Kendrick Lamar’s Versatility Continues To Expand, Appearing Alongside Lil Wayne & Future On A Mike WiLL Made It Beat (Audio)

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Heads may forget, but one of Kendrick Lamar’s breakthrough performances was all the way back in 2009, alongside Black Hippy cohort/mentor Jay Rock, and Lil Wayne on “Colors.” Five years later, and the self-proclaimed “The Best Rapper Alive” on that cut may be feeling some pressure from his Compton cohort K-Dot. The bond is still strong though, as the two flow-forward MCs maintain a deep friendship and active collaborative history.

Two additional voices from that era, Dungeon Family affiliate Future as well as producer/rapper Mike WiLL Made It have together (with Weezy and Lamar) risen to the upper-echelon of Rap music in 2014. Appearing as a unit on Mike’s “Buy The World,” the carefree, slow-moving track is the apparent crown jewel from Mike’s Est. In 1989 Pt.3 LP, due tomorrow (June 17).

The clean version hits the ‘net, and the stars take a victory lap under the checkered flag of success. This is a bit different from some of Kendrick’s critically-acclaimed work as of late, but like “Cartoons & Cereal,” and “Really Be (Smokin’ & Drinkin’),” shows that the CPT star fits in anywhere he wishes to.

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