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For Free? (Interlude)

"For Free? (Interlude)" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. It is the second track on his third studio album To Pimp a Butterfly, released on March 15, 2015.[1] It features uptempo bebop instrumentals, with Lamar rapping over them. A music video for the song was uploaded to Vevo and YouTube on July 31, 2015.

"For Free? (Interlude)"
Song by Kendrick Lamar
from the album To Pimp a Butterfly
Released March 15, 2015
Length 2:10
Producer(s) Terrace Martin


Music videoEdit

The song's accompanying music video premiered on July 31, 2015 on Lamar's Vevo account. It starts with a woman (Darlene Tibbs) voicing the introductory spoken word section while actress/model Hikeah Kareem appears as the woman in the video lip-syncing the section. She rants off a long list of complaints about her "unfortunate" partner/pimp, played by Lamar before he appears - face pressed to a screen door - and proceeds to chase her around the estate while rapping and yelling, “This dick ain’t free!” Then, Lamar appears again from behind a window with a live band and pops his head into the bathroom.[2] In the Joe Weil & The Little Homies-directed clip, Lamar takes a number of forms terrorizing his partner. The visual metaphors aligns with those of the song's lyrics, both asserting his own self-worth to a woman and to the marginalizing temptations of "success" in America.[3]


Chart (2015) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 133
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[5] 24
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[6] 24
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 44


  1. ^ Jeffries, David (March 16, 2015). "To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar". AllMusic. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Video: Kendrick Lamar – 'For Free?'". Rap-Up. July 31, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ Stutz, Colin (July 31, 2015). "Kendrick Lamar Goes 'Looney' Living the American Dream in 'For Free?' Video: Watch". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 27, 2015.

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