As much as we’ve loved listening to songs from “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” using our Brown/Kendrick translation guide, and playing “Swimming Pools Mad Libs,” it’s almost time to add some more Kendrick into our repertoire. Earlier today, Kendrick Lamar released his highly anticipated single “i,” which will be featured on his next LP (release date unannounced).
The single starts off with a man passionately exclaiming “he [Kendrick] is not a rapper, he’s a writer, he’s an author” and “if you read between the lines” of this song, “we’ll learn how to love one another.” The man closes by saying that we cannot accomplish this state of love “without loving yourself first.” At the end of the speech, the song abruptly transitions into a sample of The Isley Brothers’ 1973 hit “That Lady,” (read: that song from the Swiffer commercial). This is Lamar’s first solo single in almost two years, and it’s fair to say it’s a refreshingly new sound for Kendrick. Did we mention that the song is four minutes and twenty seconds long?
Dangeroo Kipawaa, CEO of Lamar’s record label Top Dawg Ent, tweeted:
If this song is for all
men phes, prepare to start blasting this song on your walk to class, at the gym, or while you’re cranking out that paper so that you can celebrate your nearing Brown 250+ weekend right.
Also #tbt to that time that Kendrick Lamar came to Brown on April 20th, 2013. Remember??
It is just true that no matter how much you love The Dirty Projectors, it is always going to be more fun to throw out a Kendrick lyric.
Kendrick’s album good kid, m.A.A.d city is about the difficulties Lamar faced growing up in Compton, California, and his experiences there are not exactly the same as a daily life on College Hill. Having said that, the album is full of lyrics than can be surprisingly applicable to Brown life.
Examples of how you can take being pumped about Kendrick above agreeing-via-Ya-Bish level:
“Money trees is the perfect place for shade and that’s just how I feel.” I am interning/working at (insert investment bank or consulting firm) this summer/after graduation. (“Money Trees“)
“Now this is not a tape recorder saying that he did it/But ever since that day, I was lookin at him different.” I am 90 percent sure that kid spilled a drink on me at a party once, OR, I really feel like that was the kid sat who ON HIS OWN in a Blue Room booth even though he just barely beat us there. (“m.A.A.d. city“) Continue Reading
Earlier today, the Brown Concert Agency posted a brief ticketing FAQ on its website outlining when Spring Weekend 2013 tickets will go on sale, as well as the number each student can purchase. From its site:
Q: When will tickets go on sale?
A: Tickets will go on sale starting at 8am on Monday, April 15. On this first day, Brown students only will be able to purchase 1 ticket each.
On Tuesday, April 16 at 8am, RISD students (and Brown faculty/staff) will be able to purchase 1 ticket, and Brown students will be able to purchase 1 additional ticket for guests.
From Wednesday, April 17 at 8am onwards, RISD and Brown students will be able to purchase a TOTAL of 3 tickets (one for themselves and up to two guests).
Its post also describes the process for a rain call (same as in past years — in case of a rainout, first-day tickets are guaranteed for Meehan, second- and third-day tickets are refunded), as well as an announcement that BSA is working on a “brand new ticketing system” as a means of preventing its website from crashing, which it has done in spectacular fashion each of the past few years. Let’s just hope we can spend April 15th kicking off a glorious Spring Week 2013, and not web-bashing the Birmingham Small Arms Company. Ya bish.