By Tasha Saint-Louis
Friday, Mar. 24th the world stopped when Kendrick Lamar tweeted his new single ‘The Heart Part 4.’ A sequel to ‘The Heart’ parts 1-3, it was filled with references to pop culture icons, current events, and a hint at the release of his next album.
In a little under five minutes, Lamar boasted about his uniqueness, chastised other rappers, and casually called Trump out on his relation with Russia.
It’s safe to say the Lamar had no reserve on this single (as usual) and it appropriately served as a taste of what is to come for anticipating fans. After only a couple of days, there already is an in-depth analysis from multiple sources deciphering each line of each verse.
In the first lines of Part I Verse I, Lamar shares his goal: to become a “legendary hip-hop rhyme savior.” A feat that is feasible considering Lamar’s counterparts who rely on redundancy, mumbling, or other incoherent nonsense in order to fill bars.
Another line in this verse lightly chronicled his legacy in the industry so far, “I done vandalized the industry full circuit.” Some listeners attest that this line relates to his ‘controversial’ performance at the 2016 Grammy’s, while others believe it to be a testament to how the industry has responded to his music over the years.
In Part II of the song, Lamar goes into a 78-line lyrical rant that attacks phony rappers, fake titles, needy fans, and Trump’s ‘surprising’ electoral win. In dissing Trump and the whole election process, Lamar raps:
“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 somethin’
Electorial votes look like memorial votes
But America’s truth ain’t ignorin’ the votes”
Lamar may share a similar disdain for Trump like most of hip-hop’s artists, but he takes it a step further when he questions Trump’s loyalties and chastises the voting system.
Accusing Trump of being in ‘cahoots’ with Russia has been all but new and remained meme-material for social media, until now.
In the same breath, Lamar attests that the country dug its own hole with the use of a poor voting system that counts the state’s vote as opposed to the popular vote. Lamar then ominously accuses America of more than a faulty voting system but also of a blind eye.
As a budding Kendrick Lamar fan, this song gave me chills, goosebumps, butterflies, and so much more.
I was chilling with Lamar in Part I of the song, vibing with melody and casual bashing. When Part II came along, the beats switched with his ferocity and flow and had me clutching to my desk in awe.
After listening to it twice without reading the lyrics then twice-more while reading it, I applauded his lyrical talent and prowess.
At the end of this single Lamar raps: “You know what time it is, ante up, this is in forever/Y’all got ’til April the 7th to get y’all sh*t together.”
Fans are hoping that ‘April 7th’ will be his fourth album’s debut. Considering how amazing I felt after hearing ‘The Heart Part 4,’ I’m sincerely hoping that this is true.