This Week's Best Songs featuring Kendrick Lamar

This Week’s 5 Best Songs: Kendrick Lamar, Drake, LIDS and more…

And also two great indie feminist anthems from Speedy Ortiz and Braids.

- Feb 13, 2015
This week had a new Kendrick Lamar song, a surprise Drake tape and a new Kanye song after a new Kanye-troversy, once and for all proving that nothing - nothing - is going to break the internet. So let's all stop using that phrase starting... now. Listen to the best songs of the week below.

Kendrick Lamar, "The Blacker The Berry"

Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry

I'm unconvinced that Kendrick's two faces are even at odds at all. "i" is about the work we must do on our person, "The Blacker the Berry" is about the work we must do in our community. An effective protest must take many tones — from jubilant and inspirational to fiery and precise.

Drake, "Know Yourself"

Drake surprised the world with If You're Reading This It's Too Late late Thursday night, but first he released this 15-minute music video with about 30 seconds of new music, which turned out to be "Know Yourself." He pulled the album off SoundCloud, instead only selling it on iTunes, so unless you buy it (or "something"), these 30 seconds are your free snack.  

Speedy Ortiz, "Raising The Skate"

If Speedy Ortiz hadn't already won our affection by announcing their new album with an original comic by Toronto artist/Creep Highway punk Michael DeForge, their first single does that nicely in the most badass six words we've heard in an indie rock tune in a good, long while: "I'm not bossy, I'm the boss."

Braids, "Miniskirt"

You can hear the frustration in every one of Raphaelle Standell-Preston's syllables in Braids' new feminist anthem. But it's an invigorated, resolute frustration, energized by the curtain-dropping realization that wearing a little miniskirt doesn't mean you're "asking for it," that sexual prowess is a double standard that shames, that anger directed at the system that privileges men is not the same as "man-hating."

LIDS, "Sarsfest"

LIDS is a new group comprised of Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt, Alex Edkins of METZ and Doug MacGregor of Constantines, a band whose "supergroup" DNA is much more potent the closer you get to Toronto. And, as if to prove that fact, they've named their new song "Sarsfest," one of the nicknames given to the giant 2003 Rolling Stones-headlined concert that helped revive Toronto's tourism industry after the SARS scare.

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