Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, And Future Want It All On "King's Dead"

Kendrick Lamar Teams Up With Jay Rock and Future on 'Black Panther' Soundtrack 'King's Dead'

We're nearly two weeks into 2018, and while we've seen plenty of new tracks drop, we've yet to really hear a new banger, until today.

Kendrick Lamar joins his TDE labelmate Jay Rock, rapper Future, and the English singer-producer James Blake on "King's Dead", an emphatic single from the Kendrick-curated soundtrack to Marvel's "Black Panther" with a dizzying, minute-long outro verse from Lamar. In 2018 we get weird. Now there's another track from that soundtrack from Jay Rock.

Kendrick handles hook duties, while Future trades lines with both Kendrick and Jay Rock.

Kendrick Lamar Teams Up With Jay Rock and Future on 'Black Panther' Soundtrack 'King's Dead'
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, And Future Want It All On "King's Dead"

"And it's like that, lil bitch/MVP, I get no sleep/No, I don't like that, lil bitch/Bust that open, I want that ocean/Yeah that bite back, lil bitch/Do it bite back, lil bitch?/Need two life jackets, lil bitch", he raps, as Complex points out.

But the premiere of "King's Dead" stars another hero of sorts in Jay Rock, Lamar's big homie and the bedrock emcee of Top Dawg Entertainment. "You ain't really wild, you a tourist / I be blacking out with the purest". Additionally, he has a bridge where he inexplicably begins scatting in an exaggerated high-pitched voice, and it's as amusing as it is baffling. The song - which also features trap star Future - doubles as the first single to the forthcoming album from Jay Rock, who led the charge for TDE before Lamar broke through. James Blake comes in as the track takes a turn before Kendrick closes out the song with a spaced out verse. If the king is dead, it's only because Lamar is cementing himself as a rap god.

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