Tuesday, January 13, 2015

AUDIO: Kendrick Lamar And Jonathan Emile “Heaven Help Dem”

Kendrick Lamar And Jonathan Emile “Heaven Help Dem”

Kendrick Lamar links with Montreal rapper, producer, and poet Jonathan Emile for a track paying tribute to the victims of police brutality like Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin. After a year of national press filled with news about numerous deaths of unarmed black men by the police, “Heaven Help Dem” is a powerful song that stirs emotions of both anger and sadness as soon as the track begins. Kendrick’s standout verse is profound, expressing the grim reality of what it means to be a young black man in America.
He rattles off, “They say the average black man only live til 25, Pac died at 25, how many kids you know dead at 20? 5? Now that’s life I know, 10 that’s crumbling in coffins, dead as a doorknob, fresh out of high school and couldn’t find no job, went straight to the grave, the Grim Reaper in love with such a tender age.”
Peep the track above.