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Kendrick Lamar – i (Video)

blame it on Illy November 4, 2014

Following yesterday’s sit down with Hot 97’s Ebro and Peter Rosenberg, Kendrick Lamar premieres the video for his talked about first single “i” off his forthcoming not-yet-titled sophomore effort.

K. Dot told HOT 97 that “i” was intended for his homies in the penitentiary and the kids who come to his shows with slashes on their wrists. Kendrick will make his second appearance on Saturday Night Live as the special musical guest on November 15.

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  • dat dude

    damn they really pushing this as a single smh

    • mixtape wayne

      to each his own. I fuckin love when this shit come on the radio

    • itsokeydude

      As opposed to doing what…?

    • Goldberg brian

      You don’t love yourself

  • I dunno I’m still not feeling this, like in this day and age I could use a little more righteous anger in my life I’m just not feelin the whole self love thing. Did any of you come around to this later?

    • RAAAAAAAANDY!!!!

      Real talk, I liked this song from jump. Sonically and lyrically, I love it. I’m glad he took this approach because it was necessary and I think he executed it well. Just as necessary as it was to make an anti-drinking song with “Swimming Pools” and a pro-creativity/anti-fame song with “Don’t Kill My Vibe”. It’s needed right now. Why are we, as a generation, more comfortable with singing along with songs that talk about things we don’t have or don’t do, but cringe at the thought of a song encouraging us to say “I love myself”? If I sound preachy, I apologize. That’s not my intent. Stay up.

      • kermitthefrog

        Hip-hop has always had an element of braggadocious-ness (lol i know that’s not a word but yall get what i’m sayin). Generally, artists tend to boast about themselves thru clever metaphors or punchlines. This can come off as rather egotistical because of how directly he says it.

        That being said, I’m not a fan of this song at all. I really really liked Kendrick before GKMC and since then I really feel as though his quality has dropped.

        • RAAAAAAAANDY!!!!

          I don’t get how it sounds egotistical to say “I love myself.” When I hear the song, I hear a young man saying that in spite of all the troubles he may face from the world and how other people may feel about him, he has high self-esteem. He doesn’t need material goods or other people’s love to define his self-worth and self-fulfillment. Because he didn’t use a double-entendre, simile or metaphor to clarify that, it becomes egotism?

          Also, if you can’t say you love yourself or learn how to love yourself, how can you truly love someone else? Or say you love someone else?

          • I’m eager to hear it in context, I’ll say that much. I want to see how K. makes it apart of a larger whole.

          • RAAAAAAAANDY!!!!

            I can respect that feeling. I felt the same way when I heard Logic’s “Under Pressure” single. When I finally heard the album, I got his vision and actually think it’s one of the best tracks one that LP.

    • phillmatic

      listen to urself you just said “ur not feeling the whole self love thing” u sound like you gotta a problem

      • I’m not feeling the presentation of the whole self love thing.

        • BlackSlaam

          i bet you are white lol, or a confused as person on the margin

          • Cain Wallace

            Yo you gotta chill with the race shit in hip hop debates

  • Enjoyer of Music

    I can see how some can hate this single, but I just don’t agree with it.

    • Enjoyer of Music

      Shout outs to him for bringing light to the old man 2 step though! Haa

  • alsdfj

    After seeing his press interviews on breakfast club and hot 97 and getting more insight on the meaning, I’m kinda starting to like this song. Gotta appreciate something with this kind of message when he could’ve taken the easy way out.

  • DeadCoffee

    I don’t care what anyone thinks, this song is dope to me.

    • A$AP Kirk

      People are so stuck on turn up music that when they hear something positive like this they say it sucks.

      • Dat nigga

        Nah. This is no nas. Shit just wack and yall saying ,”cuz it’s positive.” Smh

        • JEM

          Kind of feel the same way with Nas’ ”I Can”.

          But, I fuck with it regardless.

          • Dat nigga

            That’s all I’m saying.

            Wait, nas is an example of good poditive music. Not sure what you meant by you feel the same way.

          • MusicHead

            I Can was corny but dope at the same time, DOPEST WACK song ever.

      • Prince Akeem

        stop making excuses. people just dont like the song. doesnt mean they like turn up music or are ignorant. they just dont like the song. ACCEPT THAT

        • Jay Daniels

          Right? Fuck outta here with that bullshit. It’s not because of Young
          Thug & Gucci Mane that I don’t like this song. It’s because of The
          Warm Up, Friday Night Lights, Section 80, Good Kid Maad City that I
          don’t like this fucking song.

    • they hated Swimming Pools x Backseat when they dropped before the albums release.

      • Jay Daniels

        They did, and if they did, they probly still do. This song isn’t going anywhere on my playlist.

        • nawl people converted once the album dropped. it was appreciated more.

        • MusicHead

          Backseat fire tho.

    • Snoop Dogg

      dope? crack

      i love this song

  • Selorm Amuzu

    I definately like the video, kinda make the song nice to me, I might end up enjoying it

    • realtalk82

      Video made the track way doper. Should have came with the vid first.

  • Randy Marsh #OTF

    the message is just too damn positive to not fuck with this

    • kermitthefrog

      I disagree. Artists like KRIT can make positive music without sounding as boring as this.

      • Randy Marsh #OTF

        i personally dont think its boring, and it probably plays a big role in the cohesiveness of the album, but to each his own

  • datbul

    Everybody clicking on this like, “Aight, I’ma give it one more try.”

    • Enjoyer of Music

      LMAO.

      not even going to front, that’s me.

  • 91&^UP

    The skanking lol

  • _____

    dope af

  • JEM

    This video is dope. Love the whole 70’s layout.

    • Stop lying. You know this video is a snoozer. Kendrick tried to make s positive song like J. Cole did with “Crooked Smile” and failed LMFAOOOOO

      • JEM

        Except this song charted higher than Crooked Smile…LMFAOOOOO

  • Ralphie Got Da Strap

    Boys gone be on Kendricks tip regardless

    • JEM

      You upset?

      • Upset that you’re on Kendrick’s top? 0_o

        • JEM

          And you suck J. Cole on the daily?

  • JEM

    I spotted George Clinton reading that newspaper!

  • Black Crime Rate

    What’s up with his voice in the beginning especially and throughout shit sounds gay, I can’t believe people are all up on this.

  • datbul

    I’m simply not feeling this song. But I will say this: Call me crazy but, when it’s all said and done, I think Kendrick has a chance to have a bigger, more important legacy than Drake. He may never have as many Top 10 singles or sell as many records, but I do believe he has a bigger vision than Drake. Whereas Drake’s work is more or less self-centered, Kendrick’s work is wider in scope. Whereas Drake just wants to tell HIS story, I think Kendrick wants to tell the WORLD’s story. And CHANGE it. In the end, that might just be what takes Kendrick to a level Drake can never reach.

    • JEM

      Well said.

      • datbul

        Thanks, bro.

    • KGG

      Agree but people like Cole, Wale and KRIT been doing that too.

      • datbul

        True. But they all lack the X-Factor. That special something that makes everyone pay attention.

        • Kidd

          That is true. Krit is arguably the one outta my top 3 talent and vision rappers (cole, krit, and Kendrick) that is consistently dope but kendrick has that X factor that just makes him stand out.

          • kermitthefrog

            KRIT + Gangsta Gibbs baby

          • Kidd

            Gibbs prolly is one of the best at riding beats. Always drop dope verses never heard one and said it was aight. Krit is more of a better artist imo tho.

        • Dat nigga

          I don’t think kendrick naturally has that like nas did/does. I think ppl force it.

