Kendrick Lamar releases scathing new single, 'The Blacker the Berry'

February 10, 2015 12:11 AM

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Kendrick Lamar's most recent single "i" was a jubilant, Isley Brothers-sampling (and Grammy-winning) ode to self-respect. But his follow-up, "The Blacker the Berry," is a darker, more complicated self-assessment.

The single, which Lamar's label, TDE, posted to YouTube on Monday afternoon, is almost the inverse of "i" — it's built on sinister synth pads and gained-up, martial drum samples. The sonic mood, from producer Boi-1da, owes a bit to the more evil sides of '90s New York rap. But the relentlessly tense...

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