While we wholeheartedly believe that some time should pass before something is officially determined a classic, one doesn’t even need to get through a full initial listen to Kendrick Lamar‘s stunning, week-young major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city to feel deep down in their bones that the set is deserving of a slot among the greatest, the album not only immediately ranking as a key chapter in the on-going West Coast Hip Hop narrative, but standing out as one of the best albums of any genre in recent memory.
An aural equivalent to the blaxploitation films of the 90’s and beyond, evoking memories of the cult-beloved, Cali-based urban operas of director John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Baby Boy) with a detailing of Compton coming-up so definite, you can almost smell the scent of concrete, gun smoke and inner-city hope and despair emitting through the speaker while it’s playing, the album has slayed both the critics and public alike with its cinematic flair, breath-halting lyricism and trunk banger appeal.
One would think that after dropping something so amazing Lamar would rest on his laurels a bit and simply sit back and enjoy the praise and strong opening week sales (hell, we would), but apparently that’s far from the rapper’s mind, Kendrick lighting up the World Wide Web with excitement yet again with this piece of newness he dropped yesterday.
Joint produced by J. Cole and Canei Finch, “The Jig Is Up (Dump’n)” is basically a victory lap in music form capturing a clenched teeth Lamar celebrating his current wave of success (done on his own terms, no less) while flinging shade in the direction of both Shyne (following the former Bad Boy rapper fumbling at a stab at re-relevancy by Tweet-hating the Kendrick album “traaaaash!”) and those who thought he “might flop”, or worse, “go pop” on his official debut.
Try your best to peel yourself away from the umpteenth spin of good kid and stream/ download the song below: