Kendrick Lamar Teams Up With Mary J. Blige for “American Skin (41 Shots)”
Update (Oct. 27, 12:35 p.m.):
The third party site hosting the song has been removed.
One month ago, a clip of Mary J. Blige singing Bruce Springsteen's "American Skin (41 Shots)" for Hillary Clinton spread around the Internet. Social media pounced on the awkward video, but it had a greater purpose. The singer was previewing a proper remake of Springsteen's track, complete with an original verse from Kendrick Lamar.
The new version of "American Skin (41 Shots)" has arrived, and it's quite good. Kendrick Lamar steals the show with an impressive verse about the police shooting epidemic.
"Gun admitted, he bear arm/The entity, arm and leg and head made to destroy/80 percent of the victim was yours/Maybe I get to relive years of war/Look on the corner, we been here before/Look at the momma, you seen tears before/Pain bright and early/Rain, sleet, hail, snow, worry/More storm barricade the city/Prosecution, unhung jury/These days murder keep 'em busy/Sweet blood flowed on the gurney/Yellow tape tied around the street/Colin Kaepernick was more than worthy," Kendrick raps.
If this verse is a sign of things to come on Kendrick Lamar's next album, fans are in for a treat. During a recent conversation with the legendary Rick Rubin, the Compton MC talked about his follow-up to 2015's To Pimp a Butterfly.
“I have ideas and I have a certain approach. But I wanna see what it manifests,” he told Rubin. “I wanna put all the paint on the wall and see where that goes. Maybe you [Rubin] can help me with that.”
Until then, fans will have to settle for outstanding guest spots from K. Dot. Listen to Mary J. Blige's "American Skin (41 Shots)" featuring Kendrick Lamar below.
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