With Busta Rhymes set to unleash his first studio album in since 2012 in Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath Of God to the world this Friday, a new single featuring a next-generation favorite has been released. Kendrick Lamar is featured on the track “Look Over Your Shoulder,” marking the first time fans have heard the Compton superstar in 2020 in a rapping format.
Reportedly featuring production from Virginia legend Nottz and vocals from Nikki Grier, K-Dot opens the song across the thumping production and gets an immediate and measurable amount of steam off in hs bars that show and prove he hasn’t lost one step.
“I wrote my first bars in the car with Stacey/How bizarre, my battle scars at large would lace me/Big marbles, n*gga/I lead this new generation, boy, don’t argue with us/Marvelous beat selectors, authors and novel spitters/And it’s all for the literature/And it’s all for the hideous, the nastiest flows, the chlamydia, uh/I ain’t afraid to say I need you, ah yeah/I promise I’d never leave you, ah yeah/My life is like 12 open mics of hopeless notes I write/For sure my folks unite soon as the flow get nice, the poltergeist,” Lamar raps.
Busta Rhymes got busy by way of his verse as well.
“I am the Buddha, the Ali Baba, the believer-er maker/So pristine, the dice roll from under my sleeve when I shake ’em/So rude, I’m so ice cold but I’m what you need to just wake ’em/All them crowns and medals on the wall waitin’ for me to just take ’em/When I arrive, my theme music got a pound to it/And when I leave, even my shadow got a sound to it/’Cause I’m the god of the harder, the martyr, the father/I spit a saliva that’s leaking a lava/Completin’ the saga while meetin’ and greetin’/And beating you n*ggas completely and conquer/Extremely bark on a nigga, you see me/And deeply carve up a n*gga, believe me,” the Dungeon Dragon spits with ferocity.
As some on social media have noted, this song has been teased for years and also has been leaked prior to this official release but it’s going to be new to someone out there.
Check out “Just Look Over Your Shoulder” below and keep scrolling to see the reactions on Twitter.
The only area that Drake has lapped Kendrick is commercial success. Beyond that, when you look at the artistry and music (what really matters), Kendrick Lamar is miles ahead.— Ronald Isley (@yoyotrav) October 29, 2020
Kendrick Lamar has been the best rapper in the world for going on a decade now and I'm not sure how it's absurd to call him the GOAT— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) October 29, 2020
BUSTA RHYMES X KENDRICK— SHREK KNOWS RAP (@SHREKRAP) October 29, 2020
SONG OF THE YEAR CONTENDER pic.twitter.com/I7M4FOa7Y3
Kendrick spotting the entire game 4 years and still having 3 albums better than 99% of his peers should be praised and not scrutinized https://t.co/I4UAfnz9CP— 6lack Star (@PodcastDemand) (@Jaywop6) October 29, 2020
Busta & Kendrick.. Talk to me— itsCROOK (@CrookedIntriago) October 29, 2020
Busta Rhymes and Kendrick did something on Look Over Your Shoulders— Ahmed🇸🇴/SAINt JHN the best out (@big_business_) October 29, 2020
that record is nuts
Kendrick is a beast wit da pen— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) October 29, 2020
Kendrick Lamar just dropped one of his best verses ever. This verse was recorded in the GKMC era. This flow is incredible. pic.twitter.com/Mj7tkZwzCw— mariano 🦦#CAMDAY (@TheRapAgenda) October 29, 2020
Kendrick Lamar throwaways be better than anything other artists have ever put out lmao— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) October 29, 2020
Kendrick Lamar releases his first verse in over an entire year and it’s a song that was just leaked in 2012...— All Love Hip Hop (@AllLoveHipHop) October 29, 2020
This man is a demon.