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Still Trying to Digest It
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2015
When I first listened to a few songs on the album in the midst of my everyday, fast paced life, I'll admit, it didn't speak to me and I didn't think it was that good. I consider myself a deep, intelligent person, but for some reason I couldn't really understand what message Kendrick wanted to convey. So I stopped everything ...
I turned off my TV and listened to the album from beginning to end while in silence. Now, I think 50 years from now this album will be memorialized in history books.
Kendrick takes us through what it is like to be a black person/black man in America, reaching back from slavery, from the perspective of a wealthy man to one who is poor and has nothing. He addresses Trayvon Martin and the word negus. He suffers through hate and depression and basks in love. He criticizes police violence on black youth but still tells us that we have to confront black on black violence too. He guides us with Nelson Mandela's example and has a poignant dialogue with Tupac, and at the end reminds us that we're the ones we've been waiting for. All in less than 80 minutes. And I know there's more as I'm still trying to digest it.
What a masterpiece.