Yes, this is a song with two of hip-hop’s most interesting lyricists, but the instrumental is absolutely the highlight of the track. Produced by Nottz, the instrumental uses a dull bass line and a guitar yelp as the main rhythm. Kendrick and Pusha fall right into its snares (no pun intended because there are no snares on this track), spitting fierce lines that are actively guided by the instrumental’s directions.
This is the secret appeal of G.O.O.D. Music songs. Since “Mercy,” instrumentals from that camp have increasingly been just as charismatic as the artists they feature. This is a good trend because it reminds us as listeners that rap is more than raps. Never forget. Listen below.
By the way, here is the tracklist for My Name is My Name.
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