Kendrick Lamar takes onTrump in new song


​Kendrick Lamar, one of themost praised voices in hip-hop, took on

both US President Donald Trump and

rivals in the rap world in a surprise new

song.The California rapper ended the

track by throwing out the date April 7 —

leading fans to expect more music, and

perhaps even his next album, on that

date. Lamar late March 23, 2017

dropped “The Heart Part 4,” a nearly

five-minute track of rapid-fire rhyme

that, in contrast to his often eclectic

musical influences, is led by an

unadorned bass line. KEVIN WINTER /

AFP

Kendrick Lamar, one of the most

praised voices in hip-hop, took on both

US President Donald Trump and rivals

in the rap world in a surprise new song.

The California rapper ended the track

by throwing out the date April 7 —

leading fans to expect more music, and

perhaps even his next album, on that

date.

Lamar late Thursday dropped “The

Heart Part 4,” a nearly five-minute

track of rapid-fire rhyme that, in

contrast to his often eclectic musical

influences, is led by an unadorned bass

line.

The Grammy-winning artist — whose

2015 album “To Pimp a Butterfly” was

quickly hailed as a classic — paints a

bleak picture on his latest track,

rapping: “The whole world goin’ mad.”

“Donald Trump is a chump / Know how

we feel, punk / Tell ’em that God

comin’ / And Russia need a replay

button, y’all up to something,” he raps,

referring to the Trump presidential

campaign’s alleged ties with Russia.

Lamar also points to Trump’s failure to

win the popular vote in last year’s

election, rapping: “America’s truth ain’t

ignoring the votes.”

Lamar has been an active social

commentator. His “Alright” became an

unofficial anthem of the Black Lives

Matter movement, while another “To

Pimp a Butterfly” track — “How Much a

Dollar Cost,” about an encounter with a

beggar in South Africa — was hailed by

then-president Barack Obama as his

favorite song of 2015.

More unusually for the 29-year-old

Lamar, much of “The Heart Part 4” is

about boasting of his own status in hip-

hop.

“30 millions later, my future favors /

The legendary status of a hip-hop rhyme

savior,” he raps, exalting both his

earnings and his skill.

In several cryptic verses in the song,

Lamar appears to take shots at other

rappers — especially Drake, the Toronto

superstar, whom he suggests is

overrated.

“The Heart Part 4” is loosely inspired by

funk legend James Brown’s “Don’t Tell a

Lie About Me and I Won’t Tell the Truth

On You,” off his 1974 double-album

“Hell.”

If Lamar releases new music on April 7,

it would come little more than a week

before he is one of the headliners of

Coachella, the premier music festival in

California.

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