Jam On It: Kendrick Lamar – “The Blacker the Berry”

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If 2014 was an apathetic year for the black experience in America, Kendrick Lamar aims to flip that lack of empathy on its head with this year’s rumored (though still highly anticipated) album. Previously released tracks “i” and “Untitled” (first heard in his performance on the final episode of The Colbert Report,) first paved the album’s path towards addressing political unrest and social unease. The trend continues with “The Blacker the Berry,” a five-minute spitfire directive aimed at the continued opposition of his people and culture. With politically-charged music, especially in light of the turmoil faced in 2014, “i” and “Untitled” barely scraped Kendrick’s frustration with the world as it presents itself, but with “Berry,” what we’re finally hearing from hip-hop’s reigning king is what made N.W.A. and Public Enemy such empowering voices for the culture and the movement: anger. Hit the jump to hear the track.

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Nina Tabios

Nina Smoove aka Champagne Ninang. Certified hooligan. $F Bay Area born and bred.

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