          • datbul

            I can see where you’re coming from, but I think they’re just different types of artists. Nas is/was more of a thug poet, whereas Kendrick is more of a gentle & wise soul. Also, Nas lacks the X-Factor as well.

          • Dat nigga

            Hell nah nas don’t. Nas was a mc. A crowd mover. When that nigga say shit like “i ain’t fronting idk pharrell, he wear pastel colors. I wear the pain of the Soledad brothers and them chrome gat busters.” You can feel that. Kendrick, no. Facts only.

          • datbul

            YOU can feel that. But the majority of the world doesn’t feel that because they’re simply not listening to Nas. I think you’re confusing X-Factor for, I don’t know, Hood X-Factor or something. Kendrick is universal. Nas is more for the streets.

          • Dat nigga

            And that’s the problem. Right there.

          • datbul

            Lol. You know I understand where you’re coming from. But I don’t see a problem with any of it. Everybody has a lane. Everybody has a gift. The way I see it, Nas wasn’t meant to be universal. And doesn’t need to be. You can’t fault Kendrick for having something that connects with a lot of people. Granted, it may not connect with you, but he’s got it. Nas has gifts Kendrick doesn’t as well, and Nas fans appreciate him for it.

          • Dat nigga

            Nas was trying to bring light to the hood and show we need help. You know, “the forgotten.” Like PAC was doing vocally. But ppl on just ignored it bcuz they see 15 rappers with money and get jealous and say fuck the community. Then get a Kendrick Lamar to make this fake “universal” crisis to forget in the ppl in poverty. But you know, go tde.

          • datbul

            Read my response to you a few down.

          • ayeyo

            Ever time I come to this site I see you saying something stupid.

          • MusicHead

            He only says something stupid when it’s about Kendrick lol…he be 75% correct with his statements. lol

          • MusicHead

            Nah man Kendrick brings the light on struggle and life.

          • Dat nigga

            Ppl wanna just forget about the hood and let them die off like they apart of population control. Then when niggaz get some money by telling their story and making music for ppl to enjoy, niggaz gotta block that too like we killing the world. Last time I checked niggaz in the hood don’t commit mass murders in the mall or schools. And they had guns since forever. But let me stop.

          • datbul

            I see it a lot more simply than that. It’s just good ol’ Capitlism, good brother. Hood music= Peanuts. Universal music=Millions. If Nas’ music appealed to the masses, the machine would be way more behind it. Furthermore, the moment hip hop became recognized as a viable commodity by mainstream/white/corporate America, its ‘purity’ was doomed. It became not a form of a expression, but a means to profit. That’s just Capitalism 101 all over again. And as for people forgetting about the hood: The only people that will ever save the hood is the niggas in the hood. Why should anyone else give a fuck? I’m pretty sure you’ve said something along those lines yourself more than once. To corporate America, the hood is just another resource to be exploited– just like every single other resource on this planet. One last time: Capitalism. Capitalism. Capitalism.

          • Dat nigga

            We didn’t enslave ourselves, rape ourselves, import narcotics, mass target and incarcerate ourselves, or discriminate against ourselves. We didn’t create our problems nor asked for them. We simply asked for help from what we did not create for ourselves, like any other place in the world with a crisis. There’s countless. But were ignored. Bcuz of an inferiority complex if you asked me, and want the ppl to die off.

            Tupac was a manifestation of that. Started off positive and pure asking for help. Them got demonize, character killed, and stripped away from freedom. Then said fuck the world, get money. That’s how you get a jay, puff, french. And eventho it’s wrong, ppl gravitate to it bcuz it’s justified and the ppl, rather its New Zealand or Paris, can feel “the pain of the Soledad brothers and them chrome gat busters.”

            It’s only in America do ppl demonize the hood bcuz of their own self hate, envy and jealously. America is built on hate and destruction. They’re no different from the ppl in the hood, they just hide it better thru false positive entitlements. Like a Kendrick Lamar. Once again, niggaz in the hood don’t commit school or mall shootings, but yet, their the problem childs.

          • datbul

            1) In response to your first point, only a few simple words are all that are needed:

            “Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom
            by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.”– Assata Shakur.

            2) Solid points

            3) It’s definitely not only in America. That I can assure you of. Look up the history of the ‘proletariate’ class throughout the history of the world. The “hood” has been around for tens of thousands of years, my nigga. And lower class citizens have been subjugated and demonized from Day One. Also, although self-hate and jealousy are real and valid reasons for the ruling class’ oppression, they are not the only reasons. For one, self-hate and jealousy are universal qualities, to be found in all manner of human beings, not just the ruling classes. And secondly, there are many in the ruling class who do not feel inferior by any means. But, to the contrary, feel very strongly and justifiably SUPerior.

            You’re intelligent, and I’m glad you think and care about these issues, but be mindful not to lean too much toward your own understanding. Seek wider and deeper knowledge from learned, trustworthy sources. And also– and this is very important– although I feel your pain in regards to all the injustice in the world, my advice to you is this: Instead of just being frustrated about WHAT is going on in the world, get a deeper understanding of WHY these things are going on. It’s not as simple as you might make it out to be. Getting the true knowledge of the inner-workings of this world will not only make you better equipped to conquer it, but also give you something very rare: Peace Of Mind.

          • Dat nigga

            Nah I hear and understand, just explaining the “forgotten” and how we get here. I’m very much a student of history bcuz its projects the future. And bruh, I know hate is everywhere, but not like in America. Not for a country that projects themselves to be so richeous and enlightened bcuz they listen to Kendrick Lamar or not living in poverty.

            But what I was trying to say is this, french and future or puff and jay will get demonized for being real and getting paid, when you just said fuck expecting someone else to help you bcuz who gives af?

            Like, folks on here will sit up and debate rap music saying it’s immoral and all that dumb shit, when we had public enemy and tupac and all that shit, and inreturn we get a “who gives a fuck.” And fuck that music, bcuz this music over here is “universal.”

            And pardon my ignorance for what I’m about to say, but yeah, let’s focus on the suberbian middle class kid with slashes bcuz of whatever the fuck reason they’re so depressed and keep them from shooting up they school, cuz they have the money to come out to the shows and buy the records, but fuck the niggaz in the hood wit no foundation or support, harming no innocents! Just thuggin to make it another day and hopefully to 25. (You know by 25 niggaz think they like 80? What french say on stay schemining? “Gave my nigga max like 75, and gave my nigga penthouse another 30. Got me thinking like I’m 75, but a nigga ain’t even seen 30.” Let that sink in.

          • datbul

            The greater the glory, the greater the oppression. That’s usually the case when it comes to these Global Empires. You don’t come to rule by shaking hands and kissing babies [ you only do that shit publicly ; ) ]

            What you’re really talking about is the hypocrisy. Let’s face it, bro, we live in a very disingenuous, dishonest and hypocritical culture. It’s all around us. Teachers and Parents tell us money isn’t important, only love is, and yet our entire lives we’re groomed and conditioned for the chattel slavery that is the Capitalistic Work Force. But the hypocrisy is so deeply and seamlessly imbedded, we don’t even peep it anymore. That’s why I don’t buy into the conspiracies about population reduction and intentional dumbing down. I don’t think any of it is nearly as intentional as people might think. I think it’s the unfortunate consequences of a Capitalistic mindset. We don’t even realize as a society that we perpetuate unhealthy practices on a daily basis. it’s that deeply engrained in our lives at this point. Only indigenous cultures, who live off the land and place life/health/nature above capital, look at us and see how sick and diseased and misguided we are. The rabbit hole runs deep, bro. I just want you to be mindful not to let the ‘easy answers’ of ‘them vs us’ and ‘it’s all a ploy for them to get rid of us’ trick you. It’s not that simple. Believe me. We’re all way complicit in this mess; whether we realize it or not.

