“King Kunta” is a brag track like no other, sounding like Parliament Funkadelic covering “Smooth Criminal” (which is, in fact, sampled) as Lamar imagines the slave Kunta Kinte turned into a rap boss.
“How Much a Dollar Costs” might be the most stunning example, crossing -style concrete storytelling with his large philosophical concerns over an achingly lovely piano progression.
The narrative: A homeless man confronts Lamar for not giving him a dollar, and Lamar enters an emotional spiral, trying to justify his miserliness—"my selfishness is what got me here, who the fuck I'm kiddin'?
" Then the homeless person reveals himself to be God. Among other things, the transient deity tells Lamar, "your potential is bittersweet," offering up a beautifully simple description for Lamar's beautifully complex concerns.
Cinty, pronounced Kinty, is the sister of a friend and this is her foolproof recipe. I prefer haddock loin but cod, carefully boned hake, brill or lemon sole are good alternatives.
Fruit cobblers are covered with a light, soft scone mix, but the rich flavour and dense texture of suet pastry suits meaty pies like this.
Skirt steak, incidentally, is extremely lean with a texture that cooks up like loose corduroy.
Thoughts of suicide flash through his mind, and the maid’s knocks on the door go unanswered.
The chorus to this horror-show of a song, “u,” reads like this: “Loving you / is complicated.”—not impossible, not difficult, but complicated.
My contribution is a gratin topping of fine fresh breadcrumbs and finely grated Parmesan to give crunch to every mouthful. Sometimes when I have plenty of time I salt the fish first.