Overly Dedicated

album by Kendrick Lamar

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Overly Dedicated
Kendrick Lamar - Overly Dedicated.jpg
Mixtape by
ReleasedSeptember 14, 2010 (2010-09-14)
GenreHip hop
LabelTop Dawg
Kendrick Lamar chronology
Kendrick Lamar
Overly Dedicated

Overly Dedicated (sometimes stylized as O(verly) D(edicated)) is the fourth solo mixtape by American rapper 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, Jairus "J-Mo" Mozee, and Wyldfyer, also contributed production.[1] The mixtape had sold a total of 12,000 copies as of October 2012.[2]


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 the Kendrick Lamar EP, 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 17.[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] 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.[8] 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.[9][10][11] On the topic of the project's genre, Lamar called it "human music".[12]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone[13]
Tom HullA−[14]
Vice (Expert Witness)A−[15]

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 listing

1."The Heart Pt. 2" (featuring Dash Snow)The Roots4:54
2."Growing Apart (To Get Closer)" (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)"
  • Duckworth
  • Spears
6."Opposites Attract (Tomorrow, W/O Her)" (featuring JaVonté)
  • JaVonté Pollard
  • Kendrick Duckworth
  • Willaim Brown
Willie B (of Digi+Phonics)4:32
7."Michael Jordan" (featuring Schoolboy Q)
8."Ignorance Is Bliss"
  • Duckworth
  • Brown
Willie B3:28
9."R.O.T.C. (Interlude)" (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid)
10."Barbed Wire" (featuring Ash Riser)
11."Average Joe"
  • Duckworth
  • Wyatt Coleman
13."Cut You Off (To Grow Closer)"
  • Perkins
  • Duckworth
Tae Beast6:04
14."Heaven & Hell" (featuring Alori Joh)
  • Duckworth
  • Fredrik Halldin
Tommy Black3:12
Bonus tracks
15."She Needs Me (Remix)" (featuring Dom Kennedy & Murs)
16."I Do This (Remix)" (featuring U-N-I, Skeme & Brown (of Sore Losers))Sounwave4:08


Chart (2010) Peak
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 72
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[18] 46


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  18. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
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