So Kendrick came through and melted everybody’s face off when he dropped this track a couple of days ago. “The Blacker The Berry” is a reminder of several things:
- He is an absolute BEAST in the booth.
- His politics are a bit…unsettling. Evoking the myth of black-on-black crime while regarding the death of black men at the hands of white cops is a little too familiar.
- Kendrick is young, and his underdeveloped politics highlight that.
- Kendrick is a lyrical god, and his youth highlights that.
He at least seems to be aware of his incongruences, and that makes it easier to get into how sick this track is.*
*For maximum enjoyment, try to ignore all the bullshit he said about Ferguson awhile ago.