Kendrick Lamar has teamed up with fellow Top Dawg Entertainment artist Jay Rock to hunt ducks, play pool, and rap amid a sea of musical instruments in the music video for “Win,” a track off the latter’s upcoming studio album with enough brass to make the Stern Show’s resident trumpeter Gary Dell’Abate swoon.
Jay and Kendrick, who collaborated on February’s “Black Panther” soundtrack, are currently touring North America with label mates SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Lance Skiiiwalker, and SiR as part of the “TDE: The Championship Tour,” running through June 16.
“Win” isn’t this week’s only significant video featuring Kendrick, either. There’s also a clip of the rap star accepting his Pulitzer Prize on Wednesday at New York City’s Columbia University, awarded for his recent album “DAMN.” (Skip ahead to around the 53-minute mark of the video to see him accept the award.) As previously reported, Kendrick is the first non-classical or jazz artist to ever receive the distinction.
“It's an honor,” Kendrick explains later in the video (below). “I've been writing my whole life, so to get this type of recognition – it's beautiful.”
Kendrick opened up about “DAMN.” during his December visit to the Stern Show as part of a wide-ranging conversation which touched upon everything from growing up in Compton, Calif., to his first interaction with rap icon Dr. Dre. Kendrick also spoke candidly about why he believes he’s the greatest rapper alive. “I have to,” he told Howard. “Because that’s the only way it’s going to move the culture forward.”
Listen to Kendrick's full interview with Howard here and check him out alongside Jay Rock in the video for “Win” (above).