Listen to Thundercat’s New Single, “Walk On By,” Featuring Kendrick Lamar
Thundercat assisted on 4 tracks on 'To Pimp a Butterfly'
Thundercat was an essential collaborator for Kendrick Lamar when the two worked together on perhaps 2015’s most essential rap album, To Pimp a Butterfly. This time around, Lamar returns the favor by appearing on “Walk On By,” a track from Thundercat’s upcoming record that’s a lesson in transparent reflection.
On TPAB, accomplished bassist Thundercat helped craft the compositions for “Wesley’s Theory,” “These Walls,” “Hood Politics” and “Complexion,” expertly fusing jazz with the colloquial brand of g-funk that made up much of Butterfly‘s sonic identity. On “Walk On By,” Thundercat delivers a lo-fi atmosphere where he and Kendrick painfully reflect on love and relationships lost, opportunities blown and America’s imbalanced social landscape. The always insightful Lamar raps, “Nine times out of 10, young n****s are 9 or 10/ When the line becomes thin/ Be a killer or fireman.”
Thundercat’s new album, Drunk, will be out this Friday, February 24. Listen to “Walk On By” below.