I think I’ve said it enough but Kendrick Lamar is my favorite rapper ever and one of the reasons why is his genius pen. A good example of that is his interlude on Drake’s Take Care Buried Alive. Which happens to be the first song I ever heard him on. Production handled by October’s Vey Own producer @ovo40, this track opens with a instant sense of something bleak & hypnotic. Kendrick comes in with his voice distorted and speaks from what seems to be wits-end or on the verge insanity and trying to confront his problems head on. “If you was in a pine box, I’d surely break the lock. Because you are the death of me”. In my younger years, I’m thinking he’s talking about a girl or someone he loves. Someone who he’d give his life for. But no, he’s speaking about himself. The vices & fame that’s he’s continuing to gather due to success makes him feel as if he’s losing touch with himself. His pure self. Which is just the introduction to the song, throughout the verse Kendrick continues on the same subject but it’s more vivid and in-depth. Explaining his experiences & why he feels this way & along with his daily mindset. You can tell throughout the song Kendrick has tried dealing with this but it seems he’s run out of options. For example, “Mind over matter never worked for my nemesis”. He knows being mentally strong is the key to prevailing with depression but shows that his own mind is his enemy so his efforts are pointless. Yes, this is deep and yes to the avid Kendrick listener it might seem like “average Kendrick” but here’s what gets me and helps me see the genius of it. Kendrick’s not only speaking from his perspective, he’s intentionally speaking from Drake’s also. As if he’s lived his life up until that point through his eyes and has realized that the only way to not fall victim to the way of the world is to bury himself alive.