All Hail 'King Kunta'
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 02, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

I am whiter than mayonnaise in a polka hall celebrating the life's works of Lawrence Welk, but when I was growing up, I had black foster siblings, and we watched a lot of 106 & Park after school (R.I.P.). That means I watched a lot of 90s/early 2000s hip-hop videos growing up, and although 2pac wasn't in the regular rotation by the time I got into the show, I found most of his videos over the years. And while Kendrick Lamar's excellent latest LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, is a considerable homage to the late Tupac Amaru Shakur, Kendrick just released the video for "King Kunta" and it's so Pac it hurts -- in a good way.

Kendrick Lamar shot the video for the To Pimp a Butterfly stand-out at a Compton flea market with a crowd of extras that would have made D.W. Griffith and Cecil DeMille proud. It's everything a classic 90s hip-hop video wanted but with the production and lyrical density that is all K-Dot. If you want to see Kendrick riding around in a low-rider through Compton, dancing with massive crowds of Compton-ites outside the flea market, and being a straight boss in a local liquor store, this is the video for you. I can't wait to see what he does with the video for "The Blacker the Berry" next.


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