"Shadow of Death"
A bonus track off Jay Rock's 2010 Black Friday mixtape, "Shadow of Death" features the prodigious production talents of TDE in-house prouducer Sounwave. The song opens with 8 bars of a curious oboe & conga sample, and then Jay Rock announces his presence at the top of his verse with a simple "chyeah," cuing Sounwave to unleash the beat in full, a mighty cascade of strings, a flood of Biblical proportions. Sounwave for president.
Kendrick drops some enlightened bars in the chorus, previewing the same sort of prayerful wisdom he would share two years later on good kid m.A.A.d. city's "Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst."