Best Kendrick Lamar Songs

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1m.A.A.d. city

Honestly you can tell when rappers really went through the darkest that society has to offer, and you feel it in this song. He doesn't just screw around like Tyler, the Creator (his music has a time and a place). He really creates a picture in your head and that's a great accomplishment for a modern-day rapper. Which he wasn't such a sell-out workin with ASAP, Drake, and 2 Chainz laugh out loud but that's irrelevant.

The flow is perfected on both beats! This may not be his best song but it should be in the top 5! Both kendrick and MC Eiht have a sick verse and flow. I love the G whistle at the end, it give the song such a west coast feel!

This has everything you could possibly want in a record. Dope beat, great production, A+ lyrics, storytelling, conscience, metaphors, a great hook, a great feature verse, every thing. You can turn up to this, you can be angry listening to this, you can play this at parties, but you can also draw inspiration from this record. Perfect.

It is such an amazing song with beautiful flow.

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2HiiiPoWeR

Kendrick bodies this beat. Lyrics are amazing as usual but he really connects with a lot of today's issues in society. Metaphors are great as well, they actually work with the song unlike pointless metaphors thrown in by other rappers to get spins

Might be the best rap song of the past decade, in my opinion, it's definitely up there. So deep, an incredible beat, good performance as a whole.. It's just amazing. - cwhiteford

In this song he shows that he is one of the best young rappers at the time and one of the best to come, sick beat and sick flow but he also addresses topics that other greats like pac looked at, just his best watch the video and you'll understand

The more and more I listen to this, the more I realize that it will never grow old.

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3Money Trees

Best Kendrick song and an amazing verse from Jay Rock. Best song on the album.

Deep track, explores the effect of monetary value in human society through creative flows and great instrumentals not to mention a touch of genius from Jay... Simply amazing

Everything is great... Great instrumental, great meaning/lyrics, great flow, great guest verse by Jay. Considered best rap song of 2012 by many. Up there with swimming pools. - aashim.aggarwal

In my opinion, this is Kendrick's best song. It gives us a tale of a hustler's ambitions, and damn, he and Jay Rock did it perfectly.

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4Swimming Pools (Drank)

Didn't particularly care about it when I first heard it, but then I heard it again and again and again and again X infinity... Still listening, love it! If you are here to find inspiration for a Kendrick Lamar song to listen to, I would definitely recommend you hear it.

Its just an amazing so that should be more recognized for what it is. The workmanship and time that went into this masterpiece shows his dedication and love for music. Plus its fun

One of the greatest rappers out today.. Hands down

Great beat and I like kendricks skills on the song

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5Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst

This song is filled with so much emotion! Very heartfelt and lyrically beautiful! Definitely needs to be higher on the list!

This song is the modern day version of Nas' One Love. If you can get through the first two verses without feeling the pain of the narrators, you don't have a heart. This is what rap is all about.

A 12minutes track, two in one song, all about life and the society was painted in this song. Believe me this should be his number one. And no video yet for the song.

Simply amazing. My favorite Kendrick song

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6Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe

Song is amazing and should be number 1

It's really catchy.A.D.H.D, M.A.A.d city, and Compton are close too.

This song has the best beat, and it also has awesome lyrics. It shows what Kendrick Lamar's all way.

This song is the best

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7The Blacker the Berry

By far one of his deepest songs he ever written. Talks about how racism/hate is not one sided concept and its hypocritical to think that it is so, because we all partake in it. One of the best songs of 2015.

Probably his best song to date. So much depth and passion in his lyrics that speak about so many issues... The song is straight fire.

The lyricism and flow of this song is unreal. Kendrick is really proud to be a black man and he don't care about what white people think about him!

Should be higher up on the list in my opinion, amazing lyricism

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8A.D.H.D

His flow and what's he's talking about his AMAZING

If you really listen to this song you can picture what is going on in his head it's a great song that tells a story

Not his best song in terms of lyrics and flow, but the theme and beat of this song is legendary

Great production + amazing lyrics!

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9King Kunta

First time listening you'll be like what? But it grows and grows every single listen until every time the song comes on you can't stop moving.

What I like about this song is that it is different to the hip hop we hear today. Its beats is almost a bit jazzy. Catchy lyrics as well

This is where we see Kendrick going back to his roots. He goes back to the old west coast style of hip hop where they focus on a funky beat instead of a beat based off of bass. If you're listening to the song, and you don't immediately start dancing, you're doing it wrong.

Strange song, but catchy

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10Cartoon & Cereal

This song is number 1.