            And no need for the pardon. You’re speaking from experience and from knowing real pain. You look at Kendrick, and you see someone who looks like us, and who has the same history and ancestry as us, and thinking he should be the one putting the youth on game. Instead you see him getting played as a pawn in the Ruling Class’s game. Spoon-feeding BS feel good music to the masses and having it declared ‘righteous’ or ‘important’. I don’t know if I see it that way [not entirely], but I do understand where you’re coming from. You also have to consider, though, that times change. Public Enemy had their time. So did Pac. It’s a new day. And in this ‘new day’ assimilation is the flavor of the month. That Pro-Black shit has taken a serious back-seat to The Melting Pot. Do I like it? Yes and No. Again, I think it’s more complex than being ‘all good’ or ‘all bad’.

            P.S. – That was the first French line I was legitimately impressed by. A stand-out example of that ‘simple but true shit’ that you dig so much. Ha.

          • Dat nigga

            Lol on everything. I believe in less is more. A lot of times, ppl say the most complex and intricate shit, but be saying nothing at the same time.

            But something so little can say so much. And also, by learning about self, you learn about life. That is also a quote that says alot. Like take tupac. The nigga had NO complexities in his rhymes. But why is his the most thought provoking and influential tho? To quote my nigga biggie on hypnotize, cuz “recently niggaz fronting and ain’t sayin nothing.”

            But what you said about pro black taking a back seat to the melting pot is a real ass pill that’s hard to swallow. Just makes me root for a bobby shmurder even more. Cuz nobodies coming to help you. Not at this point anymore. Getting money to feed yourself and family is necessary now more than ever.

            P.s. Ppl will really hate on a kid like bobby bcuz he made a song that ppl like to dance to and is capitalizing on it when he came from nothing and without it would have nothing or be dead. Yeah this world is really fucked and ain’t no saving it. Get money.

          • MusicHead

            I feel your frustration my nigga foreal.

          • MusicHead

            Aye my nigga, I defintely been reading these comments.. You gotta book or anything I should read or books or anything online..that shit sounded like it was done wisdom coming from that. I like the fact that ppl in comment section thanks to kendrick Lamar & a post for him can bring such conversations.

          • datbul
          • MusicHead

            You def had some solid points bruh.

          • MusicHead

            You a smart man.

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            Nas is solidified as the one of the Rap Gods. Kendrick is not, he has yet to hold onto something close to Nasir’s legacy. If you honestly think Nas did not have X-factor and Kendrick does you are foolish. White kids lined up out the gate for each and every Nas project LMAO! You are going a little to far with your stanning of Kendrick, he is pretty proto-typical of rappers of today.

            Not saying he is not good, but with guys like Krit, Gibbs and even younger cats on the horizion, I have a hard time seein him as the cream of the crop. YOU may think he is the X-factor, but to others its not so.

          • datbul

            Nas is not just solidified as ONE of the Rap gods. To many, he is THE Rap god. But, clearly, you’re missing my point. First of all, there’s no stanning going on because I’m not a big Kendrick fan. I like him just fine, but he’s not one of my favorites. Secondly, your statement that Kendrick has ‘yet to hold on to something close to
            Nasir’s legacy’: That’s stating the absolute obvious. Why would anyone compare 5
            years to 20. Thirdly, and I’ve said this multiple times now, Universal X-Factor is UNIVERSAL X-Factor. Jay-Z has it, Wayne has it, Kanye has it, Drake has it. We’re talking about people who garner world wide attention with every move simply because of that something special that they have. It doesn’t even necessarily have to have shit to do with “talent”. Nas has always been an in-betweener. Never an underground nigga, but never consistently mainstream [his most mainstream period was– guess when?– when he was beefing with a legitimate X-Factor nigga]. Nas has one of the most loyal followings of all time, but he never has and never will do Drake/Wayne/Jay numbers. Why? Because he doesn’t have the Universal X-Factor. I personally don’t give a fuck how popular someone is [shit, I’m a Lupe Fiasco fan and I think he’s better than everyone mentioned]. But I’ll say it again: We’re not talking about who is the best; we’re talking about who is LIKED the best. And, right now, in this rap game, Kendrick is amongst those liked best. And as for, “YOU may think he is the X-factor, but to others its not so.” No. Not IS the X-Factor. HAS the X-Factor. There’s a difference. Think about if for a while.

          • Dat nigga

            This nigga got it. Kendrick is liked the best. But OUTTA all the names mentioned, Kendrick makes the wackest music.

          • MusicHead

            Nah Kendrick makes the best overall music actually too. Besides Drake.

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            X-factor has different meanings, number one. Nas has always had the X-factor, because he changed the landscape of Hip-Hop period. Sales of Nas albums then are different to how we rate them now. He ate pretty well in the mid 90’s then, you are looking at a popularity contest. This does not strictly mean “x-factor” shit Bobby Schmurda’s Hot Nigga had more appeal then I LMAO! He ruled the fucking summer even up to now. He was and still is everywhere with that track, doe not mean he has the X-factor. He made a hot track. Kendrick is a good rapper, but he is not the only nigga among a sea of em who has the X-factor. 2013 saw Cole emerge from the underground, and saw him have viable success.

            X-factor is about influence and talent. Cats like Schmurda have success, but they do not have the X-factor, while Run the Jewels may not be well known, but can change the landscape of Hip-Hop culture. This is what X-factor is bruh.

          • datbul

            Well, if you want to make it about semantics and infuse your own personal definition of X-Factor into the discussion, you give yourself an easy out. Your definition of X-Factor, while not invalid and certainly not unheard of, is not the primarily excepted definition. If I could succinctly define it, X-Factor is ‘Having that special, intangible and unteachable something that creates lasting interest in the masses.’ Nas never had that. And you were half right: X-Factor IS about Influence, but it’s NOT about talent. And the Influence attribute really says it all. Because its Influence that reveals the direct correlation between the NUMBER of people one reaches and how much X-Factor one has. So, sure, there can be different degrees of X-Factor. But the closest thing to a sure-fire calculation of influence is… NUMBERS. I.E., number of fans, number of views, number of sales [granted, the machine behind an artist does play a considerable factor in numbers, but it takes intuition to see beyond that and determine whether the X-Factor is still there for a particularly artist; in Kendrick’s case, I’d argue it definitely is]. Finally, your Bobby Shmurda reference is clearly a hallow argument. Everyone knows there is all the difference in the world between being ‘the hot thing of the moment’ and ‘having the X-Factor’. Hell, in certain ways, they could not be more different. Bobby Shmurda is a cookie cutter trap rapper who got hot off of a dope beat and a dance. He’ll be gone in a few minutes. He is the antithesis of X-Factor. Simple as that.

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            You are starting to understand what I have said very much now I see. However, I must disagree with you on this whole “X-factor” thing. Numbers are not the quintessential be all of havin the “X-factor” in fact it is remotely foolish to believe numbers and some hidden influence, are to be used as troph’s for this reason. Everything I have said is true about the X-factor, it has nothing to do with numbers, it has everything to do with some level of interest, special ability, or the nature of that talent. How do you think Kendrick Lamar came to be in the Rap world? By some opinionated version of X-factor half concocted by you my friend? No, he got here by influences those who had SKILL or a NATURAL ABILITY, hence the Tupac, Nas references he cites as influence. These two men I mentioned both had an X-factor, which is why the genre was never the same after them. This is what X-factor is. You cannot first rise to power without havin it a fundamental fact. Hitler had the X-factor, which enabled him to control a mass, cold and calculating army that would eventually reshape world history. X-factor is not churned out, it is channeled and executed. In other words I still am very much true to the inevitable nature of the word.

