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Is Kendrick Lamar the greatest featured artist of our time?

trending Jul 10, 2018

Kendrick Lamar is very much a household name when it comes to the world of rap music. Performing and recording for almost fifteen years it comes as no surprise that he’s built up quite the arsenal of music connections. Kendrick Lamar has consistently created remarkable hits of his own, whilst adding his own twist to a variety of other artists’ tracks. From Maroon 5 to Beyonce, it seems that pretty much everyone wants to record with Kendrick Lamar. Below are just a few examples of his ability to work across genres.

Radioactive — Imagine Dragons

The original 2012 release of this song didn’t feature the ‘HUMBLE.’ rapper. However, in 2014 the band performed the hit single with Kendrick on both Saturday Night Live and at the Grammy Awards. The collaboration was so well-received that a version featuring Kendrick Lamar was later released on iTunes.

Collard Greens — SchoolBoy Q

It would have seemed inappropriate to make a list like this without featuring at least one of Kendrick’s many rap collaborations. Complex rated this song number 28 on their list of the 50 best songs of 2013. ‘Collard Greens’ is without-a-doubt one of my Kendrick Lamar favourites; it’s one of those songs that I never skip when it comes up on shuffle.

Bad Blood — Taylor Swift

Similar to ‘Radioactive’, there’s both a non-Kendrick and Kendrick version of ‘Bad Blood’. Interestingly, the version featuring Kendrick was released as the fourth single of Taylor’s 1989 album. In a video full of female superstars, Kendrick Lamar certainly stands out as he raps his verse.

Freedom — Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s Lemonade was arguably one of the most talked-about albums of 2016. With a Grammy nomination and named as Best New Track by Pitchfork, you can’t argue that Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar make for a great team.

Don’t Wanna Know — Maroon 5

‘Don’t Wanna Know’ reached the top ten across the music charts in 15 countries, making it Maroon 5’s 12th top ten hit on The Billboard Hot 100. Interestingly, the song was not included on the standard edition of the Maroon 5 album, Red Pill Blues, and was only featured on the deluxe version.

That’s just a taste of the many songs Kendrick Lamar has been featured on. We can only imagine how many more great collaborations we’ll see as his music career continues to thrive.

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Tabitha Gyde

Tabby loves puns and pop culture. She also enjoys eating, travelling, and overwatering her plants.