I have a deep dark secret that I'm about to share: I have yet to listen to Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city. I know, I know -- trust me, I know. My music writer card and street cred are seriously under review at the moment, but young Mr. Lamar's debut album has shot to the top of my albums to listen to immediately pile after watching him on this past weekend's Saturday Night Live. Kendrick performed "Swimming Pools (Drank)" first then returned later to break viewers off with a little "Poetic Justice."
What I loved most about these performances was that Kendrick was accompanied by a full band who sounded as dope as he did. Aside from Kendrick's laid back demeanor, understated appearance and ill flow, I was really digging on Terrace Martin's saxophone on "Poetic Justice." That's what hip hop needs -- more horns -- as well as more artists like Kendrick Lamar.