Saba on Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Pt. 2” | VERSES

(clicking) – It’s a five minute song. And it’s just straight rap. There’s no hook, there’s no anything else. But it’s like he’s doing
like all of these inflections and all of this crazy shit with
his voice and with his flow. That shit, even eight years ago, I was able to see like damn, that shit requires a lot of talent. And what’s crazy is we
didn’t even get to the part where he started really gassing that shit. Like he’s still like going a little over the speed limit right now, but he didn’t start flooring
this bitch yet, you feel me? (laughing) – [Kendrick Lamar] Thank you. (jazz music) I listen to everything
like the first time like, or at least I did, like hella critical. Like let’s see what’s to it. Like cause I had never
heard a Kendrick song, this was the first
Kendrick song I ever heard. It wasn’t like I was listening to it, like this is going to be
tight, this nigga raw. You know what I’m sayin’? I was listenin’ to it like,
we’ll see what this is. And then he just started
sayin’ like hella real shit, and I’m like whoa hold on, like wait. ♪ Let bygones be bygones ♪ ♪ But where I’m from ♪ ♪ We buy guns and more guns ♪ ♪ To give to the young ♪ ♪ I’m livin’ the life of
a nigga trapped nigga ♪ ♪ Inside the system ♪ ♪ All you envision is trap niggas ♪ “My uncle doin’ life inside prison, “he wasn’t wrapped too tight, “he told me to rap about life.” And my uncle was locked up at the time, and he told me damn near
the exact same thing. (laughs) Like, I remember like
playin’ records for my uncle, and him like, “Oh why you rappin’ about
this, why you not…” And shit like that. And it was like, it was just kinda crazy, you know what I’m sayin’, to
like be lookin’ behind you, like how’s this nigga like rappin’ about what the fuck I’m goin’ through, you know what I’m saying? When you hear a record
at the perfect time, you know like, while you’re
trying to figure it out, is not just for people who make music, but just in general, like, some record’s like about your life, or records you just need to hear, and when you hear ’em
at that perfect time, I feel like that what’s my relationship with this specific song is. “They said seven tracks, I said 15, “called it an EP. “They said I’m trippin’,” (Kendrick Lamar, “The Heart Pt.2”) ♪ But little did they know ♪ ♪ I’m tryna’ change the rules ♪ ♪ That we’ve been confined to ♪ ♪ So the corporate won’t make decisions ♪ – “Uppity bitches, handling business,” ♪ Killing our dreams ♪ ♪ Stealing our vision ♪ – You know, and I don’t even
know how big a deal that is, like listening to that, I was never like, “Man, I wanna drop 15
songs and call it an EP.” Like, you know what I’m sayin’? It’s like subtle shit
that’s really a big deal. You know what I’m sayin’? It change how you think of somebody, you know what I’m sayin’? You might see ’em as just somebody who’s just part of the game, and then you see, oh shit,
he’s changing the game, you know what I’m sayin’? It’s crazy because I’m tryin’
to put it into perspective, like this is a really like young Kendrick, but it’s like you’re able to hear bars that show you the innovation. ♪ Out in Haiti ♪ ♪ Adolescents barely have a home ♪ ♪ In L.A. everybody
think they fucking on ♪ ♪ Hop on Twitter ♪ ♪ Perpetrate ♪ ♪ We doin’ big shit ♪ ♪ Who we hanging with and
bragging about the iPhone ♪ ♪ I swear to God ♪ ♪ Most of ya’ll cats just
don’t know Kendrick ♪ ♪ You barely know yourself ♪ ♪ So I guess most of
ya’ll should be offended ♪ – I will say that I love
where music is right now. All of it, all of the
spectrum of what hip-hop is. I even like the turn-up shit, like I love it, but it’s like,
I love it when it’s genuine. You know what I’m sayin’? I love it when motherfuckers
know what they’re sayin’, and they mean what they’re sayin’, and they know that this is who they are. It’s hard not to just do
what you’re seeing done. I remember even my stuff used,
like when I first started, it was like, I was never a gansta rapper, but it way more like street
than what I’ve become, and it wasn’t because I
wasn’t doin’ that shit, but it was just because like
that’s what felt natural, that’s what you hear, that’s
what you’re used to hearing. And you think that you have to be that, and you gotta kinda learn how
to find your own voice in it. But I could hear that this was
like, somebody who had like, just found his, like,
you know what I’m sayin’, where he stands in this shit. And it was like, “Oh, I’m just gonna be
this honest ass dude. “And that’s gonna be my brand. “Honesty is the best policy.” (laughs) ♪ Occupying my time with riches ♪ ♪ Justifying my time ambitions ♪ ♪ Just to coincide ♪ ♪ Just to go inside ♪ ♪ Plus we idolize why we living ♪ ♪ Look, the mastermind ♪ ♪ Took the master’s mind ♪ ♪ Just the perfect time ♪ ♪ Just to master mine ♪ ♪ Just to match the grind with precision ♪ ♪ Look the mastermind, took ♪ (laughs) That shit is crazy. I wonder if he knows
how fire this shit is? ‘Cause you know what I’m sayin’? As an artist I feel like a lot of times, you know what I’m sayin’? It’s old. It’s old, so shit just be old
to artists a lot of times. Like, they don’t feel no way about it. You know what I’m sayin’? They don’t listen to it and feel nothin’. And I know that from my own music, too. But, this one was special. This one was special.

