Track of the Day: 'King Kunta'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader agrees with Spencer that Kendrick Lamar should win Album of the Year at the Grammys:

To Pimp A Butterfly really is a great album. It works so much better as a cohesive whole than as a collection of tracks that I almost can’t even listen to it without starting right at the beginning. And I always feel like I pick up some new insight or angle on it every time I come back to it. Granted, it’s not easy to just put on and have in the background, but when I find the time and space for it I’m never disappointed.

You can listen to the full album here. Spencer characterized the above song as a “brag track like no other, sounding like Parliament Funkadelic covering ‘Smooth Criminal’ (which is, in fact, sampled) as Lamar imagines the Roots slave Kunta Kinte turned into a rap boss.”

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