Kendrick Lamar spitting over instrumentals from Dr. Dre’s and NWA’s Classic, “The Chronic”, “2001”, and “Straight Outta Compton”.
The Damn. Chronic may be one of the most rap conservative things ever put together, especially as it relies mainly on a lot of Kendrick’s less idiosyncratic and more formative pre- Section.80 material for acapellas. Still, to hear the rapid-fire dotted-note flow of “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” on the “Forgot About Dre” beat is a delight, and the squelchy G-funk setting for “XXX” somehow makes the song more anarchic. Perhaps most poignant is hearing Nate Dogg swoop in on Jay Rock’s “Hood Gone Love It,” and Kendrick’s “I’m On 2.0” verse rattling over the old-school clang of the “Straight Outta Compton” instrumental is an example of how those primitive beats still have staying power.