By now, if you’re unaware of K-Dot, King Kendrick, the messiah of spoken word, rap and hip-hop; Kendrick Lamar, then you’ve either been cut off from the Western world, or you are bleeding profusely from your ears.
Kendrick has, over the last half-decade, gone from rising star, gravel-voiced rapper to worldwide superstar, without ever sacrificing his absolute honesty, motives, and most importantly, integrity.
His journey to respected artist has inspired a generation and set an unprecedented standard for not only those that follow him, but his peers respectively. Gone are the days of the early 2000s, when 50 Cent’s ‘Candyshop‘ and Lil Wayne’s ‘Lollipop‘ dominated the scene that filtered into the mainstream, only to deflate later that decade.
His wordplay, melodic manipulation and his ability to weave a complex narrative via musically aesthetic works have elevated him to his elected ‘King’ status. Since the (in my opinion) near-flawless SECTION 80 mixtape, K-Dot has grown to become a more complex character, propelling his musical releases as significant cultural artefacts; simultaneously a stamp and reflection on certain areas of society and industry.
So it is with great pleasure that yesterday he released an epic, comedic 8 minute music video to accompany ‘These Walls‘ ft. featuring Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat, taken from the PHENOMENAL album To Pimp A Butterfly. Directed by Collin Tilley, the man behind the VMA-Winning ‘Alright’ video, the clip features cameos from Corey Holcolmb and the ever hilarious Terry Crews. Enjoy…ya bish.