As Kendrick Lamar's untitled unmastered continues to be in steady rotation in my headphones and also brain I'm ultimately accumulating sufficient spins to move past some of the broad reactions and also get down to the details. And as I listen, one question's been driving me pistachios; what the hell is Kendrick whispering on "Untitled 04"? It's driving me crazy trying to figure it out, which suggests it have to be driving some of you crazy, which implies I went in search of answers. 

According to Genius, which is pretty excellent at transcribing lyrics however pretty devastating at explaining them, the whispered lines are below, and also after spfinishing the last 20 minutes with the track on repeat listening, I think they're pretty damn cshed if not exactly 100 percent exact. Kendrick's whispers are in parentheses and bold: 

"They say the government mislead the youth, youth, youth, youth(Tell 'em when you checked out the park and also everybody came back and went...)And welfare don't expect well for you, you, you, you(What around once you tried to do a side for that however you...)They tell me that my bill's previous due, due, due, due(Talk around the charge you obtained...)And preacher guy don't constantly tell the reality, fact, reality / Do you think in God? If you don't, it's cool(But) head is the answer, head is the futureDon't second guess yourself(Don't tell them once you second guess yourself I require you )"



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What does any type of of that mean? Frankly, I'm not ure. As I discussed, Genius has actually its own explacountry, however I don't buy it. Their concept is that SZA's lines are the voice of the civilization and Kendrick's whispers are the voice of the government, but that makes no fucking feeling. The government doesn't want people to admit that they're periodically insecure and second guess themselves? 

I think it's far more most likely that those whispers are Kendrick's very own inner monologue, that proverbial little voice in his head whispering doubts. Like we heard on "u," a lot of what was tape-recorded about the TPAB sessions were around Kendrick's struggle to balance his external success via his internal demons. He may have a platinum album, but he still wasn't able to save some of his friends and also family from the hells of a maad city. He may be a superstar, but all the sold out shows in the human being won't make him forget what happened at the park that night, about the charge he gained, around all the times he second guesses himself. 

I'm not sure if that's "right," yet it feels cshed. As for the totality "head is the answer" thing, which comes up aget on "untitled 07" and was clearly a running template with TPAB for at leastern a while however acquired totally reduced out of the last version, I'm totally lost there. I'm open up to theories, it's not-not around sex but seems to be about a lot more than sex, probably together we have the right to discover our method out of the labyrinth that is regularly Kendrick's lyrics.

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Or maybe the allude is to stay shed, possibly there isn't an answer. Maybe this album is untitled, unmastered and unanswered. It won't sheight me from trying though. 

By Nathan S, the regulating editor of and also a hip-hop writer. His beard is awesome. This is his Twitter. Image via Instagram.