The resounding message of Kendrick Lamar‘s recently released single “Humble.” is obvious: he’s better than you, and he knows it. Whether this is a message directed at Big Sean, Drake, or the rap community as a whole, it has come across loud and clear. And Lamar’s fans are thrilled with the return of the rapper, a whole two years after the release of mega-hit To Pimp a Butterfly, which was hailed for its intricate articulations of race relations in the United States. Lamar’s track marked a personal record for the rapper, as it debuted as No.2 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart.
This is not the first time Lamar has seen a top 5 spot on the coveted chart; in 2015 he helped Taylor Swift with her own diss track, “Bad Blood,” which debuted as a No.1 hit after he contributed a verse. However, before “Humble.” his record as a lead artist was No.17 with the song “Swimming Pools” off of his 2013 album good kid, m.A.A.d city.
Besides being a personal accomplishment, “Humble.” also marks a milestone for genre of rap as a whole; it is the first rap song in seven years to debut this high on the chart. Before Lamar came Eminem, who took the No.2 spot in 2010 with “Love the Way You Lie.”
Despite the controversy surrounding a few lines about women in the single, Kendrick Lamar has proven himself to be practically immune to failure. Even when he misses the mark, he still hits a home run. With everything Lamar touches turning to gold, it’s fair to assume that his upcoming album – which has a release date of April 14th, but no title – will be just as successful.