First Listen: Kendrick Lamar Samples Janet Jackson And Features Drake On ‘Poetic Justice’


So, I’ve slowly but surely been falling in lurve with Kendrick Lamar. Lady Gaga is such a big fan of the Compton rapper, people thought they were dating for a little while. Luckily, it was just a rumor so I can continue to fantasize uninterrupted, lol. I heart Kendrick (who rightfully won the BET Hip Hop Award for Lyricist of the Year– beating out Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Nas)! And I love this new song, Poetic Justice which features a verse from recent high school graduate Drake and the perfect sample from Janet Jackson’s Anytime, Anyplace (I think we can assume Kendrick’s song’s title is a shouts-out to Janet’s 1993 movie of the same name). The song has a totally sexy, totally mellow feel (the Chopped & Screwed helps… so does Janet), and then it gets really Compton in the last few seconds. So yeah. My kinda track :)

Kendrick Lamar’s highly-anticipated debut album  good kid, m.A.A.d city hits stores tomorrow, October 22.


  • Evelyn Maldonado-Subaran

    I am really digging this track!! Thanks for posting it. I got to see Kendrick Lamar last year at music festival, here in Seattle, purely by accident and within 10 minutes of watching him I was looking him up on Google. I’ve been listening to him since then. He’s such a great artist and I’m so glad that he’s been getting the recognition.

    • Shannon

      Evelyn Maldonado-Subaran, thanks for commenting. I suspect he gives a good live show– so cool that you got to see him in concert! I’m a new fan, but I love what I’ve heard from him so far so I’m happy to share the new music. Glad you liked!

  • Jess

    Shannon,have you heard his song ‘crying wolf’ with ZZ Ward?! I am really digger it and them!

    • Jess

      I did not just type ‘digger it’!? I’m ashamed with myself to be honest!

    • Shannon

      Jess, no worries! Lol. Plus you just put me on! I’m listening to it right now… it’s bananas :)