An unusual Kendrick Lamar lyric is getting stuck in TikTok users’ head

People are analyzing a bizarre Kendrick Lamar lyric that has become a bit of an earworm on TikTok

Rapper Baby Keem dropped his latest album the melodic blue in September. Several tracks feature adlibs by Lamar. But only one line by the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist has got people talking. On the song “range brothers” Lamar repeats the line “top of the morning” seven times to close out the track. Now hip-hop fans are set on trying to decode what it means. 

Kendrick Lamar says “top of the morning” to rap Twitter

For whatever, reason people have seemed to latch on to the repetitive lyric. Some have even shared their theories on Twitter

“Kendrick Lamar says ‘top of the morning’ seven times on ‘range brothers,’ the user @totallynotcast posited on Twitter. “The neominimal-expressionism serves as a representation for the seven days a week, a characterization of Kendrick’s hustle.” 

Meanwhile, @thoughtfulbae believed it was a reference to Lamar’s former record label Top Dawg Entertainment. 

But others like @strappedhh felt it was just designed to be more fodder for TikTok virality. And they might have been right since the line quickly made its way to the platform. 

TikTok embraces the Kendrick Lamar “top of the morning” meme

Of course, TikTokers were quick to put a comedic spin on the lyric. The phrase “top of the morning to you” is an Irish greeting that means “the best part of the morning to you.” 

Thus, in the meme, people use Lamar’s lyric to repetitively gesture their morning salutations. People are tipping their imaginary or real hats, shooting finger guns and doing Army salutes to the track.  

@khlilgmble

TOP A DA MOANING TOP A DA MOANING TOP A DA MOANING TOP A DA MOANING TOP A DA MOANING TOP A DA MOANING #kendrick

♬ original sound – Murph

“Wake up babe new weird Kendrick glow just dropped,” TikTok @khlilgmble wrote in a caption. He had fun with the line by doing a robotic, shrug-like dance. 

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