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.
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