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Review: Kendrick Lamar - "The Art of Peer Pressure"

Kendrick Lamar Good Kid Mad City

It's obvious when listening to the latest tracks from Kendrick Lamar that the 25 year old Compton native is slightly over the heads of most of the rappers making noise today. At the same time, it's easy to notice that the highly-hyped emcee never quite reaches that upper echelon of hip-hop's finest, even when comparing Lamar to their formative years. "Swimming Pools (Drank)" is a solid single and everything, but it's hardly a "All Falls Down" or even a "Day 'n' Nite". "The Art of Peer Pressure" follows the same story. It's good, but not great and unfortunately it lacks the hook most of his already released Good Kid, Mad City tracks contain.