King Kendrick Strikes Again in Single
The enigmatic king of Compton, Kendrick Lamar, returns in “The Heart Part 4.” Ever lyrical and charismatic, Kendrick Lamar delivers a fiery punch that is absolutely unafraid to stake the rapper’s claim as number one in the world.
Kendrick begins his rap with deceiving style, fooling the listener into thinking this is a chill cut before unwinding with force and anger. While we won’t read too much into who he is calling out, Kendrick is clearly displeased with one of his rap colleagues and how they carry themselves. He unapologetically calls the mysterious adversary out, challenging them to stand up to him toe-to-toe and right before he declares himself the greatest rapper alive. The track is sporadic, much like Kendrick’s thoughts as he spits loosely yet cohesively over a pulsating and bass-laden production.
“The Heart Part 4” then spirals further as Kendrick begins lamenting over the state of the country, referring to the racial and political issues currently plaguing the United States. Kendrick is absolutely on top of his game here, masterfully mixing style with lethal lyricism and putting on display his showmanship skills.
It’s a potent verse before slipping back into challenging his enemies, likening himself to Russell Westbrook before closing off his track. Again, while we won’t divulge too much into who Kendrick could possibly be calling out, it’s interesting to note that Kevin Durant, Westbrook’s former superstar teammate, was referred to on a track by a certain Toronto rapper on one of his previous releases.
Of the rap royalty in today’s game, Kendrick Lamar has proven to be a spectacular performer who displays a genuine commitment to breadth, personality and lyricism in his work. “The Heart Part 4” is merely an extension of that, and its potency shows that the Compton rapper is far from slowing down.
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