New Music | Kendrick Lamar Unleashes ‘The Heart Part Four’

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With Kanye on the mend and Jay-Z playing Mr. Mom the past couple years, rap’s throne is vacant and the only two worthy contenders for the crown are Drake and Kendrick Lamar.

Also: Drake’s New Album “More Life” Sets New First-Day Spotify Record

Drake made the first move this week with More Life, which the Toronto rapper is calling a “playlist project.” That sounds like a heightened version of a mixtape as it has no singular themes and features made-for-the club tracks featuring 2 Chainz, Migos‘ Quavo, Travis Scott, Young Thug and Kanye himself. 

As hip hop fans were wrapping their Beats headphones around Drake’s #1 record, Kendrick Lamar came out of nowhere to steal the headlines late Thursday night with an un-announced single,“The Heart Part Four”. Rumors of a new album from the Compton rapper have been stirring for months, but this is the first real sign that his fourth full-length is in the works. 

The fiery track is abrasive in content, but groovy in form, as Lamar unleashes a bevy of brevity by calling President Trump  a chump and directing disses at at the haters who could or could not be Drake (although some if it is clearly aimed at another rival Big Sean).

“Tip-toeing around my name, ni**a ya lame / And when I get at you, homie, don’t you tell me you was just playin.”

Get your popcorn ready because this Rap Game of Thrones seems to be just getting good.