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Hear Kendrick Lamar and Glasses Malone's 'Thuggin'

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Mary Ellen Matthews

Glasses Malone teased “Thuggin,'” his song with all-world rapper Kendrick Lamar all the way back in 2014. We finally have the full thing, courtesy of some Monday generosity from Malone, the older Los Angeles rapper. It starts with a 2Pac interview—Lamar steps back this time—before kicking into the soft finger-picked guitar riff that contrasts with Malone’s gruffness. And then the younger MC picks up on some pre-good kid, m.A.A.d city voice and reminds everyone that his Compton story is neither unique nor special. The overall feel has shades of the ’90s; Malone compellingly channels pent-up aggression, and Lamar is Lamar. Give it a listen below.