Song of the Day #2,385: ‘I’ – Kendrick Lamar

kendrick_lamarIn the second, third and fourth positions of the Pazz & Jop poll are three tracks I’ve already featured on the blog: FKA Twigs’ ‘Two Weeks‘ and Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space‘ and ‘Shake It Off.’

If you combined the votes for the two Taylor Swift tracks, she would have easily claimed the top spot, but critics were split on which of her singles to elevate. For me that was a no-brainer, as ‘Shake It Off’ was slight and forgettable while ‘Blank Space’ was a brilliant pop song.

In fifth place is Kendrick Lamar’s ‘I.’ Lamar received a ton of critical acclaim for his debut album a couple of years ago and this is the first taste of his new, yet-to-be-announced album.

I haven’t heard much from Lamar. I’m a little turned off by his whiny voice but this is a pretty good song otherwise. Nice beat, nice message.

[Sample]
This is a world premiere!

[Intro]
I done been through a whole lot
Trial, tribulation, but I know God
Satan wanna put me in a bow tie
Pray that the holy water don’t go dry
As I look around me
So many motherfuckers wanna down me
But an enemigo never drown me
In front of a dirty double-mirror they found me

[Hook]
And I love myself
(The world is a ghetto with big guns and picket signs)
I love myself
(But it can do what it want whenever it want, I don’t mind)
I love myself
(He said I gotta get up, life is more than suicide)
I love myself
(One day at a time, sun gon’ shine)

[Verse 1]
Everybody lookin’ at you crazy (Crazy)
What you gon’ do? (What you gon’ do?)
Lift up your head and keep moving (Keep moving)
Or let the paranoia haunt you? (Haunt you)
Peace to fashion police, I wear my heart
On my sleeve, let the runway start
You know the miserable do love company
What do you want from me and my scars?
Everybody lack confidence, everybody lack confidence
How many times my potential was anonymous?
How many times the city making me promises?
So I promise this

[Hook]

[Verse 2]
They wanna say it’s a war outside and a bomb in the street
And a gun in the hood and a mob of police
And a rock on the corner and a line full of fiend
And a bottle full of lean and a model on a scheme yup
These days of frustration keep y’all on tuck and rotation
I duck these cold faces, post up fi-fie-fo-fum basis
Dreams of reality’s peace
Blow steam in the face of the beast
The sky could fall down, the wind could cry now
The strong in me, I still smile

[Hook]

[Bridge]
Walk my bare feet (Walk my bare feet)
Down, down valley deep (Down, down valley deep)
Fi-fie-fo-fum (Fi-fie-fo-fum)
My heart undone (My heart undone)

[Hook]

[Verse 3]
I went to war last night
With an automatic weapon, don’t nobody call a medic
I’ma do it till I get it right
I went to war last night
I’ve been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent
Duckin’ every other blessin’, I can never see the message
I could never take the lead, I could never bob and weave
From a negative and letting them annihilate me
And it’s evident I’m moving at a meteor speed
Finna run into a building, lay my body in the street
Keep my money in the ceiling, let my mama know I’m free
Give my story to the children and a lesson they can read
And the glory to the feeling of the holy unseen
Seen enough, make a motherfucker scream, “I love myself!”

[Outro]
I lost my head
I must misread what the good book said
Oh woes be me, it’s a jungle inside
Give myself again till the well runs dry (i)

[Car Horns]

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,385: ‘I’ – Kendrick Lamar

  1. Dana says:

    I like this. It reminds me a bit of the hip hop style Arrested Development used to do.

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