WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN – After being introduced to the critically-acclaimed “To Pimp a Butterfly” last summer by a coworker, 16 year old Zachary Williams has come to fully understand poet and rapper Kendrick L. Duckworth, known popularly as Kendrick Lamar.
“When I first listened to “King Kunta”, I was like- yes. Finally, someone said it,” said Williams. “I actually burned all of Kendrick’s albums onto CDs so I can keep them in my mom’s minivan for when I have to drive my sister to ballet lessons.”
Addressing themes such as institutionalized racism, toxic masculinity, and gang violence through stories about his youth in Compton, “good kid, m.A.A.d city” was Lamar’s breakout album. “To Pimp A Butterfly”, Lamar’s 2015 release was met with overwhelming praise, and president Barack Obama identified late-album track “How Much a Dollar Cost” as his favorite song of the year. This spring, Lamar dropped “untitled unmastered”, a digital release of demo tracks and b-sides originating from the recording of “To Pimp A Butterfly”. Williams, the incumbent captain of his high school’s golf team, has taken Lamar’s lyrics to heart as he prepares himself for the upcoming summer and school year.
“It’s just… like, when Kendrick talks about being peer pressured by his friends into robbing a convenience store while tweaking on cocaine in “m.A.A.d city”, I was like… oh my god. That’s exactly like the time the soccer captain made me try a sip of her UV Blue after prom! Kendrick just gets me.”
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