Kendrick Lamar rapping from Nipsey Hussle’s perspective on ‘The Heart part 5’ explained

On Sunday evening Kendrick Lamar has finally returned with a new fifth installment of his renowned The Heart series ahead of his much-awaited album ‘Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers’ arriving this Friday. Over the six minutes track, Kendrick took on Marvin Gaye’s classic ‘I Want You’ where he raps from different personalities like Kanye, and the late Nipsey Hussle.

On the visual released for the track, Kendrick raps in front of a red wall and transforms into Kanye, Nipsey, Will Smith, OJ Simpson, Jussie Smollet, and Kobe Bryant with the help of deepfake technology. On the final verse of the song, Kendrick paid tribute to the late fellow Westcoast rapper Nipsey Hussle who passed away back in 2019.

In the middle of the verse while Kendrick raps “I woke up that morning with more heart to give you /As I bleed through the speakers, feel my presence”, his face morphs into Nipsey Hussle. As Kendrick continues rapping from Nipsey’s perspective giving a message to his family, friends, and fans

To my brother, to my kids, I’m in Heaven
To my mother, to my sis, I’m in Heaven
To my father, to my wife, I am serious, this is Heaven

To my friends, make sure you countin’ them blessings
To my fans, make sure you make them investments”

Nipsey Hussle was shot down while he was greeting fans at the place where he owned several businesses. Nipsey had a few minutes of conversation before the guy named Eric Holder went away and then returned shortly and fired shots at him. Kendrick who was on a tour in Argentina at the time of the incident has reflected on his reaction at the time in the first verse of this song

I’m in Argentina wiping my tears full of confusion
Water in between us, another peer’s been executed

History repeats again
Make amends, then find a nigga with the same skin to do it

But that’s the culture..”

Back in 2019 Kendrick also paid tribute to Nipsey from the stage during the start of the show withholding a moment of silence for the late rapper.

Later in the third verse, Kendrick continues by giving a message from Nipsey’s perspective to the man who murdered him saying that he forgives him

“And to the killer that sped up my demise
I forgive you, just know your soul’s in question
I seen the pain in your pupil when that trigger had squeezed
And though you did me gruesome, I was surely relieved
I completed my mission, wasn’t ready to leave”

He also conveys a message to Nipsey Hussle’s older brother Sam Asghedom ( also known as Blacc Sam) who’s now the person in charge to look over Nip’s estate and making sure that his children get #2 million apiece according to the legal papers obtained.

And Sam, I’ll be watchin’ over you
Make sure my kids watch all my interviews
Make sure you live all the dreams we produce
Keep that genius in your brain on the move”

You can listen to the full song below: