Throwback Thursday: Kendrick Before He Was Kendrick

By Billy The Kid / Beats / 5th January 2017

As much every kid with a pair of Nike Cortes kicks tries to claim this, The Crooks really have been long time fans of your boy Kendrick. So today we’re throwing it back to one of our favourites from the kid.

Back in ’09 when your boy was still rapping under the name K.Dot he dropped the mixtape “C4”. It was inspired by The Carter III and features a lot of freestyles over tracks from the iconic platinum album such as; A Milli and Mr Carter (featuring a new verse from Weezy), but the most impressive still remained K.Dot’s flow.

Freshly signed to the TDE label; the big hitters in the game could already tell they had something special on their hands. The mixtape had very little commercial success, even with features from artists like Lil Wayne, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q but can still be classed as a masterpiece. Listening to it and knowing what we know now is weirdly satisfying. The flow and lyricism he exhibited as a young blood could have done nothing but take him to the throne he sits on now.

Our Favourites are: Bitch I’m in The Club, Young and Black (Jay Z Sample), West Coast Wu-Tang and Mr Carter 2.

Treat yourself to a glimpse of genius equivalent to Lebron’s college tapes and Johan Goosen’s Grey Bloem highlights. 


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