March 15, 2015
It’s crazy to think we’re less than ten days away from Kendrick Lamar’s long-awaited album follow-up to his debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city. All it took was a then-untitled album to appear on iTunes with a March 23rd release date and it’s been Kendrick show ever since. From covering Rolling Stone to the unveiling of the title, To Pimp A Butterfly, tracklist and artwork you see above.
Now, some actual music from LP has arrived in the form of the much-anticipated track, “King Kunta.”
Pharrell has been quoted to say it’s “so unapologetically black” and Rolling Stone called it “a theme song from a Seventies blaxploitation flick” – both of which are hard to argue. “King Kunta” makes perfect sense after K. Dot’s recent performance on The Colbert Report. It’s a racially charged blast from the past, dripping in early G-Funk aesthetics (because “we want the funk!”) – sprinkled with some rewind worthy bravado.
Paring with previous singles “i” and “The Blacker The Berry” to make up three of the 16 tracks included, there’s really no way to fully know how Kendrick’s LP will play out until March 23rd. For now, enjoy “King Kunta” below.