4. Kendrick Lamar – ‘The Blacker The Berry’
A searing politically-charged song about race.
After the pleasing positivity of ‘i’, Kendrick delivers a counter. ‘The Blacker The Berry’ has him seething with anger and at boiling point. “You hate me don’t you?/ You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture,” he says to racial haters but Kendrick also turns the anger on himself, calling himself a hypocrite. As the writer Michael Chabon annotated on Genius, Kendrick’s hypocrisy is that he “grieved over the murder of Trayvon Martin when he himself has been responsible for the death of a young black man”.