whew! black history month is truly my fave time of the year. just 28 days of unregulated flexxin’.
i’ve already been feeling myself and loving on #teamblackpeople (because obviously) for the last few days, but then kendrick decided to really get black history month turnt and dropped some new heat in the form of “the blacker the berry. i loooooove “i”, so for me k.dot is 2 for 2 as far as singles. this album is reallllllly going to make my head explode if he continues on this path of bars on bars on bars. listen below and let’s talk after.
did he kill or did he kill it??? yeeeeeeeeesh!
ok, so kendrick got on black twitter’s bad side a few weeks ago for some comments he made in an interview with billboard. he was accused of using ‘respectability politics’ (sigh) to tackle the current state of race in this country with all of the overused buzzwords attached. black twitter essentially turned their backs on kendrick just days after fawning over his electric performance on the colbert report. i’ve come to accept that there is a sect of black twitter (if you follow me on twitter you know who i’m pointing the gun at) that is fickle. they love you monday and will hate your guts by tuesday. its ‘blame whitey’ or your credibility with them is lost. kendrick is back on their good side (some not all) and he even has media has lauding him the next malcolm x thanks to “blacker the berry”, but the joke honestly wrote itself.
kendrick is coming at white america and coming at them hard in the song. from the constant culture vulture antics to just flat out treating blacks like 3/5 human, kendrick is calling it all out. the internet is bursting with pride that he’s finally ‘come to his senses’! however, if you really listen to the song (which obvi none of his regained fans or media have), mainly the last few bars, the opening line to every verse becomes clearer..
[ go back and listen now if you didn’t catch it ]
i think we’re all on the same page that no matter how many degrees you have or if you don’t sag your pants, there will always be a bias against us. at the same time, let’s not be ridiculous and go ballistic on someone for calling out what we can do to fix the ills of our communities. i’m not sure if folks are unaware, but we do have power over our own actions and it only makes sense to act on it. fancy blacks like to call this seizing of internal power, “respectability politics” and harmful to the progress of our people, but isn’t that what the black panthers did? the only way to rectify the issues of the black community is to do work on all ends. for all that we can check ‘the man’ on, there are just as many things we can call each other out on and who’s better to call you out than family?
“blacker the berry” was written for the people that need it and i forsee that the desired shift will come as a result. kendrick lamar is taking on a heavy load with the subject matter of this album, but there is no way any of us will leave kendrick’s sophomore effort the way we came in.