Cartoon & Cereal – Kendrick Lamar (Feat. Gunplay)

Who else besides Kendrick Lamar can take a sort of weird sounding song at first and make it sound so dope? To top it off, he made the perfect collaboration with Gunplay.The title in itself is interesting making you wonder, why is a rap artist talking about cartoons and cereal?

The 6 min and 40 second track is a plethora of play on words. You first hear the bridge with alien-sounding voices explaining how his father lived a life of crime and Kendrick, looking to him as a role- model, followed in the same direction. His father would tell him as he says in the song ” ..don’t be like me, just finish watching cartoons…”  then the bridge continues to say ” which is funny because all I see is Wile E. Coyotes in the room, and I run it.” There is a double meaning to that. One is his father telling him to not pay attention to the violent world of crime he’s involved in – just watch cartoons, but ironically Wile E. Coyote is using bombs, guns, traps, and many other weapons to kill the Road Runner. The second side is Kendrick comparing himself to the Road Runner and other rappers to Wile E. Coyote; being that they are all trying to catch up to him,the Road Runner, but never can.

The bridge sets the stage for the rest of the song which is linked below. Take a listen

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