Label: Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope
If a rising rap star never crosses paths with Jay-Z on their way up, on friendly terms or otherwise, then odds are they will when they get to the top. Just as K. Dot's good kid, m.A.A.d city was racking up a platinum plaque, Shawn Carter finally decided to acknowledge the TDE breakout star's existence, laying a verse to the album's third single.
For his part, Kendrick seems initially nonchalant about the moment, reflecting on sales before saying, "So what? Y'all keep the numbers, I'm more than another statistic." But it isn't until Jay spits his verse that the main event turns out to be Kendrick's second verse, rhyming circles around his old hero and putting insane new patterns onto the beat that he'd already killed once.