Black Panther Album: "Pray for Me" by The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar
In “Pray For Me” by Lamar and The Weeknd, the duo has some strong words for the powers that be. The Weeknd powers an insatiably catchy hook about being ready to fight for his life, while Lamar adds a contrasting jagged sound through his verses, full of pointed remarks at those he can no long depend on. Using imagery of rapture and ruin he says in the second verse:
“Life a livin' hell, puddles of blood in the streets
Shooters on top of the building, government aid ain't relief
Earthquake, the body drop, the ground breaks
Mass destruction and mass corruption
The souls of sufferin' men
Clutchin' on deaf ears again, rapture is comin'
It's all prophecy and if I gotta be sacrificed for the greater good
Then that's what it gotta be”
From devastating forest fires to catastrophic storms that ravaged both Texas and Puerto Rico we have seen a fair amount of destruction recently. Lamar touches on this by calling out Government Aid efforts and its inability to provide relief to those that remain in peril. It’s through sustained action of organizations like The Foundation for Puerto Rico, The National Forest Foundation, and The Red Cross that we can all be active participants in helping those in need and sacrifice a little bit of ourselves for the greater good.