Kendrick Lamar has been painting pictures with words since he used the moniker, K. Dot, in 2006. The Compton kid is now a grown man, hitting 28 today (June 17) and a whole 24 hours after the late great, Tupac Shakur.
Here, VIBE revisits their favorite verses from King Kendrick. Trust, it was insanely difficult to pick just one.
The breath control and the wit garnished with the subtle arrogance was fresh air to my musical ears that had been so deprived of originality. What took Kendrick three takes to master took me days to simply get through the first verse. Kendrick ignored the trends and the formula to earn radio spins and crafted one of hip-hop’s most lyrical tracks to date. Backed with horns and jazz riffs, “Rigamortis” killed the competition by breathing new life into the industry. A noble act, indeed.
All hail, King Kunta!
—Shenequa Golding, Editor
—Mikey Fresh, Music Editor
—Marjua Estevez, VIVA Editor
—Camille Augustin, Editor
—Adelle Platon, Associate Editor
“Black on black tip like Kinta Kunta
Black is back bitch I’m the the coupe-da
Black on black crime resent the shooter
Black, black, black, I intend to mute you”
—Stacy-Ann Ellis, Assistant Editor
—Ashley Monaé, Vixen Editor
—Datwon Thomas, Editor-in-Chief