Kendrick Lamar has shared a video for his song ‘King Kunta’ from his magnificent 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly. Premiered in Times Square in New York, the video was released via Vevo a short time later. King Kunta takes us on a funky journey to Compton, a place that Lamar continually explores in his music. Named for the main character Kinte Kunta from the television show Roots (1977), a slave who had his foot cut off for trying to run away from a plantation, Lamar asks ‘Bitch where you when I was walkin’? When he was poor, nobody wanted to know who he was. ‘Now I run the game got the whole world talkin’, King Kunta‘- now that Lamar is famous, everybody wants a piece of him. They want to cut the legs off Lamar. King Kunta is a meditation on being a wealthy black male in America, simultaneously powerful and powerless. Thoughtfully compelling, King Kunta has a deliciously funky beat.
Overwhelmingly well received by critics, To Pimp a Butterfly is available to stream via Spotify.
This album and more of Kendrick Lamar’s music can be bought from Amazon.