Kendrick Lamar : The Blacker the Berry

A native of Compton, California and a protégé of fellow West-Coast emcee Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth began recording music as K-Dot beginning in 2003. He was signed to Top Dawg Entertainment after the release of his debut mixtape Youngest Head Nigga in Charge (Hub City Threat: Minor of the Year). He continued to release material before beginning to record under his given name of Kendrick Lamar. His first album, Section.80, was released as an independent effort and received largely positive reviews. After spending only a year in the studio working on his second album, he released his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. cit,y in 2012. The album was hugely critically and commercially successful and was hailed as an instant classic within the hip-hop community. He is slated to release his long-awaited follow up to good kid in 2015.
The first single from this currently untitled album, i, was a clean break from the laid back style of good kid. It featured an upbeat Isley Brother’s sample that was largely recorded live in the studio. The Blacker the Berry, the second single off his new album is quite the opposite. Lamar has stated several times, when questioned about the style of his new album, that he still has a lot to say. In his new single, he says more in one song than most artists do in an album.
The song is largely a message about recent events. Arguably the most powerful statement is delivered in the beginning of the song: Came from the bottom of mankind / My hair is nappy, my dick is big, my nose is rounded / You hate me don’t you / You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture / You’re fucking evil / I want you to recognize that I’m a proud monkey / You vandalize my perception, but can’t take style from me. “I’m the biggest hypocrite of 2015” begins each verse of the song. When this album finally drops, the biggest hypocrite of 2015 will be anyone who says it’s anything less than incredible.

– Joe


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