When it comes to the discography of Kendrick Lamar, Section.80 (at times) gets left out of the picture. But if you ask me, it’s one of his strongest body’s of work. Section.80 was independently released in 2011 by Top Dawg Entertainment. Per-usual drop, Kendrick’s subject matter, concept and lyrical content was unmatched and required your full attention. My attention was grabbed instantly as I heard a deep and mysteriously-toned voice say “gather round” at the beginning of “F*ck Your Ethnicity.”
Section.80 tackled the issues, the vices and the even the good that people born in the 80’s face in current times. Although written for 80’s babies, there’s messages that are open for any generation to understand at the proper time. The album debuted at 113 on the Billboard charts and the album’s popularity grew as Kendrick’s career grew. Nearly six years later and the album has finally reached gold status.
Where does this album sit amongst Kendrick’s work? Many say that Section.80 is his best work, then again, many say that it’s a great project, but it’s not his best work. Rarely do I hear someone say that they just didn’t like the music at all. Section.80 and (O)verly (D)edicated were enough to get Drake’s attention, which ultimately led to K. Dot’s “Buried Alive (Interlude)” on Drake’s sophomore efforts of Take Care. 2011 was not the beginning of Kendrick’s hustle, but it became the year where people took notice the most. You take Kendrick’s work ethic and match it with timing and then plug both into key components, you have a star that was ready to blast off into the atmosphere.
From 2011 up until now, I find it important to educate people about Kendrick’s discography: you’d be surprised to find out how many people don’t know about this gem. For the album to be certified gold nearly six years later, doesn’t surprise me. It took time for the album to come into play. If the music is great, then it’s timeless. Even though I say “finally,” the timing makes sense. After recently releasing his album DAMN., people are going back and discovering more about K. Dot, before his rise of becoming Cornrow Kenny.