With the release of the hilarious video for "These Walls"
released last week (a track feat. Bilal and Thundercat), we were reminded that Kendrick Lamar isn't only replacing Kanye West as the king of hip-hop. He's replacing Kanye as the king of the hip-hop feature, and so we thought we'd put together a list of our favorite tracks either featuring Kendrick Lamar or where Kendrick gives another artist the opportunity to shine.
Kendrick Lamar feat. narration by 2Pac - "Mortal Man"
This isn't necessarily a feature
, but in many ways, it's even better. I'm putting this at number one because of it's ridiculously intellectual and creative nature. The song is also just the essence of what hip hop should sound like. When I first listened to Kendrick's To Pimp A Butterfly
, I was blown away by the jazz, and I had read that K-Dot thought it would be so moving, years later it would be taught in high schools. I chuckled, and continued up my university stairs to the library. Then I heard this. Absolutely breathtaking. Spring syllabus: Kendrick and Pac; humanity. (p.s. what I'm talking about comes in at around six minutes, but listen to the whole song).
Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake - "Poetic Justice"
We'll admit it; we have a crush on Drake. What can I say? He's smooth. In this tag team approach, Kendrick opens up the conversation to a few ladies and Drake comes in to close the deal. Guys get jealous they don't have the girls, and girls get jealous it's not them -- kinda sounds like poetic justice right there...
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood"
The poet and the pop-goddess herself. This is sort of a surprise collab, but it only makes sense for these two musical omegas to join forces at one point or another. Taylor kicks some serious ass (and looks really good doing it) while Kendrick keeps it West Coast, rocking his LA cap in a futuristic shuttle.
Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar - "How Many Drinks?"
Here's a baby-maker for ya. Miguel is the sex appeal that gets the lady to your room and still looks good with a shirt off; Kendrick is the knowledge applied once you melt onto the bed and under the covers. Light a candle, and play this one, fellas...Tell me you don't wake up to breakfast being cooked for you in the morning.
Drake feat. Kendrick Lamar - "Buried Alive"
And the duo makes the list again: Drake and Kendrick. This time it's Kendrick's feature on Drake's track. "Buried Alive" is an extension of Drake's "Marvin's Room." The song starts with Kendrick's nasal-y, alter-ego voice. Not only is the verse superb, but Kendrick takes on the persona of who Drake knows is not around when he called his ex lover. It's a really clever take on the storyline Drake so easily creates by looping an old voice-message.