Kendrick Lamar’s Brand-New Song Receives the Cookie Seal of Approval

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Hip-hop recording artist Kendrick Lamar visits Music Choice on November 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Remember when Empire’s rap “icon”-in-the-making, Hakeem, made a subtle dig at Kendrick Lamar (and several of his high-profile peers) before introducing the world to “Drip Drop”? Well, neither does Cookie, because Taraji P. Henson just dropped the next single from Kendrick’s forthcoming album with a tweet.

With dancehall flourishes and a pounding beat (by Boi-1da and Terrace Martin), “The Blacker the Berry” is worlds apart from “i,” which (coincidentally?) earned him two Grammys at Sunday night’s ceremony. Pharrell has reportedly called another song on the album (rumored to be called “King Kunta), “so unapologetically black.” But with lyrics that skewer racist stereotypes and language (“I want you to recognize I’m a proud monkey”), I have a hard time believing this isn’t that song.

Kendrick Lamar Just Dropped a Brand-New Song