Every Kendrick song that’s ever been included on a full-length Kendrick project is better within the context of that project than it is as a standalone song, but today, we’re attempting to evaluate them on the latter scale. For example, “u” and “i” may form the twin pillars that hold up To Pimp a Butterfly’s premise, but by themselves, they’re not strong enough to make this list. But if a song is a world unto itself, as many of Kendrick’s are, that’s taking precedent over popularity, catchiness or crazily proficient rapping. We’re not including guest verses– not even the “Hall of Fame” mix of Big Sean’s “Control”– but there may be one or two Kendrick tracks on here that popped up as loosies and never made the tracklist on any of his albums…

Debate in the comments.

  1. Cartoon & Cereal Ft Gunplay
  2. The Blacker the Berry
  3. FEAR
  4. m.A.A.d City Ft MC Eiht
  5. Alright
  6. HiiiPower
  7. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
  8. HUMBLE.
  9. The Heart Pt. 2
  10. Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst
  11. The Art of Peer Pressure
  13. DNA.
  14. untitled 07 | 2014 – 2016
  15. King Kunta
  16. ELEMENT.
  17. A.D.H.D
  18. Momma
  19. untitled 02 | 06.23.2014.
  20. Rigarmortis
  21. Money Trees Ft Jay Rock
  22. You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
  23. Cut You Off (To Grow Closer)
  24. XXX. Ft. U2.
  25. The Jig Is Up (Dump’n)

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