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First Quarter Best Songs of 2012 #4: Kendrick Lamar f. Gunplay – Cartoons & Cereal

Writer’s Pick
KidNamedChance: 1
Squarian: 6
HD: 11

Kendrick Lamar and Maybach Music goon Gunplay, so refreshing and satisfying. At first blush, it’s a pairing that sounds better in theory than practice– but both artists have an anti-social streak that runs through their music, fueled by pain that bubbles just beneath the surface. So here we get Gunplay seething over a dank beat from frequent Lamar producer THC, while Kendrick kicks typically knotty verses that lick shots at both enemies and society. But it’s Gunplay— out of his realm sonically but at home spiritually— that truly stuns: “Nobody can’t mute me / But I never said nobody can’t shoot me…”

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