Kendrick Lamar has caused shockwaves in the music industry throughout his career, whether that be with his groundbreaking studio albums or his guest appearances on other artists’ work. These are his ten best verses as a feature on other work, some of which are regarded as some of the best verses of the century.
Every year, hip-hop publication XXL produce a list of 10 of the biggest up-and-comers in the rap genre; the staple figures they deem to be the flag bearers of a new era of rap music. Ever since it’s induction in 2007 fans have eagerly awaited the artists selected as the “Leaders of the New School” as XXL themselves put it in their first edition. Here we will look at some of the best cases of these covers, mainly the artists who have gone on to live up to their hype and beyond, but also the very worst cases, those who faded into irrelevancy not too long after their cover appearance. Continue reading “The XXL Freshman List: Best and Worst Cases”