Discussion in 'Black Entertainment' started by shaka64, Feb 16, 2016.
It was amazing
You can watch it here:
The look on everyones face, excluding Common and Rev Run. Priceless.
finally got a look. apparently everybody else can understand what he is saying. i can't make it out.
you didn't know what Miles was saying through his horn either.. but you felt it.
same thing.. you can see his intention.. you can feel his intensity.. his energy..
same as Coltrane.. Melodically.. to some.. his runs sounded like musical gibberish..
but to those of us listening with our whole selves.. we recognized & understood the chaos.. and appreciated.. and even marveled.. at what he did with it.
The chaos that Kendrick is working with is of another generation.. but he's working just as hard to make something of it.
please do not compare lamar to miles and coltrane. please......
Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker the Berry
"I'm the biggest hypocrite of 2015
Once I finish this, witnesses will convey just what I mean
Been feeling this way since I was 16, came to my senses
You never liked us anyway, **** your friendship, I meant it
I'm African-American, I'm African
I'm black as the moon, heritage of a small village
Pardon my residence
Came from the bottom of mankind
My hair is nappy, my dick is big, my nose is round and wide
You hate me don't you?
You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture
You're ******' evil I want you to recognize that I'm a proud monkey
You vandalize my perception but can't take style from me
And this is more than confession
I mean I might press the button just so you know my discretion
I'm guardin' my feelins, I know that you feel it
You sabotage my community, makin' a killin'
You made me a killer, emancipation of a real *****"
He also performed "Alright"
You can google the lyrics
Read more: Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry Lyrics | MetroLyrics
"A mind that has conceived a plan for living must never lose sight of the chaos against which that plan was conceived"
- Ralph Ellision, Invisible Man.
I don't compare Artists. What I did was forcibly locate Kendrick Lamar's performance within the same artistic context as a Coltrane / Miles performance.. and I did that by highlighting what unifies their work: that "chaos" against which Coltrane in particular struggled to make into something more than plain ole pain, despair, addiction.. etc.
Kendrick is standing in his time with his instrument within the chaos of Compton.. his chaos.. which he has decided not to run from.. but to carry with him.. and here, in this performance, we see him with believable conviction.. pulling.. pushing.. prodding.. bending.. breaking.. gathering.. moving.. maneuvering that chaos into shapes and sounds and happenings that other people can feel.. and corroborate.. and amen.. and understand.. and even argue about.
I'll leave you with a short passage from James Baldwin's short story, "Sonny's Blues" (1957).
"Then Creole stepped forward to remind them that what they were playing was the blues. He hit something in all of them, he hit something in me, myself, and the music tightened and deepened, apprehension began to beat the air. Creole began to tell us what the blues were all about. They were not about anything very new. He and his boys up there were keeping it new, at the risk of ruin, destruction, madness, and death, in order to find new ways to make us listen. For, while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard. There isn't any other tale to tell, it's the only light we've got in all this darkness.
And this tale, according to that face, that body, those strong hands on those strings, has another aspect in every country, and a new depth in every generation. Listen, Creole seemed to be saying, listen. Now these are Sonny's blues."
These are Kendrick's blues. #recognizethat
Context is still everything..
you can see the video here:
Hello Inanna, Thanks for posting the lyrics. I watched his Grammy performance, but wasn't able to make out everything he was saying. I attempted to Googled lyrics to his performance, but only the lyrics to 'Always' came up. The lyrics you posted are very powerful, coupled with the chains, cells and the passion in his delivery...even more so. Very pleased I got to read them. Thanks again!
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