New Kung Fu Kenny
by Amanda Hale
April 21, 2017
Kendrick Lamar is on the way to earn his third No. 1 album on the Billboard charts with his storytelling, reflective, political and religious masterpiece in, D***. Kendrick's music is always a puzzle that one can almost never find the true meaning because of all the hidden messages he’s trying to send to his audience.
It opens with a ominous story about a blind woman in “BLOOD”. He introduces us with "I was taking a walk the other day", which concludes the album later on. He compares the powers behind wickedness and kindness. Her words to Kendrick are, “ you've lost something, your life!”. This follows by a gunshot that indicates that Kendrick loses his life at the beginning.
He takes a political swipe by sampling Fox News and their past comments on Kendrick and his style of music. The track contains a snippet of, Geraldo Rivera, who condemned hip-hop and Kendrick's performance on BET with his protest song, "Alright" in 2015 with saying “This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years". Kendrick responded in an interview with TMZ stating “Hip-hop is not the problem, our reality is the problem of the situation."
In "ELEMENT", Lamar seems to troll mainstream rappers by giving out the message that anything they do, he can do it 10x better. He takes shots at artists overwhelming obsession with social media. “I don’t to it for the ’Gram/ I do it for Compton,” he spits, revealing his true passion for music and his city.