Analysis Of Kendrick Lamar 's, And Pimp A Butterfly, By Wallace Thurman

767 Words Mar 18th, 2016 4 Pages
The song I chosen to analyze for this assignment from Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” is the album’s second single “The Blacker the Berry” featuring Assassin. The song title is a reference to The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life by Wallace Thurman in 1929. In the novel, the main character faced several struggles due to her dark skin and both the song and the book title serves as positive affirmation to African American. “The Blacker the Berry” was produced at a studio in Los Angeles, even though most of the people involved in the production were not from the city. The song’s beat was produced by Boi-1da and KOZ, both from Canada, along with Terrace Martin who is a Los Angeles native. There are numerous writers involved with the song lyrics including Kendrick, Assassin, Boi-1da, Stephen Kozmeniuk, Zale Epstein, and others. Interscope Records, Top Dawg Entertainment and Aftermath Entertainment are responsible for the song distribution 4. “The Blacker the Berry” contains two samples: “It’s Your Thing” by Cold Grits and “The Art of Peer Pressure” by Kendrick Lamar himself5. The song addresses the racial injustice and stereotypes African American communities faced every day in The United States and the understated hypocrisy from the people of both communities. It appears that Kendrick spent a considerable amount of time on this song since it took him about three years to perfect its recording with the right beat and flawless lyrics.
Like most hip-hop song, “The…

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