Song of the Day #2,749: ‘Alright’ – Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick LamarThe Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ takes the #3 spot in Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll. No argument there. I had it at #4 on my own list.

At #4 is another track from Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. This one is ‘Alright,’ a song that became an unofficial anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement, as it touches on the issue of police shooting black men.

The song has a Do the Right Thing vibe, both because of its subject matter and the use of horns juxtaposed with hip-hop beats.

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Song of the Day #2,748: ‘King Kunta’ – Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick LamarI know it’s the first day of February, but I’m still looking back at 2015. I ran down my own favorite songs of last year, so now I’ll give the critics their say.

Each year, the Village Voice asks nearly 500 music critics to list their ten favorite albums and singles and all of that data is crunched to arrive at a consensus master list, known as the Pazz & Jop poll.

I’ve covered the top vote-getters for a few years now, and for the next two weeks I’ll once again feature the singles that topped the poll.

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