N*E*R*D Hand Kendrick Lamar The Mic Again. Their Second Collabo Flies (Audio)
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On one of the biggest album release Fridays of the year, N*E*R*D strikes with NO ONE EVER REALLY DIES. Earlier in the week, Heads got a glimpse of Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean collaboration “Don’t Don’t Do It.” The political song inspired by police killing innocent Black men and boys is not K-Dot’s only album contribution. The TDE superstar who has worked with Pharrell on several of his albums also appears on “Kites.” This song involves M.I.A. too, and a series of beats that put that signature N*E*R*D percussion on blast.
The political bend of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shay Haley’s new album is upheld. P sings about a rally, oppressors shooting, and the uncertainty of survival. “The day I have a J.R., I tell him the worth of God only, and quit his day job (mother-f*ck the bullsh*t) / Radio never play ours / This revolution ain’t televised with prayer, jumping over borders / Ain’t no ruler for restrictions, ain’t no police to deport us / Ain’t no summers for our sons, ain’t no dealings for our daughters / Every prosecution hung, save the verdict for the lawyers / Illuminate the corner, celebrate humanity scream and back at me in the morning / Every field in Mississippi, every street in California / Know the devil is a liar, it’s the time to be anointed,” raps Kendrick as a message to his unborn kids. Pharrell interplays with Lamar at several points in the song, further reminding the listener that this is far from a phoned-in collabo’. M.I.A., no stranger to sociopolitical anthems, closes out with her rally-cry. On N*E*R*D’s first album in seven years, “Kites” flies high.
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