Kendrick Lamar recommences the trending topic of creating powerful music and “The Blacker The Berry,” the second single, from the forthcoming album is a classic that demands a change. The extraordinary achievement from Lamar will stir controversy among African-Americans and Caucasians because, in fact, the lyrics are wise, beyond their years. The two single releases “i” and “The Blacker The Berry” are the most important influential music to come from hip-hop since 2pac, heyday.
Someone might want to call Lamar and tell him that this record is courageous. I’m thinking in mind of Cookie from Empire, eminent. Lamar is passionately adamant about a change in communities to refresh outsiders perception. Reform, is happening as we speak, and Kendrick releasing this controversial song, only furthers the process. Any devoted fan of hip-hop music will embrace the song’s message, even if, the truth hurts. The hook vocalized by Assassin, highlight aspects of verses, meaningfully; “I said they treat me like a slave, cah’ me black / Woi, we feel a whole heap of pain, cah’ we black / And man a say they put me in a chain, cah’ we black / Imagine now, big gold chain full of rocks / How you no see the whip, left scars pon’ me back / But now we have a big whip, parked pon’ the block / All them say we doomed from the start, cah’ we black / Remember this, every race start from the block, just remember that.”
Inside the verses, is where the magic happens, in each verse Lamar calls himself a hypocrite because he was mourning the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, but he has grown up in a harsh environment, which might have caused him to take part in gang-banging and gang-related crime, even if he didn’t want to. Stereotypes are the principal reason for racism toward African-Americans, institutions Kendrick mentions in the song: “So don’t matter how much I say I like to preach with the Panthers / Or tell Georgia State “Marcus Garvey got all the answers” / Or try to celebrate February like it’s my B-Day / Or eat watermelon, chicken, and Kool-Aid on weekdays / Or jump high enough to get Michael Jordan endorsements / Or watch BET cause urban support is important / So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street? /When gang banging make me kill a ni**a blacker than me? /Hypocrite!”
As a single, what a change, this record, could make at radio, easily filtering out the rubbish. It is merciless in its approach, maybe, this is the antidote for a new process to form, an improved way of thinking. A song this powerful will provoke, a meaningful and memorable effect, built to last. Production efforts from the phenomenon that is Boi-1da supply the artist, a community built to thrive in the aroma of the song. Lamar always uses his platform to defy odds and release upright music, inspiring minds across the nation, to change.
Grade: 100= A+