If you tried to hear the live debut of this track from Power 106/LA Leakers, you probably heard it littered with radio drops. Them’s the breaks. Luckily, they were kind enough to upload this pristine version on SoundCloud soon after. Let’s listen together.
That was cool. Genre-busting, constantly morphing, equal parts electronic music, hip hop and jazz. How often do you get two popular, highly technical talents collaborating like this? You’ll probably never hear Kendrick rap over a beat like this again, and you’ll probably never hear Flying Lotus work with a rapper that has a similar affinity for sonic diversity.
Yet, somehow, the best part is when Kendrick starts singing. Not that he’s got an amazing voice or anything, but at that point, the beat stops competing with the rhymes. I imagine that’s the point. The first half is hectic tension, a constant storm, picking up momentum and building a head full of steam. When Kendrick lets it coast — you will never ever catch me, no — the song finally lets up and lets us relax. And die.
You’re Dead is out October 7 and also features everyone from Herbie Hancock to Snoop Dogg.