Kendrick Lamar walked away from the Grammy’s on Feb. 8, with two awards for his hit, ‘i,’ but on Feb.9, he debuted a new song featuring a completely different sound in the politically motived track entitled ‘The Blacker the Berry.’ Click to listen.
Kendrick Lamar, 27, has released a brand new song called “The Blacker The Berry!” On the Boi-1da produced track, Kendrick references the 1929 Wallace Thurman novel of the same name, tackles major social issues like racism and declares himself “the biggest hypocrite in 2015.”
Kendrick Lamar’s ‘The Blacker The Berry’: Listen To New Political Song
Kendrick is definitely addressing some major issues head on.
The moving song is produced by Boi-1da and features Jamaican musician Assassin who was featured on Kanye West‘s latest album, “Yeezus.” Kendrick tackles issues like Michael Brown‘s death and the situation in Ferguson. The track is thought to be off of his upcoming and untitled album which is rumored to be dropped later this year.
Starting every verse with “I’m the biggest hypocrite in 2015/Once I finish this, witness will convey what I mean.” He continues on in verse two to say:
“I mean, it’s evident that I’m irrelevant to society
That’s what you’re telling me, penitentiary would only hire me
Curse me till I’m dead
Church me with your fake prophesizing that I’mma be just another slave in my head
Institutionalize manipulation and lies
Reciprocation of freedom only live in your eyes
You hate me don’t you?
I know you hate me just as much as you hate yourself
Jealous of my wisdom and cards I dealt
Watchin’ me as I pull up, fill up my tank, then peel out
Muscle cars like pull ups, show you what these big wheels ’bout, ah
Black and successful, this black man meant to be special
CAT scans on my radar bitch, how can I help you?
How can I tell you I’m making a killin’?
You made me a killer, emancipation of a real nigga”
For the full list of lyrics to “The Blacker The Berry” click here.
Kendrick Lamar — Talks To ‘Billboard’ About Social Injustice
This is not the first time that Kendrick has spoken up. The rapper opened up to Billboard about Ferguson and police violence. He said,”I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s f—ked up. What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us?
He continued, “It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting — it starts from within. We’re in the last days, man — I truly in my heart believe that. It’s written. I could go on with Biblical situations and things my grandma told me. But it’s about being at peace with myself and making good with the people around me.”
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— Britney Taylor