The Best Tracks of 2015, #11


11. Kendrick Lamar, “King Kunta”

It’ll probably be years before I can fully grasp the breadth and power of Kendrick Lamar’s massive, 80-minute To Pimp a Butterfly, but the one track on this wildly ambitious, incessantly funky album is its funkiest moment. Combining hip hop braggodocio with African-American pride, Lamar is eloquent on the Roots-referencing “King Kunta”, but that lyrical power is also underscored by one heck of a funk backdrop that evokes George Clinton. It’s been ages since I’ve been so captivated by a hip hop song like this. (Spotify) (YouTube)