Kendrick Lamar appears on the soon to be ending The Colbert Report as the show’s last musical guest. Because of that special postion, K Dot deploys a brand new song that is untitled and features Anna Wise from Sonnymoon, Thundercat, Bilal and Terrace Martin.
In the wake of the turmoil that has swept the nation and resulted in protests across the country, Kendrick Lamar sat down with MTV at a recent Reebok event to explain the significance his single “i” as well as how it relates to the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and a litany of other black men across the country.
“It’s something that I’ve been around since the beginning of time. I remember coming up in the city of Compton and [seeing] these same types of ordeals. So when I make a record like “i”, this is not just about me. It’s about what’s going on in real life, actual [facts].
My father definitely talked to me about that early on—he came from Chicago to Compton, and he dealt with it his whole life. He knew the moment I was born [that] the color of my skin was gonna be put to the test, and that’s just how it is. We have legacy, people who’ve died for it, but [there’s] still that type of negativity out there.
He told me, ‘Every day, carry yourself with some integrity and don’t let them see you sweat.’”
While making an appearance on Saturday Night Live, Kendrick Lamar paid homage to Method Man and performed his new single “I” along with his guest appearance alongside Jay Rock on “Pay For It.”
Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar had collaborated on a song titled “Eyes Above” for Lotus’ You’re Dead but the song didn’t make the final cut for the album. But that hasn’t stopped FlyLo from playing it at his shows.