In the 13 months since Kendrick Lamar performed his memorable, yet still unreleased “Untitled” on The Colbert Report, the Compton-bred rapper has solidified his rightful role as hip-hop’s most dynamic and vital emcee. His powerfully poignant sophomore long player To Pimp a Butterfly proved a modern-day masterpiece, appearing on countless year-end best-of lists and netting eleven Grammy Award nominations including Album of the Year and Best Rap Album.
The antithesis of creative complacency, the workhorse Lamar recently appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform the brand new composition “Untitled 2,” presumably the spiritual sequel to “Untitled.” The ever-eloquent Lamar spits his signature fire atop a soulful, buoyant groove, confiding at the close of the second verse that “Ain't no money like fast money / Even today I'm considered a crash dummy / A rapper chasing stardom, how can I fast forward?”
Once again straddling the often convoluted lines between humility and ego, self-awareness and public perception, Lamar is at his rawest and most introspective here. Indeed, Lamar has established his own bar for brilliance astronomically high. But quite remarkably, “Untitled 2” suggests that we haven’t even come close to witnessing just how high he can soar.