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Killer Kenny

More gems from Lamar’s stellar career



Drake feat. Kendrick Lamar, 2011

On “Buried Alive Interlude,” a breakout moment on Drake’s blockbuste­r Take Care, Kendrick details such a haunting portrait of fame, Drake let K.Dot have it all to himself.


Pusha T feat. Kendrick Lamar, 2013

The angst in Kendrick’s tone on this blistering banger tells a harrowing story about the havoc the crack era wreaked.


Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar, 2016

Kendrick made Beyoncé’s plea for equality an even more urgent anthem, bottling everyone’s fury over the seemingly endless spate of police killings of unarmed African Americans.


A Tribe Called Quest feat. Kendrick Lamar, 2016

A Tribe Called Quest’s farewell album, We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, feels even more compelling thanks to a fiery Kendrick verse about the doom-filled Trump years.


On this chill SZA single, Kung Fu Kenny gives a whole exegesis on pussy power, from the enlightene­d male’s perspectiv­e.


Vince Staples feat. Kendrick Lamar, 2017

Kendrick shows up on this sleeper with a quick-fire verse that demonstrat­es he’s prepared to “pop ’til the wrist pop.”


Rapsody feat. Kendrick Lamar and Lance Skiiiwalke­r, 2017

Harnessing godlike intensity, Kendrick anointed Rapsody’s “Power” with a verse that spans the cosmos, addressing universal law and celebrity culture.


Anderson .Paak feat. Kendrick Lamar, 2018

On this groovy, road-movieesque single, K.Dot holds court with some breezy couplets that place him firmly in the driver’s seat.


Kendrick Lamar and SZA, 2018

On this hit from the Kendrickpr­oduced Black Panther soundtrack, he spits an ethereal verse about the downsides of fame, demonstrat­ing why he continues to wear the crown.


SHOULDER” Busta Rhymes feat. Kendrick Lamar, 2020

Verbal gymnastics sound as catchy as a Tin Pan Alley staple on Kendrick’s showstoppi­ng verse from this Busta Rhymes scorcher.


Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar, 2021

On his cousin Baby Keem’s brassy uptempo hit, Kendrick supplies some unforgetta­ble couplets — about avoiding the pandemic — that loom like triumphant fight music.

 ?? ?? Heavy lies the crown: Lamar in 2017
Heavy lies the crown: Lamar in 2017

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