          • datbul

            1) Are you a foreigner? 2) I still feel like we have more or less been agreeing this whole time; but that you simply have not been understanding what I have been saying.

          • marty mcfly

            X-Factor by definition is a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome. Or is a special talent or quality… Now if Illmatic does not qualify as the X Factor in regards to Hip Hop then I don’t know what does because for the last 20 years people been talking about the same album as if its the holy grail of Hip Hop albums (which I believe it is). The X-Factor is largely based on impact and outcome… The impact and overall outcome of Illmatic is legend. Not to mention It Was Written…

          • MusicHead

            You a smart nigga my nigga.

          • MusicHead

            Bruh FACTS!! Although I will say even tho Lupe the best lyrically rapper alive probably, musically he just not close as a whole with KRIT, Kendrick and a few others..his last album was dope but ain’t the same like his first 2 albums..politics with label done fucked his shit up it seems ever since.

          • MusicHead

            You see it as stanning but it’s the truth, Kendrick has the X-Factor although people doing the same lane as him.

          • MusicHead

            Agreed, that’s why Nas the only to be and have the underdog and GOAT label at the same time for 20 years.

          • Kidd

            I think you feel like that cause you just don’t think he have it. You see niggas around you claiming it and you there scratching yo head like tf is yall niggas hearing?

          • Dat nigga

            I scratch my head at Justin bieber and iggy too.

          • Kidd

            Aand? It seem like niggas nowadays can’t accept that everybody different. Instead understanding and accepting that fact people try and just be like the others is tripping. Instead of I’m just outside this group nah I’m above this group and they lowering themselves to enjoy this trash when all along you was just one of the ones not feeling it. And the iggy justin thing is weak comparison.

          • Dat nigga

            If it don’t feel right I dont gravitate towards it. That’s my moral compass. Or just the artist in me saying that shit is just wack. One of the two.

          • Kidd

            Which is cool bruh. Just mean you different from the niggas who do enjoy it.

          • MusicHead

            Nah nigga he got it.

        • kermitthefrog

          I disagree. I think KRIT is a more complete package than Kendrick for sure. KRIT has put out far more quality in his catalog than Kendrick has. Yes ‘Live from the Underground’ didn’t have the commercial successs as ‘GKMC’ but I honestly though LFTU was a great album and GKMC was MAD overhyped.

          That being said, Kendrick had his own X-Factor during Kendrick Lamar EP and Section.80. Once GKMC came out, his X-factor was less about what he was doing and more about the fact that Dre + Snoop and all these guys were mad hyping him.

          • reachcloud9

            I don’t know about this. Krit is one of my favorite artists right now, along with Kendrick, but I definitely think Krit doesn’t have that same X-factor as Kendrick. I also think they’ve produced about the same amount of quality throughout their catalogs.

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            Nah Krit has some classics LMAO! In terms of X-factor I would say Krit he has more versatility in his music. His vocal tone, flow, delivery, and cadence. I would say he is more the complete package, even more-so than Kendrick. I like Kendrick, but Krit has the star power, people just have to recognize it. The dude is very charismatic.

          • reachcloud9

            I like Krit more than Kendrick, but again you’re talking about the fundamentals of his music, which I’m not arguing against. I’m simply stating that Kendrick rocketed higher than Krit not because of his music, but because of some other force. Why is it that both received cosigns from legends of their respective regions, but somehow Kendrick took off further?

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            He had a better marketing machine behind him. Not too mention peers who make the ride with him that much appealing. Krit is the solo guy, who does not have the big backing of interscope behind him, but he still manages to do really well, especially being a huge underground MC.

          • reachcloud9

            True

          • Dat nigga

            Cuz krit is from the south and ppl attach a negative connotation with the south and southern music. Not everything has a logical or politically correct reason for why. Sometimes ppl just hate. And that’s real.

          • MusicHead

            Nah.. Nope..

          • kermitthefrog

            Because the South’s never gonna get the respect that West Coast will. See “Mt. Olympus”. More people fuck with Dre than they do people like Bun B or Scarface.

          • MusicHead

            But the South has run hip hop for a decade or more now tho.

          • MusicHead

            KRIT got 3 classics but Kendrick got 2 and his came at better timing (more recent) then Krits that’s all.

          • MusicHead

            Go look at my comment I explained well

          • JEM

            How you feel about Kendrick is the way I feel about KRIT.

            Mad overrated. ”King of the South”…haha.

          • kermitthefrog

            To each their own homie.

          • JEM

            Cool.

          • kermitthefrog

            Glad some of us can be civilized and just have a conversation xD. Sometimes, I feel like that’s impossible on the internet.

          • MusicHead

            Agreed..this is one of my fav threads in a long time. Wisdom wa spoke in these comments.

          • kermitthefrog

            Who else in the game from the South nowadays puts out the quality that KRIT does as consistently? Him calling himself the “King of the South” is more realistic than Kendrick calling himself “King (of NY)” in my opinion.

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            Agreed LMAO!

          • JEM

            But, Kendrick didn’t make a full song named, ”King of NY”. Plus that was a quote from Kurupt. Krit is overrated af. Gets hyped because he doesn’t typically sound like the rest of the wack ass southern rappers. Never got the appeal of him.

          • Dat nigga

            Niggaz is gon run with that “line from kurupt.” Shit. Who gives a fuck. You said it!! Came outta your mouth! Fuck outta here with the excuses. Just like the excuse for this mediocre. Niggaz think they can mind fuck the world cuz they get over on a few smh.

          • JEM

            He said it, AND WHAT? Why you upset? To me Krit is being more egotistical than Kendrick with that bullshit.

          • Dat nigga

            Lol you mad you mad *camron voice lol

            But nah, I don’t listen to either. Neither one can make hit records. That’s a talent only the stars with the X factor have. But I’d give the edge and natural talent to krit cuz he produces as well. Which means he has more of a ear than Kendrick. Kendrick dumb overrated bruh.

          • JEM

            Why would I be mad. You’re the one yelling at me with those exclamation points!!!!!!!!!! from your previous comment. Neither one can make ”hit records”? Yeah, like Swimming Pools, Poetic Justice, Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe weren’t ”hit records”. Maybe krit can be a producer because he sucks at a lyrical level. Content wise too. Krit overrated af. Just like the rest of the south

          • reachcloud9

            Let me guess, you from the North right

          • Dat nigga

            Swimming pools was wack and they used a young money producer, don’t count. Poetic justice too. He needed drake. Vibe was koo once Hov got on the remix.

            Kendrick simply wins off the hype and ppl wanting to see him win. Its not the music. Just like with this single.

          • JEM

            Kendrick killed Hov on that remix tho. Especially with that second verse

          • Dat nigga

            No he didn’t. “Sitting nxt to Hillary smelling like dank. Million dollar baby Hillary swank.” I can’t remember that whole thing, but nah, kendrick don’t have no quotables.

          • JEM

            That was borderline trash. And I’m a Jay fan. Kendrick’s second verse solidified why he’s the best new rapper in the game.

          • Dat nigga

            The verse wasnt his strongest, but that line was the dopest thing outta the whole damn song. Cuz it was real lol kendrick aint even got any quotables.

          • JEM

            Every rapper isn’t strong in every particular matter. Jay isn’t good in the content department just like Nas can’t freestyle.

          • Starks

            Jay isn’t strong… content wise? Yep, you’re definitely the dudes that skims through music.

          • JEM

            Nope. I actually have listened to all his albums.

