Kendrick Lamar Humble REVIEW

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Kendrick Lamar season is in full effect. K Dot is back with the second single entitled Humble off his upcoming album. Social media is currently in a frenzy with the anticipation for the project from the Compton spitter. In the last reccid Kendrick was firing warning shots at his competition – The Heart Part 4 The production to Humble was laid by Mike WiLL Made-It. At the time of press, Kendrick Lamar’s Humble has 30 million views by way of the official video on YouTube. Numbers wise the song is moving!

Kendrick is celebrating all things natural in Humble – Ass with stretch marks!

Do you champion this?

Intent

It seems that Kendrick is out here trying to prove a point with the tone of his two latest releases. In Humble he is telling rappers to admire the greatness in his lyrical ability. Another statement reccid. The fans seem to have come to the unanimous conclusion that the hook is directed at Big Sean who got some bars previously. Sean said in his newest release “No Favors” that he was going to stop being humble as he feels that he does not get his just do’s as one of the top dudes in Hip Hop. The Detroit rapper Sean also frequently uses the ad-libs “Hol up” and “Lil bitch”

Kendrick is trying to Deebo the competition in Humble like in the movie Friday

Video

The cinematography in the Humble video is the driving force in the way in which the song has been received. Visually, it is fire I cannot lie with some interesting messages.

For example, shitting on the photoshop light skin model in favour of a more natural dark-skin model with stretch marks. Coming through as a swagged out Priest to emphasise his rap superiority is an interesting concept. In addition, having an all black Last Supper should resonate highly for the African cohort.

I mean as far as Black Lives Matters movement Humble is ticking all the right boxes!

Production

Georgia born Producer Mike WiLL Made-It produced the track after teasing fans of some impending “heat” dropping. Production-wise, the beat sounds like some real West Coast vibe. It’s cool for what it is but in my opinion it was mediocre. I am struggling to see why sonically this song is something I will be returning to but let’s continue.

If you feel the Humble beat is FIRE which I definitely do not drop a line in the comment section below

Lyrics

“Piss out your per diem, you just gotta hate ’em, funk
If I quit your BM, I still ride Mercedes, funk
If I quit this season, I still be the greatest, funk
My left stroke just went viral
Right stroke put lil’ baby in a spiral
Soprano C, we like to keep it on a high note
It’s levels to it, you and I know, bitch, be humble”

Technically these bars are effortless for the lyrically adept Lamar. He is talking that shit in this part of the verse. Pissing out your per day money is easy for K Dot.  The double entendre of BM short for baby-mother and BMW was cool too. Hey, from a technical stance he is clearly at the top of the tree. This is why he can tell the audience that he can drop out of Rap after dropping two classics in Good Kid M.A.A.D City and To Pimp A Butterfly.

“(Hol’ up, bitch) sit down
(Hol’ up lil’ bitch, hol’ up lil’ bitch) be humble

In my opinion this hook sounded weak as hell. Kendrick does not have the cadence or the delivery to pull it off on Humble. That is not a slight on him as a man (as I know the dick riders will be getting on my ass PAUSE). If a motherfucker like Quavo did the hook instead it would be a wave. Whether or not he was mimicking the current Hip Hop sound with the “Aye” and “Hol up” as a parody is something only he knows. For me it has little play-back value.

 Rating

4/10.

I’m built for the trolls and the backlash.

When you are an upper echelon artist like Kendrick then the standards you are held to musically are invariably higher. I did not tell him to use religious imagery in his video but he is clearly expressing that he is a Rap God. So, if that is the case you cannot come out with garbage hooks like this. The fact that this is going to make the album is a joke ting.

I was not moved by this song. Musically, it was a poor follow up to The Heart Part 4 in my opinion. When you remove your Afro-centric tinted glasses then you may see the tune for what it was. The verses are good for what they are as we know he can spit but having a fire music video should not compensate for a weak song.

The tune to me is BORING and I cannot envisage actively seeking this one out. For the music he makes, Humble is not it. Even Jigga had a “Sunshine” in his career so everybody puts out questionable shit. This was one such song!

April 7th…… aight!

Rams

 

 

 

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