I've come to accept that Kendrick Lamar's "i," as well as "Never Catch Me," have proven but one thing – don't expect K-dot to stay the same, but expect lyrical mastery every time. While both tracks were admittedly harder pills to swallow than his last work on "Control" or in his BET Awards freestyle, he's coming back with experimental sounds that force the world to hear samples of Isley Brothers and Flying Lotus on the radio. I can honestly admit neither are tracks I go to for my TDE fix, but I respect him more now for choosing to go beyond making the next trap hit.
Even on our own website, some of our writers are divided. Many of us think that the tracks aren't living up to par with the standard we've all placed; I prefer to think that Lamar has thrown a middle finger to those standards and done his own thing, as he has since always.
Well, besides all of that, what makes Kendrick Lamar so spectacular is his ability to spit serious rhymes, and I think in hip hop we forget the value and power of words and rhymes. Today we got to see something truly dope, and it was to let the rapper himself outdo himself yet again with a freestyle.
Check him out on Big Boy's Neighborhood below, and see what exactly the Compton raised rapper is fully capable of.