The Kendrick Chronicles: Untitled
“Untitled 06 | 06.30.2014”
This record is definitely the most unique sounding song on this body of work. Sonically it is so different and refreshing that it pops when you hear the album all the way through for the first time. CeeLo Green is featured on the track and anytime he puts his finger prints on a song, you can expect it to sound like something you have never heard before. The contrast in CeeLo’s high pitched voice compared to Kendrick’s brash and raspy flow acts as the perfect balance between the Hip-Hop and R&B worlds.
What really stands out about this record is the type of light that sheds on Kendrick and the subject matter that he chooses to go with. Of course, we have heard him speak to or about females, after all GKMC’s main character was Sherane. So, it’s not the content that really took me back but at the approach he used. It sounds as a plea to a woman, something most artist as prominent as Kendrick won’t really put out to the world. You’re used to hearing the conscious, self-reflective substantial lyrics that Kendrick has nourished the culture with. Another layer of the onion is peeled back bar by bar, you almost get to see a 360 view of Kendrick. You have Kendrick the artist, and Kendrick the human being.
“I can explain it, any misunderstandings baby, let me explain, why don’t you sit and talk to me?”
There is this sense of vulnerability, a sense of almost humility. We don’t think of these superstars as humans sometimes, we look at them as these aliens that just happen to walk among us, this song puts it back into perspective. We also get to see the softer side of Kendrick as he proclaims his love to her. Listeners are treated to a few bars that sounded like they belonged on Drake’s Grammy winning album Take Care.
“Look at my flaws, look at my imperfections in awe, look how you unique that my mystique is a round of applause, and yours equally valued, you stick out like an alien compared to those around you, and that’s alright because I like it, you and me are the same, hopefully I’m invited, hopefully you don’t change, because I know for sure who you are.”
Overall, this set up the remaining two songs beautifully. The sonics of this song gave your ears a tune up for what was to come. There was no song on this album more strategically placed than this one, Kendrick knew what he was doing with this one.