Section.80

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Section.80
Studio album by Kendrick Lamar
Released July 2, 2011
Recorded 2010–11 Top Dawg Studios, (Carson, California)
Genre Hip hop
Length 59:24
Label Top Dawg Entertainment
Producer
Kendrick Lamar chronology
Overly Dedicated
(2010)
Section.80
(2011)
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
(2012)
Singles from Section.80
  1. "HiiiPoWeR"
    Released: April 12, 2011[1]

Section.80 is the debut studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, released exclusively through the iTunes Store on July 2, 2011, under Top Dawg Entertainment. The album features guest appearances from GLC, Colin Munroe, Ashtrobot, BJ the Chicago Kid, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and vocals from late singer-songwriter Alori Joh. The production was mainly handled by Top Dawg in-house producers from production group Digi+Phonics, along with THC, Tommy Black, Wyldfyer, Terrace Martin and J. Cole.[2] The concept album features lyrical themes delivered by Lamar such as racism and medication tolerance, and received critical acclaim from music critics.

The album's lead single "HiiiPoWeR", was released on April 12, 2011. Section.80 sold 5,400 copies in the US solely based upon digital downloads within less than a week, debuting and peaking at number 113 on the US Billboard 200 chart with minimal mainstream media promotion and coverage - however some sources suggest the album entered at number 104. Within a two-week period the album sales had totalled to 9,522.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] As of October 2012, the album has sold 138,000 copies.[10]

Background[edit]

The album is his first studio release following five mixtapes and an extended-play. Lamar recorded the album at Top Dawg Studios in Carson, California.[11]

The lead single for Section.80 was "HiiiPoWeR", a promotional single produced by Lamar's frequent collaborator J. Cole, of which the concept was to further explain the HiiiPoWeR movement.[12] In the beginning of the music video for "HiiiPoWeR", a quote from Kendrick Lamar reads:

Music and lyrics[edit]

Section.80 is a concept album that revolves around the life of Tammy and Keisha as it explains the personal hardships in their lives. "Tammy's Song (Her Evils)" revolves around two girls cheating on their boyfriends after discovering they were unfaithful, and eventually sleeping with each other because they can't trust men. "Keisha's Song (Her Pain)" is about a prostitute who seeks comfort and control, only to her demise. Lamar explains that Section.80 is for people born in the 1980s until now as he dwells on a variety of subjects, such as referencing Ronald Reagan and discussing how the crack epidemic occurred in the 80s. He explains how this is part of the reason drugs are popular for his Generation (e.g. drug dealing and drug addicts.) "A.D.H.D" addresses the high drug and medication tolerance of people born during the Reagan era. "Kush & Corinthians" notes that justice and morals are rarely cut and dry.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Beats Per Minute 4.5/5 stars[15]
Robert Christgau B+[16]
DJBooth 4.5/5 stars[17]
Entertainment Weekly B–[18]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[19]
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10[20]
PopMatters 8/10[21]
RapReviews 8/10[22]
XXL XL (4/5)[23]

Upon its release, Section.80 received critical acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 11 reviews.[24] The Smoking Section gave it 4/5 Cigs, declaring "Kendrick absolutely shines...There's no possible way to doubt his conviction."[25] HipHopDX rated the album 4 out of 5 stars.[19] Pitchfork rated the album 8 out of 10.[26] XXL gave the album a XL/XXL rating.[27] PopMatters gave the album a 8/10 rating.[21] Pitchfork Media placed the album at number 45 on its list of the "Top 50 albums of 2011".[28] Complex magazine named the album the seventh best album of 2011.[29]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album's lead single "HiiiPoWeR", was released April 2011. Section.80 sold 5,400 copies in the US solely based upon digital downloads within less than a week, debuting and peaking at number 113 on the US Billboard 200 chart with minimal mainstream media promotion and coverage - however some sources suggest the album entered at number 104. Within a two-week period the album sales had totalled to 9,522.[30][31][32][33][34][35][36] As of October 2012, the album has sold 78,000 copies in the United States.[37]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Fuck Your Ethnicity"   THC 3:44
2. "Hol' Up"   Sounwave (of Digi+Phonics) 2:53
3. "A.D.H.D"   Sounwave 3:35
4. "No Make-Up (Her Vice)" (featuring Colin Munroe) Sounwave 3:55
5. "Tammy's Song (Her Evils)"   THC 2:41
6. "Chapter Six"   Tommy Black 2:41
7. "Ronald Reagan Era"   Tae Beast (of Digi+Phonics) 3:36
8. "Poe Mans Dreams (His Vice)" (featuring GLC) Willie B (of Digi+Phonics) 4:21
9. "The Spiteful Chant" (featuring Schoolboy Q)
5:20
10. "Chapter Ten"   THC 1:15
11. "Keisha's Song (Her Pain)" (featuring Ashtrobot) Tae Beast 3:47
12. "Rigamortus"  
  • Willie B
  • Sounwave (co.)
2:48
13. "Kush & Corinthians (His Pain)" (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid) Wyldfyer 5:04
14. "Blow My High (Members Only)"   Tommy Black 3:35
15. "Ab-Soul's Outro" (featuring Ab-Soul) Terrace Martin 5:50
16. "HiiiPoWeR"   J. Cole 4:39
Notes
  • (co.) signifies a co-producer
  • "No Make-Up (Her Vice)" features uncredited additional vocals from Alori Joh.
  • "Chapter Six" features uncredited additional vocals from Alori Joh.
  • "Ronald Reagan Era" features uncredited additional vocals from Ashtrobot, RZA and Ab-Soul.
  • "The Spiteful Chant" features uncredited additional vocals from Alori Joh.
  • "HiiiPoWeR" features uncredited additional vocals from Alori Joh.
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Section.80 adapted from AllMusic.[42]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[43] 113
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[43] 22
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[43] 13
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[43] 1
US Top Digital Albums (Billboard)[43] 21

References[edit]

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  39. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Rigamortis sample of Willie Jones's The Thorn". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
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  41. ^ "Kendrick Lamar's the Spiteful Chant sample of Iron by Woodkid". Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
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