It's Monday, Kendrick Lamar just bodied the rap game again, Let's get into it.
Let me preface this track review by saying this week's Music For the Sole was supposed to be More Life. Drake's OVO Playlist had the spotlight for a few days before Kendrick went rap game Hiroshima on everyone with levels of aggression unseen since 'Control', but we'll get to that later.
After a short tease of the IV artwork on Instagram, we were treated to a surprise drop of Kendrick's 4th iteration in 'The Heart' series, his stand-alone series of stories and verses released periodically. Previous iterations of the series have found Kendrick contemplating himself, his purpose, and general musings, an artist's sketch pad of verses brimming with ideas.
On number 4, we find Kendrick taking a different look at life. He's happy with his money, with his acclaim, the validation of his talent through past projects. Slowly as the verse creeps on, the lyrics get darker with a sinister edge. Claims that although he has sanctification (free of sin) 'I ain't sanctified enough to say I won't shoot ya'. This should have been warning enough for the lyrical onslaught coming.
The beat switches up and instantly Kendrick's demeanour changes. The seething anger in Kendrick's voice as he raps; 'My fans can't wait for me to son ya punk-ass, and ya whole lil'shit, I'll Big Pun ya punk-ass, you a scared little bitch'. Now for fans of Kendrick who remember the notorious 'Control' verse from a number of years ago, where Kdot declared himself King of the West and East coast, they'll know the infamous line where Kendrick systematically called each rapper out by name, telling them to step up their game. The aftermath was felt hard by certain rappers referenced. Big Sean, the man who Kendrick ate on his own track, and stopped Control from being featured on his album and has had a frosty response to anything Kendrick related going forward. Drake, who has had a long-standing rivalry with Kendrick since Control and who's most recent release brought about this burial.
There are too many lyrics in the second verse to spot out. Kendrick fires shots at everyone, from vague references to rap beef, to name dropping Donald Trump 'is a Chump', the Russians, Kevin Durant, Former county sheriff Lee Bacca. No one is safe.
To cap off a masterful example of putting everyone on blast, Kendrick ends the track declaring 'Y'all got 'til April 7th to get y'all shit together'. Could we be seeing a new album from Kendrick? We'll have to see.