Kendrick Lamar just added his name to the Notorious B.I.G. fan club roster.
The critically acclaimed rapper appeared as a guest on Funkmaster Flex’s New York radio show last night, and took the opportunity to freestyle over the beat from Biggie’s track “Who Shot Ya?” (the classic track that originally appeared on the late icon’s debut album Ready to Die).
Lamar’s mercurial flow, laden with references to his childhood and urban realities, displays a sense of fatalism on lines like “Any moment you could lose yo’ life/So kiss yo’ kids or hug yo’ wife,” as well some self-aware braggadocio: “I got good hair /Knowin’ damn well there’s chemicals there.”
Lamar’s major-label debut, g.o.o.d. kid, m.A.A.d. city, is set for an Oct. 22 release.
Listen to the full track below: