Tracking The Many Voices Of Kendrick Lamar

A big part of Kendrick Lamar’s music is his rotating series of voices. From one track to the next, Kendrick can jump from a high-pitched squeal to a syrupy drawl to a rapid-fire patter, coloring his songs with new feeling every time he switches his tone. The Compton rapper has discussed several of these voices throughout his career, including his “Lord of the Rings” voice and his “Gemini alter-ego.” Genius explored some of his most common voices to understand how he uses vocal tone and inflection to tell stories and convey emotion in his music.