          • MusicHead

            That’s not a quotable that was what I call a stunt line and when Jay do those I do get hype..he had hella on 3Kings they basically punchlines with no metaphor or similes, just true statements of him stuntin lol

          • MusicHead

            Off pure delivery alone Kendrick killed Jay even on verse 1 so verse 2 he def got Em off he bars too lol

          • JME

            sucks at a lyrical level. OK, I don’t think you know what lyrical means. I think you think it means popular? I’d take Kendrick over Krit for the full package of energy and lyrics but I won’t deny that krit be spazzin all over tracks and features.

          • datbul

            I actually agree that Kendrick might be overrated in some ways. I still think he deserves his props, but, to me, he’s not the 2nd Coming some make him out to be.

          • Dat nigga

            That’s what I’m saying. You see that hot 97 interview? Niggaz was practically begging to suck the mans dick. I’m just being honest.

          • datbul

            Didn’t watch it. Don’t really care enough. Again, Kendrick cool to me, I have no problem with him and felt GKMC was a good album, but he’s not one of my favorites.

          • Dat nigga

            Nah I love interviews. Ppl can be whoever they think they are in music. I wanna see you answer and react to certain topics and questions. I dissect everything lol. Dude comes off very disingenuous. Very much reminds of that one Charles Hamilton interview about the “pure” and “righteous” rappers of interscope.

          • datbul

            Aight, I’m intrigued by that one word: ‘Disingenuous’. I consider myself to be pretty good at seeing through the bullshit as well. I’ll check it out and evaluate.

          • Dat nigga

            Might just be me. The jury still out. But if it don’t feel right it don’t feel right. False prophets come all the time. Dude seemed a little too defensive when they talked about the direction of his music. Like he overcompensating for something. To keep it 1000 I just think he doesn’t have anything to talk about. He made his first album all about him and his story, and doesn’t have anything for a part two. Usually rappers talk about the life they living at that point. But his life is a rich one now. But since he put himself in his own box of “everyday life music” he gotta make some shit that ain’t even real to him, but to the ppl that support him. Like a politician. And they always come off as genuine. Always fool the public too.

            Just keep it real is my motto.

          • MusicHead

            Your dislike for kendrick reaches for things lol, I think bruh is genuine dude..don’t look for stuff..like don’t see a inch and reach for the mile to be something u want him to be so u can be like yes he’s not what yall think..just let him be great..time shows true colors b.

          • MusicHead

            Time will only show the ppl who don’t belive he the next.while the ppl who already belive may already be brainwashed…there’s ppl who are in between and know homie great as hell and only gon get better.

          • MusicHead

            Yall stay needin..and both show hate for certain artists lol when both not overrated.

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            How is Krit overrated!? He sounds more like OutKast then Kendrick LMAO! People love him, because he takes that influence along with 8ball and the like and adds a modern twist to it. I know this is your opinion, but it does not make it true LOL! If you like a mix of OutKast, *ball, Goodie Mob etc.. then you would fuck with Krit LMAO! Its not that hard to understand. I was never pissed when peeps hated TDE for being overhyped because they are. I still like them tho, but the truth is they are overhyped.

            Soul album was meh, and I listen to Soul and is my favorite in TDE, Q’s and Rashad’s album was nice, SZA is aight, but none of them were mind blowing just okay albums.

          • JEM

            Krit is overrated because niggas think he’s like the Messiah of south rap when he’s only relatively better than the rest of the garbage that comes out of the wack ass south. He’s nothing special lyrically, or musically. I don’t give a fuck if he sounds more OutKast than Kendrick because Kendrick doesn’t even remotely sound like wack ass OutKast anyways. 8Ball??? Fuck outta here with that trash ass southern rap. All that shit is garbage. Just because krit is remotely better than lyric wise doesn’t mean he’s special. Shit is wack.

          • datbul

            I too am not much of a fan of Southern rap, so I can feel your pain. You sound like you mad as shit over there. Loool.

          • JEM

            Southern hip hop sucks, sorry to say. Even OutKast ain’t that good to me. NY/California/Detroit rap reigns supreme.

          • Dat nigga

            Lmao nigga said Detroit! Who? Em? Fuck outta here!

            And nah, the south is only comparable with ny. And the south has more soul and musical elements than any other region and I’m from Cali. With the exception of Dre. And battlecat.

          • JEM

            Hell nah. Em is corny, and overrated. Give me Royce, Dilla, Black Milk, Slum Village, Cool Kids, even the rest of D12 outta Detroit. Even Calicoe the battle rapper. South rap doesn’t even come close to NY. Are you serious, clown? South ain’t better than Cali either. All them dudes wack af.

          • reachcloud9

            C’mon bruh, I’ll give you shit like Slum Village and Dilla, but they like legends. Black Milk and Cool Kids is dope, Royce too, but D12? I used to listen to them as a kid lmao. They really not that dope. What is the North doing right now that the South ain’t doing, they basically mimicking the south with exceptions like Joey. Cali is spotty as fuck right now. That DJ Mustard movement is the west equivalent of trap music. I’m not sitting here saying Krit is a lyrical master, but it’s something about the emotion that he puts in his music that a lot of artists today aren’t doing. And to say that CyHi and David Banner aren’t lyrical is stupid.

          • MusicHead

            Cool Kids is a mix between the Chi and Detroit they don’t count

          • reachcloud9

            Exactly, every region has its own personality, the west got the bounce, north has that grimy shit, midwest has that consciousness, and the south has that soul, but some niggas never want to give respect.

          • reachcloud9

            Right, cause Big Sean and Danny Brown is killing the game lyrically right? Eminem hasn’t a good album in like a decade. NY don’t even have a sound right now, stuck between 90s and trying to imitate garbage ass south music. If you really saying that southern rap has never been good, you obviously don’t fuck with rap as much as you think you do.

          • JEM

            Read my comment below.

          • MusicHead

            NY raps been wack for years & Detroit? Lmaooo lmaoooooo now Cali coo but Detroit lmaooo

          • MusicHead

            lmao this was by far the funniest comment dawg you said detroit lmaoooooo

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            When you say Wack ass south MC’s, you are talking about guys like Isaiah Rashad, Killer Mike, Cyhi tha Prynce, cunninlynguists, David Banner, Yelawolf, and even some of the most influential legends of the Southern Rap movement. There is too many to name. The fact that you think Kendrick is more lyrical then Krit makes me look at you in surprise actually. What makes you think he is a super lyricist? He is not, he is not even above Cole in lyrical ability LMAO! You can believe so, because it is your opinion, but he is not groundbreaking at all in the bars department, but he is good.

          • Dat nigga

            Cosign everything here. Top to bottom.

          • JEM

            Killer Mike is the only good one you listed. Cyhi, yelawolf, david banner??? Gtfoh. Kendrick is more lyrical than Big S.H.I.T. by lyrical ability, content, subject matter, flows, patterns, cadences, metaphors, punches, double entendres, structures, etc. Big SHIT don’t have that. Cole is like another drake. Making love songs, and is rather boring on content. Ehhh..

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            Big Krit is easily superior to Kendrick in lyrical prowess. Cyhi and David Banner ass? Are you sure you listen to hip-hop LOL! Cunninlynguists no mention? There are other talented southern MC’s there as well and I am not from the south LOL! Cole is another Drake? Your crazy ass opinion LOL!

          • MusicHead

            Kendrick lyrically above Cole..Kendrick never has wrap like Christmas even or heating up like leftover lasagna lines bruh

          • MusicHead

            Bruh imma assume you from up north cause a lot of the shit that comes from the south be dope and don’t be trash smh..& u said 8ball & MJG trash smhhhhh go listen to Living Legends nigga

          • MusicHead

            Nah KRIT dope go listen to KRITWuzHere , Return of 4Eva and 4EvaNaDay.

