The Harlem Renaissance By Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar is a modern day Harlem Renaissance author. He talks about personal experiences with struggles he has gone through and seen and that all other blacks have gone through. He mentions the typical black stereotypes of physical features that are used to put a label on black people. His newest album has mostly this dark, depressing story like format about the battles and struggles that himself and other blacks have gone through. Though included on the album is what he claims to be the most positive song he has written, called “i”. In that particular song he speaks of a relief and happiness he experiences. It was a surprising piece by Kendrick himself because he is known for deep, detailed lyrics that seem to create amazing music. On …show more content…
Though it is probably one of the most important for the reason that he revived it. The Harlem Renaissance happened from 1920-mid 1930s, a time way before hip-hop was even a genre of music. About ninety-five years later Kendrick Lamar releases To Pimp A Butterfly and the Harlem Renaissance is reborn. Using smooth instrumentals and deep lyrics he rejuvenates the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was a time when black artists and authors both expressed their cultural ways. Though Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, is more of retaliation to the way people depict black culture today. In 1929 Harlem Renaissance author Wallace Thurman wrote a story titled The Blacker The Berry, about a black girl that his judged because she is told that she is too black, even by other black people. Kendrick Lamar also wrote a song with the same title and it is mainly about how black culture is criticized today and the song is a very blunt retaliation. Making the two pieces join in an un-doubtful way. By using smooth instrumentals and deep, attacking lyrics Kendrick Lamar rejuvenates the Harlem …show more content…
Until this year I just thought it had no meaning really. Though this year we had to do it over someone that was influenced by the Harlem Renaissance. At first my mind was troubled by the thought of who I was going to pick. Until the thought came to me, so I picked one of my favorite hip-hop artists ever, Kendrick Lamar. Yes I learned quite a bit actually even though I already knew a good amount of information on him because of doing a basic research on him when I was introduced to his music. Which is actually what I do with most artists I listen to. Personally I am thankful for being able to do my research over Kendrick Lamar, him being a very influential person to me. I also have learned of the struggles that black people go through. How they have been and are still fighting to be equal. At first when I listened to Kendrick’s newest album I didn’t really appreciate it. Though now I have analyzed it very deeply and thoroughly. I understand the point he is trying to make and it might one of the greatest pieces I have ever heard. Lastly, I have learned even if you are degraded over and over and told no and that you’re nothing, that you are hearing lies and that you have to define the odds and prove those people wrong and that’s what Kendrick Lamar has done and continues to

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