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Kendrick Lamar Seeks Control Of The Black Experience On His New Song, 'The Blacker The Berry'

Listen to the track below.

Despite winning Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for his self-actualizing single, “i,” Kendrick Lamar was a no-show at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards last night.

And now, less than 24 hours after the awards show came and went, we think we know why.

On Monday (Feb. 9), the "Poetic Justice" MC released a new song, “The Blacker The Berry,” with help from producer Boi-1da.

Fueled by a thumping, hard-hitting bassline, K.Dot goes in on this ode to the African-American diaspora with unmitigated fervor and raw emotion. After a brief reggae interlude in the song, King Kendrick rolls out an incendiary verse aimed at current events that plague the black experience.

“So no matter how much I say I like to preach with the Panthers/ Or tell Georgia state Marcus Garvey got all the answers/ Or try to celebrate February like it’s my B-Day, or eat watermelon, chicken and Kool-Aid on the weekdays/ Or jump high enough to get Michael Jordan endorsements, or watch BET cause urban support is important/ So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street? When gang-banging make me kill a n---a blacker than me? Hypocrite,” he raps.

"The Blacker The Berry" is expected to be included on the follow-up to Kendrick's groundbreaking debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city.