          • MusicHead

            Kendrick didn’t really mean King of NY he was just Sayin that there’s no one in Ny who is a King or got the clout to say it about themselves…and if Kendrick says he’s the King of the West then it can be backed up more than Krits claim..though I do agree with KRIT on that claim he just need to go put that claim into success on a bigger scale like TI did once he self proclaimed himself.

          • datbul

            X-Factor is not really something that can be argued against; at least not the way you’re arguing against it. KRIT may or may not be a more ‘complete package’. But that’s irrelevant to the obvious fact that Kendrick is the most popular rapper outside Drake and Kanye right now [both of whom also have the X-Factor]. Let me put it another way: We’re not talking abou who’s the best… we’re talking about who’s LIKED the best.

          • MusicHead

            Nah Lets compare first…and ur talking to a real Krit fan here…die hard but check this…EP, OD, SEC80, GKMC … Vs KRITWUZHERE, R4, 4EvaNaDay, LFTU, KingRemTime, Cadil… (take out the mixtape KingRem (the first 3 were free albums) now if u compare they equaled out the first 3 projects listed but once LFTU dropped its not better or even close not sayin it’s not a good album which I bought but the fact his budget not that much so he can’t use samples like that making a more organic sound that Krit got better from album 1 to 2 but it never tapped into that special cohesive sound Keit gave us the first 3 projects therefore while Kdot does got the budget, and him being musically the same with krit, he didn’t srop the ball they were toe to toe but GKMC vs LFTU is what set the difference and it’s been different ever since as well the features and attention kendrick created by standing out on big songs singles and events in 2013..while kRIT still plays that underground lane..

          • kermitthefrog

            To each their own. I don’t know why you decided to just exclude the K.R.I.T. mixtape; I personally thought that one was great as well. K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, Return of 4eva, 4eva N’ a Day, and K.R.I.T. have all proven to be outstanding mixtapes. I’ll admit: I was a little underwhelmed with how Live From The Underground sounded upon first listen.

            As for Kendrick, Section.80 is one of my favorite listens ever. I like Kendrick Lamar EP a lot as well. As for Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, I appreciate the album’s cohesiveness, story-telling, and variety immensely AS A WHOLE. Kendrick’s story-telling ability is good no doubt but I personally found a replay cap on that album. I don’t find myself listening to that often. Same with Overly Dedicated.

            Overall, I would say K.R.I.T. has a more cohesive catalog than Kendrick does. Personally, the fact that he handles his own production and mixing on top of his lyrics is work ethic that I appreciate. His rhymes, his flow, and his beats are all crafted exactly to his liking. I can attribute a personal style to K.R.I.T. whereas I find Kendrick to be a lot more varied. I’m not saying that’s a negative for Kendrick at all. His ability to be so sporadic is a definite plus and I love it. However, K.R.I.T. composes his sounds with a particular feel and, despite the different sounds of each his mixtapes and songs, maintains that feel to it. Ultimately, we’re going to reach a wall because it’s subjective but I just wanted to give you my take on it as well.

          • MusicHead

            I only excluded the KRIT tape cuz after his debut ..still dope and yea I gotta appreciation for krit cause he does all his own shit but the label budget hurt him and creativity on his albums & the replay value for GKMC is great when listened to as a whole and in sequence but solo songs..u prolly only got BDKMV, Money Trees, Poetic Justice, MAAD City, Sing About Me, maybe Compton and the Recipe and def the BDKMV remix. As well even with the organic sound from the new album Cadillactica though ppl been raving about it, I think people pick and choose when they wanna love someone cause that album sounds so similar to his first album sonically, only difference he finishes better and stronger. I’m just saying I can still say Kendrick next album gon be better than KRITS new one and kendrick hasn’t even dropped just cause it’s not nothin that make me be like awe yea this ATOY off the bat, now if it was one of them first 3 projects especially R4, I would have been like nigga AINT no way niggas toopin this. Nevertheless they both dope..I just think Kendrick got the overall edge musically & the only nigga who can compete with Drake.

          • kermitthefrog

            Maad city, Money Trees, & Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst are the only solo tracks I play off that album if I ever listen to it.

        • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

          If anything Krit has that X-factor. There just is a lot of bias behind him, because he harks back to a different era in the south. His new album is even holds more true to my sentiments. I have not heard an album this good especially with the smooth style and different layers, as much as people dickrides Kendrick, I have to say Krit has the charismatic ability to rival him or hold first spot.

          • datbul

            But if he has the X-Factor, why doesn’t he hold the first spot?

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            Does not matter about who has it. The point is he does. He is an underground rapper, Kendrick really is not that mainstream either. Drake is the most mainstream as it gets, are we going to say he is the best? Macklemore punched Kendrick out of the water, are we going to consider him star power to? X-factor is just somethin that makes people gravitate to the music, in which case Big Krit has acclaimed music being underground. A hardcore fanbase that believes and supports him. Nothing wrong with the place he is in. Dude was on the billboard charts and was number 1 LOL! He is in a great place, people just love dicking Kendrick.

          • datbul

            Why are you having so much difficulty understanding the difference between being “The Best” and having “UNIVERSAL X-Factor”. The two can be mutually exclusive. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THING. X-FACTOR DOES NOT NECESSARILY HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ‘BEING THE MOST TALENTED’. It seems like you more or less understand that, but then at the same time you are still debating with me. I understand that Krit is dope and has a hardcore following. I understand he’s acclaimed. I understand he’s in a great place. I agree with all of those things. What are we disagreeing about?

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            Why are you having so much difficulty understanding the difference between being “The Best” and having “The X-Factor”.

            It seems you are having a hard time, because having the X-factor keeps you in the game longer LMAO!

            Definition of X FACTOR

            : a circumstance, quality, or person that has a strong but unpredictable influence.

            In order for you to be the best you have to have that special quality, that “X-factor” that allows people to believe this notion. You are confusing yourself because you truly do not understand the word. Palpable to what you believe the notion of X-factor is, you cannot be any further from the truth. As I have stated earlier, X-factor is a combination of many thins in which Kendrick himself does not really have, but what he does have he makes work. This is his X-factor. Many other MC’s like Krit has it too, now do YOU understand.

          • datbul

            1) I feel like you said a lot of stuff here without really saying anything. You kept leading up to a point but never made it; at least not cogently. 2) I’m not sure but I think you meant to use the word ‘Contrary’ instead of ‘Palpable’ [which is not even remotely applicable in that sentence.]. 3) I responded more in depth a few minutes ago; should be in our discussion above this one. 4) Until you understand the separation between X-Factor and Talent… you will remain in the dark.

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            I very much am right about this topic, you mistake X-factor for numbers, did you not read the definition? Where do you see numbers? Influence and quality is what you see or even skill. You mention none of these, hence why what you have been saying has not made much of any sense. The Bobby Schmurda reference rung true, because guys like him have just as much if not more popularity then guys like Kendrick in the short time they are here, do we cite their influence?

            As I said before you must have something that allows you to become the next big thing or otherwise you do not have the X-factor. X-factor is that special quality that makes you unique and refreshing it has less to do with a popularity contest and more with how you use this skill to appeal to people.

          • datbul

            I think we’re done, dude. Thanks for the conversation.

          • JEM

            Krit isn’t no fuckin’ underground rapper. He’s signed to Def Jam for Christ’s sake.

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            Just because you are signed to Def Jam, does not mean you are mainstream SMH. If that is the case, Cyhi would be more known LMAO! Yet he is considered a vritually UNDERGROUND ARTIST. The average mainstream listener does not know who the fuck he is LOL! Only music nerds on this site do, hence why I said Bi Krit is an underground Rapper, the same with Vince, Earl, Dash, and any other MC not circulating on the radio or constantly on BET.

