Since you’re probably in need of a good pick me up on a dreary Tuesday. Kendrick Lamar released the official video for “I” last week, and even if you’re still not really feeling the song, the video will definitely make you want to dance.
Kendrick travels through Los Angeles, getting hype at a couple of a parties, sitting down to have his hair twisted and even pulling a Joker in the backseat of a car. He also runs into Ronald Isley along the way, the song heavily samples The Isley Brothers‘ “That Lady.” In a recent radio interview with Houston’s 93.7 The Beat, Lamar said that the song came from a place of depression and insecurity. Maybe the feel-good, energetic clip will get fans to reconsider the song, which is pretty great.
His next single is rumored to be called “King Kunta,” and we could hear his next album at the tail end of this year, or early next near. So, what do you think of the video?
I realize that this song may seem an odd choice for ‘Song of the Day…Week…Month, etc.”, given that it was written and sung by a Scottish lad of Italian decent, Paolo Nutini. However, please–I repeat, PLEASE listen while reading the lyrics below to “Iron Sky” and tell me this doesn’t kick you in the heart–because it WILL.
Initially when I first heard “Iron Sky”, I envisioned the civil rights marches with Martin Luther King, Jr, then all of the havoc we are witnessing in Gaza, Palestine, Iraq, the whole ISIS mess…but now? All I can relate this song to is the horrific unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
We are proud individuals living on the city, But the flames couldn’t go much higher. We find God and religions to, To paint us with salvation. But no one, No nobody, Can give you the power,
To rise over love, And over hate, Through this iron sky, That’s fast becoming our minds. Over fear and into freedom.
Oh, that’s life That’s dripping down the walls Of a dream that cannot breathe In this harsh reality Mass confusion spoon fed to the blind Serves now to define our cold society
From which we’ll rise over love, Over hate, From this iron sky, That’s fast becoming our minds. Over fear and into freedom.
You just got to hold on! You just got to hold on!
Ohhh ohhhh oh oh
(To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure Let us use that power! Let us all unite!)*
And we’ll rise over love, And over hate, Through this iron sky, That’s fast becoming our minds Over fear, Into freedom. Into freedom!
From which we’ll rise over love, And over hate, Through this iron sky, That’s fast becoming our minds. Over fear and into freedom. Freedom!
Oh! Rain on me! Rain on me! Rain on me!
I’ve been a huge fan of Paolo’s for nearly 10 years, but never has a song of his had the kind of power and impact on my psyche and my heart like this one has done. I can’t get it out of my head. Please do share this post if the lyrics touch you.
Prayers for Justice in Ferguson.
*Spoken words by Charlie Chaplin/The Great Dictator
Oh, Babydoll. This song right here, y’all. I’ll let you listen and watch one of DiC’s many Boos, Paolo Nutini.
Right? Whooooboy. This song makes me wanna put on my pointy heels, a tight dress and sing back-up for Paolo. Now 27, Paolo is growing into his raspy and sexy voice. And daaayum if he ain’t even prettier. (I think I’ll apply to write for Tiger Beat Magazine next week.) I hear a Marvin Gaye influence…in a GOOD way; not a Robin Thicke stealer-way.
I’m making a road trip set-list for our annual trip to our other home in Sun Valley, Idaho. It’s gonna be a great ride with my Silver Foxand our pups, Mick and James.