Exclusively to streaming, short film “We Cry Together” by Kendrick Lamar is up for consideration for “Best Live Action Short”. 

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Rarely does Kendrick Lamar miss when it comes to his next creative project. Unsurprisingly, the American rapper’s six-minute short film “We Cry Together” featuring actress Taylour Paige has qualified for Oscar Consideration.

Since the release of his latest album “Mr Morale & the Big Steppers” (2022), “We Cry Together” has been wildly talked about amongst the 18 songs split into two sections of nine tracks. “We Cry Together ” is a powerful track that breaks barriers.

An Issue with Curation – for Audiences

The beauty of the song shows the toxic nature of emotionally abusive relationships.  Kendricks’s use of featuring actress Paige suggests the track delves deeper into an issue to benefit the audience.

Many could agree that “We Cry Together” is an experience that most would find relatable. The song is bold and much like the album is an ambitious take highlighting Lamar’s insecurities and beliefs.

The song starts off with a swirling harmonious melody of singers blending synchronically with a building instrumental of brassy tones that vibrantly add warmth and colour to its atmosphere.

The cutting line; “this is what the world sounds like”, serves as a raw reality of how common the tit-for-tat exchange between a toxic relationship can be.

Inspiration Behind the Work

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As reported, ” We Cry Together” was featured at West Los Angeles’ Laemmle Royal Theater from June 3 to June 9. The six-minute film, which stars K-Dot and Zola’s Taylour Paige, received an Oscar consideration for its quarreling couple. Audience members found the exclusive screening required the collection of phones by security.

According to sources,  lyrically within the first chorus, Kendrick Lamar draws inspiration from the cult classic Poetic Justice (1993). The scene shows Lucky and Justice, portrayed by Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson, having a heated argument.

Credit Kendrick Lamar Poetic Justice, Good Kid, M.A.A.d City, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records.

However, it’s not the first time Poetic Justice has sparked the Grammy Award-winning rappers’ creativity. Tupac vastly influences  Kendrick, as “Poetic Justice” is also the name of a song from his sophomore album, “good kid, m.A.A.d city.”

Often cited as one of the most influential rappers of his generation Kendrick Lamar continues to make waves across the music and culture scene.

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