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The Blacker the Berry
Kendrick Lamar Lyrics


Everything black, I don't want black (they want us to bow)
I want everything black, I ain't need black (down to our knees)
Some white, some black, I ain't mean black (and pray to the God)
I want everything black (we don't believe)
Want all things black, I don't need black
Want everything black, don't need black
Our eyes ain't black, I own black
Own everything black

Six in the morn'
Fire in the street
Burn, baby, burn
That's all I wanna see
And sometimes I get off watchin' you die in vain
It's such a shame they may call me crazy
They may say I suffer from schizophrenia or somethin', but homie, you made me
Black don't crack, my nigga

I'm the biggest hypocrite of 2015
Once I finish this, witnesses will convey just what I mean
Been feeling this way since I was sixteen, came to my senses
You never liked us anyway, fuck your friendship, I meant it
I'm African-American, I'm African
I'm black as the moon, heritage of a small village
Pardon my residence
Came from the bottom of mankind
My hair is nappy, my dick is big, my nose is round and wide
You hate me don't you?
You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture
You're fuckin' evil I want you to recognize that I'm a proud monkey
You vandalize my perception but can't take style from me
And this is more than confession
I mean I might press the button just so you know my discretion
I'm caught in my feelings, I know that you feel it
You sabotage my community, makin' a killin'
You made me a killer, emancipation of a real nigga

The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
The blacker the berry, the bigger I shoot

I said dem treat we like a slave, cah we black
Woii, we feel wul heap ah pain, cah we black
I man ah say dem put we inna chain, cah we black
And watch 'ya now, big gold chain full of rocks
And you nuh see di whip, left scar 'pon we back
But now we have a big whip parked 'pon di block
How dem ah seh we doomed from the start, cah we black?
Remember this, every race start from the block, jus 'member dat

I'm the biggest hypocrite of 2015
Once I finish this, witnesses will convey just what I mean
I mean, it's evident that I'm irrelevant to society
That's what you're telling me, penitentiary would only hire me
Curse me 'til I'm dead
Church me with your fake prophesize that I'ma be just another slave in my head
Institutionalized manipulation and lies
Reciprocation of freedom only live in your eyes
You hate me don't you?
I know you hate me just as much as you hate yourself
Jealous of my wisdom and cards I dealt
Watchin' me as I pull up, fill up my tank, then peel out
Muscle cars like pull ups, show you what these big wheels 'bout, ah
Black and successful, this black man meant to be special
Katzkins on my radar, bitch, how can I help you?
How can I tell you I'm making a killin'?
You made me a killer, emancipation of a real nigga

The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
The blacker the berry, the bigger I shoot

I said dem treat we like a slave, cah we black
Woii, we feel wul heap ah pain, cah we black
I man ah say dem put we inna chain, cah we black
And watch 'ya now, big gold chain full of rocks
And you nuh see di whip, left scar 'pon we back
But now we have a big whip parked 'pon di block
How dem ah seh we doomed from the start, cah we black?
Remember this, every race start from the block, jus 'member dat

I'm the biggest hypocrite of 2015
When I finish this if you listenin' then sure you will agree
This plot is bigger than me, it's generational hatred
It's genocism, it's grimy, little justification
I'm African-American, I'm African
I'm black as the heart of a fuckin' Aryan
I'm black as the name of Tyrone and Darius
Excuse my French but fuck you, no, fuck y'all
That's as blunt as it gets, I know you hate me, don't you?
You hate my people, I can tell 'cause it's threats when I see you
I can tell 'cause your ways deceitful
Know I can tell because you're in love with that Desert Eagle
Thinkin' maliciously, he get a chain then you gone bleed him
It's funny how Zulu and Xhosa might go to war
Two tribal armies that want to build and destroy
Remind me of these Compton Crip gangs that live next door
Beefin' with Pirus, only death settle the score
So don't matter how much I say I like to preach with the Panthers
Or tell Georgia State, "Marcus Garvey got all the answers"
Or try to celebrate February like it's my B-Day
Or eat watermelon, chicken, and Kool-Aid on weekdays
Or jump high enough to get Michael Jordan endorsements
Or watch BET 'cause urban support is important
So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street
When gang banging make me kill a nigga blacker than me?
Hypocrite!

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Royalty Network, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jeffrey Campbell, Kendrick Duckworth, Stephen Noel Kozmeniuk, Matthew Jehu Samuels, Zale Epstein, Alexander Izquierdo, Brent Andrew Kolatalo, Ken Lewis, Terrace Martin

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belizenigg

Chorus correction
Jamaican Patios:


Ah seh dem treat mih like a slave cause wih black
Woi we feel whole heap ah pain cause wih black

I man ah seh dem put wih inna chains cause wih black and watch ya now, big ole chains full ah rocks

How yuh nuh see di whip left scar pon wih back
But now wih have a big whip parked pon di block
How dem ah seh wih doom from di start cause wih black
But memba dis, everywhere it start from the blacks, just memba dat




English Translation:


I said they treat us like a slave because we're black
We felt a whole heap of pain because we're black
They put is in chains because we're black, but look at us, big old chains filled with rocks
You dont see the whip left scars on our back
But now we have a big whip parked on the block
They're saying we are doomed from the start because we're black
But remember this, everywhere it starts from the blacks, just remember that



Donardo Henry

As a Jamaican I would like to let y'all know What Assassin actually said:

"I said, they treat me like a slave, cuz mi black

Woy, Mi feel whole heap a pain, cuz mi black

And man a seh don't put we in a chain cuz we black

An watch ya now, big ol' chain full ah rocks.

And yuh nuh see di whips left scars on my back,

But now we have a big whip parked pon the block

And never say we're doomed from the start, cuz I'm black

Remember this, every race starts from the black.

Just remember dat."



Arda Ergör

The lyrics of the chorus are terribly wrong. Here is the correct version:
I said they treat me like a slave cah' me black
Woi we feel whole leap of pain cah' we black
And man a say they put me in a chain cah' me black
Imagine now, big gold chain full of rocks
How you no see the whip left scars 'pon me back
But now we have a big whip parked 'pon the block
All them a say we doomed from the start cah' we black
Remember this, every race start from the block(black), just 'member that.



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Doctor Dedede

This guy got judged because he didn't post anything on the Black Out Tuesday. Did people forget about this song... Or even the whole "To Pimp A Butterfly" album?

Mr laybackVevo

He dedicated his whole career bro

KU12T

@Canadian Goose359 My exact thought.🤦🏾‍♂️

Canadian Goose359

How does posting a black square say anything about someone’s stance on racial problems.

greg ehirim

Don't mind the fools and brainless people with their Baggage of hate they carry around looking for who to dump it on. The man done made a whole album that talked about everything that was going on in this fucked up world. The album itself is like a whole black movement, A timeless masterpiece. thank you Kung fu Kenny.

KJ

@Leonardo Mei nah that was twisted out of context, he wasnt talking about the slaves that ur thinking of, hes talking about mental slavery about how a lot of black people are slaves to materialism and wealth and jewelry and all that, and thats why he says "its like a choice" because we can definitely choose to not be so attached to materialism

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Mosie Eiliyah

“I’m black as the heart of a fuckin Aryan” still hits hard 6 years later. What a line

sahir de

@Zachary Gaines race is socially constructed. Arguing about what is a race and what isn't is useless. There's more diversity between different African tribes than there are between some "black" and "white" people

Zachary Gaines

@amanialsoquar bro white Europeans? White is a system. Not a race. Black is a culture. Not a race

frank ocean

@Jurian Abrahamse na nro aryans r moder day iranians, pakistanis and sum indians

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