Breaking Down Kendrick Lamar’s “Mask Off (Remix)” Verse | Genius News

Breaking Down Kendrick Lamar’s “Mask Off (Remix)” Verse | Genius News

As if we couldn’t get enough of Future’s
“Mask Off” already, On Tuesday, Future shared the remix to his
Top 10 hit, now featuring Kendrick Lamar. Genius Contributor nogastan explained in an
annotation that Kendrick is most likely referencing Pancho Villa, a Mexican Revolutionary General typically pictured wearing dramatic ammunition bandoliers. The Mask Off Remix is the second time Future
and Dot have officially collaborated on a song. The previous being Mike WiLL Made-It’s “Buy
The World.” This is also Kendrick’s first feature since
dropping his 4th studio album, ‘DAMN.’ on April 14th and Kendrick made sure to rap
about that album’s success. Kendrick’s 3 major label albums, ‘Good
Kid Maad City,’ ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ and ‘DAMN.’ have all earned the coveted
platinum status. A rare feat for a quote unquote conscious
rapper. But Dot’s verse was more than just an album
stunt. Kendrick also used these bars to taunt his
opponents: While he’s being broad, there is one individual
who has been pretty silent despite being cast as the target of many of Kendrick’s recent
shots: Big Sean. As Genius Contributor Don Fargo points out: Kendrick is telling whoever wants to do it now. Kendrick shared similar sentiments in “The Heart Part 4,” in which he subbed either Big Sean or Drake. Big Sean tip-toed around Kendrick’s name
on his track, “No More Interviews” poking fun at Kendrick’s “savior of rap” status
and taking jabs at his fast rapping. While Future mentions Rick James on Mask Off, Kendrick ends his verse on the remix comparing himself to Prince. Prince shared his respect for Kendrick in 2015, telling Cuepoint:
“He just has something he has to say. It’s pure, and with Thundercat on the album? Come on. You’re not taking ‘Alright’ off my playlist” Kendrick also revealed Prince was originally
supposed to be on TPAB’s “Complexion” but as Dot explained to
“We got to a point where we were just talking in the studio and the more time that passed
we realized we weren’t recording anything. We just ran out of time, it’s as simple
as that.” I’m Letty for Genius news, bringing you
the meaning and breaking knowledge behind the music. See you next time.


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