Tweet storms are brewing. Predictions are shot from all directions. Everyone wants to know who K-Dot ‘dissed’ in his latest track, The Heart Part 4. But we’re more excited about his fiery words to an unmistakable target — the current US president.
As a preview for his forthcoming album, the single itself is cause for much excitement, but for a lot of his fans, it’s the protest song we’ve been desperately looking for.
It starts by cruising through a harmonising vocal, belonging to R&B singer Khalid, as Kendrick switches from confessions from his own life (“Travel round the atlas in this spaceship candy-coated”) to straight up condemnation of the status quo (“The richer the poorer, the bigger the picture”).
Moving through a Motown-soaked beat, his words gather momentum until the 808s arrive, loading up the ammo for what’s to come. Blast after blast, he berates the current situation (“The whole world goin’ mad / Bodies is adding up, market’s about to crash”), his president and the KGB (“Donald Trump is a chump, know how we feel, punk / Russia need a replay button”), not forgetting the democratic institution in place (“Electorial votes look like memorial votes / But America’s truth ain’t ignorin’ the votes.”)
The Heart Part 4 finishes with a caution for the new album — “Y’all got till April the 7th to get y’all shit together.” We have never been more ready.