Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q had the unapologetic swag of Michael Jordan on their collaboration on “Overly Dedicated.”
Before there was a good kid m.A.A.d city. Before there was a TPAB. Hell, even before there was a Section.80, Kendrick Lamar planted the seed for his career with his fourth mixtape, Overly Dedicated. It’s been a full decade since that mixtape release and what an impact has he and the rest of the TDE camp had. They’ve dominated the rap game as one of the most prominent labels but those glimpses of Kendrick’s genius was scattered across his early work.Though the project is more jazz-driven, Overly Dedicated delivered the classic banger “Michael Jordan” ft. ScHoolboy Q. A grimey trap production backing them, the pair deliver braggadocious bars declaring themselves “2 much for these n***as/ 3 much for these hoes,” playing off the number of Jordan’s jersey. Sure, many have used Jordan’s 23 in their songs but none quite like Kendrick and Q. Their voices were still raw and unrefined as they would be later on in the years but they channeled the sh*t talking of Jordan’s reign on wax.