In a recent interview, Kendrick gave details on the unreleased material he used in live performances, which ended up being on this project. “You see all these performances on these late night shows, I got a chamber of material from the project that I was in love where sample clearances or something as simple as a deadline kept it off the album,” he said. “But I think probably close to 10 songs that I’m in love with that I’ll still play and still perform that didn’t make the cut.”
All praise should be handed to NBA star LeBron James, who pleaded with Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith to get Kendrick to release new music. The new project is stacked, featuring guest appearances from SZA, Jay Rock, Terrace Martin, Bilal, Thundercat, Anna Wise, CeeLo Green and TDE's President Punch. Production is handled by Cardo, Hit-Boy, Astronote,Bizness Boi, Nard&B, Frank Dukes, Yung Exclusive, Swizz Beatz and Swizz's 5-year-old song Egypt Dean.
If you're a King Kendrick fan then you should already know that the lyrics are always top-notch and he is never shy to take a dig at someone. In celebration of Kendrick Lamar's surprise new project, we've compiled the best lyrics from untitled unmastered.
"Untitled 01 | 08.19.2014."Kendrick Lamar
1. "Some of us never did wrong but still went to hell."
2. "All man, child, woman, life completely went in reverse/I guess I'm running in place trying to make it to church."
"Untitled 02 | 06.23.2014."Kendrick Lamar
1. "This the first time I confess/Me and Top is like a Kobe and Phil/A father figure fuck with him, you get killed/Fuck with me and he will kill you himself/TDE the mafia of the west."
2. "Dave just bought a new nine eleven/Almost thought I’d seen another plane crash."
3. "Yay and my relative like cherry soda/Pistol and poverty, come get to know us."
"Untitled 03 | 05.28.2013."Kendrick Lamar Feat. Terrace Martin, Bilal, Thundercat & Anna Wise
1. "Asked me what am I doing, he said "taking my time"/Meditation is a must, it don't hurt if you try/See you thinking too much plus you too full of yourself/Worried about your career, ever think of your health?"
2. "A piece of mines/That's what the white man wanted when I rhyme/Telling me that he selling me just for $10.99/If I go platinum from rapping, I do the company fine/What if I compromise? He said it don't even matter/Make a million or more, you living better than average."
"Uuntitled 04 | 08.14.2014."Kendrick Lamar Feat. SZA & Jay Rock
"They say the government mislead the youth, youth, youth/And welfare don't mean well for you, you, you, you."
"Untitled 05 | 09.21.2014."Kendrick Lamar Feat. Anna Wise, Jay Rock & Punch
1. "Justice ain't free, therefore justice ain't me/So I justify his name on obituary."
2. "Studied the son of God but still don't recognize my flaws/I guess I'm lost, the cost of being successful is equal to being neglectful/I pray my experience helps you."
3. "The other side has never mortified my mortal mind/The borderline between insanity is father time."
"Untitled 06 | 06.30.2014"Kendrick Lamar Feat. Cee-Lo Green
1. "Am I mortal man or make believe?"
2. "You know the male species can be redundant/I mean we love a woman and think we can satisfy her/Between sheets, covers and pillows/I'm promising your lack of tolerance stuck on a 0/I'm promising that I'm acknowledging you as my hero."
"Untitled 08 | 09.06.2014."Kendrick Lamar
1. "365 times four, plus more/If yan't get it right, tell me, do you got the stamina?"
2. "These days ain’t no compromise/And your pain ain’t mines half the time/A brand new excuse ain’t nothing to me/Bitch I made my moves, with shackled feet/Cape Town."
"Untitled 07 | 2014 - 2016"Kendrick Lamar"
"You niggas fear me like y'all fear God/You sound frantic, I hear panic in your voice/Just know the mechanics of making your choice and writin' your bars/Before you poke out your chest, loosen your bra/Before you step out of line and dance with the star/I could never end a career if it never start."