Kendrick Lamar remains one of the top names in the rap music industry, and U2 are legends in the world of rock. However, recently the two collaborated, and it went so well that they are back together again. After the two worked together on the U2 song "Get Out of Your Own Way" they also recorded a song for Kendrick Lamar called "XXX." Now, their latest effort is an alternate version of "XXX" called "American Soul" (listen to the song at Spotify)
It is an interesting mix between the two. "Get Out of Your Own Way" is a pure old-fashioned U2 song until the end when Lamar delivers a monologue. However, "XXX" is a solid Kendrick Lamar song with U2 checking in at about the 2:30 mark of the song. While "American Soul" is an alternate version of "XXX," it is a lot closer to the U2 sound than the Kendrick Lamar version.
"XXX" is part of the Kendrick Lamar double-platinum album DAMN, which won Album of the Year at the BET Hip Hop Awards and charted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. While "XXX" was an album track it never received a single release. "Get Out of Your Own Way" is a single from the upcoming U2 album, Songs of Experience, which goes on sale on Dec. 1. American Soul will also appear on the new U2 album.
AXS has tickets to some Kendrick Lamar shows for 2018, including February stops in London (Buy tickets here) and a March concert in Stockholm (Buy tickets here). U2 will also be heading out on tour in 2018 and AXS has tickets for shows in Pennsylvania (Buy tickets here), Las Vegas (Buy tickets here) and Georgia (Buy tickets here).