LOVE. - Kendrick Lamar ft. Zacari




The Experience: All feeling go out, this feeling don't drought, this party won't end... You want love to last forever, but your love has very shallow roots...

Music video: LOVE is ambivalent. Kendrick Lamar wants to get home to his wife - homie for life. But the video also cuts to shots of Lamar with other women. That could be a way to universalize the song and make it about all marriages instead of just about one man and one women... or it could show that fidelity and forever are just lies. Either way, the frequent shots of scantily clad and naked women send the message that the relationship isn't quite equal. That's an objectifying view of women that shouldn't have made the cut - more details here.  

The Meaning of LOVE.: Like the music video, the lyrics go back and forth between love or lust. Lamar and Zacari want to know how far their girl's love goes - would you still love me? But all the questions involve money and fast cars. And they themselves flirt with only for one night vs. only for life. In the end they offer a diamond and marriage - I bought the big one to prove it. And when they say what they love about her, it's just your body, your music.

Ask yourself: Can love a love that's shallow and superficial last for life?

Album: DAMN (2017)

LYRICS:

[Kendrick Lamar]
D-mn, love or lust
D-mn, all of us

[Zacari (Kendrick Lamar)]
Give me a run for my money
There is nobody, no one to outrun me
(Another world premiere!)
So give me a run for my money
Sippin' bubbly, feelin' lovely, livin' lovely
Just love me
(I wanna be with you, ay, I wanna be with)
Just love me, just love me, just love me
(I wanna be with you, ay, I wanna be with)
Love me
(I wanna be with you)
Love me, just love me

[Kendrick Lamar (Zacari)]
If I didn't ride blade on curb, would you still (love me)?
If I minimized my net worth, would you still (love me)?
Keep it a hundred, I'd rather you trust me than to (love me)
Keep it a whole one hund': don't got you, I got nothin'

[Kendrick Lamar]
Ay, I got somethin'
Hold up, we gon' function, no assumptions
Feelin' like Tyson with it
Knock it out twice, I'm with it
Only for the night, I'm kiddin'
Only for life, you're a homie for life
You're a homie for life, let's get it
Hit that shoulder lean
I know what comin' over mean
Backstroke oversea
I know what you need
Already on ten, our money come in
All feeling go out, this feeling don't drought
This party won't end

[Kendrick Lamar (Zacari)]
If I didn't ride blade on curb, would you still (love me)?
If I minimized my net worth, would you still (love me)?
Keep it a hundred, I'd rather you trust me than to (love me)
Keep it a whole one hund': don't got you, I got nothin'

[Zacari (Kendrick Lamar)]
Give me a run for my money
There is nobody, no one to outrun me
So give me a run for my money
Sippin' bubbly, feelin' lovely, livin' lovely
Just love me
(I wanna be with you, ay, I wanna be with)
Just love me, just love me, just love me
(I wanna be with you, ay, I wanna be with)
Love me
(I wanna be with you)
Love me, just love me

[Kendrick Lamar]
I'm on the way
We ain't got no time to waste
Poppin' your gum on the way
Am I in the way?
I don't wan' pressure you none
I want your blessing today
Oh, by the way, open the door by the way
Told you that I'm on the way
I'm on the way, I know connection is vague
Pick up the phone for me, babe
D-mn it, we jammin'
Bad attitude from your nanny
Curves and your hips from your mammy
Remember Gardena, I took the studio camera
I know Top will be mad at me
I had to do it, I want your body, your music
I bought the big one to prove it
Look what you made
Told you that I'm on the way
I'm like an exit away, yep

[Kendrick Lamar (Zacari)]
If I didn't ride blade on curb, would you still (love me)?
If I minimized my net worth, would you still (love me)?
Keep it a hundred, I'd rather you trust me than to (love me)
Keep it a whole one hund': don't got you, I got nothin'

[Zacari (Kendrick Lamar)]
Give me a run for my money
There is nobody, no one to outrun me
So give me a run for my money
Sippin' bubbly, feelin' lovely, livin' lovely
Just love me
(I wanna be with you, ay, I wanna be with)
Just love me, just love me, just love me
(I wanna be with you, ay, I wanna be with)
Love me
(I wanna be with you)
Love me, just love me


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin