Definite Inclusion: "The Blacker the Berry"
On February 10th, without warning, Lamar dropped his newest and most confrontational song to date, "The Blacker the Berry." The track, named after Wallace Thurman's book of the same title, finds Lamar tackling institutional violence, hypocrisy and the termination of his culture.
"I'm the biggest hypocrite of 2015/Once I finish this, witnesses will convey just what I mean," Lamar raps at the onset of every verse. "The plot is bigger than me/It's generational hatred/It's genocism, it's grimy, little justification/I'm African-American, I'm African/Black as the heart of a fuckin' Aryan/I'm black as the name Tyrone and Darius."
The track features engulfing, layered production by Boi-1da — adding the frequent Drake collaborator to Lamar's new album mix — as well as Terrace Martin and Boi-1da protégé KOZ.