Kendrick Lamar and Tame Impala Collaborate on ‘Backwards’ for the ‘Divergent’ Soundtrack

By Scott T. Sterling

Kendrick Lamar is quickly becoming rock’s rapper of choice.

After teaming up with Imagine Dragons for a remix of the Las Vegas band’s smash hit, “Radioactive,” Lamar has connected with Australian retro rockers Tame Impala for “Backwards,” a spacey new take on the group’s single, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.”

Recorded for the star-studded Divergent soundtrack, Lamar goes right in on the trippy track, laying some particularly gruff raps over the song’s swirling melodies and shuffling rhythm. Vocals from Tame Impala’s original version are only heard during the distinctive chorus.

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