Kendrick Lamar Delivers One of His Most Aggressive Verses Since Control (Audio)
Since Summer of 2012, Hip-Hop has been knocked off of its axis from two potent MCs. Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul have been at the forefront of injecting thoughtful, researched, culturally-relevant lyrics back into the mainstream conversation, and each has the bravado and self-confidence akin to Rap’s brightest moments in history. The craziest part? K-Dot and Soulo are in the same outfit, known as TDE’s Black Hippy.
Inspired by the Tupac Shakur Spoken Word Jazz moment from 1997’s Gridlock’d soundtrack (and film), “Life Is A Traffic Jam,” both MCs bring some rush hour fury to the microphone and wipe out all comparisons in the landscape, claiming they’re the best. Kendrick works in some state-of-the-union raps concerning the Grammy Awards, and even gives a rare glimpse to his speckled past (despite being a “good kid”) in the “maad city” of Compton. Cues to DJ Quik are given, as the pair seem to create another showstopping moment that hopefully brings awareness to Ab-Soul, who despite being unaffiliated with TDE’s major label backer Interscope Records, always contends as one of the finest lyricists in Hip-Hop right now.