Overly Dedicated
Kendrick Lamar - Overly Dedicated.jpg
Mixtape by Kendrick Lamar
Released September 14, 2010 (2010-09-14)
Recorded 2010
Studio TDE Red Room
(Carson, California)
Genre Hip hop
Length 59:18
Label Top Dawg Entertainment
Producer
Kendrick Lamar chronology
The Kendrick Lamar EP
(2009)
Overly Dedicated
(2010)
Section.80
(2011)

Overly Dedicated (stylized as O(verly) D(edicated)) is the fifth mixtape by American hip hop recording artist Kendrick Lamar, released on September 14, 2010, via Top Dawg Entertainment. The album features guest appearances from Dash Snow, Jhené Aiko, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Ash Riser, Dom Kennedy and Murs, among others. The album's production was handled by several TDE in-house producers, including King Blue, Sounwave, Tae Beast and Willie B; other producers such as Tommy Black, Drop, Jairus "J-Mo" Mozee, and Wyldfyer, also contributed production.[1] As of October 2012, the mixtape has sold a total of 12,000 copies.[2]

Contents

BackgroundEdit

On September 4, 2010, Lamar unveiled the cover art for Overly Dedicated, which was designed by ASTHTC.[3] On September 14, 2010, the music video for "P&P 1.5", a song taken from Overly Dedicated, featuring his Black Hippy cohort Ab-Soul, was released.[4] On September 14, Lamar also released Overly Dedicated to digital retailers under Top Dawg Entertainment, the label that signed Lamar after he released his first mixtape, when he was 16.[5] On September 23, it was released for free download online.[6]

Overly Dedicated includes a song titled "Ignorance Is Bliss", in which Lamar glorifies gangsta rap and street crime, but ends each verse with "ignorance is bliss", giving the message "we know not what we do".[7][8] It was this song specifically that made fellow West Coast rapper and legendary hip hop producer Dr. Dre, want to work with Lamar, after watching the song's music video on YouTube.[9] This led to Lamar working with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on Dre's Detox album and him considering signing to Dre's label, Aftermath Entertainment.[10][11][12] On the topic of the project's genre, Lamar called it "human music".[13][14]

Critical receptionEdit

Writing for Vice, Robert Christgau gave Overly Dedicated an "A–" and found it to be as good as Lamar's first official album Section.80 (2011): "Only three classics: the besotted "Alien Girl," the merely sexed-up "P&P 1.5," and "Average Joe," a position paper for the gangsta realism to follow. But the many cameos document a party-crashing crew utterly delighted by how good they are at this shit. There’s a sense of fun and antic possibility here Lamar abjured on his road to iconicity. In pop music, that’s a spiritual resource there’s never enough of."[15] Mikey McCray of Creative Loafing wrote: "Compton, Calif. emcee takes his place among the best of the new West," however also wrote: "A couple tracks felt out of place. 'Michael Jordan' had a Weezy flow and Jeezy beat but the weak chorus was far from a MJ fadeaway. Don't know who was imitating Bilal on the 'ROTC (Interlude)' but they killed an otherwise stellar track with a cover fail of Common's 'The Light.'"[16]

Track listingEdit

No. Title Producer Length
1. "The Heart Pt. 2" (featuring Dash Snow) The Roots 4:54
2. "Growing Apart (From Everything)" (featuring Jhené Aiko) Tae Beast (of Digi+Phonics) 3:41
3. "Night of the Living Junkies" Sounwave (of Digi+Phonics) 3:32
4. "P&P 1.5" (featuring Ab-Soul) King Blue (of Sore Losers) 6:02
5. "Alien Girl (Today, W/ Her)" Sounwave 4:00
6. "Opposites Attract (Tomorrow, W/O Her)" (featuring JaVonté) Willie B (of Digi+Phonics) 4:42
7. "Michael Jordan" (featuring Schoolboy Q) Sounwave 5:51
8. "Ignorance Is Bliss" Willie B 3:28
9. "R.O.T.C. (Interlude)" (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid) Jairus "J-Mo" Mozee 2:43
10. "Barbed Wire" (featuring Ash Riser) Sounwave 4:26
11. "Average Joe" Wyldfyer 4:16
12. "H.O.C" Drop 5:17
13. "Cut You Off (To Grow Closer)" Tae Beast 6:04
14. "Heaven & Hell" (featuring Alori Joh) Tommy Black 3:12

Sample credits

ChartsEdit

Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[28] 72
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[29] 46

ReferencesEdit

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  21. ^ "Kendrick Lamar's P&P 1.5 sample of OutKast's Vibrate". Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Kendrick Lamar's P&P 1.5 sample of Rick James' Give It To Me Baby". Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "Kendrick Lamar's Ignorance Is Bliss sample of D'Angelo's Alright". Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "Kendrick Lamar's R.O.T.C. (Interlude) sample of Bobby Caldwell's Open Your Eyes". Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
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