It’s trending on Twitter, it’s being dissected by leading Psychologists for hidden meaning. Put quite simply, Kendrick Lamar’s new song Blacker Than Berry has got everyone talking, and yes, it’s about race.
This time, the rapper doesn’t only call out white on black violence in America, but also refers to black on black violence. The song is both enriching and inspiring, but a few verses in the song has got a good number of people puzzled, as it’s not clear who Lamar is referring to.
His closing line, “So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street?/ When gang banging make me kill a nigga blacker than me?/Hypocrite!” has sparked a debate online regarding who the ‘hypocrite’ is. Is it Lamar himself as he admits to being incensed to white on black violence when he has indeed killed another black man while being involved in gangs.
Or is he referring to the entire black community who went up in arms after a white police officer killed a black man when such killings go on unchecked within the black community everyday?
The entire song is a powerful protest against the mistreatment of black people in America and as hip hop goes, it takes you right back to the time and age when black people used hip hop as a form of peaceful protest. To defend their rights as equals.
It makes you wonder if beneath all her crazy, Azalia Banks did have a point when she called out artists like Iggy Azealia for not being original hip hop artists.