Good Kid: The 11 Best Kendrick Lamar Songs

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Best Kendrick Lamar Songs

Best Kendrick Lamar Songs

With five studio albums, one soundtrack album, five mixtapes, and one EP Kendrick Lamar is as good a set piece in hip-hop as there ever has been. The solo artist has impacted storytelling by discussing things that have been generational within his family, families of his friends, and families of his community, as well as relationship woes, and pursuing truth in self.

With an unmistakable voice, a lexicon power very few will ever see, and track production on 10, It’s anything but easy to find the best Kendrick Lamar songs. Here’s what we think hits the right notes, until the next tracks drop.

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Poetic Justice

“If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?”

“Poetic Justice” is a discussion about being one half of a “the one that got away” dynamic and ensuring that you did your part by putting how you felt into words. “Poetic Justice” is track 6 from the album ‘good kid, m.A.A.d. city’.


“Ayy, I remember syrup sandwiches and crime allowances”

“HUMBLE.” is a track that asks people to look at themselves and let gravity ground them. That there is still value to remembering where you came from. “HUMBLE.” is track 8 from ‘DAMN’.

Swimming Pools (Drank)

“Granddaddy had the golden flask. Back stroke every day in Chicago.”

“Swimming Pools (Drank)” is a harsh coming to terms with alcoholism and how it has saturated the hip-hop community by way of generational woes within black families. “Swimming Pools (Drank)”

Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe

“I can feel your energy from two planets away. I got my drink, I got my music, I would share it, but today I’m yelling”

“Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” is a declaration that we are at peak energy and anything negative can find an exit, post-haste. “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” is track 2 from the album ‘good kid, m.A.A.d. city’.

King Kunta

“Now I run the game got the whole world talkin’, King Kunta. Everybody wanna cut the legs off him, Kunta.”

“King Kunta” is another song that asks “When I was working on becoming the thing I am now, where were you?” It also asks if another great is truly great, when someone else writes their lyrics. “King Kunta” is track 3 from ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’.

LOYALTY. (ft. Rihanna)

“I done been down so long lost hope. I done came down so hard I slowed”

“LOYALTY. (ft. Rihanna)” Is a song that asks a person to question if their loyalty is to a person or if it is to the facets or intangibles of that person. “LOYALTY. (ft. Rihanna)” is track 6 from ‘DAMN’.


“”You know why we crack babies? Because we born in the ’80s. The ADHD crazy””

“A.D.H.D.” is an exploration of life with difficulty to focus and its possible starts with the crack epidemic that occurred in America. “A.D.H.D.” is track 3 from the album ‘Section.80’.

All The Stars (Feat. Sza)

“This may be the night that my dreams might let me know. All the stars are closer, all the stars are closer, all the stars are closer.”

“All The Stars (Feat. Sza)” explores being in possession of the good and the bad in one’s life and being honest about it. It declares a separation for those that helped bring vision to life than those that may have just given kind words. “All The Stars (Feat. Sza)” is track 2 from the ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack.

LOVE. ft. Zacari

“If I didn’t ride blade on curb, would you still (love me)? If I minimized my net worth, would you still (love me)?”

“LOVE. ft. Zacari” asks, if I didn’t have these possessions, would you still love someone? In a world that asks that you constantly do and possessions are your only trophy, it can get hard to tell. “LOVE. ft. Zacari” is track 10 from ‘DAMN’.


“Take off the fake deep, take off the fake woke, take off the, “I’m broke, I care” (take it off) Take off the gossip, take off the new logic that if I’m rich, I’m rare (take it off).”

“N95” is a take on social commentary of “Take off your mask”, in this the singer tells everyone to take off all their material things and asks what are they? Ugly. “N95” is track 2 on the album ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’.


“Don’t ask for your favorite rapper, he dead.”

Rigamortis is track twelve on Kendrick’s debut 2011 album Section.80. I remember the first time hearing this song and watching this music video. I knew right then and there that Kendrick was going to be a big deal in hip hop culture.

About Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is one of the most iconic figures that has graced the arena of hip-hop. A man set apart delivering the stories, feelings, and lifelines that he experienced growing up in Compton, CA. He gives us loud, daring, and intense looks at self, ideas and materials we serve, and even perspective on how faith can save our souls.

Kendrick Lamar stirs a new interest in a genre that is sometimes littered with materialism, misogyny, and violence. Truly a generational talent and we look forward to more material so we get even more best Kendrick Lamar songs.

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