CURRENT: Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”

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With To Pimp A Butterfly a week away out now (!), another song from the album has taken to the internet, following “i” and “The Blacker The Berry”. “King Kunta” is more of a synthesis of the previous two cuts released rather than leaning towards one of the two songs. “Kunta”‘s beat struts with the same assuredness as “i”, while Lamar is as aggrieved here as he was on “Berry”. Notably, the song recalls the organic, astral projections from OutKast’s early days, complete with a wailing guitar solo that in no way conforms to listener expectations. “I’m mad / But I ain’t stressin’,” Lamar begins. As he should be. After all, he’s on the right side of history.

Stream “King Kunta,” via Pitchfork, here.

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