Kendrick Lamar’s Best Songs For The Ladies, Ranked
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city, @Okayplayer ranks the best tunes he made for the ladies.
Rap, in its nature, is rough around the edges, hardcore, gritty and grimy. It reflects the true nature of man, woman and child, unflinchingly, and doesn’t shy away from the tough-to-mention parts. Kendrick Lamar, like his predecessors before him, is a griot in every sense of the word. Able to suspend our attention, drive it towards the ills of the world and hold up a mirror at ourselves — we feel what he feels. Whether it is a real distrust in the American system or close friends and family (see: “Cut You Off”) — Kendrick is anxious, yet on the fence about subjects such as honor, trust and respect.
Another conversation Kung-Fu Kenny isn’t afraid to kick science on is the subject of love. Sometimes he is the suitor, going after the object of his affection in an endearing way. Or other times, he offering the cautionary word to the listener, aiding them in peeping game on how people use love to be destructive. Either way, Kendrick Lamar’s conversations on the subjects show that he has his fears, hopes and concerns—like we all do. Despite being engaged in real life to Whitney Alford (his muse on DAMN.’s “LOVE.”) — Kendrick’s uncertainty manages to bring him closer to us as listeners because, like him, we are also looking for love… sometimes in all the wrong places.
As we here @Okayplayer celebrate the fifth anniversary of K-Dot’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city — we break down the best songs the Hub City legend has made for the ladies about love. Keep in mind, these are songs featured and created on a Kendrick Lamar-headlined project—sorry, no guest appearances or other projects (see: Terrace Martin‘s Here, My Dear). In a world where everyone in the industry is covered up and putting on a facade, these songs are to show the importance of just how emotionally valuable the TDE superstar is when it comes to being unfiltered, bare and raw, while still surpassing the competition in the mainstream.
With that said, here are the 10 best songs Kendrick Lamar has made for the ladies, ranked.