Kendrick Lamar Takes on Hypocrisy with Assassin a powerful new track
Fresh off picking up two Grammys for the standalone single “I” and appearing in the Straight Outta Compton red-band trailer, Kendrick Lamar resurfaces with a powerful new track titled “The Blacker the Berry.”
Lamar had been hinting at a shift in his lyricism from the coming-of-age Compton tales on good kid, m.A.A.d. city to a more socially charged palette on newer tracks like “I” and the “Untitled” song he brought to the Colbert Report, but neither of those songs pack the venom that Lamar squeezes out of “The Blacker the Berry.”
Alongside Lamar’s confrontational words and Boi-1da’s engulfing production, “The Blacker the Berry” also features dancehall artist Assassin — who made a memorable appearance on Kanye West’s “I’m in It” — on the chorus.
Produced by Boi-1da with additional production by Terrace Martin, Lamar’s newest single takes aim at institutional violence, hypocrisy and termination of his culture. “I’m the biggest hypocrite of 2015 / Once I finish this, witnesses will convey just what I mean,” Lamar raps at the onset of every verse. “The plot is bigger than me / it’s generational hatred / it’s genocism, it’s grimy, little justification / I’m African-American, I’m African / Black as the heart of a fuckin’ Aryan / I’m black as the name Tyrone and Darius.”
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