In honor of Kendrick Lamar hopping on the remix of Future’s “Mask Off” a few days ago, we’ve decided to compile a list of some of the best Kendrick remixes. When the Compton emcee steps into the booth, whether it’s his own album or remixing another artist, he always gives it 100% and shows off why he’s one of the best rappers of all time. Without further ado, here are the top five times Kendrick Lamar remixed a song:
5.) “Mask Off”
This Future beat has been popping ever since the HNDRXX album came out. The flute bumps so hard and sets the entire mood, even Joey Bada$$ had to spit a freestyle over it. But there’s no doubt Kendrick utilizes some of his high-pitched melodies and flows to make this remix unforgettable.
4.) “All Day”
This smash Kanye hit gave featured artists like Allan Kingdom and Theophilus London a launchpad for their own albums and success, but it also inspired Kendrick Lamar to hop on and show the world a fresh beat is all he really needs. It seems like he could do this all day.
Drake may be the #1 selling artist, but Kendrick Lamar has some really good financial advice to give his fans. In this Lonely Island SNL parody, Kendrick teams up with Adam Levine and spits a verse about investment accounts completely flipping the meaning of “You Only Live Once”. Kendrick showed off his impeccable flows and versatility over a track not meant to be taken seriously.
2.) “THat Part”
Schoolboy Q is also a Top Dawg Entertainment artist; his relationship with Kendrick is pretty solid. There were even several rumors that Kendrick would be the final feature instead of Kanye West, and perhaps those rumors were true. Or perhaps Kendrick had to show Schoolboy Q and the world what they were missing out on. Either way it proved for an impressive verse and one of our favorite remixes.
1.) “Black Friday”
For several years the hip hop world widely considered J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar to be the ones on the top of the rap food chain, and fans were begging for a collaboration. The two decided to trade beats from each other and drop them on thanksgiving weekend. Lamar remixed Cole’s “A Tale of 2 Citiez” off his Forest Hills Drive album where, within his verse, he voices support for Kanye’s 2020 presidential run, calls himself Jimmi Kendrix, and even shouts out Adele making it a remix for the ages.