Rapper Kendrick Lamar just dropped his brand new album Mr Morale & The Big Steppers today (March 13th).
Fans have gone wild over the 34-year-old’s fifth studio album, which features 18 tracks including N95, Auntie Diaries and United In Grief.
It has some incredible features, including Kodak Black, Baby Keem, Sam Drew and Taylour Paige.
There is also an unlikely collaboration with English singer-songwriter Beth Gibbons that fans are obsessed with, but who is she? Read on to find out…
Who is Beth Gibbons?
Beth Gibbons is a 58-year-old singer from Exeter, England.
She is the lead singer and lyricist of the British trip-hop and electronic band Portishead, which was formed in 1991, but also has a solo career.
Portishead have three studio albums and Beth has also released albums with Rustin Man and The Polish National Radio Symphony.
She sang in Polish alongside the orchestra for a series of songs released with Domino Record Co.
She appears on Kendrick’s new album
The British singer features on Kendrick Lamar’s new album Mr Morale & The Big Steppers.
She sings on the 17th track on the album, titled Mother I Sober, which is a slow piano ballad.
Kendrick opens the song with a rap in which he reflects on watching his mother being abused when he was just five years old.
“Mother cried, put they hands on her, it was family ties/ I hear it all, I should’ve grabbed a gun, but I was only five,” he raps solemnly.
Then, Beth’s voice appears for the short chorus, singing: “I wish I was somebody/ Anybody but myself.”
Kendrick returns with another long verse before the British singer repeats the two lines again.
Fans are obsessed with the track
Over on Twitter, fans are discussing the deep and meaningful song.
One person said it’s “one of the most powerful” tracks they’ve heard.
Everyone is crying after hearing the song.
The tears are real.
Crying is completely acceptable.
So heartbreaking yet so beautiful.
Fans right now.
The storytelling is on another level.
Thanks Kendrick, you killed it with this one.
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