            However in this day and age, underground MC’s are now able to promote themselves on platforms such as a MTV or BET. This still does not take from the fact many of these dudes are still not virtually known or on that magnitude.

          • JEM

            He ain’t underground at all tho. Real underground artists are like Gavlyn, Elzhi, Slum Village, Little Brother, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Jean Grae, Apathy, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Sean Price, R.A., I can go on. Krit underground??? LOL!!!!!! Might as well say Childish Gambino, Mac Miller, and Logic are underground as well…foh.

          • datbul

            They are more underground than mainstream. Personally, I call them ‘tweeners’, or ‘in-betweeners’. Not quite mainstream. But not underground either.

          • JEM

            Agreed. I put them right in the middle too. Krit ain’t underground a IMO.

          • MusicHead

            bingo.

          • datbul

            Agreed. One’s mainstream or underground status is not defined by one’s label. Your mainstream/underground status is simply defined by your relevancy.

        • MusicHead

          ALSO AGREED.

      • Dat nigga

        Agreed. Especially cole and especially with ferguson. But you know ppl like to hype shit and hop on bandwagons. I really don’t see the appeal of dude. Probably cuz he’s the “good kid from Compton.” As if ppl like yg are the bad kids.

        Song still trash regardless of who its intended for. Dude uses that “it’s for kids with slashes” excuse to justify mediocre so you have no choice to applaud it. And niggaz in the penitentiary not tryna bang no I love myself, when they got to make sure nobody sticks em on the daily. I call bullshit, but, you know, w.e tho.

        • datbul

          Lol. Some valid points. I don’t think the song’s trash because I can see its appeal. I just can’t get into it; not my cup of tea. I could see him writing this for the slash wrist folks, but I think what you said about the penitentiary folks was real talk. I mean, some of them might dig it, sure, specifically his Compton homies who bang wit him, but overall, nah, probably not a pen song. Ha. The reason I really think he believes in this song and that it’s from the heart, not just a grab for the mainstream, is because he didn’t have to make it. He could’ve went the banger or dark route easily, and everyone would’ve loved it. Even if I don’t like a song, I can respect going in a different direction, particularly one where the results are going to be polarizing at best [which has been the case for this song].

          • Dat nigga

            I hear you. Yeah the nigga repeated saying “taking the easy route.” Like dog, YOURE on the easy route. W.e you drop ppl are gonna eat up no matter how trash it is. Just say you wrote it for slash wrists and niggaz on locked and you good. You can put out a song like THIS, and everybody hop on cuz “it’s poditive.” Like kendrick is the only place to go in 2014 for positive music, for one. For two, the shit is picked up by the nba and force fed. Thanks interscope. Like, ppl don’t even think he’s best in his own camp. But it’s kendrick season, like Ye said. “That’s reality.”

          • MusicHead

            Q the hardest and most enjoyable but kendrick the best overall period.

        • JEM

          So it’s trash because you say so? As if you speak for everybody on this earth. You obviously didn’t hear what else he had to say in that interview, and just jumped on that quote alone to make it seem that was all he had to say about the song.

          • Dat nigga

            Bcuz I’m the only person that feels that way.

          • JEM

            Riiight……especially on 2DBZ.

          • Dat nigga

            I was being sarcastic. Even Kendrick fans think its wack. Hop off my dick boi.

          • JEM

            I was being sarcastic right back at ya.

        • MusicHead

          bruh you so ignorant lmaooooo homie said sticks them on the daily.. thats why u love Cam but nah the song really dope, i hear the organized noize production in it… sound like outkast, goodie mob, modern cee-lo type shit..

      • JEM

        Maybe Cole, and KRIT.

        I don’t know about Wale tho….

        • MusicHead

          Wale too nigga

    • Knickstape

      why are you comparing kendrick and Drake? they don’t even make the same type of music…..Kendrick can’t even surpass J cole on a lyrical level..

      • datbul

        I’m comparing them because they’re the two rappers right now most widely considered to be in contention for best/most popular alive. And I never said a single word about lyricism.

      • reachcloud9

        What makes you say Kendrick can’t surpass Cole on a lyrical level?

      • MusicHead

        nigga you just ass for that comment, kendrick is better than Cole on a lyrical level, a nigga who says raps like its christmas eve or heating up like leftover lasagna…cmon bruh

    • Prince Akeem

      fam can we just listen to a song without these obnoxious preachy comparisons?

      • datbul

        You certainly can.

      • Dat nigga

        I found the different perspective interesting. That’s what life is for. You just a loud hater.

    • Jay Daniels

      Well Kendrick hasn’t reached Drake’s level of success so let’s talk when he does.

      • you just perpetuated datbul’s point to a T, brah.

        It’s all about the criteria being used to measure “success.” Yes, drake outpaces kendrick financially, but that’s through having dudes crying and subtweeting about hoes that answer their texts and shit… kendrick’s achieved a spot in the public eye by making (YOUNG) people think about the trouble in the world and how to change it

    • T.R.D.

      More like a 2pac and Biggie comparison don’t you think ?

      • MusicHead

        yea somewat similar yet nah.. i see what u was trya connect tho

    • MusicHead

      Very very well said.

    • NC0310

      real shit

  • Knickstape

    Why does he alter his voice like a lil faggot?

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  • realtalk82

    All the negative energy around this record is pretty much uncalled for, especially if you call yourself a K.dot fan. I’m not gonna get all “Turnt UP ” on this track but it’s a funky ass record and I use to get down to this kinda sound when Outkast kinda had this vibe, and it’s still fresh. Yes it’s positive it can be played anywhere, my fams and grand parents can play this. They might not be able to hear what he’s saying but they hear the music and the hook. I still would rather hear “Good Kid” over this but at least it’s not ignorant trash rap that he could easily make but he wants to uplift instead so I get it. Video is sick, song is actually dope and I’m just waitin on the next single with no patience at all!! Lol

    • MusicHead

      hellllll nah ill take this over the song good kid anyday, i can groove to this and the funky organized noize vibe it gives.. good kid is the only song i dont like on gkmc, just nothin but rappin, no change ups and just boring.

  • jetlife48

    dude can spit, i even dig the whole vibe of this shit.
    but he needs to chill with the dancing haha

    • MusicHead

      every time i hear this song i dance somewhat like how he was lmao

  • Reezy

    Definitely, diggn’ the video! Not really feeling the single, but i respect the message.

  • OGBobbyJohnson

    I ain’t listen to the radio that much, but when I do I’d definitely rather hear this than any of the other bullshit they’re usually playing. Not saying imma be bumping this in the whip everyday, but it ain’t bad

  • Kelvin Phillips

    this song has grown on me. I thought this was the lamest thing he’s ever done, but he actually has worse songs than this in his catalog. one thing kendrick consistently tries to do is give a message in his music. so i can fuck with it

    • MusicHead

      fact.

  • Dave

    Very dope video. Can’t believe he got Ron Isley. That’s amazing.

    • MusicHead

      he got respect.

  • JEM

    Lol…Dat Nigga, and kermitthefrog in here trying to do their best to convince their opinions are right about the song, and Big K.R.I.T. is the best thing to ever happen in Hip Hop this generation. Okay…haha.

    • Kidd

      Not THE best but def one of them. It’s strange you don’t like krit that much but enjoy kendrick cause I enjoy them both almost equally. But errbody different lol

      • JEM

        I think he’s cool, and respect his hustle but, he never really caught me like that.

      • MusicHead

        that is very weird for bruh, idk how he doesnt see the greatness in Krit but oh well, and Dat Nigga my nigga he just be off at times.

