A far cry from the upbeat "i," Kendrick Lamar's new single off his as of yet untitled forthcoming album, "The Blacker the Berry" is a fiery track with fervent political message. With a Yeezus-esque dancehall sample and lyrics like, "It's evident that I'm irrelevant to society/ That's what you're telling me/ Penitentiary would only hire me," Lamar's new track is pure, measured rage. Starting off the song with a self-aware reference to his earlier comments on the recent police killings ("I'm the biggest hypocrite in 2015"), "The Blacker the Berry" is pretty convincing evidence that the rapper has rethought his recent comments on respectability politics. Listen to the track, above.
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