The Vermont Cynic

Rap album preaches to sinners

March 18, 2016

One Compton rapper has successfully fused jazz sounds and hip-hop instrumentals with iconic Christian imagery and ideology.Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, “untitled unmastered.” is the culmination of eight unreleased tracks that Lamar has made over the past three years while recording “To Pimp a Butterf...

Kendrick’s ‘allegory of the hood’

March 24, 2015

Kendrick Lamar released the most anticipated album of the year, which is more of a philosophical message than a rap album.Kendrick Lamar’s message in “To Pimp a Butterfly” reflects one similar to Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.”In Plato’s allegory, a man leaves his community and learns a...

Rapper’s new single fights racism in U.S.

February 17, 2015

Kendrick Lamar recently released an explosive and provocative track that caused a commotion in the hip-hop community.The song “Blacker the Berry” bluntly dissects the volatile racial crisis confronting African-Americans today.Lamar’s lyrics emphasize ethnic pride, which he expressed in his recent si...

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