The dancehall artist says he understood the tone of the song from the demo.
Kendrick Lamar made headlines last week because he won two Grammys for his “i” single and because he released a new track, “The Blacker the Berry,” the next day.
Assassin, who is featured on the track, talked with XXL about his involvement on the song. He says Kendrick Lamar’s verse wasn’t on the demo that he received.
“I got the call from Kardinal Offishall saying that [producer] Boi-1da was exploring this track and maybe wanted to get a Jamaican perspective,” he says. “I guess my name came up and he forwarded the track to me. It was just a skeleton—a demo—with the overall vibe of the track that I got. I did the verse and I did the chorus and I sent it back.”
The dancehall artist says he recorded the song in Kingston, Jamaica at the end of last year. He is pleased with how it turned out.
“It’s a powerful record and it’s very timely,” he says. “Like he said in the lyrics, the listeners and the witness will determine what is being said. I like that. Music is so much about interpretation. People get different things from it. But at baseline, it’s just a very powerful piece and I’m happy to be apart of it.”
He also discusses his collaboration with Kanye West and who he would like to work with in the future. Read the full interview at XXL.
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