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Studio album by Kendrick Lamar
Released July 2, 2011
Recorded Top Dawg Studios, Carson, California
Genre Hip hop
Length 59:24
Label Top Dawg Entertainment
Producer Dude Dawg (exec.), Kendrick Lamar (exec.), Punch (exec.), Dave Free (also exec.), THC, Sounwave, Tommy Black, Tae Beast, Willie B, Iman Omari, Wyldfyer, Terrace Martin, J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar chronology
Overly Dedicated
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Singles from Section.80
  1. "HiiiPoWeR"
    Released: April 12, 2011[1]

Section.80 is the debut album by American hip hop recording artist 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, Ashtro Bot, 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 was well received by contemporary music critics.

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.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] As of October 2012 the album has sold 78,000 copies.[10]


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:

I wrote #Section80 because I was ordered to do so. You'll never understand my life and my world. Have you ever seen a new born baby kill a man? Kendrick Lamar. The very next scene is a visual of me with the eyes of a 6 year old. My mother told me to keep this outtake because it said who I was. An infant looking for answers. Will you forgive me, twice? Probly not. I watch this video and reminisce on that crazy am hour of September 13, 2010. I Got a visit from Tupac Shakur. I remember being asleep. His image said "Don't let me die". I was paranoid. I said "why"? He said "because you the....."[13]

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 and Corinthians" notes that justice and morals are rarely cut and dry.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[15]
Review scores
Source Rating
Beats Per Minute 90/100[16]
Robert Christgau B+[17]
DJBooth 4.5/5 stars[18]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[19]
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10[20]
PopMatters 8/10[21]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[22]

Section.80 was well received by contemporary music critics; it holds a score of 80 out of 100 at Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[23] The Smoking Section gave it 4/5 Cigs, declaring "Kendrick absolutely shines...There's no possible way to doubt his conviction." [24] HipHopDX rated the album 4 out of 5 stars.[19] Pitchfork rated the album 8 out of 10.[25] XXL gave the album a XL/XXL rating.[26] IMF mag gave the album a 9.1/10 rating.[27] 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]

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 Makeup (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 (His Evils)"   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) Sounwave, Dave Free (of Digi+Phonics) 5:20
10. "Chapter Ten"   THC, Iman Omari 1:15
11. "Keisha's Song (Her Pain)" (featuring Ashtrobot) Tae Beast 3:47
12. "Rigamortis"   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
  • (co.) signifies a co-producer
  • "No Makeup (Her Vice)" features uncredited additional vocals from Alori Joh.
  • "Chapter Six" features uncredited additional vocals from Alori Joh.
  • "Ronald Reagan Era (His Evils)" 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


Credits for Section.80 adapted from AllMusic.[33]


Chart (2011) Peak
US Billboard 200[34] 113
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[34] 22
US Billboard Top Rap Albums[34] 13
US Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums[34] 1
US Billboard Top Digital Albums[34] 21


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  23. ^ Metacritic 84/100
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