While he remembers syrup sandwiches, today we’re remembering the fifth anniversary of the release of Kendrick Lamar‘s good kid, m.A.A.d city. A landmark album that even Eminem referred to as “a masterpiece,” it’s hard to think of an all-around album on par with such an achievement this decade. But this anniversary came with the news that the best album of the past ten years could have been even better.

T.D.E. head Punch shocked fans by revealing a few secrets about the album’s construction, both in terms of the narrative structure as well as who almost appeared on it. Punch shared over Twitter that the ultimate goal was to make an album that was Tarantino-esque, “Where the scenes aren’t in chronological order but it flows cohesively,” as well as the deliberate choice that through the entire project’s narration and skits, you only hear Kendrick’s voice on one occasion.

But the biggest shock came with the revelation that Andre 3000 was originally envisioned to appear on the “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” remix. Unfortunately, Andre was filming the Jimi Hendrix biopic at the time, so the schedules couldn’t align. Luckily JAY-Z was able to fill in as a strong silver medal, but it’s tempting to think what could have been. 

– Gracing the cover of GQ is A$AP Rocky who answered some hard-hitting questions.

– You can also catch A$AP Rocky on the remix of Ty Dolla $ign’s “Dawsin’s Breek.”

SZA is teasing us with new album info, including working with Tame Impala and Mark Ronson.

– Always great to hear new Timbaland, including his tasty flip of Jacob Banks‘ “Unknown (To You).”

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