Kendrick Lamar has been named GQ's Rapper of the Year.

Despite not releasing an album this year, the 26-year-old rapper took the crown away from the likes of Kanye, Jay Z, Drake and even Eminem.

With his good kid, m.A.A.d city debut album addressed as "practically a black Ulysses: a portrait of the rapper as a young man, simultaneously a drive-by deconstruction of gangster rap's violent tropes and a celebration of its signature, slow-rolling sound" in the long feature Steve Marsh wrote on GQ to explain the decision, Lamar is later described as "the game's most linguistically cerebral MC, but also its realest--the one who finds the most vivid way to tell a story about his unemployed buddies trying to rope him into robbing some dude's house--and it's this polarity that makes listening to King Kendrick feel like you're putting on the illest 3-D glasses in hip-hop."

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