The Heart Pt. 2

The creator’s preference may change as time reveals itself. Even if you aren’t the creator, being the consumer can bring about transition. I bring about a fickle perception when it comes down to a lot that life presents. In the realm of music, I usually keep my preference and thought solid. The reason for this is the timing, as I’ve mentioned before in a previous article.

Drake at one point in his career mentioned that his favorite verse of his stemmed from “The Calm.” For Drake, the verse was written during one of the “lowest points” of his life.

In an interview with SoulCulture TV in 2011, Kendrick said his favorite verse was “The Heart Pt. 2,” because “it got so emotional in the booth I actually dropped a tear,” he said.

Now, fast forward to 2017, Kendrick’s favorite verses have been written on the DAMN.-featured track, “Fear.” I would love to ask Kendrick if his favorite verse still stands as THP2—the track that is only one verse and no hooks—only assisted with a Dash Snow intro and an Alori Joh outro.

“[Fear. is] completely honest,” he says about the song. “The first verse is everything that I feared from the time that I was seven years old. The second verse I was 17, in the third it’s everything I feared when I was 27. These verses are completely honest.”

Ultimately, the introspection of “THP2” and “Fear.” are dominant. I most certainly wouldn’t expect Kendrick to say that his favorite verse was on “Poetic Justice” and for Drake to say that his favorite verse on “Over.” While these tracks are amazing in their own rights and how the songs came at early points in their career, I stand firm on thinking why and how Kendrick or Drake choose their favorite verse. They’ve divulged their thoughts and leave them on near-exemplary mantels.

One of my favorite verses from Kendrick (if not my overall favorite) is “The Heart Pt.2.” I don’t hold a lot of verses from Kendrick’s lyrical pad above this track. That’s not to say that this lyrical monster has constructed much better, but it’s a high preference of mine. Emotions, focus, drive, intention and strength. This intro track took me places mentally and it holds nostalgic weight now.

“The Heart Pt. 2” by Kendrick Lamar hit my ears just as I graduated high school in 2011. It was a time in life where I had to decide if school is for me or if jumping right into the job world was for me. To be frank, neither felt like my direction. I sat in the den of my step father’s house and pulled out my laptop. It’s 2011, so I’m getting a vast majority of my music from blogs at the time. I found Kendrick Lamar’s (O)verly (D)edicated mixtape through HotNewHipHop, along with Section.80. Actually, I found O.D. after discovering Section.80; two amazing projects by the way from the Compton M.C. At this point, I’m sitting in the den during the early parts of a Monday or Tuesday mad that I have zero sense of direction with my life.

*hits play on the mixtape* I have favorite moments from the verse.

Sitting in the studio thinking about which mood would go
Right now, freestyle or write down, whatever
It still’ll come up clever
I just need to free my thoughts, and Lord knows that I know better
But I ain’t perfect, I ain’t seen too many churches
Or know them testament verses

Quickly, I’m sold that Kendrick Lamar is great writer and he’s hit me with thoughts I can relate to. I am here. He rapped with rage, but still able to maintain a quiet enough persona to compliment The Roots instrumental.

Fuck a funeral, just make sure you pay my music respect nigga
I mean that from the bottom of my heart
You see my art, is all I have

Early on, Kendrick shows why his mixtape is named (O)verly (D)edicated. His dedication to the craft is beyond any money he can be paid. At this point in the song, I hadn’t heard shit about money and that shocked me.

We used to beefing over turf, fuck beefing over a verse
Niggas dying, motherfuck a double entendre
And this is Comp-ton, lions in the land of the triumph

I needed this part of the verse. Now I’m learning about where he comes from and the aggression he expresses. I can get an early sense of what he faces, to a small degree.

They said seven tracks, I said fifteen
Called it an EP, they said I’m trippin’
But little did they know, I’m tryna’ change the rules
That we’ve been confined to, so the corporate won’t make decisions

Kendrick has a vision and early on, he didn’t allow anyone to interfere with it. I’ve yet to see Kendrick take a dive with his passion. This was Kendrick pimpin’ the industry early.

Occupying my time with riches, justifying my time ambitions
Just to coincide, just to go inside, plus we idolize why we living
Look the mastermind, took the master’s mind
Just the perfect time, just to master mine
Just to match the grind with precision
Look the mastermind, took – (cough)

I wasn’t pulled in with no crazy bars here. Instead, I was drawn in by the delivery, alliteration and the dedication. What a way to bring in the mixtape.

My favorite verse from Kendrick, arguably. It’s one of my favorite moments in my music discovery. On the timeline of my personal life, I’ll never forget how the depression damn near felt washed away as the song played. Music brings the life timeline together much smoother.