Kendrick Lamar doesn’t like to stick to the script with anything he does. Instead of debuting an album single during his TV performance on the Cobert Report, Kendrick decided to write a new, untitled song just for the performance with no plans of releasing it. He then surprised all with the much different approach and sound on his critically acclaimed sophomore studio album. To Pimp a Butterfly earned him 11 Grammy nominations, along with praise and respect from both hip hop and non hip hop fans alike, and Obama even said “Alright” is his favorite song of the year.
Now he’s debuted a brand new song, dubbed "Untitled 2," on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. While his previous television performances have been accompanied by his TPAB production members including Thundercat and others, this time around he’s accompanied by Fallon’s in-house band, who happens to be the legendary hip-hop band The Roots, making for a special live collaboration. This near 5-minute performance brings a funky, groovy, soulful style from Kendrick atop the constantly changing instrumental as he changes his flows throughout. Kendrick really goes for the last couple minutes spitting some furious bars showing off his wildly diverse skillset.
Kendrick was interviewed by Fallon before the performance in which he discusses Mario Kart, having one less Grammy nomination than Michael Jackson, and sheds light on gaining the confidence to make the album he wanted to make.
This new song follows up his recent “Black Friday” track rapping over J Cole’s “A Tale of 2 Citiez,” as the two teased their long rumored collaborative album, which is apparently due next month according to Kendrick's younger sister. Watch below and enjoy!
Kendrick Lamar – Untitled 2 (Live Performance)