KENDRICK LAMAR SAYS “I’M AFRICAN” IN NEW TRACK

Brand new track by multiple Grammy awardee Kendrick Lamar “The Blacker The Berry” expresses the creative lyrcist’s appreciation of his ancestry/heritage as he goes like “I’m African..” in one of the carefully crafted lines that makes the track as moving as it is. As produced by Boi-1da, the track features King Kendrick going raw with his rants as he takes on racists, while dropping bars like “I’m black as the moon”.
LYRICS – “THE BLACKER THE BERRY”
[Produced by Boi-1da & Terrace Martin]

[Intro] (x2)
Everything black, I don’t want black
I want everything black, I ain’t need black
Some white some black, I ain’t mean black
I want everything black

[Bridge]
Six in the mornin’, fire in the street
Burn, baby burn, that’s all I wanna see

And sometimes I get off watchin’ you die in vain
It’s such a shame they may call me crazy
They may say I suffer from schizophrenia or somethin’
But homie you made me
Black don’t crack my nigga

[Verse 1]
I’m the biggest hypocrite of 2015
Once I finish this, witnesses will convey just what I mean

Been feeling this way since I was 16, came to my senses
You never liked us anyway, fuck your friendship, I meant it
I’m African-American, I’m African
I’m black as the moon, heritage of a small village

Pardon my residence
Came from the bottom of mankind
My hair is nappy, my dick is big, my nose is round and wide
You hate me don’t you?
You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture

You’re fuckin’ evil I want you to recognize that I’m a proud monkey
You vandalize my perception but can’t take style from me
And this is more than confession

I mean I might press the button so you know my discretion
I’m guardin’ my feelin’s, I know that you feel it

You sabotage my community, makin’ a killin’
You made me a killer, emancipation of a real nigga

[Pre-Hook]
The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
The blacker the berry, the bigger I shoot

[Hook: Assassin]
I said they treat me like a slave, cah’ me black
Woi, we feel a whole heap of pain, cah’ we black
And man a say they put me in a chain, cah’ we black
Imagine now, big gold chain full of rocks
How you no see the whip, left scars pon’ me back
But now we have a big whip, parked pon’ the block
All them say we doomed from the start, cah’ we black
Remember this, every race start from the block, just remember that

[Verse 2]
I’m the biggest hypocrite of 2015
Once I finish this, witnesses will convey just what I mean

I mean, it’s evident that I’m irrelevant to society
That’s what you’re telling me, penitentiary would only hire me
Curse me till I’m dead
Church me with your fake prophesyzing that I’mma be just another slave in my head
Institutionalize manipulation and lies
Reciprocation of freedom only live in your eyes
You hate me don’t you?

I know you hate me just as much as you hate yourself
Jealous of my wisdom and cards I dealt
Watchin’ me as I pull up, fill up my tank, then peel out

Muscle cars like pull ups, show you what these big wheels ’bout, ah
Black and successful, this black man meant to be special
CAT scans on my radar bitch, how can I help you?
How can I tell you I’m making a killin’?
You made me a killer, emancipation of a real nigga

[Pre-Hook]

[Hook]

[Verse 3]
I’m the biggest hypocrite of 2015
When I finish this if you listenin’ sure you will agree

This plot is bigger than me, it’s generational hatred
It’s genocism, it’s grimy, little justification
I’m African-American, I’m African
I’m black as the heart of a fuckin’ Aryan
I’m black as the name of Tyrone and Darius
Excuse my French but fuck you — no, fuck y’all
That’s as blunt as it gets,
I know you hate me, don’t you?
You hate my people, I can tell cause it’s threats when I see you

I can tell cause your ways deceitful
Know I can tell because you’re in love with the Desert Eagle

Thinkin’ maliciously, he get a chain then you gone bleed him
It’s funny how Zulu and Xhosa might go to war
Two tribal armies that want to build and destroy
Remind me of these Compton Crip gangs that live next door
Beefin’ with Piru’s, only death settle the score

So don’t matter how much I say I like to preach with the Panthers
Or tell Georgia State “Marcus Garvey got all the answers”

Or try to celebrate February like it’s my B-Day
Or eat watermelon, chicken, and Kool-Aid on weekdays
Or jump high enough to get Michael Jordan endorsements
Or watch BET cause urban support is important
So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street?
When gang banging make me kill a nigga blacker than me?
Hypocrite!

[Outro]

Over a dusty, thumping beat, he proudly holds up his heritage like a weapon. “I’m African American, I’m African,, he spits powerfully, adding, “Came from the bottom of mankind/ My hair is nappy/ My dick is big/ My nose is round and wide/ You hate me don’t you?/ You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture.”
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Author: Kwame 'Write' Aidoo

Kwame Aidoo, also known as Write is a fond reader, writer and lover of music and the arts, with a degree in Biochemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Tech., Kumasi and a certificate in Cultural Organizations in Transition from University of Lüneburg. He founded the creative activism movement: Inkfluent which curates Slam Ghana, The Write Experience, Vocal Portraits poetry albums, Slam Lab and the biggest literary festival in Ghana; Nkabom Literary Festival. Aside Ghana, where he is based, he has shown work in Brazil, Togo, Austria, France, Benin, Germany and Burkina Faso and most recently Norway with Aurora Ekvatorialis; a light sculpture and texts collaboration with Norwegian artist Toril Johannessen, exhibiting at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, 16.9.2016 – 15.1.2017.

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