U (track) by Kendrick Lamar

U by Kendrick Lamar
Year: 2015
From the album To Pimp A Butterfly (track #6)
Average Rating: 
89/100 (from 547 votes)
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Average Rating: 
89/100 (from 547 votes)
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From 12/17/2020 07:30
This is the most raw and intimate Kendrick has ever been. He is fully uncovering his thoughts and feelings about himself. Listening to this makes me tear up because I can relate to a lot of his thoughts. The next song Alright gives reassurance that everything will turn out okay and later on the track i, it goes over how we should be thinking about ourselves. Pure genius on this album.
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From 06/29/2020 11:44
second part hurts, it's art
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From 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 05/06/2017 11:31
Most emotional song I have ever heard in my entire life... and its a HIP-HOP SONG! Incredible.
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From 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 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 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 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 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 03/23/2015 16:50
The second part is fucking raw!
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