Kendrick Lamar Debuts Isley Brothers-Sampled New Song ‘i’
The wait is finally over. Kendrick Lamar unveils his new song, 'i,' nearly two years after releasing his debut album, 'good kid, m.A.A.d city.'
Although we've been hearing the California-bred rapper's contributions on other artists' tracks as of late, 'i' is the first song to come from his forthcoming sophomore album.
Produced by Rahki and mixed by Ali, the song is a different one -- light and bouncy on the beat. This is all thanks to the Isley Brothers’ '70s classic 'That Lady,' which is sampled in the song. Aside from the sound elements, the bulk of the track is also very positive.
"We got a young brother who believes in all of us," a reverend preaches at the top of the track. "Brother Kendrick Lamar / He's not a rapper / He's a writer / He's a lover / If you read in between the lines / We'll learn to love one another."
Kendrick experiments with various rapping speeds and styles, but the idea of self-love is the one constant throughout the track. With "I love myself" as the track's hook, this is one that can easily bring up anyone who's feeling down.
"Dreams are reality's peace / Blow steam in the face of the beast / The sky can fall down / The wind can cry down / The strong in me / I still smile," he delivers.
Now that 'i' is finally out, hopefully we won't have to wait too long for more details on Kendrick's highly anticipated new album.
Listen to Kendrick Lamar's 'i'