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“Pray For Me” – Kendrick Lamar & The Weeknd

The song “Pray For Me” from the Black Panther soundtrack by Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd really has you thinking about the lyrics. It’s one of those songs that makes you look at the bigger picture and feel a deeper feeling then you were expecting. The Weekend and Kendrick Lamar’s collaboration for this song is fantastic. It really couldn’t be any more perfect. Once you listen to the whole song through it makes you think, wow, I need to hear that again.

The Weeknd

The song begins with The Weeknd straight up sharing some true feelings. He starts off, “I’m always ready for a war again. Go down that road again. It’s all the same. I’m always ready to take a life again. You know I’ll ride again. It’s all the same.” Then he gets real and starts sharing some true feelings, “Who gon’ pray for me? Take my pain for me? Save my soul for me?” After these few versus it starts to make the listener think, feel and connect to the song on a different level.

Kendrick Lamar

It gets even better when Kendrick Lamar pipes in. He goes, “I fight the world, I fight you, I fight myself. I fight God, just tell me how many burdens left. I fight pain and hurricanes, today I wept. I’m tryna fight back tears, flood on my doorsteps. Life a livin’ hell, puddles of blood in the streets.” He doesn’t go full blast here but you can feel the sharp anger in his lyrics. I find that to be pretty powerful!

“Pray For Me” is pretty intense and continues to escalate as the song goes on. It’s powerful words and deeper meaning bring out the best in the lyrics and really make you think. After I heard it for the first time I just sat there and thought about it for a minute. I kept listening to it and would pull out different emotions each time. Such a good song! If you haven’t heard it yet definitely check it out. Get ready to feel some feels!


FOR THE TRUE RAP FAN – Good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar’s new album

Good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar’s new album has just dropped and it’s already has everything necessary to be a classic. From the detailed opening track to the Just Blazed produced “Compton” featuring Dr. Dre, this is one hip hop album you truly need in your possession. The album opens up with “Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter’s Daughter” a track that does a fine job in displaying Kendrick Lamar’s flow, storytelling abilities and wind on a track. The second track “B**** don’t Kill My Vibe” is very laid back and is one of the catchier songs on the album.

“Backseat Freestyle” is probably one of the harder tracks on the album.   It’s more of a street type of song.

“The Art Of Peer Pressure” quickly tones that down with a beautiful piano melody on the first half of the song, and the second half of the song is Kendrick doing what he does best: flows and storytelling.

Money Trees featuring Jay Rock is a good song with his TDE label Jay Rock. The phrase “you bish” will probably get stuck in your head after giving it a few listens too.

The first half of the album ends with Poetic Justice which will probably be the second single from the album. It has a Janet Jackson sample after all, it is named after the movie she starred in. With a legitimate Drake feature, this will easily be the favorite among most listeners.

       “good kid” and “m.A.A.d city” are more personal songs. Most people will like them because they have more of a fast pace. They are a bit generic to me but Kendrick is showing range. They almost sound a bit like ”Lil Wayne”.

“Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” is a two part emotional showcase. The song contains a lot of stories from other people perspectives. The first half went for six minutes plus, which is impressive for rap. The second half doesn’t compare to the first but it is good in its own right. The first half would have made a good ending to the album.

“Real” is probably the only forgettable song on the album even though it is still a good song. “Compton” is a great song only because of the simple sample, the Dr. Dre feature, and the Just Blaze production. It actually sounds like nothing on the album. It’s a great song and I see the reason for the album with this song. It’s almost the grand finale kind of thing.

Overall I give the album a 8.5/10. It’s not perfect but it’s good enough to be considered a classic.