After teaming up with SZA on “All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar now links up with Jay Rock and Future on “King’s Dead,” the latest single from the Black Panther: The Album soundtrack and the lead single from Jay Rock’s forthcoming album.
Produced by Teddy Walton and Mike Will Made-It, the track finds Jay Rock delivering a rapid-fire flow over a thumping instrumental. “I’ve been ready, my whip been ready/My bitch been ready, my clique’s been ready/My shit’s been ready, my checks been ready/My shot’s on full, that’s Armageddon/I got pull, I hope y’all ready/My tank on full, you know, unleaded/I gotta go get it, I gotta go get it,” Jay Rock spits.
While Kendrick handles the hook with Future during the first half of the song, the DAMN. rapper gets his own verse in the second half over a new beat.
“Who am I? Not your father, not your brother/Not your reason, not your future/Not your comfort, not your reverence, not your glory/Not your health and not your angel, not your spirit/Not your message, not your freedom/Not your people, not your neighbor/Not your baby, not your equal/Not the title y’all want me under/All hail King Killmonger,” Kung Fu Kenny raps, referencing the upcoming film’s villain, Erik “Killmonger” Stevens.
Jay Rock’s album will arrive this year as the follow-up to 90059, his 2015 sophomore effort. Along with Top Dawg Entertainment’s Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, Kendrick serves as the producer of the Black Panther soundtrack. The album is scheduled for a Feb. 9 release, while Black Panther will be in theaters on Feb. 16