        • Kidd

          Yea imo top 3 young niggas doing it big and still dope musically (excluding drake) is krit cole and kendrick. Cole being my favorite first then I found kendrick then krit. I’d say krit and kendrick battle for my top spot and cole comfortably 3rd. And dat nigga just got a certain taste which I understand and respect.

          • MusicHead

            I agree 90% i would replace Cole with Wale..he basically the same music as Cole but better lyrically. Cole 4th tho.

          • Kidd

            Shiiiiit you my nigga lol wale actually my 4th man and I’d say cole is more lyrical on a technical note but wale is deeper.

          • MusicHead

            Only reason why I’d say Wale way better lyrically cause he’ll never say no heating up like leftover lasagna or rap like Christmas Eve bullshit and that nigga really a problem with the wordplay, entendres and lyrical skill. And his deep meanings nshit.

  • Still feeling this track like crazy, it’s good feel, positive vibe and dope as fuck, damn who gives a fuck if it’s a single, just enjoy it for the message.

  • J_Sleazy

    What the fuck is wrong with his voice? This is worse than his yelling that he’s been doing lately.

  • who cares

    I’ve said this since the beginning: this song would have been so much better if he didn’t switch up his vocal delivery. That’s what makes it so hard for me to enjoy the message. With that said, I still respect the lyrical content, and I’ve come to appreciate the production a little more than I did when I first heard the song.
    I’m also really digging the video.

  • XLRG

    the song didn’t grab me off top, I went into it expecting a traditional boom bap format.. after hearing it on the radio a few times I started feelin’ it more..this is a universal song with a message..Kendrick is on top of his game with this one..the Isley Brother sample and beat change ups are fresh especially for the current state of urban music..glad it’s not another (I wanna be like Lex Luger/Mike Will ) beat..this that sh!t you can spin for the kids and the old folks.

    • MusicHead

      bingo. its got that organized noize / cee-lo/outkast vibe

  • oldhoeyournewwife

    Everybody saying they don’t like this song/why’d he release this as a single. He already told his story on the first album so what was everybody expecting if something like this wasn’t it? Rehash of similar themes? It makes sense as far as a possible different direction for a new album but hey.

  • IBM

    Ok, I can’t lie, after watching this video the song has officially elevated in quality, in my mind. The video is 100x better than the song, and it actually gives credence to what Kendrick said he’s trying to do with it. This video gave me a feeling, as a Black man, that I haven’t had in a long time through song. I haven’t felt this way since Face dropped “Smile” back when I was a teen. And then seeing that Ronald Isley was the driver in the end.. OH MAN!

  • KanYe2tha

    hiphop!

  • SonOfSAM

    The video makes me like this song a bit more. Courageous Kendrick.

  • Jus

    this track just gives light to self love. how can you disagree with this? lol mufuckas don’t love yourselves? smh

  • marty mcfly

    Its cool I guess…

  • Pizza Steve

    Amazing, love it! Music is about creating what’s in your soul and that’s what he is doing. Like it or not. Kendrick is the last of a dying breed, can’t wait to see what’s in store with this album.

  • Antonio Cisneros

    Not sure why but the beginning of the video has a Southernplaylistic type of feel to it in my opinion. Anyways, we are witnessing one of the greats shifting the culture folks and I couldn’t be more happy that its this kid doing it!

    • marty mcfly

      I think the culture has an effect on Kendrick not the other way around. The culture has been shifting before Kendrick put this song out.

  • Chicago Kid

    Whats The Track In The Beginning Tho ? But Anyway This My Jam It Grew On My Also Doesnt Help That My Mom Bangs The Track A Lot Also

  • og

    Idgaf if its a ” positive” MESSAGE that don’t mean this shit still ain’t a trash SONG. Most of y’all juss suckin sound like some Lil b fans. Fucc yo opinion shit with perfume is still shit no matter how hard you try n cover the smell acting like it ain’t no thang

    • JEM

      Who’s your favorite Crip rapper right now?

  • Starks

    kendrick really tryna be coolio

  • phillmatic

    amen bitches

  • StarLord91

    I get the message behind it and all but why can’t nobody say they aren’t feeling this song without being called a hater? Kendrick one of my favorite rappers but I can’t get into this track

    • MewLover34

      The same reason people can’t say they like it without being called a stan. It’s the internet.

      • JEM

        Or a ”dickrider”.

        Apparently if you like this song, or just a Kendrick Lamar fan, you’re automatically a ”dickrider”…

  • MoyoHambo

    I was expecting Ron Isley to go off

  • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

    Video was actually good I liked the video.

  • TheRealness

    I don’t care what anyone thinks I like this song and it has a positive message, makes me feel proud to be black. Peep Ron Isley in the video..

  • breezy

    video hot!!! song wack!!! fee fi foe fum ain’t hip hop!!!

  • Parker

    good news is now i dont think there is anything else that can be done with “i” so his next drop has to be new content

  • BathSaltZ0mbie .

    i like the message but IDGAF song is booty cheeks…. If Kdot didnt have the machine behind him this song would never get any radio play….

    http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/4867/zxjg.png

    • Lejon Brames

      It’s clearly a radio song tho…?

    • MusicHead

      besides the fact yo comment trash yo word choice hilarious lmaoooo he said booty cheeks

  • Cheeba G

    that plug for beats and pills is gettting real old

    • MusicHead

      very old. but beats and interscope go hand in hand..so u know thats gon get broadcasted in kdots and qs shit.

  • Jay Daniels

    I don’t have a comment.

  • Jay Daniels

    No one gonna talk about the stiff arm dance tho?

    • MusicHead

      lmaooooooooooooooooo bruh that dance lowkey dope and hilarious at the same time

  • Jay Daniels

    This isn’t the Kendrick anyone fell in love with. Don’t lie to yourself. This song isn’t saving hip-hop.

  • Guest

    the video matches the feel of this song in a funny way

  • The video takes the music to the next level. You may have to give it a 2nd watch to get what I mean.

  • soulonice_

    The car part was weird lol

  • kaleva

    Hey if they can play “happy” and “blurred lines” they can play this

  • Nicholas Keith

    This song is like an unheard of collaboration between Q-Tip and Andre 3000

  • soulonice_

    Reading the comments I see alot of hate. You don’t gotta love Kendrick or the song but alot of the comments just sound dumb cause of all the hate yall putting into em lol

  • sortaisle

    I like the message but the song is a little weak sauce for me…

  • three2one

    did no one ever listen to Soul, Jazz, or Funk??? Just cause it doesn’t “sound” like your everyday hip-hop don’t mean it ain’t hip-hop…cause at the end of the day…what does hip-hop sound like?? It’s a feeling, & this song makes you feel good..that’s Hip-Hop. YA’LL KNOW if Dre, Common, Mos, Nas, or Talib did this song you would have ate it up & been like “REAL HIP-HOP IS BACK!!!” But since Dot is of the new generationn, was basically the underground god up until 10/22/12, now he’s huge, you hate him & anything he does..typical.

    • MusicHead

      BRO YOU A REAL NIGGA FOR THIS COMMENT.

  • PAhiphopFAN

    This song has been my anthem lately. I spent so many years in self hatred. Loving myself and good things are finally happening. Not even a fan of Kendrick, but this is amazing.

  • espyy

    That dance tho… haha

  • hobbes

    lol the shot of him out the car window reminds me of joker from the dark knight….idk if anyone has pointed that out yet.

  • tony Lemarco

    Ken went all dark knight Joker hanging out the window…kind of a RIP OFF. Song’s ok…I guess…

  • Dallas Drake

    more chick rap

  • wikig1itch

    k dot is that dude, but this song wack