Kendrick Lamar's "Loyalty" Lyrics: Every verse to the ‘Damn.' track featuring Rihanna

Kendrick Lamar's "Loyalty" Lyrics: Every verse to the ‘Damn.' track featuring Rihanna
Source: AP
Source: AP

Kendrick Lamar teams up with Rihanna on his track "Loyalty" from his new album Damn. K-Dot and Bad Gal RiRi explore the theme of the song's title by asking the listener to think about where they are placing their allegiance in life. 

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This is the first time Rihanna has been featured on a Kendrick Lamar album. After playing this song several times, it's hard not to chant "Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty," thanks to Lamar and Rihanna's catchy delivery. 

There are also backward lyrics in the song's introduction. The words actually read: "You higher/ Tonight/ Throw your hands up in the sky/ I just want to take you higher/ Tonight." Lamar borrows the vocals from the introduction of Bruno Mars' song "24K Magic," which is performed by musician Mr. Talkbox

Here is every verse to "Loyalty," via Genius.  

[Intro: Mr. Talkbox]
rehgih uoY
thginoT
yks eht ni pu sdnah ruoy worhT
rehgih uoy ekat ot tnaw tsuj I
thginoT

[Pre-Chorus: DJ Dahi]
I said I'm geeked and I'm fired up (fired, fire)
All I want tonight is just to get high up (high, high, high)
Girl, you look so good, it's to die for (die for)
Ooh, that pussy good, it's to die for (on fire)

[Chorus 1: Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna]
It's a secret society
All we ask is trust
(All we ask is trust)
All we got is us
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty

[Verse 1: Kendrick Lamar]
Kung Fu Kenny now
My resume is real enough for two millenniums
A better way to make a wave, stop defendin' them
I meditate and moderate all of my wins again
I'm hangin' on the fence again
I'm always on your mind
I put my lyric and my lifeline on the line
And ain't no limit when I might shine, might grind
You rollin' with it at the right time, right now
(Only for the dollar sign)

[Verse 2: Rihanna]
Bad gyal RiRi now
Swerve, swerve, swerve, swerve, deeper now
On your pulse like a CD in
Gas in the bitch like it's premium
Haul ass on a bitch all in the fast lane
Been a bad bitch way before any cash came
I'm established
Hundred carats on my name
Run the atlas, I'm a natural, I'm alright

[Verse 3: Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna]
I'm a savage, I'm a asshole, I'm a king
Shimmy-yeah, shimmy-yeah, shimmy-yeah, rock (yeah)
You can tell your nigga he can meet me outside (yeah)
You can babysit him when I leave him outside
Ain't no other love like the one I know
I done been down so long I slowed
I done came down so hard I slowed
I don't sleep forever, all a real nigga want

[Pre-Chorus 1]
I said I'm geeked and I'm fired up (fired, fire)
All I want tonight is just to get high up (yeah)
(all I want is, all I want is)

[Chorus 2: Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna]
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
10-4, no switchin' sides
Feel somethin' wrong
You actin' shifty, you don't ride
With me no more, I need
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty

[Verse 4: Kendrick Lamar]
Tell me who you loyal to
Is it money? Is it fame? Is it weed? Is it drink?
Is it comin' down with the loud pipes and the rain?
Big chillin', only for the power in your name
Tell me who you loyal to
Is it love for the streets when the lights get dark?
Is it unconditional when the 'Rari don't start?
Tell me when your loyalty is comin' from the heart

[Verse 5: Rihanna & Kendrick Lamar]
Tell me who you loyal to
Do it start with your woman or your man? (Mmm)
Do it end with your family and friends? (Mmm)
Or you're loyal to yourself in advance?
I said, tell me who you loyal to
Is it anybody that you would lie for?
Anybody you would slide for?
Anybody you would die for?
That's what God for

[Pre-Chorus: DJ Dahi]
I said I'm geeked and I'm fired up (fired, fire)
All I want tonight is just to get high up
(All I want is, all I want is)

[Chorus 2: Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna]
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
10-4, no switchin' sides
Feel somethin' wrong
You actin' shifty, you don't ride
With me no more, I need
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty
Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty

[Outro: Rihanna]
It's so hard to be humble
It's so hard to be
Lord knows is I'm tryin'
Lord knows is I'm dyin', baby

"Loyalty" is the sixth track on Damn. The album is available for purchase on iTunes and can be streamed on SpotifyApple Music and Tidal.

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