100 thoughts on “Saba on Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Pt. 2” | VERSES

  1. Overly Dedicated and The Heart pt2 was before Kendrick was signed. So this is when he was the hungriest. And it’s age beautifully over time. All Hail King Kendrick 💯

  2. I still listen to the song every once in a while to get emotional on how much my favorite rapper has actually grown. Didn't even know about the dude until Dr.Dre's Coachella performance in 2012 and now he's doing the soundtrack to one of the dopest Marvel films as of late. It's fucking crazy. (Also, since Saba got tripped up by the end of The Heart Part II, someone should put him on to the song Rigamortis. I STILL can't rap the whole thing).

  3. Overly Dedicated was the first Kendrick project that got me hooked. Everyday in Art class during Sophomore year in high school, I was either bumping OD or Section 80.

  4. Am I the only one who listen to The Heart and I mean the 4 parts they highlight his evolution as an Artist. And I'm super glad to come across this video I'm 26 from Southern California but I relate to Kendrick and Cole so much I've been a fan since High School. And I'm a Super Saba fan Care for Me flew over so many heads last year.

  5. I didn't even know this dude until now the respect you have rap makes me want to go listen to one of his songs I'm going to check them out

  6. This is a good one, I just watched it twice… and sent this one to my 11 yr old son… YEE!!! Hip Hop Let's go! 🦍❤️🤘🏿

  7. Classic track. I'm glad people are showing admiration to previous entries from The Heart🔥🔥💯

    Saba dope as hell too🔥🔥🔥

  8. Its hard to imagine or even consider a rapper being an og of the game, especially when u sort of grow up with them (especially in this day and age where rappers are constantly dropping mixtapes and shit)
    But looking back at Kennys start to where he is now i think its safe to say hes an og, up there with the likes of jay….. and dare i say nas

  9. He didn't finish the Kendrick line, scared ass nigga. Kendrick said: "My uncle doing life, he told me rap about life NOT ABOUT RAP NIGGAS" Kendrick said fuck that. I gotta gossip and talk about rap niggas to take over. Controll

  10. “I wonder if he knows how Fire this shit is?” 4:28

    I’ve asked myself this question every time I listen to a Kendrick verse, song, or album lol

  11. This was one of my favorite Kendrick tracks, I still have this on repeat 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Saba's verse on Dreamville's "Sacrifices" hit my soul foreal, he's very underrated and hope he gets his shine…

  12. One of my favorite kendrick songs! From the first time i heard this when I was 15 i knew bro was different. And when i went back and found out that kendrick got the beat from the roots, and looking up Dash Snow made this track that much more special too me. I used to listen to this and literally get chills, shits crazy…

  13. I remember the first time I heard this song. I was on a treadmill and stopped running because I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was def a jaw dropping moment. Easily Top 5 Kendrick song. Sing About Me is still my number 1.

  14. 1st song I heard by Kendrick… Song saved my life & touched my soul. The Dash Snow interview snippet gives me chills every time I hear it cause music saved my life as well…

  15. You can’t watch these videos and not believe that rappers and the art that they make isn’t some of the most intelligent, provocative shit in the world

  16. The heart part 1 2 and 3. That shit was my high school life. Section 80. And the vault. Black politics. Etc. Kendrick was my life in High School ain't none greater.

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