Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry (Prod. Boi-1da) [Audio] #SOTD
Compton, CA – Check out boom-bap banger “The Blacker the Berry,” the second single from the yet-to-be-titled Kendrick Lamar album; arguably one of the most anticipated albums to drop this year. The song was produced by Toronto’s own Boi-1da.
The song, fittingly released during Black History Month, celebrate’s Kendrick’s African-American roots and goes in – no holds barred – against racism, hate and hypocrisy. With the start of each verse, K-Dot states that he’s the “biggest hypocrite of 2015” and cites numerous examples of society’s f**ked up way of being and the backwards way some people tend to look at things. He respectfully brings up the Trayvon Martin tragedy and spins it in a way to question why gang violence is not met with same level of anger from the black community. Billboard’s Steven J. Horowitz put it best: “Lamar swings at racial injustice, letting rage break his usual cool veneer.”
“The Blacker the Berry” might also remind you of 2Pac’s inspirational, “Keep Ya Head Up,” where he kicks off the classic tune with the line “Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice.” But Pac likely grabbed that line off the title of a groundbreaking piece of literature from the late 1920’s that tackled racial discrimination within the black community, particularly the preference for its lighter-skinned members. The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life was writen by Wallace Thurman and remains a major piece of work connected to the “Harlem Renaissance” of that era.
Twitter: @KendrickLamar | @Boi1da
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