Kendrick has been releasing music since the age of 16, back when he was still known as K-Dot, so there is a quite a bit of material of his out there that was not released on any of his studio projects and I decided to put together a list of some of my favorites.
I’ve done this before with some of my favorite artists, so I figured it was Mr. Lamar’s turn.
This is not a comprehensive list, just a small selection of some of the Kendrick appearances I enjoy the most.
“The Cyhpa” [The Game f/Ya Boy, Jay Rock, K-Dot, Juice & Dubb)
“Tell Yo Momma” (Remix) [Jay Rock f/Snoop Dogg & K-Dot]
“Cali N–z” [Game f/K-Dot, Ya Boy, Jay Rock, Dubb, Topic & Eastwood]
“Dead Rappers” [Schoolboy Q f/K-Dot]
“Try Me” [Black Hippy f/Punch]
“Welcome to C4” [Black Hippy f/BO]
“Nothing Less” [Big Pooh f/Ab-Soul, Jay Rock & Kendrick Lamar]
“Zip That Chop That” [Black Hippy]
“Fasho” [Balance f/Freeway, Kendrick Lamar & Jay Rock]
“Shadow of Death” [Black Hippy]
“Up Against the Wall” [Consequence f/Roc Marciano & Kendrick Lamar]
“Enjoy” [9th Wonder f/Warren G, Murs & Kendrick Lamar]
“Buried Alive” (Interlude) [Drake f/Kendrick Lamar]
“100” [Big Sean f/Royce Da 5’9″ & Kendrick Lamar]
“A1 Everything” [Meek Mill f/Kendrick Lamar]
“Highway to Hell” [DJ Kay Slay f/Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q & Jay Rock]
“Fuckin’ Problems” [ASAP Rocky f/Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar]
“U.O.E.N.O.” (Black Hippy Remix) [Black Hippy]
“YOLO” [The Lonely Island f/Kendrick Lamar & Adam Levine]
“Nosestalgia” [Pusha T f/Kendrick Lamar]
“Control” [Big Sean f/Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica]
“Fragile” [Tech N9ne f/Kendrick Lamar, ¡Mayday! & Kendall Morgan]
“Kendrick Lamar’s Interlude” [Ab-Soul f/Kendrick Lamar]
“Really Be (Smokin’ N Drinkin’)” [YG f/Kendrick Lamar]
“Do Yo Gudda” (Remix) [Hitta J3 f/Kendrick Lamar, Problem & YG]
“Deep Water” [Dr. Dre f/Justus & Kendrick Lamar]
“On Me” [The Game f/Kendrick Lamar]
“Black Friday Freestyle” [Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole]
“The New Cupid” [BJ the Chicago Kid f/Kendrick Lamar]
As I said, this is not nearly a comprehensive list, but do you have a favorite Kendrick non-album track that you love that I somehow ignored? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook.
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