November 29, 2015


J. Cole Raps Over "Alright," Kendrick Lamar Does "A Tale of 2 Citiez"

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 
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"

Then he calls himself Jimi Kendrix (heads up, Future Hendrix) and calls out Billboard for leaving 2Pac off their top ten rappers of all time list and promises he’ll carry the torch.

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.