Monday, September 24, 2012

Song Feature: Keisha's Song (Her Pain)

About a month ago, my colleague L. Reels took the time to educate those who have not exposed themselves to the greatness of Kendrick Lamar. This week's song feature comes from the Compton rapper and his 2011 album Section 80. "Keisha's Song (Her Pain)" is one of Lamar's more powerful records. I would equate this song to Tupac's "Brenda's Got a Baby" in that a story is being told about a woman's struggle (ironically, he actually refers to the Tupac record in the song). In this case, Kendrick shares with us a very vivid and narrative tragedy about a girl (Keisha) who struggles with prostitution. A dedication to his 11-year-old sister, Lamar doesn't necessarily demonize the act, but rather paints the picture of severe degradation, making it so his sister or any young girl might better understand that conflicting lifestyle. With strong references, an Alan Parsons Project sample, intricate storytelling, a compelling message, and the heartfelt vocals of Ashtro Bot, this week's song feature is heavy. Check out the song below, and as always, the download link for Kendrick Lamar's Section 80 album.

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