An Anthem for Black Lives Matter

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Kendrick Lamar has paired with Dr. Dre to make what may be the #BlackLivesMatter anthem we’ve all been waiting for. On Compton, Dre’s controversial soundtrack to the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, the track “Genocide” says in its chorus: “It’s Murder / It’s Murder / Call 911, Emergency / Hands up in the air for the world to see / It’s All Murder.” Regardless of the reception of the album as a whole, the song stands out, and as okayplayer. has noted:

Whether by accident or prophecy, in crafting a G-anthem for the post-millennial landscape, Dre and Kendrick have gifted the #BlackLivesMatter movement with a powerful mantra, an indelible hook that boils the reality of extra-judicial killings down to this baseline truth: It’s Murder.

Stream the full album, including “Genocide,” via Apple Music.


Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →