Produced by Mark "Sounwave" Spears ("Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
"), this politically charged funk track finds Lamar rapping about the Kunta Kinte character from the famed Roots
mini-series:Now I run the game got the whole world talkin', King Kunta
Everybody wanna cut the legs off him
The African Kunta Kinte was brought as a slave from Gambia to Virginia in 1767. The story of Kinte, whose right foot was cut off because of his attempts to escape his plantation. is the basis of Alex Haley's novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family
, which was made into a popular TV mini-series in 1977.
"It's just him expressing how he's feeling at the moment," Sounwave told Rolling Stone
of Lamar. "And right now, he's mad."