kyler95

    I want the 2003 mix tape!

  • Juhwan J

    You forgot the mixtapes “Hub City Threat: Minor Of The Year” and “No Sleep Til’ NY” with Jay Rock.