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Flying Lotus debuts unreleased Kendrick Lamar collaboration “Eyes Above” — watch

on November 14, 2014, 10:20am

For his excellent new album, You’re Dead!, super producer Flying Lotus enlisted a bevy of all-star collaborators. Among them were jazz legend Herbie Hancock, bass guru Thundercat, Snoop Dogg, and ex-Dirty Projectors member Angel Deradoorian. Most intriguing, however, was FlyLo’s team-up with Kendrick Lamar.

On “Never Catch Me”, the duo seemed perfectly in sync, Kendrick’s manic rhyming and absurdist approach the perfect complement to FlyLo’s surreal, deeply psychedelic production style. Even with FlyLo’s career jam-packed with A-list collaborations, this one definitely topped our list.

As it turns out, it’s not the duo’s only collaboration. In an interview with Pitchfork, Flying Lotus revealed that Lamar recorded a verse for the album track “Eyes Above”, but that it was removed from the final version due to “political reasons.” However, that doesn’t mean he can’t play the song live.

During a show in San Diego on Thursday night, FlyLo debuted the unreleased collaboration with Kendrick. Unlike its more mellow, slightly cerebral predecessor, this track appears to be a bit more raw and visceral, with K. Dot spitting white-hot rhymes about dodging detractors over a symphony of understated drums and strings that really help emphasize the lyrical firestorm. If I could suggest a name for this version, how about “White Lightning”, based solely on that killer accompanying light show. Watch fan-shot footage below (via Reddit).