1 cartoon & cereal
2 money trees
3 the recipe
4 high power
5 bitch don't kill my vibe
6 rigamortis
7 adhd
8 swimming pools
9 keisha's song
10 ignorance is bliss

Best Kendrick Song this far. Replace "Poetic Justice" with "Cartoon & Cereal, " Good Kid M.A.A. D City becomes a classic.

It's a classic just the way it is. Cartoon & Cereal doesn't need to be an album cut. It deserves to be a stand alone track. It has its own vibe and doesn't fit in with the album's narrative. - Lasvegasxavier

This is top 3 for sure. Too many people just bump with his new stuff when he has just as good if not better songs from back when he wont as popular. Great lyrics, and I love the flow of the verses!

Id say this song or sing about me

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11I

Not even a fan of Kendrick but this song is something the industry needs more of. As someone who plays bass... I really appreciate the way he flows over such a great bass line. Complete art, deserves more respect in regards to talent and the message it sends.

This is probably one of the most positive hip hop songs. Instead of rapping about doing illegal drugs, and things like that he makes a catchy song, telling us, "I love myself". You don't find much rap songs like this one. - yaygiants16

One of the most important hip hop songs of all time. It is the axis of hip hop, taking pride in yourself, in being black, and eschewing the self hatred that your inundated with.

Great song. Crazy song. Dope song. Very inspirational, I love it. Fell in love the first time I heard it.

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12Backseat Freestyle

Great song with great lyrics which is every song.

Even though its different from his normal lyrics, it goes into the mind of a 16 year old kid over a fire beat.

Sick beat. One of my favorites for sure

So good just amazing

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13Rigamortus

He just goes in and doesn't stop with an intense trumpet beat playing in the back of his amazing rapping

Amazing rapping by kendrick bodies the awesome trumpet beat perfectly amazing song

Bangin beat + Crazy beat= straight fire.

Lyrically this song is easily number 1, not through his story but purely sentence and word structure.

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14Alright

I could talk for hours about how genius this entire album is, but this is my favorite track. The production by Pharrell is amazing, and makes for one of my favorite instrumentals in hip hop history, and even with all the darker lyrics that Kendrick writes, this song always brings me up every time I listen to it. And it has one of the catchiest choruses I have ever heard in a song. And the music video is brilliant. - Mard

Lyrics, beat, vibe. What song has better connections between these three than this very song. This song ain't alright. It's amazing

This is the best song on To Pimp A Butterfly

Best Song He Made

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15Ignorance Is Bliss

Kendrick is the best rapper alive. This song has the most amazing flow and beat. Should be top 10

THIS SONG IS ONE that WILL TEACH YOU A LOT

Love everything about this song, both lyrics and beat, for sure should be top 10

Best rap song of 2010.

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16F*** Your Ethnicity

.. My details be in retail... Closely second to hi power for me

I love this song. The beat to it is so mellow. And Kendrick killed the verses.

What this song is bomb, racial equality for everyone is crucial

Sonically and lyrically incredible.

17Poetic Justice

This should at least be in the top 8 why is it down here

I concur, Poetic Justice has a great flow, rhyme scheme, lyrics, and feel... And feel is the most important part of music.

OKAY THIS SHOULD SERIOUSLY BE NUMBER ONE! MY FAVORITE SONG! Do yourself a favor and listen you won't regret it!

Can be one the top 10 I learn a lot from this song and when my girl is angry I just sing this song

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18Ronald Reagan Era (His Evils)

Should be at least number 10. This one had a great beat and great lyrics (just like all of his songs)

The second of the two singles from Section.80, this one is underrated and has a good beat and great lyrics from Kendrick. - cwhiteford

I don't know why this song is so underrated. it is for sure top 3

19How Much a Dollar Cost

This song has an amazing story to it. It talks about how everyone should treat everyone with respect regardless of who they are. The song conveys the story of a homeless man asking Kendrick for a dollar at the gas station. Kendrick denies the man who actually turns out to be Jesus Christ.

I'm not religious but the message this sends is important. Kendrick is very critical when it come to moneY and he explains very well how important it is to be selfless.

The message behind this story is just truly incredible. If everyone listened to this song the world would be a better place. - killthehype

Definitely the best song on the album with a deep message. Everyone needs to listen to this

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20Black Boy Fly

Anyone who voted for anything else obviously hasn't even listened to this. It's unbelievable. It has real meaning that I can relate to. It's about making it big & getting out of poverty. Also it has great lyrical skill.

This is the greatest song ever comment please I love it - Tiad

The lyrics actually mean something for those who don't really care about them. Kendrick Lamar's lyrics are deep.

At least number 11 this is a true story telling you just don't hear in rap that often.

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1. m.A.A.d. city
2. Cartoon & Cereal
3. Swimming Pools (Drank)
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2. Momma
3. Alright
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