Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole Present Black Friday / by Maxwell Young

"I like my raps extra prolific."


Black Friday, the infamous day after Thanksgiving reserved for America's superfluous shopping desires also had some musical sentiment behind it--free of charge--courtesy of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole.

It has been hinted at that Lamar of Top Dawn Entertainment and Cole of Dreamville Records are cooking up a special collaborative project for the near future.  Yesterday's joint release of two tracks both entitled "Black Friday" reinforce this notion.  Their two singles "Alright" and "Tale of Two Citiez" from their respective albums To Pimp a Butterfly and 1400 Forest Hills Drive were given a new treatment, as the rappers swapped tracks.

In Kendrick's version of "Black Friday" over Cole's "Tale of Two Citiez" bump, he continues to separate himself apart from the rap industry that he asserts "been in shambles."  Without a hook or chorus, his fierce cadence across the four minute track is relentless as he discusses Kanye's bid for President, Trump's bafoonery, and dominant influence of rap music.  Towards the end of the song, listeners hear Kendrick's response to Billboard's mis-steps in their recent top ten rappers list , "Billbopard list me, Tupac damn/But number 9 makes sure he lives oh yeah." 

On the other hand, J. Cole takes K.Dot's jazzier "Alright" and foreshadows a greater project coming between the two prolific rappers stating, "When you and K. Dot dropping shit, b*tch never, they can't handle two black n***** this clever / But this February, bet sh*t get scary when I f*ck around and drop…" as the verse ends unexpectedly.

Listen to both "Black Friday" songs below and stay tuned for more developments on what could be a forthcoming project from Cole and Lamar.