By now we all know Kendrick Lamar‘s rise to fame. He became a household name after his debut (?) album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City sold 242,000 copies in the first week of release in 2012. The album featured guest appearances from Dr. Dre, Drake, Jay Rock and Mary J. Blige (on the deluxe version) and earned high-praise from critics. K.Dot followed up Good Kid, M.A.A.D City with another critically-acclaimed hit with To Pimp a Butterfly earlier this year.
Prior to Kendrick’s mainstream success with M.A.A.D City and Butterfly, he caught the attention of hip-hop heads with successful mixtapes like Training Day, C4, Overly Dedicated and Section.80. There is even an ongoing argument about which album was truly his debut. Was it Section.80 or M.A.A.D City?
Regardless of where you stand on that debate (I say M.A.A.D City), Kendrick has also become one of the most sought-after artists to work with. He’s appeared as a guest on songs with Eminem, Drake, 50 Cent, Game, Pusha T and Schoolboy Q to name a few. With that being said, here’s a look at some of Kendrick Lamar’s best guest appearances to date (offered without comment).
10. Jay Rock feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Pay For It”
9. A$AP Rocky feat. 2 Chainz, Drake and Kendrick Lamar – “Fuckin’ Problems”
8. Meek Mill feat. Kendrick Lamar – “A1 Everything”
7. Schoolboy Q feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Collard Greens”
6. Dom Kennedy feat. Kendrick Lamar – “We Ball”
5. Imagine Dragons feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Radioactive (Remix)”
4. Pusha T feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Nosetalgia”
3. Eminem feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Love Game”
2. Schoolboy Q feat. Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul – “Blessed”
1. Game feat. Kendrick Lamar – “The City”
“1Train” – A$AP Rocky feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T.
“Autumn Leaves” – Chris Brown feat. Kendrick Lamar
“Catch a Fade” – E-40 feat. Kendrick Lamar and Droop-E
“We Up” – 50 Cent feat. Kendrick Lamar
With so many options to choose from, it really is easier said than done trying to pick his 10 best guest appearances. K.Dot has remained relatively quiet in 2015, opting to focus mainly on the new album while still managing to sneak in a few appearances with Snoop Dogg and Taylor Swift.
You may feel the need to debate this top 10, but is there really a bad Kendrick Lamar verse? You can argue that just about any verse is deserving of a mention.
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