Kendrick Lamar was the final music guest on the Colbert Report last night and debuted a brand new song.
It’s the world premiere of an untitled song off his next album. I like it more than Kendrick’s last new song i. It’s untitled, but it’s fire. Kendrick also sat down with Colbert for a short interview.
Scope the performance at the top and the interview video at the bottom of this page.
The track starts with a minimalistic but ominous beat with Kendrick’s spoken word-like flow over it. At the very beginning Kendrick’s spitting game to a girl, then he starts rapping about the advice different races give him, going through Asians, Indians, Blacks and Whites. Throughout this, he’s backed up by some horns and some vocalists asking questions/providing weird but mad dope backing vocals.
Then Kendrick starts going hard, saying “put myself in a rocketship and I shot for the stars” before the beat drops and a saxophone solo. The pacing in the song is incredible, and shows that Kendrick knows what he’s doing with a mic. Also, if you’ve seen him perform live, you don’t need proof, but you’ll see in the video how dope he is live. Then Kendrick asserts “I shall enjoy the fruits of my labor if I get free today” before finishing with the powerful shout, “what did the black man say? tell em we don’t die, tell em we don’t die, tell em we don’t die, we multiply”, shouting out Robin Harris.
Overall, Kendrick’s always had a message, and not that anyone expected him to drop that, but this premiere shows how much he’s gonna run with it. Also, he’s experimenting with jazzy horns and backing vocalists, and I can’t wait to go see him again in concert.
What did you think? Do you like the direction Kendrick’s going with this track? Let me know, and scope the video again!
Scope the perfomance video at the top of this page.