Kendrick Lamar Brought Twisted Swagger To “Levitate”
On the fifth anniversary of Kendrick Lamar’s “Untitled.Unmastered,” the project that gave us the bizarre “Levitate.”
Five years ago, Kendrick Lamar offered fans an extra window into his psyche with Untitled.Unmastered, a project largely comprised of leftover tracks from the To Pimp A Butterfly sessions. And while it wasn’t quite up to the admittedly lofty standard of his recognized studio discography, there have been still many stellar moments to be found throughout. Especially on the strange and wonderful “Levitate,” a track that found Kendrick taking to a twisted instrumental and pushing his experimental level to the utmost stage.
Pushing his cadences to strange places, Kendrick lets fly an unrestrained flow as he fires off a hypnotic refrain. Though it’d are interesting to ascertain him attack the instrumental with a more traditional approach, there’s something delightfully unsettling about his presence here, a real display of unhinged creativity. Alternating between a manic temperament and a more lethargic one, Kenny’s “Levitate” is surprisingly complex in spite of its apparent simplicity; those curious about that kind of thing could likely find much thematic value upon closer analysis.
For those simply looking to lose themselves during a banger, “Levitate” serves that purpose also . Check it out for yourself now, especially if you are feeling nostalgic for the age when Kendrick Lamar was dropping music at a prolific rate. Happy anniversary to Untitled. Unmastered.
Shut your fuckin’ mouth and get some cash, you bitch, you
You be in your feelings, I be in my bag, you bitch, you
Santa’s reindeer better have some ass, you bitch, you
Everything I’m working, gotta be the gas, you bitch, you