Jay-Z sure knows how to make his impact felt when guesting on a track. Whether it’s his unforgettable verse on Juvenile’s “Ha” remix or his fearless bars on Kanye West’s “Monster,” Hov always makes his presence felt.
“You really can’t prepare. Jay-Z came and just humbled the whole record, so you just gotta go for what you know,” Kendrick Lamar told Hot 97’s DJ Funkmaster Flex on Monday night of Jigga’s contribution to his brand-new “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” remix.
K-Dot learned through Jay’s longtime friend Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith that Hov was a fan of his good kid, m.A.A.d city LP and soon after got his TDE team working on securing a collaboration. But Jay and Kendrick didn’t hit the studio together. Instead, the God MC laid his verse first, sent it to Kendrick’s camp and then Lamar went immediately after hearing Hov’s contribution. “When I heard that thing he sent back I said to myself, ’I can’t be no floozy on this mother—er for sure’,” he said. “All them years of being in the studio, all them years of writing, all them years of freestyling and just being a student of the game don’t mean sh– if I can’t live up to this track, at least by a little bit being beside a legend in it.”
On the Sounwave-produced track, Jay bragged on his superstar wife, his rap riches, political ties and what may be the dawning of his career. “Don’t waste my breath, I don’t know how many moons a n—a got left,” he spit with a veteran’s confidence.
K-Dot then chimed in, pondering his place among rap’s elite. “Picture little ole me giving a f—, on what a f— n—a gotta say/ N—a you’ll never be Jay, never be Nas, never be Snoop nor Dre,” he raps sarcastically.
“I was so excited it took me a day,” Lamar said of how long it took him to write his parts to the song after hearing Jay’s.
That hasn’t been the only excitement Kendrick has experienced recently. Earlier this month, the Compton, California, spitter was crowned MTV News’ “Hottest MC in the Game.” While he feels the honor was well-deserved based off the work he put in over the last year, Kendrick isn’t content with just being the hottest. He wants to craft a respected rap career similar to his “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” co-pilot Jay-Z. “I love the stamp of being the hottest. It’s a cool thing. It’s a great thing for the time being,” he said. “But my whole focus is on longevity in the game.”
Who had your favorite verse on “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” Kendrick Lamar or Jay-Z? Sound off in the comments!