(AllHipHop News) Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 was one for the history books. The TDE emcee released the critically acclaimed album To Pimp A Butterfly, saw his record “Alright” used as a chant for the Black Lives Matter Movement, picked up 11 Grammy nominations, and discovered his track “How Much A Dollar Cost” was named as President Barack Obama’s favorite song of the year.
K. Dot has now picked up another honor. The 28-year-old wordsmith was also voted as the inaugural “Rap Genius” of 2015 by Genius.com. Over 2,500 visitors to the website placed Kendrick at #1 on the list of the top ten Hip Hop artists of the year.
Genius’ Ben Carter writes about Kendrick Lamar:
Kendrick Lamar is 2015’s “Rap Genius.” While some rappers coerced a similar feeling, and even added great intellectual flair to their conscious message, Kendrick’s voice was unfiltered and raw. Artists like Drake relied on pop-sensibility to muscle their way into the conversation, but Kendrick let his heart and soul become the conversation itself. This is what separates him from the rest. His relative silence outside of the music proved that the power he could muster with mere musical presence was stronger than any campaign. There was no major press run, no memes, no beefs stoked purely for camera clicks and tongue wagging. 2015 belonged to Kendrick Lamar, and all he had to do was release an album.
The other entertainers to make the 2015 Rap Geniuses list are Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda (10), Lupe Fiasco (9), Vince Staples (8), Skepta (7), A$AP Rocky (6), Travis Scott (5), Young Thug (4), Drake (3), and Future (2).
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