We all know that Kendrick Lamar has been killing it for years, but every once in a while something pops up that reminds us just how long his talent went under-appreciated. A recently-resurfaced video of Kendrick freestyling over the beat to Kanye West’s “So Appalled” in 2009 is a perfect example.
The video was recorded before Kendrick dropped The Kendrick Lamar EP in December 2009. This project—along with his 2010 mixtape O.verly D.edicated—was one of the first breakout moments of his career. Clearly he’d been honing his rap skills for a while.
Kanye West’s version of “So Appalled” actually didn’t drop until Sept. 24, 2010 as part of his G.O.O.D. Fridays series. However a version of the song leaked in early Nov. 2009. Since Kendrick talks about The Kendrick Lamar EP—which came out on Dec. 31, 2009— in the future tense, it’s likely that he’s rapping over the leaked version of the “So Appalled” beat sometime in November or December 2009. This means Kendrick’s version of “So Appalled” actually dropped almost a year before Kanye West’s did.
kicked things off by dropping a reference to Eminem:
“I might spit some intricate shit for retards not to get
But really I’m just as rude as Marshall Mathers
Is that a contradiction? He contradicting himself again?
Of course that’s a contradiction, the fuck you think life is?
We not like Christ is
We all want ices and devices to make the bitches say I like this.”
Watch the freestyle below: