Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar’s collaborative musical power reemerged in their new surprise remix of the former’s track “America Has a Problem.” The original song is from Beyoncé’s Grammy-winning 2022 album, “Renaissance,” and the remix introduces the eclectic infusion of Lamar’s lyrical prowess. This collaboration, third in their joint musical journey, rekindles the magic they created in “Freedom” in 2016 and “Nile” from 2019’s “The Lion King: The Gift”.
Kendrick Lamar’s Verse
In his first verse over a year, Kendrick Lamar pulls no punches. Opening with references to horoscopes and sudoku, he quickly transitions to CGI and AI, cleverly boasting, “Even AI gotta practice clonin’ Kendrick.” Lamar’s rapid-fire delivery navigates through varied themes – from fame and wealth to existential thoughts and societal commentary. His distinctive cadence and sharp lyricism give the remix an intense and cerebral edge. He identifies himself as an “honorary Beyhive,” a nod to Beyoncé’s fan base, and critiques the superficial nature of the music industry, claiming, “Them diamonds don’t be fly, they all CGI.”
Beyoncé, as always, delivers an empowered performance, making it clear that she is in control. Her lyrics alternate between the assertive (“I’m supplying my man, I’m in demand soon as I land”) and the suggestive, playing with double entendres and creating vivid imagery. Beyoncé’s vocal prowess, paired with her often provocative and bold lyrical content, underscores the song’s overarching theme: America’s problem, as seen through their lenses.
Music and Production
The song, produced by Mike Dean, Beyoncé, and The-Dream, features a pulsating rhythm that amplifies the urgency of the track’s message. The eclectic remix samples “America Has A Problem (Cocaine)” by Kilo Ali, weaving in various musical influences to create a unique soundscape that feels familiar and refreshing. The fusion of pop, rap, electro, and hip-hop elements provides a robust sonic framework for the artists to pour their thoughts into.
“America Has a Problem (Remix)” is a powerhouse collaboration between contemporary music’s most influential figures, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. It showcases their individual talents and how harmoniously they can blend their unique styles. The song is both a critique of societal norms and a self-reflection, wrapped in intricate lyrics and catchy beats. It demands multiple listens to fully appreciate the depth of its content, making it a stand-out track in the musical landscape of 2023.
Despite its sudden drop, the track has created a ripple in social media, proving yet again the cultural influence these artists hold. The remix, though unexpected, is a welcome addition to their impressive discographies.