10-4, no switchin’ sides. Kendrick Lamar may not be someone who gets frequent coverage here on JonALi’sBlog, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t fans — or, at least, fans of his undeniable talent and knack of delivering a proper tune or ten.
Two years after dropping his Grammy-winning album To Pimp a Butterfly, King Kendrick returns with a bang on DAMN., his statement-making third major label album. All of the songs are varying levels of great, but one of them is truly a standout — and that’s “LOYALTY,” featuring Bajan princess, Rihanna.
Produced by the Compton rapper’s frequent collaborator Terrace Martin, Sounwave and DJ Dahi, “LOYALTY” sees Kendrick and Bad Gal RiRi declaring their allegiance from a variety of angles. “It’s a secret society/ All we ask is trust (All we ask is trust)/ All we got is us/ Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty/ Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty,” they chant on the song’s hook. Then, Kendrick and Ri go back and forth with bars, trading boastful rhymes and flows. “Been a bad bitch way before any cash came,” raps Rihanna. “I’m established / Hundred carats on my name / Run the atlas, I’m a natural.”
From there, Kendrick takes over control with some of his own self-reflection: “I’m a savage,” he admits. “I’m an asshole, I’m a king.” Same!
Although this is Kendrick and Rihanna‘s very first collaboration (what took them so long?), the pair clearly make total sense in song, as the two trade slick confident rhymes across the tripping, hip-hop production. An anthem of the highest caliber!
Kendrick Lamar’s third studio album DAMN. is also available on Apple Music!