It’s been a while since we’ve heard any solo releases from Kendrick Lamar. Apart from his surprise 2016 release of untitled unmastered, Kendrick is two years removed from his last album, To Pimp a Butterfly, and fans have been clamoring to hear what he has been cooking in the studio. Luckily, it seems like the wait is coming to an end. Within a week’s time, Kendrick released two tracks that have set the Internet on fire.
First, he dropped “The Heart Part IV,” which was a lyrical barrage of jabs over swaying production by Sky Sense, The Alchemist, DJ Dahi, and Axlfolie. While Kendrick starts the song off with an introspective first verse about his life since reaching stardom and his impact on the rap, things quickly change in the second verse. With a new beat, he starts the verse off with, “My fans can’t wait for me to son ya punk-ass and crush ya whole lil shit/I’ll Big Pun ya punk-ass you a scared lil bitch.” From there he continues to press his foot on the gas and releases a slew of lines that seemed to be targeted towards a particular artist, or artists. While he spends most of the song beating down his adversaries with harsh lyrics, K Dot does take some time to get political and acknowledge President Trump. Kendrick raps, “Donald Trump is a chump know how we feel, punk? //Tell ‘em that God comin and Russia need a replay button, y’all up to something”
A few days later, Kendrick followed up with his release of “Humble.” The Mike Will Made It produced banger has a club friendlier tone than “The Heart Part 4,” but the message is essentially the same. In this song, Kendrick departs from the in your face bars on the previous release in favor stunting on everyone. He knows he has put the work in over the years and finally wants to show out. He lets listeners know that he has been ballin' as of late, has a love for natural women, but his biggest flex is that Obama just so happens to page him personally. The chorus’ repetitive hook is meant to serve as a reminder to other rappers that Kendrick is on top of the game and it would be best to recognize it sooner rather than later.
Regardless of whomever Kendrick was referring to on “The Heart Part 4” and “Humble,” it is clear he is back with a vengeance. He’s putting the world on notice that the rap throne is his for the taking and is accepting of all challengers that think otherwise. What’s next for Kendrick? Well he said, “Y’all got ‘til April the 7th to get y’all shit together,” so I guess we’ll have to wait until then to find out. In the meantime, check out the visual for “Humble” below: