Kendrick Lamar's "i" Lyrics Are Soulful, Infectious & Will Inspire You To Love Yourself — LISTEN
Tuesday, Kendrick Lamar released “i,” the first single from his highly-anticipated, to-be-released second album. Lamar's 2012 opus good Kid, m.A.A.D. city is without a doubt one of the best albums in recent memory, and I had crazy-high expectations for this new song. My expectations were no match: The Rahki-produced track blasted right on past 'em and skywrote "I JUST LEFT YOUR EXPECTATIONS IN THE DUST, YA BISH." The Twitterverse's reactions to the "That Lady" sample and the real-talk verses are split down the middle, but I am in the "I love this track" camp.
After a few listens, I dug into the lyrics. What I found: The feel-good song's verses cut deep. The theme that runs through “i”: The world can be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad shit sandwich. It's easy to feel powerless against the shit sandwich. Lamar repeats his secret to living in a shit sandwich of a world throughout the chorus:
I immediately thought of the RuPaul's Drag Race sign-off: "If you aren't gonna love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?"
At the end of the third verse, K. Dot hits us with just how powerful self-love can be:
If you aren't gonna love yourself, how the hell are you gonna deal with the shit sandwich of a world we live in?