Kendrick Lamar is heralded as one of hip-hop’s greatest, especially after the success of his last three projects, To Pimp a Butterfly, Untitled, Unmastered and good kid, m.A.A.d. City. He is also a seven-time Grammy winner.
The Compton rapper’s ability to captivate the mainstream while maintaining authenticity and infusing powerful messages into his bars has also made him a magnet for pop collaborations.
Following the release of his latest verse on Maroon 5‘s “Don’t Wanna Know,” revisit all of Kendrick Lamar’s pop duets below.
Taylor Swift, “Bad Blood” (Remix)
Lamar joined the Swift army for her Billboard Hot 100-topping May 2015 hit about a relationship turned sour. Lamar wipes his hands clean of the animosity, rapping, “You got to live with the bad blood now.”
Mayer Hawthorne, “Crime”
The Los Angeles-bred singer/songwriter/producer turns up with Compton’s good kid for the Pharrell-co-produced record about partying until the cops come knocking.
Flying Lotus, “Never Catch Me”
The themes of life and death permeate the Flying Lotus track, which finds Lamar reflecting on the darkness he deals with in the midst of his success and fame.
Robin Thicke, “Give It 2 U” feat. 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar
Jasmine V, “That’s Me Right There”
Before becoming a mommy, the Latina songstress made a comeback as Jasmine V (f.k.a. Jasmine Villegas) with the 2014 record “That’s Me Right There,” featuring Lamar for a love note dedicated to bae.
Kendrick Lamar, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” feat. Lady Gaga
Though an unofficial release, this version of the 2012 hit “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” off Lamar’s major label debut Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City featured vocals from pop queen Lady Gaga.
Maroon 5, “Don’t Wanna Know”
Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar get wrapped up in a case of the ex on the Benny Blanco-produced song.
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Emeli Sandé, “Next to Me” (Remix)
Kendrick Lamar opened the remix of the singer-songwriter’s 2012 crossover hit, ruminating about the price of ice and the finer things.
Quadron, “Better Off”
The Los Angeles duo recruited the West Coast prodigy for their jazzy love note “Better Off,” off their acclaimed 2013 sophomore effort Avalanche.
Jidenna, “Classic Man” (Remix)
Jidenna’s 2015 dapper man anthem received a special assist from the fire-spitter for the remix. Lamar even popped up and showed off his dance moves for the video.
Lonely Island, “YOLO” feat. Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar
The comedic trio landed features from the Maroon 5 frontman and TDE signee for this hilarious number, which stands for “You only live once.” Lamar actually gave sound advice on the track: “Take no chances, stop freelancin’ /Invest in your future, don’t dilute your finances/ 401K, make sure it’s low risk/ Then get some real estate.”
Alicia Keys, “It’s On Again”
For the 2014 Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack, Alicia Keys channeled her inner Superwoman and recruited two MVPs, Pharrell for the beat and Kendrick Lamar for a verse, on this heroic track.
Dido, “Let Us Move On”
No stranger to monster rap collaborations (See: Eminem‘s 2009 track “Stan), Dido tapped Kendrick Lamar for this deep cut that found him rhyming, “But today I’m overly dedicated, I’m ‘posed to be/ A testimony for broken hearts in the city/Y ou either crash landing or planning on flying with me.”
Miguel, “How Many Drinks” (Remix)
Beyonce’s emotionally honest and raw visual album Lemonade album featured the politically charged “Freedom,” a testament to strength and resilience in the face of struggle. Lamar lent his voice to the record, speaking out against the injustice Black people suffer in America.
Sia, “The Greatest”
The “Chandelier” singer had stamina on this 2016 song about never giving up. Lamar drove the message home by spitting about how he bounces back, and proclaiming his place at the top: “I transform with pressure, I’m hands-on with effort/ I fell twice before, my bounce back was special/ Letdowns’ll get you, and the critics will test you/ But the strong’ll survive, another scar may bless you.”