We thought this news was too good to be true. Kung Fu Kenny hopping on one of Future’s best songs — could it be? The divine forces of rap have come together and gifted us with something special: “Mask Off RMX” featuring Kendrick Lamar.
Debuted on Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club,” “Mask Off RMX” features a fantastic verse from K.Dot. “I got a halo. I level up every time God say so,” he quickly raps. Bar after bar, his spitfire flow masterfully burns through the Metro Boomin-produced beat. Layers of his voice — ashy and nasally — fall overtop one another, creating a bed of eccentric harmonies. Both Future and Kendrick have expressed their admiration for Prince, and Kendrick shows respect for the fallen star, rapping, “She said she broke down when Prince died, it’s alright / Bitch my hair down, Prince live through me, I am Prince.” Additionally, it wouldn’t be a Kendrick verse without a deeper meaning; he takes the “Mask Off” theme and gives it a darker twist: “You know how many bodies in the street? Take the mask off so you can see.”
During his headlining set at Coachella, Kendrick brought out Future to perform “Mask Off.” However, there were no added lyrics from Kung Fu Kenny; it was just the normal version. This isn’t the first time the Atlanta and Compton rappers have worked together. They both contributed to Mike WiLL Made-It’s 2014 mixtape, Ransom, on the track, “Buy the World.”
“Mask Off” is Future’s highest-charting single as a solo artist. It hit number five on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). This new remix with Kendrick is sure to spread like wildfire. K.dot himself is on a streak — his new album DAMN. spent three consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.