Kendrick Lamar’s to Pimp a Butterfly signalled the return of revolutionary, real talk, issue led, lyrical, provocative, spirited, meaningful, thoughtful, self-critical, Black and proud Hip Hop. Not only that, each one of the accompanying music videos or live performances, add the soul, innovation and vivid imagination that used to be at the heart of spirit of Hip Hop. Kendrick and J cole are bringing hip hop back to it’s roots with a modern day twist Kendrick’s album speaks on black issues, but it can be listened by anyone. It speaks of the universal struggles we all can face. J Cole’s album gives it’s own perspective on the same issues; through J Cole’s unique flow. Cole’s album is the more “sing along” than Kendrick’s. But the standout track out of the two is Kendrick’s Blacker The Berry.
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 n*gga blacker than me?
We need to support and promote real Hip Hop. We need to stop promoting club tracks all day long; Like I said in previous post: Listen to conscious music as well as club hits. The music that you dance to in the club shouldn’t be the same music you use to educate, motivate or inspire you in your home. Like it or not, commercial hip hop has been sold out for a long time. There’s more to life than fake gangsters, in Bugatti’s they can’t actually afford? 90% of hip hop is entertainment to distract you from real issues. That 10% is the real hip hop to educate and command you to pay attention to the real issues! The real issues that tell our stories for us. The real Hip Hop that challenge us to “Fight The Power”; with their lyrics that ask questions of society’s treatment of oppressed peoples and highlight the social issues of the day. Can we really expect Iggy Azalea to speak about police brutality with any kind of potency or knowledge? Hip Pop is fun to listen to; much like it is fun to watch Disney and Superhero movies. But we have to remember that we live in the real world. Most of us “aren’t about that life”. Most of us aren’t living a Disney fairy tale. So Thank you Kendrick Lamar for using Black History Month and the notoriety from your two Grammy Wins to release some Real Hip Hop! I personally can’t wait for the new album with J Cole. But in the meantime I would advise you to check the artistic, thought provoking and amazing music videos for each one of Kendrick Lamar’s album tracks.
Are you looking forward to their album together?