RS compiled a list of 50 top albums which included Adele’s record-breaking 25, D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s Black Messiah, and Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late in the Top 10.
“Musically, lyrically and emotionally, Kendrick Lamar’s third album is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece – a sprawling epic that’s both the year’s most bumptious party music and its most gripping therapy session. A rap superstar at last, after years on the underground grind, Lamar wrestles with the depression and survivor’s guilt that followed his fame and success by turning to heroes from Ralph Ellison and Richard Pryor to Smokey Robinson and Kris Kross to Nelson Mandela and Tupac. He lives large. He contains multitudes.”
Lamar also earned the No. 1 spot on Complex’s “50 Best Albums of 2015“.
The prolific studio album was released in March, a week ahead of schedule. With the Grammy announcement ceremony coming up, you can pretty much bet that King Kunta will get some nods there too.