Kendrick Lamar is definitely carving his own path throughout the rap charts. This is a young artist that has a unique voice and style of his very own. When you listen to Good Kid, M.A.A.D City's , "Money Trees" it's easy to see that Lamar isn't forcing his songs, he just let's them flow freely.
A lot of rappers lose their soul trying to find the inner peace Kendrick emits on this psyched out masterpiece. "Money Trees" is the first song I heard off of Good Kid and it gets heavy rotation in my playlist.
The production on the track is laid all the way back, I'm talking hammock swingin coconut shiet. You can't
help, but get a cramp in your neck from vibin to DJ Dahi's grooved out beat. The hypnotic intro and hit-hat ticks alone get you primed for a nice kick drum that snaps ur backbone into damn near a thousand pieces. Kendrick realized the value of this beat and allowed it plenty of room to breathe, before complementing the creation with his gifted verbal.
Speaking of gifts, most aspiring artists don't realize how important things like inflection and vocal tone are to the success of a song. Remember how DMX changed the game when he came out with that gruff jailhouse voice that had everyone's ears perking up? Or how Macy Gray took her 7yr old childlike-voice all the way to the bank. That's what's happening here with Kendrick's music, it's not always what someone says, but how they say it. Picture Jay-Z rapping this same track exactly the same, it just wouldn't work. And this is why knowing one's vocal strengths and limitations is a vital insight for any passion-filled artist.
There's not really much more to say about this song, except it's an experience you have to feel for yourself. Close your eyes and melt back in you chair, before playing this one.
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