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1 Verse, 1 Hearse #4, Kendrick Lamar – H.O.C.

September 4, 2011 · Posted in reviews · 22 Comments 

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!


Written by @QuezKHH like me on facebook.

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.


22 Responses to “1 Verse, 1 Hearse #4, Kendrick Lamar – H.O.C.”

  1. Timar on September 4th, 2011 5:31 pm

    what about kendrick’s verse in the city? that deserves a hearse too.


  2. berg on September 4th, 2011 6:20 pm

    have you seen the cover or even listened to Section 80?


  3. DotLow on September 4th, 2011 6:24 pm

    Yea defenetly does


  4. Ghetto Bebop on September 4th, 2011 6:48 pm

    Kendrick LamarDid a Interview Wiff Someone & Talked About The Pipe On His Cover In Section 80. I Watched It Awhile Back. But I’m Pretty Sure You Can Find It.


  5. RiggsDaBoiWonder on September 4th, 2011 7:04 pm

    he put the pipe in there to represent his generation. Thats what Section 80 is all about.


  6. niki on September 4th, 2011 7:21 pm

    k-dot is a genius, listen to section 80 amazing, no-makeup- “you blow your cover when you cover up”


  7. Mark on September 4th, 2011 7:44 pm

    kendrick deserve’s a mortuarium in this perspective


  8. Tones on September 4th, 2011 8:05 pm

    You should do J. Cole’s verse on Wale’s Beautiful Bliss


  9. Jay on September 4th, 2011 8:33 pm

    The first verse in J. Cole’s “Too Deep for the Intro”.

    “Partially functional, half of me is comfortable, the other half is close to the cliff like Mrs. Huckstable”


  10. alin on September 4th, 2011 9:10 pm

    i would love to see what you think about yeezy’s last call from college dropout…that shit has some epic lines..


  11. Dfinity on September 4th, 2011 9:34 pm

    jay electronica has to get one.. shiny suit theory or the announcement. lot of people givin him shit because he didnt drop an album yet, but i havent heard a bad verse from dude yet


    Dfinity Reply:

    while you’re open to some ideas, you should definitely do a KillerHipHop Awards jawn at the end of the year. maybe a voting setup thing so we can pick some shitt. based on lyrics, production, etc.

    [Reply] Reply:

    Good idea. Will look into it. Thanks for your feedback.


  12. MosDef on September 4th, 2011 10:23 pm

    damn this sit right here is sick! crazy cause ive been bumping OD all last week. He spits crazy shit throughout that whole cd. I appreciate the hearse more plp need to knw Kendrick the truth! Oh and the pipe represents the generation we live in today, Anyways DOPE!!


  13. George on September 4th, 2011 10:27 pm

    Kendrick Lamar is so much better than these other rappers.. its not even close.. He is the Truth!


  14. DM on September 4th, 2011 10:28 pm

    Eminem verse – take from me


  15. Freezy on September 5th, 2011 3:17 am



  16. Royal Swagness on September 5th, 2011 3:41 am

    I’m startin to like Kendrick Lamar, but people won’t let him become Weezy or Nicki Minaj big because his lyrics are too deep for this new generation of rap.


  17. S_key_bell_numbre36 on September 5th, 2011 7:04 am

    You gotta show Kendrick’s verse on “The City” some love..he absolutely murdered that joint!


  18. EltonLuigi on September 5th, 2011 8:02 am

    Kendrick and Pusha T are da only realist in the game,i’m bumpin’ Fear of God while readin’ dis n can’t wait to av F.O.G vol.2


  19. Dee on September 6th, 2011 2:04 am

    Kendrick Lamar smokes weed yo.


  20. Speters13 on September 6th, 2011 6:52 am

    You should do basically any verse from Till I Collapse by Eminem off of The Eminem Show. He has insane lyrics and wordplay.

    My English teacher freshman year of high school (4 years ago) used that entire song as an example of alternating syllables and shit like that and I had the stupidest smile ever because I knew every word and all the tricks he had used.


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