Kendrick Lamar's "The Blacker the Berry" Gets Annotated for Genius by Pulitzer-Winning Author Michael Chabon

February 10, 2015 9:15 PM

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Kendrick Lamar's "The Blacker the Berry" Gets Annotated for Genius by Pulitzer-Winning Author Michael Chabon

"This revelation forces the listener to a deeper and broader understanding of the song’s 'you'"

In this final couplet, Kendrick Lamar employs a rhetorical move akin to—and in its way even more devastating than—Common’s move in the last line of “I Used to Love H.E.R.”: snapping an entire lyric into place with a surprise revelation of something hitherto left unspoken. In “H.E.R.”, Common reveals...

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