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.