U (track) by Kendrick Lamar

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U by Kendrick Lamar (2015)
From the album To Pimp A Butterfly (track #6)
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From corenfro 05/09/2017 00:27
This is among the greatest songs I've ever heard. Instrumentally it's so immersive and unlike anything I've ever heard. I suppose it's Jazz, but it's so unique and thick and sprawling that I don't even know what to call it. There is the saxophone, piano, and synths, that are throughout the first part, over this pounding thud of a bass drum mixed in with a bass line that just creeps up and down as Kendrick yells at this other version of himself. Background singer kills it.

The mid section with the housekeeper of this is a great and important part of the story telling. Background vocals here too are great. "everything is complicated, what do I got to do to get to you"

Then Kendrick and the third section comes in and the sax is back, the pan flute esque background vocals continue to ghost in and out reminiscent of Kid A. I love how the bass line seems to stumble around, there's some guitar/sitar sound that is probably a synth of some sort. The sax of course kills it again, as does Kendrick with his drunk vocal delivery.
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From slurpdurp 01/18/2017 02:58
Perfectly captures so many emotions. The sound effects and voice acting by Kendrick make for a flawless performance.
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From BobbyLeeSwagger 02/03/2016 20:32
Probably my favorite track on the album, but damn it takes so much out of you after a listen.
His ragged voice singing about depression over the saddest saxophone instrumental I've ever heard... I need to take a Prozac.
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From FlorianJones 09/13/2015 07:24
The power Kendrick displays on here is breathtaking. And strangely, it's balanced by some of Kendrick's most self critical lyrics ever, which works to great effect.
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From KingNoCrown 07/10/2015 08:29
Never have I heard a Kendrick song as raw and powerful since the opener to his O.verly D.edicated tape "The Heart Pt. 2". One hell of a song. The reference to his track "Keisha's Song (her Pain)" on here gets me every time.
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From drummingunicorn 04/08/2015 05:05
This song is an emotional powerhouse and maybe one of the best songs on the album.
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From pannkakesangen 03/23/2015 16:50
The second part is fucking raw!
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From Sean 03/19/2015 21:54
What a risk this track was for Kendrick, complete dissonance, great in the same way a Velvet Underground track is great
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From Pegasus 03/17/2015 20:08
This is as real as it gets. You can hear the pain in his voice, it's chilling. The words he spit pumped from his heart. The emotion in this is overwhelming. Wow.
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From Anti 03/16/2015 14:40
Holy shit.
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