My son Nate introduced the poetry and music of Kendrick Lamar to me by playing episodes of the podcast Dissect on a long road trip. The episodes explore, in detail, the raw energy, passionate theology and unnerving social commentary in the tracks of Lamar’s album, To Pimp A Butterfly. The lyrics explode in performance, unfolding the seethe and rage of black America in powerful, introspective art.
Art that is soft and easy on our hearts is not all there is. When we are on top of the world, safe and secure, music and poetry can be quiet and mild. There are other voices, from other places, down the street, that speak from very different experiences.