In a surprise move, Kendrick Lamar and Baby Keem have dropped a new collaboration, “The Hillbillies,” causing quite a stir in the music industry. The track, unexpectedly released on the pgLang YouTube channel, features a sample from Bon Iver’s 2020 benefit single “PDLIF.”
The song showcases the duo’s travels around the globe, with lyrics touching on fashion, women, and fame. The chorus, delivered by Kendrick, sets the tone with the line, “We gon’ fuck up the world.” Keem adds his own flavor, rapping about his detachment from the world and immersion in video games.
However, the release has not been without controversy. Some fans have accused the pair of borrowing Drake’s “sticky flow,” sparking debates about originality in the hip-hop scene. Despite these accusations, the song has been generally well-received, with many praising the chemistry between the Grammy Award-winning musicians.
The music video, directed by Neal Farmer, features a cameo by Tyler, the Creator, who teases the return of the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2023. The last Camp Flog Gnaw took place in 2019 and made headlines when Drake was booed off the stage.
This is not the first time Kendrick and Keem have collaborated. They previously worked together on the Grammy-winning “Family Ties,” “Savior,” and “range brothers,” among other tracks. Keem released his debut album, The Melodic Blue, in 2021, while Kendrick recently appeared on a remix of Beyoncé’s “America Has a Problem.”
Kendrick’s last album was 2022’s “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.” He has several major festival gigs lined up, including headlining appearances at Governors Ball in New York, Lollapalooza in Chicago, Outside Lands in San Francisco, Osheaga in Montreal, and Austin City Limits in Austin.
As the music world continues to buzz about “The Hillbillies,” it’s clear that Kendrick Lamar and Baby Keem have once again left their mark on the industry.