Amidst 2015, affectionately re-dubbed "The Year Of Kendrick," a previously unearthed recording of the Compton rapper's early years has emerged. Before going by his current title, the rapper formerly known as K-Dot (pre-Section.80) recorded the furious 'Hub City's Wild Side', which showcases the former up-and-comer's indebted West coast rap roots.

Produced by the mysterious T.Dot Fasheeze, who hasn't been formerly identified as of yet, the quick cut barely spans two minutes, playing off as much of a freestyle effort as it is a formal song. The early potential of the future Kendrick Lamar is readily evident, featuring breakneck verses cushioned by his powerful wordplay and cutting vocals. Still, it's fairly amazing that K-Dot went from bruising efforts like this to the seminal, all-world class output of To Pimp A Butterfly.

Speaking of which, one of Kendrick Lamar's cuts from his 2015 album 'Alright' was recently featured in a powerful way. Activists against police brutality at Cleveland State University chanted a portion of the song after police ended up pepper-spraying a person in the crowd. The powerful message, stretching beyond the normal boundaries of contemporary pop music of any genre, came after the wave pool of cultural vacancy FOX News declared "hip-hop has done more damage to young African Americans than racism in recent years."

After the newest in a series of misaligned dishes against hip-hop in general (this was the network that protested Common from even stepping foot in The White House, if one may recall), Kendrick Lamar responded, "The message, the overall message, is we gonna be all right. It's not the message, we gonna kill people."

Listen to 'Hub City's Wild Side' below.