Ladies and gentleman, take note on how a true disciple of Martin Luther King Jr. celebrates Black History Month. As the pain from the tragic killings of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner and countless other victims of unjust violence continues to sit uncomfortably on our minds, Kendrick Lamar delivers a musical gem and spews all of the frustrations and thoughts of each protester in the streets.
Over a thumping Boi-1da production, K.Dot addresses every negative racial stereotype and flips them with the consciousness of a militant soldier of humanity.”The Blacker The Berry,” finds Kendrick unashamedly speaking to the Black community with a raging fire in his eyes, professing all the quirks and identifiers tied to the issues plaguing hoods worldwide. Using his carefully concocted vocab, Lamar turns his nappy hair, wide nose, big Johnson into proud features.
This is bigger than a song, it’s a call to stop the generational hatred infiltrating our young minds. Not only is he shining a light on the outsiders that choose to look down on the Black community through murky glasses, but points the finger back on his own people who are hypocritical with their preaching words of self-love and unity.
“So no matter how much I say I like to preach with the Panthers/Or tell Georgia State that Marcus Garvey got all the answers/Or try to celebrate February like it’s my b-day? Or eat watermelon, fried chicken and Kool-Aid on weekdays/Or jump high enough to get Michael Jordan endorsements/Or watch BET because urban support is important/So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street, when gang bangin make me kill a nigga blacker than me.”
Listen to the sonically aggressive, yet soul-stirring gem down below: