Video: Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – ‘Poetic Justice’

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Kendrick Lamar narrates a tragic love story in the cinematic video for “Poetic Justice,” his collaboration with Drake. The West Coast’s new king takes it back to the streets of Compton, where he falls in love with a girl in his neighborhood. But their budding romance is quickly shattered by gunfire that breaks out in the crowd.

We’re left wondering who’s been hit as Drake calls Kendrick’s girl to leave a voicemail while sitting in a bedroom with a chick waiting for him. The camera cuts back to a bullet-riddled K. Dot, who is seen lying on the floor protecting his girl as an ambulance rushes to their rescue.

The song, which samples Janet Jackson’s ’90s hit “Any Time, Any Place,” appears on Kendrick’s acclaimed debut good kid, m.A.A.d city. He pleaded for the pop icon to appear in the video. “This is a young boy that looked up to you for years. Please, yeah, video, Janet Jackson ‘Poetic Justice.’ It’ll only be right,” he told MTV News in December.

Watch Kendrick put it all on the line in the name of love.

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  1. deelee

    before anyone hates they may wanna google what poetic justice means LOL. perfect vid for the song


    DntJudgehim Reply:

    @deelee, First Off I love how the leading Female is Dark skinned (Represent )
    Second K.Dot is a genius… have the put the song together & the video being the a sunshine for hip-hop today…..
    Janet should def be in the video it wouldn’t be complete


  2. EL

    Janet could have made a cameo. I mean, c’mon. I was wishing and hoping…Just saying!


    bigman Reply:

    @EL, i hear u


  3. bigman



  4. monla88

    the video is pretty good the song is still the highlight tho good job Kendrick.


  5. bitotalk



  6. im me

    LOVE ITTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  7. Stoner_Guy

    ????? wait….what???? I don’t get it!!! Why is he so confusing?? What was that video even about? Someone please help!!! I’m trapped in a fortune cookie factory!


  8. kate



  9. RNB 4 evah

    this song is so relaxing, i love when kendrick is singing , so cute


  10. shell

    i need alot of you to put on your thinking caps! lol first kendrick was flirting with the girl clearly wanting to get to know her, Gun shoots spreads through the crowd, and they end up hitting kendrick and possibly the girl, while they are laying in blood on the ground drake calls the girl that kendrick is with, Clearly Drake has been admiring the same girl or thats his girl, all while he has another chic in the bed waiting on him, Drake’s verse is dedicated to the girl kendrick is with as shown drake is singing into the phone


  11. The Marvelous Mind of J-Tizzle! | “Lemme Rock Yo Body, Bitch.”

    This shid at got nothin on “Suit + Tie” with me and Jigga. Kendrick is too commericial. He just needs to sit down and stop trying so hard.

    “I’m bringin corny back, you haters watch while I attack.”


  12. THEDON

    Loved the video, haters need to exit this page.. Drake killed it too, Kendrick Lamar is the truth!


  13. BAWSE



  14. Kurt

    Like his album, never felt this record , I duno why tho


  15. Yep

    Only if Janet was in the video….


  16. pete

    where is janet


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  18. Pereezy,YMCMB MMG. Good Kush & Alcohol

    Man! Great Video… I Mean This is The best Song Of Kendrick’s Album.

    Drizzy Did What he always does ”Killed It and Took this song to the otha level” #Salute#


  19. Sabrina

    Dope Video!!! The lead girl is gorgeous.


  20. whats poppin

    Love that there is a dark skinned chick in the video!


  21. HeavyHeavy

    The leading girl is really sexy!!! I hope to see more of her. Its nice to see a dark skin girl for once. Anyone know her name? Any other things shes in?


    Ya Fav 1ne Reply:

    @HeavyHeavy, she probably gonna be the next eye candy of the month on xxl

    cause it seem like the girls on the newest vids be on the next month xxl eye candy


  22. Matto

    Does anyone know where the jumper K.Dot sporting is from?


  23. pop

    who was that gil


  24. Shaun

    whos the girl laying in the bed with drake?


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