New Jam: Kendrick Lamar’s Single “i” Is All About Self-Love

Beyonce’s “I woke up like this, flawless” will forever be my self-love mantra, but Kendrick Lamar’s new single “I” is a worthy addition to the list of awesome personal empowerment anthems. Lamar, who was robbbbbbbbed of the Best Rap Album award at the Grammys, finally dropped the song today — a precursor to the release of his hugely anticipated sophomore album, due later this year — and damn will it have you bopping your head and shaking your booty. Featuring a sample from the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady” — Buzzfeed notes that the ’60s band was also sampled on rap classic like Ice Cube’s “It Was A Good Day” and Biggie’s “Big Poppa” — “i” is fun and joyful, while still full of Kendrick’s conscious lyricism and distinctive flow:

They wanna say there’s a war outside and a bomb in the street / And a gun in the hood and a mob of police / And a rock on the corner and a line full of fiends / And a bottle full of lean and a model on a scheme, yup / These days of frustration keep y’all on ducking rotation / I duck these gold faces, post up fee-fi-fo-fum basis / Dreams of realities peace / Blow steam in the face of the beast / The sky can fall down, the wind can cry now / The strong in me, I still smile / And I love myself

Preach! Better get it right next year, Grammy voters. [Buzzfeed]