Kendrick Lamar, “For Free? (Interlude)” Sheet Music Transcription & Notation

Below is the sheet music for Kendrick Lamar’s vocals rhythms on his 2015 song, “For Free? (Interlude.)” In addition to this sheet music, I also have several articles that analyze Kendrick Lamar’s music:
1. I have a Kendrick Lamar, “good kid, m.A.A.d city” album analysis & review, available here.
2. I also wrote a Kendrick Lamar, “To Pimp A Butterfly” album analysis & review, available here.
3. Then, there’s my one on structural elision in Kendrick Lamar’s rap melodies, available here.
4. Rhythm In Kendrick Lamar’s flow on “Rigamortus” is available in 2 parts: part 1 is here, and part 2 is here.
5. I also have the sheet music for another Kendrick Lamar song, “Backseat Freestyle,” online at this link here.



Martin Connor is a music teacher & writer from Philadelphia, PA, with a music degree of high distinction from Duke University who is currently studying for a master’s degree at Brandeis University in Boston, MA, while focusing his research on the vocal melodies of the rap genre. He has contributed freelance articles to HipHopDX, Complex, and Pigeons and Planes, and had multiple articles from his website, go viral on BET, The Source, XXL, and MTV. He teaches rap lessons online through the music school LessonFace, and has a book, The Artistry Of Rap Music, forthcoming from the McFarland Publishing House, scheduled for release in late 2017, as a follow-up to his 2014 contribution to their anthology "Eminem & Rap, Poetry, Race." He welcomes all comments, compliments, insults, and restaurant suggestions at [email protected].


  1. Dude, I just want to thank you so much, back when I started trying to rap your Earl Sweatshirt analysis changed my life, I was wondering if you could do an analysis on another man who changed my life, Meechy Darko of the Flatbush Zombies. His flows are insane!

    If I had to pick one song I'd say Your Favourite Rap Song, it has one of his longest and most complicated verses he's ever done and really shows off his skills and style.

    1. Sure man! I actually just sent out an analysis of a FZ song, "R.I.P.C.D.," on my weekly newsletter.

      If you hit me up at mepc36@gmail, I can give you that one, and check out "Your Favourite Rap Song." Thanks man!



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