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Kendrick Lamar’s Self-Empowerment Anthem for the People of Compton

  Kendrick Lamar is full of himself. Growing up in a society that pushes down members of his community and destroys their self-esteem, he refuses to feel ashamed of who he his or where he comes from; and he wants… Continue Reading →

The Many Faces of Kendrick Lamar’s “i” – Third Listen

The ways in which we interface with music are constantly changing and evolving. We now have more access to music than ever before: more studio recordings, more leaked songs, and more live performances. With this, our roles as listeners drastically… Continue Reading →

From 1973-2023 – The Musical Lineage of “i” by Kendrick Lamar

The Musical Lineage of “i” by Kendrick Lamar “i” is a song that doesn’t have many obvious related songs that directly influenced its writing. Of course, this by far isn’t the first song dealing with gang violence in Compton and… Continue Reading →

First Listen – “i” by Kendrick Lamar

Note: for the purposes of the first listening post, I’ll be discussing the album version of “i” and not the shorter single version including a different vocal performance unless I specifically reference the single. Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly… Continue Reading →

Proposal 2

i – Kendrick Lamar What draws me to this song is the nature of its protest. It’s not a typical song about discrimination and standing up against it, it’s instead a protest song of the lack of self-love and respect… Continue Reading →

Proposal 2023: The Heart Part 5 – Kendrick Lamar, Lockdown – Anderson .Paak

Song 1: The Heart Part 5 – Kendrick Lamar “The Heart Part 5″ is an incredibly unique song, presented through a variety of different perspectives that Kendrick Lamar takes on as he ventures through the minds of various prominent Black… Continue Reading →

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