This project aims higher than his debut but Kendrick Lamar but it is not quite as tied together without the narrative running through. On the other hand, there is a constant theme running through that helps the project with its structure and helps stop it being simply a cluster of tracks.
The production is excellent and does very well to keep each track seperate but flowing together. It would be easy with the running theme to let the tracks run together too much but the project does a great job diversifying every song. Maybe some more variation in the beats to have more higher tempo songs as well as a few low tempo ones to make a slightly more complete project, but it would only be a minor improvement.
The lyricism is exquisite and Kendrick flaunts his talent over every single song. There are few moments where his lyrics are not complex, genius and totally enjoyable. His variation in his delivery and performance help keep the songs interesting and making this a great album to listen to
Overall, this is a fantastic album and Kendrick should be commended on his efforts going into a sophmore album with such high expectations of what to expect. He has taken that pressure and used it to make an album that ticks all the right boxes.