Never one to be complacent, Kendrick Lamar decided to surprise us with the release of ‘The Blacker the Berry’ just two days after triumphing at the 57th Grammys for his single i.
In view of his recent achievements, it would only be natural to assume that Lamar’s new single would follow the footsteps of the upbeat, self-belief anthem that has contributed to his winning streak. Yet the politically motivated ‘The Blacker the Berry’ paints a different picture by addressing racism and injustice, directly referencing events surrounding Trayvon Martin’s death.
From the very first verse, Compton-born Lamar doesn’t beat around the bush: “You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture”. His apparent disregard for award-studded stardom in favour of dedication to the cause is probably what prompted the likes of Pharrell Williams to laud him “this era’s Bob Dylan”.
Kendrick Lamar’s third full-length album is expected in 2015.