Kendrick Lamar Explains How He Wrote "King Kunta" on NME's Song Stories [YouTube Video Interview]

Sebastien Francois

by Sebastien Francois

Published June 6, 2015

Kendrick Lamar sat down with NME and discussed how he wrote "King Kunta," the third single from his 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly. The name of the song is a reference to the rebellious slave Kunta Kinte, the protagonist of the Alex Haley novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which was later turned into a TV series.

There is one thing you all must know about Kendrick: he is a complex writer. "King Kunta" features stories of stuggles, perseverance, and strength as well as Kendrick paying homage to James Brown and fellow Compton rappers Mausberg and Suga Free over a funky hip hop beat. Watch above as Lamar dives into the meaning behind to the T.P.A.B. highlight.

To Pimp A Butterfly is available for order on Amazon (CD, MP3). Listen and read our review of the album right here on Zumic.

For more music, news, videos, and tour dates from Kendrick Lamar, visit his Zumic artist page.


Source: NME

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