Kendrick Lamar Dreams of Money and Power on ‘Backseat’ Single
Kendrick Lamar is feeling himself on the chaotic-sounding 'Backseat (Freestyle),' which is from his upcoming album 'good kid, M.A.A.d city,' which hits stores on Oct. 22. The song displays the Compton rapper's lyrical techniques that has made him hip-hop's promising emcee.
K. Dot spits a flurry of non-sequitur rhymes over an echoic beat with clacking bottle sounds provided by hitmaker Hit-Boy. On the track, Lamar demands money, power and respect. "God---- I got b----es / Damn I got b----es / Damn I got b----es, wifey, girlfriend and mistress / All my life I want money and power / Respect my mind or die from lead showers," he raps on the chorus.
Then, at his third verse, Lamar goes lyrically bonkers as he starts growling, "I'm never living life confined / It's a failure even if I'm blind / I can tell ya who, what, when, where, how / To sell ya game right on time."
Anticipation for BET's Lyricist of the Year winner's album is building thanks to his previous hit singles, 'The Recipe' and 'Swimming Pools (Drank).' Lamar feels that the honesty in his music is what makes him so appealing to his fans.
"There’s so much negativity in the world today. People know what’s real and know what’s fake," he tells Fader magazine. "They know who really lived it and who’s trying to live it. That’s what I think people rock with me, genuinely, because they know I’m not out here trying to glorify certain situations through these records or say I’m the biggest killer in the world. I don’t believe in none of these rappers anyway. The real gangsters, you never really see their faces because they’re either in the ground, in prison or behind the scenes."
Listen to Kendrick Lamar, 'Backseat (Freestyle)'