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Kendrick Lamar makes his return with Baby Keem's 'Family Ties'

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar - 'Family Ties'
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Kendrick Lamar has brought the fire to his collaboration with Baby Keem on ‘Family Ties’.

Lamar breaks his silence over the last eighteen months worth of cultural events on his gripping verse and reminds everyone why he’s untouchable. Kendrick’s no-fuss approach to music is refreshing as more and more rappers become obsessed with gimmicks rather than spitting pure gold.

King Kenny ferociously raps: “Don’t you address me unless it’s with four letters, Bitch, I thought you’d known better, I been duckin’ the pandemic, I been duckin’ the social gimmicks, I been duckin’ the overnight activists, yeah, I’m not a trending topic, I’m a prophet, I answer to Metatron and Gabriel, Bitch, looking for a better me, I am a legacy, I come from the seventy, The Al Green offspring, guns and the melody”.

His cousin, Baby Keem, delivers the goods too on the track, and the family connection proves to be an electric combination. ‘Family Ties’ is a mighty pallet cleanser as we continue to wait for a new album from Lamar, which is expected to arrive shortly.

Last week, he wrote a letter with fans explaining that his next record would be his last for Top Dawg Entertainment, and it would bring about an end of an era. Lamar began, “I spend most of my days with fleeting thoughts. Writing. Listening. And collecting old Beach cruisers. The morning rides keep me on a hill of silence. I go months without a phone.

“Love, loss, and grief have disturbed my comfort zone, but the glimmers of God speak through my music and family. While the world around me evolves, I reflect on what matters the most. The life in which my words will land next.

“As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years. The Struggles. The Success. And most importantly, the Brotherhood. May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators.”

He concluded, “As I continue to pursue my life’s calling. There’s beauty in completion. And always faith in the unknown. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. I’ve prayed for you all. See you soon enough.”

Check out the visuals for ‘Family Ties’ below.