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Gunplay, Stalley, Wale & Meek Mill, Rick Ross & Kendrick Lamar – “Power Circle”

By 06.14.12

At the rate he’s going, considering his consistent level of excellence on the mic, Kendrick Lamar is starting to make each of his guest verses something of a mini event in Hip-Hop. Doubly so when he’s rapping alongside a legitimate star like Rick Ross, which is the case on “Power Circle,” the eight-and-a-half minute opening track from MMG’s Self Made Vol. 2.

But with Stalley, Meek Mill, Wale, and K. Dot’s “Cartoon & Cereal” collaborator Gunplay also on the track, Ross mostly sits back and lets his soldiers* go to work over the appropriately opulent production, the lush piano and strings bringing out the best in everyone’s voice. As expected, Kendrick comes through with a dense 16 kicking yet another new flow, while the sometimes overlooked Stalley shows and proves for MMG with a memorable opening to a great verse about shaking off the past in the midst of new success: “I’m part of the small percentage of ni**as who make it out the ghetto, But ni**as tried to pull me back ’cause misery loves company.”

Self Made Vol. 2 is due out June 26th and now available for pre-order.

Maybach Music Group (Gunplay, Stalley, Wale & Meek Mill, Rick Ross) Feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Power Circle”

* – Who seem to have picked up Ross’ special affinity for seafood.


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