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Kendrick Lamar, Section.80

Kendrick Lamar moves differently than most rappers. He’s soft-spoken with a humble confidence that’s refreshing. He’s from Compton, but is hell-bent on giving that Los Angeles neighborhood a reputation far broader than the gang-centric one it’s earned since N.W.A. put gangsta rap on the map in the late 1980s. He dropped Section.80 over a holiday weekend (this past Saturday, July 2), for goodness sake. Or, if you let him tell it, as he does on the gripping opener “Fuck Your Ethnicity,” “Don’t mistake me for no fuckin’ rapper/They sit backstage and hide behind them fuckin’ cameras/I mosh pit/Had a microphone ...

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