Kendrick Lamar is rapping his way into the elite class of in-demand featured rappers, sixteen bars at a time. The latest collaboration announcement crosses over the newcomer into the R&B world.
Chris Brown recently revealed that Kendrick will also appear on “Autumn Leaves,” a song from the singer’s forthcoming almum, X.
“If you’re in your car just riding, it’s perfect,” Brown told MTV News. “It just feels like a weather record — an emotional record. I feel a certain way when I hear it.”
Since Kendrick’s debut album, good kid, m.A.A.D. city dropped in October of 2012, he has landed verses on several high-profile songs. He delivered a stellar, if lude, line on A$AP Rocky‘s “F***** Problem” and was surprised by Jay-Z‘s verse on the remix to Lamar’s “B**** Don’t Kill My Vibe.”
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While Kendrick’s star is rising, he has his own wish list of guest stars he’d like to secure. He recently explained how he had hoped to secure Nas as a featured artist on “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst,” the poignant 12-minute stand-out from good kid.
“I never really got a chance to reach out to him,” he told VIBE. “I was so wrapped up in getting the music done, samples cleared and mastered – there was so much going on.”
While there is an established elite group of featured artsits such as Drake, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Andre 3000, new rappers are creeping into the go-to spots of major records. Last year 2 Chainz was heavily featured on singles from Nicki Minaj to Justin Bieber.
“My whole theory behind doing guest features was to remain hot in the streets, actually being a part of everyone’s google,” 2 Chainz told Radio.com/CBS Local. “When you google them, my name would pop up.”
Now Kendrick’s name is popping up on the singles of artists looking for some of his “m.A.A.D.” flow.