Kris Bowers on Kendrick Lamar’s “Section.80” (2011) [redux]

8th July 2021

In honor of Kendrick Lamar’s Section.80 turning 10 years old this month, we are re-airing our convo with Kris Bowers on Lamar’s  debut studio album.

Episode notes

In honor of Kendrick Lamar’s Section.80 turning 10 years old this month, we are re-airing our convo with Kris Bowers on Lamar’s  debut studio album.

[show notes from original post]

To talk about Kendrick Lamar’s studio LP debut, we wanted to find someone of K-Dot’s generation, another L.A. young gun, and who better than pianist and composer, Kris Bowers? Like Kendrick, Kris grew up in L.A. and just as Kendrick has ascended the hip-hop ladder, so has Kris in jazz, as he won the prestigious Theolonious . But more than that, the web of Los Angeles musical ties was bound to bring the two into orbit in different ways – something we discuss in the episode – not the least of which is the fact that Kris covered one of the biggest tracks in Kendrick’s early career: “Rigamortis.”

In our conversation with Kris, we got deep into how he put together both the song and video for his version of “Rigamortis,” whether or not Kendrick has a jazz sensibility in his style, and what it’s like to see a hometown kid become the Greatest Rapper Alive.

More on Kendrick Lamar’s Section.80

More on Kris Bowers

Show Tracklisting (all songs from Section.80 unless indicated otherwise):

  • Hol’ Up
  • A.D.H.D
  • Kris Bowers: Forget-er
  • Kris Bowers: Rigamortis
  • Rigamortis
  • Murs: Everything
  • Chapter Six
  • Keisha’s Song (Her Pain)
  • Kendrick Lamar: Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst
  • Ab-Souls Outro
  • Poe Mans Dreams (His Vice)
  • F*ck Your Ethnicity
  • Kush & Corinthians
  • Rigamortis
  • Kris Bowers: Rigamortis
  • Willie Jones III: The Thorn
  • Rigamortis
  • Blow My High (Members Only)
  • HiiiPower
  • Ab-Souls Outro

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find on there

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In this episode...


  • Kris Bowers

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