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Demos, Outtakes & Skits: Kendrick's ‘TPAB’ Producers Talk ‘Untitled’ Material

Terrace Martin, Sounwave, MixedByAli, and Tae Beast talk K. Dot's 'TPAB' outtakes.

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For the sake of saving a good opening line from becoming another one of those popular click bait headlines, hear this: Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered. is scattered brilliance in raw form.

At eight tracks, spanning at a mere 35-minutes, K. Dot delivers some of the crux responsible for To Pimp A Butterfly’s triumph, but in skeletal form.

Painting vivid portraits of societal happenings ("Preacher man don't always tell the truth"), while leaving room for humble brags like “I could put a rapper on life support” ("untitled 02 l 06.23.2014."), the project is reminiscent of a line from the great GZA: “If it ain’t raw, it’s worthless.” And the term “raw” is probably the best way to describe this listen, because untitled unmastered. is primarily that — a batch of unfinished demo recordings from the TPAB sessions. All unnamed and uncredited, the songs are solely tagged with their respective creation dates (“untitled 03 | 05.28.2013,” “untitled 04 | 08.14.2014”). But even through the skeletal arrangements, the wholeness of this project holds weight.

Out The Cocoon: The Making Of Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly'

Back in April 2015, REVOLT talked to the men behind the boards for TPAB, from Terrace Martin and Sounwave to MixedByAli and Tae Beast, for a special discussing the making of Kendrick's Grammy Award-winning opus. But digging through the outtakes, we uncovered some of the gems that didn't get to make the piece — specifically the leftovers that didn't make TPAB.

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