“The Heart Part 4” by Kendrick Lamar

To call it a diss track would be an oversimplification, but it’s clear that despite releasing back-to-back masterpieces with good kid, M.A.A.D City and To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar is still hungry. With an ever-growing chip on one shoulder and the weight of Compton on the other, Lamar spits with a venom-filled flow that is not only at odds with the fairly lightweight production but even against the more introspective sound that was the focus of TPAB and untitled, unmastered. It’s clearly by design, and while there are some hints to the sound of the upcoming album, the focus is truly on Kendrick Lamar’s announcement that he’s back, his still in tune with the world at large, and he’s ready to once again be considered the best rapper alive.

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