And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller
Kendrick calls out some of the biggest names in present day hip-hop, but with all due respect, he gives them a fair warning that he has the game on lock. Kendrick realizes that they are his competition, and it’s his time time to reign. Of course, this isn’t the first time Kendrick has dropped names in a verse. For those who noticed, Kendrick shouted out artists he has been featured with. There were only two artists on this list that Kendrick hadn’t worked with at the time of the release of this song (Pusha T and Tyler.)
These lines are representative of Kendrick’s view, in this video, that competition is key to rap. His respect for Kanye near the end of the video also goes some way to explaining why Yeezy doesn’t make the list.
Notice: Kendrick’s Black Hippy cohorts are conspicuously absent from this list of rising MC’s, but Black Hippy is already openly on the record about being competitive amongst themselves. Here, Kendrick declares that same challenge against these other rappers, even if he considers them friends.
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