Last night, Kendrick Lamar took to the stage of The Colbert Report (and the last musical guest of the show ever!) to debut his new, untitled track. The new song is a collaboration between the acclaimed artist and fellow soul-funk musicians Bilal, Thundercat, and powerfully voice Anna Wise (who has collaborated with Lamar in the past). The performance is a tour de force of energy that had this lingering effect of a Gil Scott-Heron spoken word piece. To that end though, there was indeed something haunting and troublesome about Kendrick’s performance, as if perhaps the space in which he is tapping into for his writing is also causing him harm. Nonetheless, the song is provocative and stirring. Also, K. Dot borrowed from the animated hood classic Bebe’s Kids to declare that “We Don’t Die. We Multiply”. Check out the full performance below.
Kendrick Lamar Proclaims “The Black Man Don’t Die. We Multiply”