The Internet praised Kendrick Lamar for his surprise Untitled Unmastered release (March 4), a project that finds the West Coast rap god infusing religion into eight tracks.
Whether requesting to “get God on the phone” or shouting out Allah or Buddha, the Grammy-winning MC salutes the powers on high with holy references throughout UU. See them below.
untitled 01 | 08.19.2014.
“Backpedaling Christians settling for forgiveness/ Evidence all around us the town is covered in fishes”
“Ocean water dried out, fire burning more tires out/ Tabernacle and city capital turned inside out”
“Crucifix, tell me you can fix/ Anytime I need, I’mma start jotting everything in my diary”
“All man, child, woman, life completely went in reverse/ I guess I’m running in place trying to make it to church”
untitled 02 | 06.23.2014.
“Get God on the phone/ Said it won’t be long/ I see j—-boos, I see Styrofoams/ My hood going brazy”
“I did a lot of dumb shit in my past/ Lord forgive me, hoping I don’t relapse”
untitled 03 | 05.28.2013.
“(What did the Asian say?)/ A peace of mind/ That’s what the Asian said, I need a divine/ Intervention was his religion and now it’s a prize/ Him believing in Buddha, me believing in God”
untitled 04 | 08.14.2014.
“And preacher man don’t always tell the truth, truth, truth/ (Do you believe in God if you thought it’s cool?)/ They say the government mislead the youth, youth, youth”
untitled 05 | 09.21.2014.
“I got 100 on my dash, got 200 in my trunk/ Name in the grab bags, put my Bible in the trunk”
“Once upon a time I used to go to church and talk to God/ Now I’m thinkin’ to myself, hollow tips is all I got”
“I watch the sun rise then I watch the sun fall/ Studied the son of God but still don’t recognize my flaws” (Punch)
“I’m passin’ lives on a daily, maybe I’m losing faith”
untitled 06 | 06.30.2014.
“I want God/ Both sides of me are evenly odd” (CeeLo Green)
“I recommend every inch of your lunatic ways/ Praise the lord, you teach the kids how to be themself and plenty more”
untitled 07 | 2014 – 2016
“Our father who art in Heaven, Kendrick at large/ Came in the game with a plan of beatin’ the odds”
“The greatest and latest mogul, you know what time it is/ You n—-s fear me like y’all fear God”
untitled 08 | 09.06.2014.
“I’m living to keep warm, you living to pay rent/ I prayed my way through by waiting on Allah”