Kendrick Lamar Delivers One of His Most Aggressive Verses Since Control (Audio)

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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.

Following 2012’s shutdown moment of “ILLuminate,” the pair is back on “Kendrick Lamars Interlude,” from tomorrow’s (June 24) release of Ab-Soul’s latest album, These Days.

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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.

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