Cartoon and Cereal

song performed by Kendrick Lamar

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"Cartoon & Cereal"
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Song by Kendrick Lamar featuring Gunplay
ReleasedFebruary 14, 2012 (2012-02-14)
Recorded2012
StudioTDE Red Room (Carson)
GenreProgressive rap[1]
Length6:49
LabelTop Dawg Entertainment
Composer(s)
Producer(s)THC[2]

"Cartoon & Cereal" is a song by American rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar, released for digital download on February 14, 2012. Collaborating with Florida-based rapper Gunplay, Lamar originally intended to include the song on his major-label debut album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, but was discarded due to sampling issues and the track being leaked online beforehand.[3]

Critical reception

Jack Law, writing for Fact magazine, described experimentation that Lamar demonstrated on his album Section.80, released a year prior: "Kendrick's verse is predictably tricky to penetrate, full of multi-layered imagery and word-play, and will doubtless reward further study".[4] Law further emphasized the unexpected collaboration between Lamar and Gunplay - a collaboration with an avant-garde musician and a "street" rapper.[4] On Pitchfork, Jordan Sargent referred to "Cartoons & Cereal" as the work of two artists who "have an anti-social streak that runs through their music".[2]

"Cartoon & Cereal" is one of Lamar's most popular songs; Complex magazine, which listed it as the second best song of 2012, wrote "the best song ['Cartoon & Cereal'] that Kendrick Lamar released this year didn't even make the album [Good Kid, M.A.A.D City]".[5] Music critic Niyah Nel reflected: "the 'inner voice' like approach on 'Cartoons & Cereal' made just the right impact to lead fans into wondering what to expect from his debut album, and it definitely boosted his ranking as an unmatched lyricist".[6]

References

  1. ^ Skelton, Eric; Diaz, Angel; Tharpe, Frazier; Ortiz, Edwin; McKinney, Jessica; Thompson, Paul; Weiss, Jeff (November 18, 2019). "The Best Rappers of the 2010s". Complex. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Sargent, Jordan. "'Cartoon & Cereal' [ft. Gunplay]". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ G. Lucas. "Inside Kendrick Lamar's Unreleased Classic, "Cartoons & Cereal"". DJ Booth. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b Law, Jack. "Kendrick Lamar feat. Gunplay – 'Cartoon & Cereal'". Fact magazine. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  5. ^ "The 50 Best Songs of 2012". Complex. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  6. ^ Nel, Niyah. "REVISITING A CLASSIC: KENDRICK LAMAR'S 'CARTOONS & CEREAL' & its impact TODAY". EDL.com. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
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