“Cold Summer” reunites Kendrick and Mac Miller, and also throws Kevin Gates and R&B singer Rell into the mix. Kendrick leads the charge, using his opening verse to reflect on brutal summers marked by “tire marks and gun smoke stories.” After a soulful hook from Rell, Miller comes through with some breezier bars and warns, “Me and Kendrick on a track, man, that's bad news.” Gates wraps things up with ferocity, culminating in a banger that’s definitely worth the listen, even as summer draws to a close.
“Cold Summer” is the second single from DJ Kay Slay’s upcoming album Big Brother. The all-star project arrives September 22 and also features 2 Chainz, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, and more. In the meantime, revisit Kendrick's fiery VMA performance.