West Coast rapper Game and 50 Cent may often disagree with one another, however, the music rivals have both co-signed Aftermath protégé Kendrick Lamar‘s new studio debut.
Game cited the new good kid, m.A.A.d city LP as an iconic West Coast classic.
“Its official like McDonald’s bathroom tissue: @KendrickLamar’s album joins the ranks of “The Chronic” “Doggystyle” & “The Documentary” #GKMC,” he tweeted October 23rd.
“To witness CLASSIC west coast hip hop NOW click this http://itun.es/us/dbFUH- @kendricklamar got October & I got December #GKMC #JesusPiece”
“RT @CatchMeBlondy: @thegame Why you awake right now? – promoting my lil n*gga @KendrickLamar’s album.. & since u up… Click the link below” (Game’s Twitter)
Hours prior, 50 Cent also gave props to Lamar’s long-awaited release.
“It’s official TDE @Kendricklamar album in stores today I got a copy.i like da Janet joint, swimming pools, this Sh!t hot.,” Fif tweeted October 22nd.
“Good kid Bad city @Kendricklamar I got my copy TDE. I love that you have your own style. SmSaudio” (50 Cent’s Twitter)
Lamar’s new LP is expected to push impressive units in its opening week.
RED TIDE: Taylor Swift’s Red now looks solidly north of 1 million in first-week sales, with a chance to possibly top Lady Gaga’s 1.1 million-selling debut for Born This Way in May 2011. But that album, of course, included more than 400k in 99-cent sales from Amazon MP3. How about that, boys and girls?! Meanwhile, Interscope’s Kendrick Lamar is also having a big first week, with his album now looking like it will break 200k. (10/23p) (Hits Daily Double)
The project serves as Kendrick’s official studio debut after a slew of mixtapes and independent release.
Lamar’s major-label debut, probably the year’s most significant hip-hop release, proves his talent to be as prodigious as his online output – the 25-year-old has released five mixtapes and one independent album to date. Like his mentor, Dr Dre , Lamar comes from Compton in California, but catalogues his experience of that neighborhood with a lyrical precision and cool remove at odds with the “harsh realities we in”. Syncretising old and new, he’s right to conclude: “Now we can all celebrate/ We can all harvest the rap artists of NWA.” (The Guardian)