every kendrick lamar song ranked
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Every Kendrick Lamar Song, Ranked

Kendrick Lamar began his string of celebrated major label albums in 2012, but his discography is far more extensive than he’s usually given credit for. Projects like Overly Dedicated and The Kendrick Lamar EP—which aren’t that far away from their 10-year anniversaries—feature some of his most vivid, jarring tales about the dichotomies of street life. And in the bowels of more rugged projects like C4, you can hear the prodigious promise of Lamar, who was still calling himself K-Dot back then.

Now, following the already runaway success of his new album DAMN., we decided to take an in-depth look at Lamar’s output. All of it. We’ve ranked the 121 original tracks he’s officially released as a solo artist. That means no freestyles or interpretations on other people’s beats—it might feel like blasphemy that “Control” isn’t here, but that was a Big Sean joint. We do include everything from the K-Dot mixtapes to the loosies (including the overlooked “Rapper Shit,” a rare Kung Fu joint record dropped by Kendrick and Ab-Soul) to his EPs, and of course each song from his run of vanguard full-lengths.

Let the debates begin.

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