A stack of quality music has dropped since Thanksgiving. In the midst of the frenzy of singles and mixtapes—top-lined, arguably, by Lil Wayne’s No Ceilings 2—came a two-for-one spectacle by buddies J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar.
Two freestyles, identically titled “Black Friday,” feature Cole rapping over Kendrick’s 2015-defining “Alright” and K-Dot jumping on Jermaine’s “A Tale of 2 Citiez,” off last December’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Neither track is small potatoes: Kendrick goes ballistic for four straight minutes, says he’s “rollin’ deep in that paper like two Adeles,” gets behind Kanye’s 2020 presidential campaign for a lascivious reason, then goes here:
"Nothing more influential than rap music
I merge jazz fusion with the trap music
I mix black soul with some rock 'n' roll
They never box me in, I’m David Blaine-ing all you hoes"
On to the next:
We won’t spoil the way Cole’s “Alright,” with its completely different flow, unfolds—but we will fast-forward you to the end, when he seemingly buries that long-discussed joint project with Kendrick, then teases his own next thing:
“’When you and K. Dot shit drop?’”
Bitch never, they can’t handle two black n—as this clever
But this February, bet shit get scary when I fuck around and drop—“
Censor bleep, fin, done. Except Kendrick's sister might have revealed that the two do have something coming on Feb. 16.