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Section.80 is the debut studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. It was released on July 2, 2011, by 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 the 1980s crack epidemic, racism and medication tolerance. The album's lead single, "HiiiPoWeR" was released on April 12, 2011.

Studio album by Kendrick Lamar
Released July 2, 2011 (2011-07-02)
Recorded 2010–11
Studio Top Dawg Studios, Carson
Genre Conscious hip hop
Length 59:24
Label Top Dawg
Kendrick Lamar chronology
Overly Dedicated
(2010)Overly Dedicated2010
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
(2012)Good Kid, M.A.A.D City2012
Singles from Section.80
  1. "HiiiPoWeR"
    Released: April 12, 2011[1]

Section.80 received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number 113 on the Billboard 200. As of February 2014, Section.80 sold 130,000 copies domestically. In April 2017, it was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[3]



The album is his first studio release, followed by the release of five of his mixtapes and his first extended-play (EP). Lamar recorded the album at Top Dawg Studios in Carson, California.[4]

The lead single for Section.80 was the song "HiiiPoWeR", the concept of which was to further explain the "HiiiPoWeR" movement promoted by Lamar and his TDE labelmates.[5] In the beginning of the music video for "HiiiPoWeR", a quote from Kendrick Lamar reads:

Music and lyricsEdit

Section.80 is a concept album that involves the lives 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.[7]

Release and receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic      [9]
Beats Per Minute 90%[10]
DJBooth 4.5/5[11]
Entertainment Weekly B[12]
HipHopDX 4/5[13]
MSN Music B+[14]
Pitchfork 8/10[15]
PopMatters 8/10[16] 8/10[17]
XXL 4/5 (XL)[18]

Section.80 sold only 5,000 copies in the United States, based upon digital downloads within less than a week, debuting at number 113 on the Billboard 200, with minimal mainstream media promotion and coverage – however, some sources suggest the album entered at number 104. Within a two-week period, the album sold a total of 9,000 copies in the United States.[19][20][21][22][23][24][25] As of February 2014, Section.80 has sold 130,000 copies domestically.[26] On April 14, 2017, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units.[27]

Section.80 received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 80, based on 11 reviews.[8] Nathan S of DJBooth said "Section.80 may not be a sacred text but I've got the feeling that in five years it may just prove to be prophetic."[11] Andres Tardio of HipHopDX wrote that Lamar "may have been searching for answers, but that journey allowed him to find out of this year's most outstanding albums with Section.80."[13] Tom Breihan of Pitchfork believed that, "self-serious flaws and all, Section.80 still stands as a powerful document of a tremendously promising young guy figuring out his voice."[15] In the opinion of XXL journalist Adam Fleischer, the record reveals "its author's brain is neither lost nor useless, as he weaves together carefully constructed thoughts before spewing raps on each of the project's 16 tracks, ensuring nothing is disposable or without purpose."[18] David Amidon from PopMatters compared Lamar to a Ice Cube early in his career, as "he's only telling us what he sees, and while he might not offer solutions as often as [Ice Cube] did, he's certainly able to paint us vivid a picture."[16]

Pitchfork placed the album at number 45 on its list of the "Top 50 albums of 2011".[28] Complex named the album the 7th best album of 2011.[29] In honor of Section.80's fifth anniversary, Forbes columnist Ogden Payne wrote an article explaining how the album had propelled Lamar into "hip-hop royalty", deeming it "the genesis to Kendrick Lamar successfully balancing social commentary with mass appeal, while simultaneously laying the foundation for his label as King Kendrick".[30] NME placed the album at number three on their list of "101 Albums To Hear Before You Die" in 2014.[31]

Track listingEdit

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Fuck Your Ethnicity" THC 3:44
2. "Hol' Up" Sounwave 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 3:36
8. "Poe Mans Dreams (His Vice)" (featuring GLC) Willie B 4:21
9. "The Spiteful Chant" (featuring Schoolboy Q)
10. "Chapter Ten" THC 1:15
11. "Keisha's Song (Her Pain)" (featuring Ashtrobot) Tae Beast 3:47
12. "Rigamortus"
  • Willie B
  • Sounwave[a]
13. "Kush & Corinthians" (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


  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • "A.D.H.D" features uncredited additional vocals from Ab-Soul
  • "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 and Javonté
  • "Chapter Ten" features uncredited additional vocals from Javonté
  • "HiiiPoWeR" features uncredited additional vocals from Alori Joh

Sample credits

  • "Hol' Up" contains a sample from "Shifting Sands of Sound", as performed by Dick Walter.
  • "A.D.H.D" contains an uncredited sample from "The Knight Hawk", as performed by The Jet Age of Tomorrow.[33]
  • "Tammy's Song (Her Evils)" contains a sample of "Alfie", as performed by Dick Hyman.
  • "Chapter Six" contains a sample of "Hey", as performed by King.[34]
  • "Poe Mans Dreams (His Vice)" contains a sample of "Peace Go With You, Brother", as performed by Gil Scott-Heron.
  • "The Spiteful Chant" contains a sample of "Iron", as performed by Woodkid.[35]
  • "Keisha's Song (Her Pain)" contains a sample of "Old and Wise", as performed by The Alan Parsons Project.[36]
  • "Rigamortus" contains a sample of "The Thorn", as performed by Willie Jones, III.[37]
  • "Blow My High (Members Only)" contains a sample of "4 Page Letter", as performed by Aaliyah; and "Big Pimpin'", as performed by Jay-Z.


Credits for Section.80 adapted from AllMusic.[38]



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[27] Gold 500,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone


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