1 Verse, 1 Hearse #4, Kendrick Lamar – H.O.C.
In a time when smoking weed in Hip-Hop is at an all-time high, only one rapper is dope enough to speak out. Kendrick Lamar speaks out against marijuana use in Hip-Hop on his song from Overly Dedicated titled, “H.O.C.”. Marijuana is a proven monetary subject in Hip-Hop. Wiz Khalifa is a perfect example of this. I always respect a rapper that goes against the crowd. The Killer hearse and I don’t usually go into the past, but I thought the realness in this verse deserved a ride. A lot of you ask for Kendrick anyways, so it is win-win.
Look, nowadays everybody think they big chiefers
just ’cause they heard that new tape from Wiz Khalifa
Knowing damn well they can’t hit the sour
They new booties, they probably need baby powder
My skill shower over your city for forty days
forty nights, off the chain like freedom of slaves
Before you get it twisted like forty gays
My flow worth the earth, that’s not to be appraised
Those the type of lines that I’m talking bout
You know, the type of rhymes you don’t talk about
Copy my session on a disc when the session ends
so my mama can have it and play it for her friends
Brag on me like my son’s bout to win
Somehow, someday, and I don’t care when
I might hit the gin once a month
I’ll let you inhale/in hell, like an atheist
K.Dot starts the verse with, “nowadays everybody think they’re big chiefers/ Just ’cause they heard that new tape from Wiz Khalifa”. And his message couldn’t have been any clearer (yea, word to MJ’s Man In The Mirror). Anyways, it’s true. A lot of rappers think it’s cool to rap about weed. But why not right? Look at Wiz, he was on the Hip-Hop cash kings list this year. Whatever, Kendrick is probably more concerned about spreading his message than making money, I respect that. Let’s look at Wayne. We all know Wayne cannot smoke or drink, or else he’s going back to Rikers. Yet he has a song called “Blunt Blowin'” on Carter IV. Mack Maine has also said that Carter IV was recorded after Weezy left Rikers. We also know Wayne wouldn’t risk going back to jail; he recently banned alcohol backstage at his shows. He’s serious. But why does he have a song called “Blunt Blowin'”? We all know Wayne is not going to be smoking for the next 2 years or so. Wayne is sadly complying with the “cool rules”. Talk about weed in your record and you’re going to be cool. Wear female jeggins and you’re going to be cooler, wait hol’ up, what? Hip Hop is like a damn High School. Enough of Wayne though. The man is projected to sell as much as 975,000 copies in his first week! Show some respect Quez!
“H.O.C.” is one of the first Kendrick Lamar songs I ever heard. And I’ve been a fan since then. Rarely do rappers speak out against the norm, nonetheless speak out against smoking weed. A young African-American rapper from Compton, California is not supposed to be doing this. Kendrick is a breath of fresh air in this smoke filled room we call Hip-Hop.
Although I could talk about how Kendrick lyrically shred this verse with the Bible analogy in the middle of the verse, the message is what really puts this verse in a hearse. You don’t need to go past the 2nd bar to know what Kendrick is about. The pipe on the cover of Section.80 confused me though. Oh and don’t think Kendrick was dissing Wiz either, like he said in an interview, to each his own.
Kendrick, that verse deserves a hearse!
PS. Like I said, I don’t usually go into the past with #1Verse1Hearse, but if you have any old school verses you would like for me to talk about, leave your request in the comments. If I see the same song again, and again, I’ll probably give it a hearse.