Kendrick Lamar is the master of collaborations. He's been featured on everything from Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" to Beyoncé's "Freedom."
Last night, Maroon 5 released their new song, "Don't Wanna Know," featuring a verse by Kendrick. The seemingly unlikely collab resulted in a fairly catchy song that takes advantage of the recent mainstream love for tropical beats.
But Kendrick has so many guest verses out there that this doesn't come close to ranking in his top three. Which songs do? Check out our list below.
3) "His Pain II" by BJ The Chicago Kid
"I analyzed on how a saint can play the villain / Is my life coincidental or just God willin'?"
This is just plain beautiful and deserves to be put on repeat.
"I don't know why / He keep blessing me"
Kendrick goes deep with this one. He starts off by talking about the hardships faced by those around him, leading to him questioning why God is blessing him instead of his loved ones.
"I shook my head, turned around, then found a hundred dollars," he raps. After some contemplation, he understands why God continues to bless him. It's so he can pass the blessings on through his music.
2) "Control" by Big Sean
Judgement to the monarchy, blessings to Paul McCartney / You called me a black Beatle, I'm either that or a Marley"
I have a soft spot for Big Sean, but the stand-out verse here is absolutely Kendrick's.
"What is competition? / I'm tryna raise the bar high"
In Kendrick's verse on "Control," he name drops pretty much everyone -- the Pope, Jay Z, Nas, Eminem.
Rolling Stone wrote that this verse "changed the world." After this song, other rappers began to name names and defend their crowns by calling out other artists. Kendrick refers to himself as "the King of New York" -- many took offense, leading to several diss tracks.
1) "No More Parties in LA" by Kanye West
"Make me get spiritual / Make me believe in miracles, Buddhist monks and Cap'n Crunch cereal"
I'm still loving "The Life of Pablo," and this song is just undeniably great.
"This shit unanimous for you, it's damaging for you, I think"
In this verse, Kendrick raps about the difference between being intelligent and being actually lyrical:
"True lyricism isn't expressing simple ideas in a complicated way, but making complex concepts seem simple," explains the Genius analysis of the song.
We can all agree that Kendrick Lamar is a prime example of true lyricism.
There are so many killer Kendrick Lamar guest verses that it was tough to pick just three. Did we miss any of your favorites?
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