Before I heard “Backseat Freestyle,” I didn’t know that much about Kendrick Lamar besides the fact that he recently released his highly anticipated album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, to the masses on October 22. I wasn’t convinced of the first couple songs I had heard, but when the blogs started blowing up about this track, I knew I had to find out what all the hype was about. Good thing I did.
He starts off “Backseat Freestyle” by comparing himself to MLK Jr. — not by means of accomplishments, but more as a voice of his generation. And although he didn’t actually freestyle this song in the backseat of any vehicle, the hooks and minimal productions from Hit-Boy makes this a really easy track to vibe on. Even when his vicious snarls in the third hook chime in, the amplification of the verses take it to a whole new level by the time the song ends.