The Blacker The Berry (track) by Kendrick Lamar
The Blacker The Berry appears on the following album(s) by Kendrick Lamar:
- To Pimp A Butterfly (track #13) (this album) (2015)
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This track is rated in the top 1% of all tracks on BestEverAlbums.com. This track has a Bayesian average rating of 92.5/100, a mean average of 90.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 92.7/100. The standard deviation for this track is 18.5.
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Everything about this song is crushing. It's devastating, it's a masterpiece of raw hatred and fear.
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.
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.
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.
-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
-THAT RAW EMOTION!!
-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)
The Anger-filled grand showpiece of 'The blacker the berry' upholds the feelings of rebellion, the energy just REEKS from this track.
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.
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
That last verse, damn, Kendrick is going down in history
Everything I love about TPAB is inside this track.
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