Kendrick Lamar Deepfakes As Nipsey Hussle, Kanye West, Will Smith And Others In “The Heart Part 5” Video – WATCH
When Kendrick Lamar dropped the first volume of his “The Heart” single series in 2010, he declared himself “just a lil’ nigga from Compton.” This was one year before the release of his 2011 breakout mixtape Section.80, yet he was already comparing himself to rap legends with a fire and urgency that implied his fate among hip-hop gods was already sealed.
Twelve years later, he releases “The Heart Part 5.”
Each new installment in “The Heart” series is a status update, a palate cleanser to prepare for whatever direction Kendrick Lamar is heading next. “Part 5” has slightly more meta tendencies than usual. “As I get a little older, I realize life is perspective,” Lamar mutters.
His perspective swings from harrowing tales of the street-to-prison cycle to society’s tendency to numb pain with drugs to his memories of performing in Argentina on the night of late California rapper Nipsey Hussle’s death. During the third verse, Lamar speaks from Nipsey’s perspective, positing what he might’ve thought at the moment he was shot and telling his family and his brother, Black Sam, that he’s watching over them. It’s a powerful and haunting moment.
“Part 5” is the second “Heart” entry to be paired with a video, and this time, the intrinsic link between song and visual is a double-edged sword.