N.E.R.D’s upcoming No_One Ever Really Dies dropping tomorrow, it seems as if half the album has already surfaced. Singles “Lemons” with Rihanna and “1000” with Future have already earned favorable, if not spectacular reviews, while the Kendrick Lamar collaboration “Don’t Don’t Do It” continues to rack up steam. Today, Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shay Hayley are back with yet another single, and this time, they’ve enlisted Kendrick Lamar and M.I.A for the ride.
Kendrick to a jazz musician, it’s no wonder that Pharrell continues to join forces with the talented emcee. Unlike “Don’t Don’t Do It,” Kites features a more traditional (at least by N.E.R.D. standards) instrumental, and Kendrick delivers yet another excellent verse. “Every prosecution hung, save the verdict for the lawyers,” he raps. “Illuminate the corner, I celebrate humanity scream back at me in the morning.” Afterward, M.I.A. closes out the track with her trademark swagger.