Kendrick Lamar - "Untitled 2"
Kendrick Lamar continued to play by his own rules last night by debuting another unreleased song on live television. He's rewriting the rules on how to release and exhibit music, but that's not the point of this slide.
This slide is about the song itself, and the raw, seething energy that filled Jimmy Fallon's studio earlier this month. "Untitled 2" (which, judging by the lyrics, is that "Blue Faces" song we were wondering about) could have fit snugly amongst the rest of To Pimp A Butterfly, and would have been one of the album's most ambitious songs. "Untitled 2" is a three-act play that delves deep into the familiar theme of money problems, using the blue tint of hundred-dollar bills as an entry point.
By the time Kendrick starts shouting out South Africa ("Caaaaape Town"), he's already tackled credit card debt and the fallacy of fast money, and he hasn't even kicked into high gear yet. That happens in the song's last act, when the best rapper alive removes the microphone from its stand and shows once again why no one is challenging him for the title.—Graham Corrigan