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The Blacker the Berry

on To Pimp A Butterfly

by Kendrick Lamar

First Played: 2015-03-16 01:50:23
Last Played: 2019-05-30 21:55:45
Total Plays: 44

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  • Kevin Cole : 05/30/2019 02:55 PM
    "To Pimp a Butterfly"'s singles "i" (in 2015) and "Alright" (in 2016) each won a Grammy for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, with the latter also nominated for Song of the Year. Additionally, "These Walls" won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
  • John Richards : 02/07/2019 10:05 AM
    The song features lyrics that celebrate his African-American heritage, and "tackles hatred, racism, and hypocrisy head on."
  • Kevin Cole : 08/01/2018 05:02 PM
  • Kevin Cole : 04/27/2018 05:13 PM
    Lamar says that his music is therapy, and listening to Butterfly suggests that the good kid from the mad city needed a lot of it. On "u" -- the album's most emotional track -- Kendrick admits that he faced depression and thought of suicide after the murder of a close friend. After that murder, K. Dot fantasized of getting revenge, but instead he poured his angst into "The Blacker the Berry." "When I say these lines, it's for myself, this is therapeutic for myself because I still feel that urge and I still feel that anger and that hatred for that man next door because I gotta get a call knowing that somebody around the corner done did this to my partner." https://on.mtv.com/2jdPmpC
  • Gabriel Teodros : 04/22/2018 06:43 PM
    Read Abel Shifferaw's brilliant article "Kendrick Helped Popularize It, But We Need To Talk About The Complicated Ethiopian History Of 'Negus'" here: http://www.okayafrica.com/kendrick-lamar-ethiopian-history-negus/

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