Kendrick Lamar – “i”

Time to get excited. Kendrick Lamar, maybe the world’s greatest working rapper, teased a new single called “i” last week, and now it’s here, the first taste of a new album that will follow up the watershed Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City. So it’s an important song, simply by nature of existing. But more importantly, it’s a great song. Rakhi produced the rippling, liquid psychedelic track, which samples the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady” and which moves fluidly from one section to the next. It’s a song about self-belief and self-assurance — the main hook is a simple “I love myself” — and it feels like something we’ll be listening to long after we’re thinking about it as an event. Check out the track below.

We don’t know when that new album is coming, but it can’t come soon enough.