As we learned back in 2013, a song that lists the names Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar as featured guests calls for nothing less than a detonation. Clearly aware of this, DJ Khaled took full advantage of this fact by enlisting the double-trouble spitters for his latest Major Key single, "Holy Key."
Debuted on Khaled's We the Best Radio, just moments before he himself hit the stage for day one of the Panorama Music Festival, the fiery record, which also finds R&B legend Betty Wright delivering her signature powerful vocals, unquestionably finds the duo picking up where they left off on "Control." A melting pot of topics are shared between Sean and K. Dot, as they tackle everything from police brutality to religion, politics and Mother Nature. But enough about that, who had the better verse?
"I hear a little bit of me in all your favorite rappers, you know it's true, btch I need respect due / Now or later, either way I'mma take it, just like it's f*kin' taxes / No wonder I'm on fire, I done been to hell and back," raps Sean, who opens the record. As someone who is known to snap (and takeover) every song he is featured on, the G.O.O.D. Music spitter does that notion justice here. In addition to the boasts, he also takes the time to add depth into the content by offering his two cents on the current social issues affecting the country, and it's here that Sean offers arguably his most blunt verse to date:
"Detroit gave me an accent and Christ gave me his passion / Father help us, police doing target practice with real bodies / Mommas in the streets, crying, standing over a still body / Nias over stressing, we under investigation / Every day off to the races, can't fk with you if you racist / Beat your ass until you purple, they can't even tell what your race is / Doctor King meet Dr. Dre, except this doctor lost all his patience / Have you tied up in a basement with you and your partner facing adjacent / Until you deposit payment or reparations / If you shoot me then you gotta deal with a holy me..."
Big Sean's verse on holy key— Hop Folarin (@ChampagneHoppy) July 23, 2016
We need the album bruh! These feature verses are too much of a tease @BigSean— zac (@Zacwalter__13) July 23, 2016
Soon after, Khaled's once believed hyperbole, became a matter of fact once Kendrick hopped on the track. While Big Sean snapped, K. Dot got the Holy Ghost. And if his first line wasn't any indication ("Everything I touch might disintegrate into dust"), then what ensued after was just a show and tell presentation:
"Out for blood on my higher horse, I report what it was / I don't wear crosses no more, Yeshua's coming back / I ain't scared of losses no more, I see life in that / I don't resonate with the concept of love and hate / 'Cause your perspective is less effective and rather fake / The universe and the heavens work in my DNA / Kendrick said "F**k mother Earth", that's PSA / The land of the wicked, the foundation of Lucifer's spirit / Walking zombies and spellcatchers, I pray for forgiveness..."
Like a line he once wrote, Kendrick's fiery verse once again finds him easily proving how can throw God and history all in the same sentence all the while cementing his stance as one of the best lyricists to do it.
It's just too easy for Kendrick smh.....Big Sean did his thing too but I knew not to listen to Twitter— Jealousy is a disease, Bitch. (@Mr1738) July 23, 2016
Kendrick on that Khaled joint tho.. YEESH.— Statik Selektah (@StatikSelekt) July 23, 2016
All in all, Khaled's got the keys and come July 29, the world will hear it all.
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