The Blacker The Berry (track) by Kendrick Lamar

The Blacker The Berry
The Blacker The Berry by Kendrick Lamar (2015)
From the album To Pimp A Butterfly (track #13)
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From silask 07/15/2018 23:01
jesus fuck
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From YEEZY 06/12/2018 19:12
IMO, this is maybe the most intense song of all time. Every word hits you harder than the last, and holy fuck that final verse is one of the greatest in rap history.
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From jhuik 04/27/2018 20:49
Absolutely one of the best songs ever recorded. So powerful, so varied in style. Every part of this wonderful song is perfectly executed. And dat pow'ful poetry 'bout po-po fo sho.
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From TimothyTurner 12/09/2017 08:15
As someone who started out as a massive hip hop fan who got heavily into prog rock, punk and blues later on i
think this is probably my favourite hip hop song ever.

It's a very personal song in which Kendrick states his frustration with the institutionalized racism that, from his (and other black people's) point of view, is prevelant in the US, yet he still shows a lot of self criticism in calling himself "the biggest hypocrite of 2015" for condemning the government while tolerating or even participating (it's unclear if this is actually true) in black on black violence.

Pro:
-Timeless subject matter;
-tons and tons of personality on here;
-lyrics and tone are on point;
-perfect vocal performances across the board;
-tension building intro;
-heavy and grandiose yet dancable boom bap beat
-beautiful outro;
-THAT RAW EMOTION!!

Con:
-you could argue that the mix is slightly too loud;
-i personally prefer live performances of BtB for their diverse live instrumentation (the orchestra performance at the Kennedy Center in particular was amazing)
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From Saradominsm 08/28/2017 20:20
The Anger-filled grand showpiece of 'The blacker the berry' upholds the feelings of rebellion, the energy just REEKS from this track.
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From AAL2014 07/01/2017 16:36
A song deserving such a high rating, really one of the most enigmatic songs I've ever heard. So fucking heavy and with the beautiful jazz resolve at the end, just brilliant.
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From danbell 03/21/2017 15:55
The song to send anyone to if you want to quickly show them what Kendrick is really about and how talented he really is. This could possibly be the greatest song I have ever heard. The final verse is enough to make anyone lose their mind by itself, and in the context of the whole song its the orgasm to a massive climax which feels like an orgasm in itself. The soft 1 minute outro with a gorgeous sax solo from Terrence Martin is a wonderful breath of relief but also despair after an extremely intense performance by Kendrick. Holy shit
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From Lukeanaderdude 01/25/2017 18:40
That last verse, damn, Kendrick is going down in history
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From slurpdurp 01/18/2017 03:08
Everything I love about TPAB is inside this track.
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