Even the most hating hater can't knock Kendrick. From the most curmudgeon backpack-rockin' 'real hip-hop' purist to the most jaded industry head, no one can deny that Compton's Kendrick Lamar has at least somewhat infused some excitement into a music that, on a mainstream level, has been running on fumes for a bit.
Now, with a gold plaque, K.dot takes a victory lap with a Jay-Z guest appearance on the remix for one of his LP's standouts, "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe." Though Jigga stunts like only he can, boasting about hanging out in the White House like it's a mall and sitting next to the former Secretary of State "smelling like dank," the hallowed MC actually comes through sounding like a support for Kendrick's energetic performance.
Kendrick closes his second verse telling cats "you never be Jay, never be Nas, never be Snoop nor Dre." Kendrick has been so successful in large part because he has stuck to his own story, carving away at the legacy of Kendrick Lamar, carefully balancing respect for his roots and honest self-discovery through mainstream rap music. Like I said earlier, you can't even hate.