Punch Makes A Potent Song About Living Past 25, With Kendrick Lamar On The Hook (Audio)
President Punch of Top Dawg Entertainment has begun transitioning from independent label executive to a thoughtful MC in 2014. No stranger to TDE’s pre-Interscope releases of the early 2010s, Punch was part of the ensemble that made albums by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q so potent.
His latest track, “25,” is highly thoughtful. Considering Punch’s own Watts, California upbringing in the notorious Nickerson Gardens houses (where Jay Rock also grew up), the young exec explains his own surprise in living past the age of 25. The record features dialogue from a Tupac Shakur interview, as well as references to his Gang Related single with Tha Outlawz, “Starin’ Through My Rearview.” Early Jay Z lyrics are also interpolated.
Notably, Punch did not name his Soundcloud or market the track as featuring TDE’s platinum star, Kendrick Lamar. However, Compton’s K-Dot lays down the complementary hook to the record about learning young from the old Heads, doing lessons, and making wise decisions in these treacherous days and times.