The "Poetic Justice" video hit the web on Friday, offering a glimpse into Kendrick Lamar and Drake's very different lives.
In the visuals, Lamar (who put out one of 2012's best albums, "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City") raps as vignettes from a party in the neighborhood of Compton in Los Angeles interrupt his love-lorn verse. At the party, a young man and woman get cozy and walk off into the distance, until everything goes to hell.
Eventually we see an iPhone with a missed call from Drake, who is in a bedroom accompanied by a sleeping, nearly naked lady. Drake raps his verse into a cordless phone.
It's not until the end of the video that what actually caused all the commotion is revealed. We won't spoil it here, except to say that it's nice that the video didn't pitch us Drake as a character living in Compton, because the Toronto native doesn't really fit the bill.
MTV has more on the movie's backstory, involving Janet Jackson, who Lamar really wanted to be in the video:
On the slow and syrupy "Poetic Justice," Kendrick and Drake trade bars over a sampling of Jackson's 1993 single "Any Time, Any Place." The Scoop DeVille-produced track also borrows its name from the 1993 film that starred Janet and Tupac Shakur, so a video cameo from Jackson would be very fitting.
Lamar made an earnest, public plea to Jackson. "Janet, c'mon, Janet," he said. "No paperwork with the managers, contact the managers. This is artist to artist," Lamar pitched in December. "This is a young boy that looked up to you for years. Please, yeah, video, Janet Jackson 'Poetic Justice.' It'll only be right."
The video still makes an impact. Take a look above and let us know what you think in the comments. Drake and K-Dot also appeared alongside A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz in the recently released video for "F--kin' Problems," and Drizzy dropped the visuals for his new single, "Started From the Bottom."