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David Bowie’s new “★” project inspired by Kendrick Lamar

November 24th, 2015 | by Mark Duah
David Bowie’s new “★” project inspired by Kendrick Lamar


Good music has no barriers.  It transcends segments of the populations, borders, and genres, and if it is really that good, it transcends generations.  Very seldom do we year of a hip hop artist, especially a fairly new one, inspire, not only the youth of his own generation, but hip hop star Kendrick Lamar’s talent, has inspired a mega rock n’ roll superstar of a much older generation, to develop a new sound for his new up and coming album.




In a recent, interview with Rolling Stone, producer Tony Visconti, shared that the great David Bowie, is preparing the release of his  album (pronounced “Blackstar”) and they were inspired by the captivating works and stylings of Kendrick Lamar.  Visconti shared:


“We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar,”…”We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn’t do a straight-up Hip Hop record. He threw everything on there, and that’s exactly what we wanted to do.”




To Pimp a Butterfly, creator, enlisted the support of musicians George Clinton and Snoop Dogg on the LP, among other greats, developing an album that producer, Terrace Martin referred to as much more than just a “black” album.  He went on further to say:


“More than pro-Black, I believe this album has become pro-human being, pro-everybody,” he said. “Playing this music for a mixed crowd is simple because we don’t look at it as a mixed crowd. We look at it as our relatives within the art community, where we don’t experience Black and White or none of that bullshit that the police and the government got us going through as Black people. Within the art is a place of safety.”


Kendrick’s talent cannot be argued, and to hear that your music has inspired a new energy in a a musical great such as David Bowie can only be seen as compliment.  The good thing is, Kendrick is just getting started.


You can peep Bowie’s new album on January 6th.  It will be the twenty-fifth album for the rock superstar.



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