Best Kendrick Lamar Songs
The Top Ten
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.
I don't know what he was on when he wrote this, but this is legit fire.
He perfected both his flow and his rhyme with this one especially in the first half and he uses many solid techniques such as
The alliteration used in the line
"picking off you suckers, suck a d*** or die a sucker punch"
which practically makes me orgasm every single time I hear it
Another example of why this is such a great song is the way he easily paints a picture within ones mind when he spits the line
"hope euphoria can slow dance with society"
This is real rap.
Not the garbage 20%-rap, 80%-singing which people listen to nowadays.
Easily his best song without a doubt.
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
YO THIS SONG NEVER GETS OLDV 29 Comments
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
Dope!V 28 Comments
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
Look, M.a.a.d City is great Swimming Pools, Bitch Don't Kill my vibe, Humble, Alright, DNA, all of them. But this track is the best one he's ever done. Perfect beat, perfect lyrics, the flow is unreal. The song is very soothing and NEVER gets old. Jay Rock absolutely kills his verse as well. Ugh I love this song so muchV 42 Comments
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.
No question this songV 43 Comments
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.
Has I be his best song. The message he expresses is incredible and has such a good rhythm throughout the entire song.
I, too, started off listening to Kindrick's more mainstream songs (such as Alright, Swimming Pools, M.A.A.D City, etc.), but this song delves to a whole other level in Kindrick's lyricism. Don't let the initial message fool you- this song is deep and guaranteed to have you coming back for more.V 17 Comments
Yes this is the song
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.
Its Just my favorite song by kendrickV 16 Comments
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.
First time listening it souns like crap. But after hearing it some times you fall in love. A fantastic song. With great beat. When you start to feel it gets boring, it builds up and gives you the feeling wanna dance.V 21 Comments
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
Easiest song to understand what his saying goes with the beat.
Love the flow on this. Definitely one of his bestV 16 Comments
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.
This song has a bubbly flow over a bouncy beat and still succeeds at touching on serious topics. A+V 17 Comments
Why would you vote for this if you wanted DNA or HUMBLE?
I wanted to see dna or humble on this list s I voted for this
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 rap song of the decade (thus far) periodV 21 Comments
Dude he kills this whole song.
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.
Crazy LIT!V 14 Comments
Kendrick is the most creative rapper of our generation. This is his most creative track
Most emotional rap song I've heard in a while. Kendrick pours his heart out into this one.
One of Kendrick's most emotional songs. This one almost had me crying after the beat changed and he started to get into it.
Kendrick's intake of his selfishness and evils is poured into this song. It is genius how this is the yin to "I"'s yangV 8 Comments
This song is number 1.
1 cartoon & cereal
2 money trees
3 the recipe
4 high power
5 bitch don't kill my vibe
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
Why isn't this in the the top ten
Who doesn't like to watch cartoon and eat cereal...? exactlyV 11 Comments
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.
His flow in this song even challenges the great Notorious B.I.G. A must listen for fans.V 6 Comments
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.
If you really follow Kendrick's lyrics on this track (as you should for all of this genius's work) then there's no way your spine didn't drop to 0K at the end of that last verse. Damn near turned me into a religious man.
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.
Definitely Kendrick's deepest song. Great message, and hits metaphors and references on so many levels. Simply inspiring.V 8 Comments
This should at least be in the top 8 why is it down here
Great lyrics, flows with beat
I concur, Poetic Justice has a great flow, rhyme scheme, lyrics, and feel... And feel is the most important part of music.
How is this not at least in the top tens, I swear people have no taste!V 14 Comments
I'm sorry, I think there was a glitch in the system. This is as #35, but it really needs to be #1. The admin will hopefully fix this in the future. - Alpha101
Definitely the most poetic, truthful, and important song ever by kendrick. questioning the loyalty of his fan as the main theme. along with every other theme compressed in this one song, along with the Tupac interview. very surprised no on e has voted for this
The message is simple, are you believing in Kendrick's integrity or are you going to abandon him and turn on him when things get bad?
Best rap song livingV 3 Comments
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
Such an underrated song its sadV 2 Comments
.. My details be in retail... Closely second to hi power for me
The piano in this is so hard hitting, better than any kick or snare! The offbeat piano breakdown part way through the first verse is so introspective too, really helps drives the song's message home. This is a top 3 song
I love this song. The beat to it is so mellow. And Kendrick killed the verses.
Sonically and lyrically incredible.V 1 Comment
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