Kendrick Lamar continues to show love to fellow Cali rappers on the simply-titled "Survive," his collaboration with Oakland's Mistah F.A.B. Produced by Tha Bizness, the introspective track also features Long Beach MC Crooked I (from the rap group Slaughterhouse) and Chicago R&B singer Kobe Honeycutt.
K-Dot opens the song with a remarkable verse that reflects on growing up in a tough neighborhood and being trapped in your own thoughts:
"You ever been a victim of being a prisoner inside your own mind? / The bright lights of the street lights will make you go blind / Handicap your senses, you was just an apprentice of watching n-ggas jump fences / Now you in the Olympics and your hurdle was high enough to clear the tallest of clothes lines"
Listen to this episode of Fuse's Back of the Class podcast, where we discuss the current state of conscious- and street-rap (it begins at the 2:40 mark):