Song of the Day #3,503: ‘HUMBLE’ – Kendrick Lamar

If the Academy Awards can be held in March, I can post about 2017 at least through February, right?

Over the next two weeks, I will take my annual dive into the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll — now in its 45th year. This ranked list of the year’s best albums and singles is, according to famed critic Robert Christgau, “America’s most comprehensive survey of ‘rock critic’ taste.”

I have discovered some great music through this poll, but more often than not I’ve been left scratching my head at some of the crap music critics collectively celebrate as genius. Let’s see how this year’s results turn out.

Things don’t start off well, as Cardi B sits atop the singles list with her atrocious ‘Bodak Yellow.’ I get that it’s an interesting story, but the greatest song of the year?

I’ve already featured ‘Bodak Yellow,’ so I’m moving on to #2, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘HUMBLE.’ Lamar’s ‘DAMN’ topped the album list and this is one of two singles he placed in the top ten, so he is the artist of the year according to critics.

And I hate to admit that I just don’t get it. I’ve tried, I swear, to give him a chance. But I don’t like the songs, I don’t like his voice, I don’t see this groundbreaking talent that everybody pants over.

If anybody out there is on the Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar bandwagon, please let me know what I’m missing.

[Verse 1]
Ayy, I remember syrup sandwiches and crime allowances
Finesse a nigga with some counterfeits, but now I’m countin’ this
Parmesan where my accountant lives; in fact, I’m downin’ this
D’USSÉ with my boo bae tastes like Kool-Aid for the analysts
Girl, I can buy yo’ ass the world with my paystub
Ooh, that pussy good, won’t you sit it on my taste bloods?
I get way too petty once you let me do the extras
Pull up on your block, then break it down: we playin’ Tetris
A.M. to the P.M., P.M. to the A.M., funk
Piss out your per diem, you just gotta hate ’em, funk
If I quit your BM, I still ride Mercedes, funk
If I quit this season, I still be the greatest, funk
My left stroke just went viral
Right stroke put lil’ baby in a spiral
Soprano C, we like to keep it on a high note
It’s levels to it, you and I know

[Chorus]
Bitch, be humble (hol’ up, bitch)
Sit down (hol’ up, lil’, hol’ up, lil’ bitch)
Be humble (hol’ up, bitch)
Sit down (hol’ up, sit down, lil’, sit down, lil’ bitch)
Be humble (hol’ up, hol’ up)
Bitch, sit down (hol’ up, hol’ up, lil’ bitch)
Be humble (lil’ bitch, hol’ up, bitch)
Sit down (hol’ up, hol’ up, hol’ up, hol’ up)
Be humble (hol’ up, hol’ up)
Sit down (hol’ up, hol’ up, lil’, hol’ up, lil’ bitch)
Be humble (hol’ up, bitch)
Sit down (hol’ up, sit down, lil’, sit down, lil’ bitch)
Be humble (hol’ up, hol’ up)
Bitch, sit down (hol’ up, hol’ up, lil’ bitch)
Be humble (lil’ bitch, hol’ up, bitch)
Sit down (hol’ up, hol’ up, hol’ up, hol’ up)

[Verse 2]
Who dat nigga thinkin’ that he frontin’ on Man-Man? (Man-Man)
Get the fuck off my stage, I’m the Sandman (Sandman)
Get the fuck off my dick, that ain’t right
I make a play fucking up your whole life
I’m so fuckin’ sick and tired of the Photoshop
Show me somethin’ natural like afro on Richard Pryor
Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks
Still will take you down right on your mama’s couch in Polo socks
Ayy, this shit way too crazy, ayy, you do not amaze me, ayy
I blew cool from AC, ayy, Obama just paged me, ayy
I don’t fabricate it, ayy, most of y’all be fakin’, ayy
I stay modest ’bout it, ayy, she elaborate it, ayy
This that Grey Poupon, that Evian, that TED Talk, ayy
Watch my soul speak, you let the meds talk, ayy
If I kill a nigga, it won’t be the alcohol, ayy
I’m the realest nigga after all

[Chorus]
Bitch, be humble (hol’ up, bitch)
Sit down (hol’ up, lil’, hol’ up, lil’ bitch)
Be humble (hol’ up, bitch)
Sit down (hol’ up, sit down, lil’, sit down, lil’ bitch)
Be humble (hol’ up, hol’ up)
Bitch, sit down (hol’ up, hol’ up, lil’ bitch)
Be humble (lil’ bitch, hol’ up, bitch)
Sit down (hol’ up, hol’ up, hol’ up, hol’ up)
Be humble (hol’ up, hol’ up)
Sit down (hol’ up, hol’ up, lil’, hol’ up, lil’ bitch)
Be humble (hol’ up, bitch)
Sit down (hol’ up, sit down, lil’, sit down, lil’ bitch)
Be humble (hol’ up, hol’ up)
Bitch, sit down (hol’ up, hol’ up, lil’ bitch)
Be humble (lil’ bitch, hol’ up, bitch)
Sit down (hol’ up, hol’ up, hol’ up, hol’ up)

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,503: ‘HUMBLE’ – Kendrick Lamar

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I think you’re a bit too hard on Cardi B, although putting “Bodak Yellow” as the number 1 song seems crazy to me.

    I’m with you on Lamar though. I think he is way over-hyped. Daniel may have to come to his defense as he seems to really like him and get the critics’ buzz. Of course, I felt similarly about Kanye West and you were tight there with the critics on that one. I will say, though, at least with Kanye, there seemed to be more diversity and originality in sound and style. Much of what I hear from Lamar sounds like generic rap with lyrics that are difficult to catch.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    After reading the lyrics I couldn’t bring myself to hit the play button so I can’t help you 😩

  3. Maddie says:

    I don’t have much to say to convince anyone of why Lamar and Cardi B are as beloved as they are, but I’m personally a fan of their bold confidence and style. This music video, in particular, is totally incredible, so one of the reasons I follow these artists is to see the collaborators who are attracted to creating some amazing products with them.

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