Following their “Complexion” collaboration off To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar and Rapsody reunite for a “Power”-ful new song.
The Jamla/Roc Nation spitter kicks things off on the cut, which appears on her new album Laila’s Wisdom. “I know my blackness is powerful and they don’t like that,” she raps. “I know some ni**as’ soul dead, sit back, and watch them tap-dance.”
Following a Lance Skiiiwalker hook about energy, enemies, and investments, Rapsody establishes her position of “Power.” “I ain’t five percent, unless we talkin’ top MCs,” she raps. “And I’m in the top of that, the rest beneath me, all cowards / When it spits, look around, it’s meteor showers / I watch the stars fall, fall, fall, yeah, that’s what you call power.”
After a brief and soul-drenched breakdown, King Kendrick emerges with intricate rhymes, a Jamaican accent, and insightful thoughts.
“I shot ni**as, then shot movies 10 years later,” he raps. “Dear God, why you show me so much favor? / Amongst the haters and wickedness / Deliver this child from evil convictions and frivolous / Debates about who’s the preeminent emcee of the millennium / And it’s all for the Benjamins, and I’m all of y’alls nemesis / And I’m all in all happy none of y’all can fathom who Kendrick is / The only one that ever did wrote Book of Genesis / Motherfucker, that’s power.”
Due Friday, Laila’s Wisdom is set to feature appearances from Anderson .Paak, Black Thought, BJ the Chicago Kid, Busta Rhymes, and more.