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The Heart Part 4

"The Heart Part 4"
Kendrick-lamar-iv.png
Promotional single by Kendrick Lamar
Released March 23, 2017
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 4:48
Label Top Dawg
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)

"The Heart Part 4" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Kendrick Lamar. It was released on March 23, 2017, by Top Dawg Entertainment. The track features uncredited vocals from American singer Khalid.[3][4] The song contains samples from "Don't Tell a Lie about Me and I Won't Tell the Truth on You" by James Brown and "I Love You" by Faith Evans.

Contents

Background and releaseEdit

On March 23, 2017, Lamar shared an Instagram post of the Roman numeral "IV" after deleting his prior Instagram posts.[5] That night, Lamar released the song through streaming services.

This is the fourth installment in Lamar's "The Heart" song series. "The Heart Part 1" was released as a loose track in April 2010, while "Part 2" was featured on Lamar's Overly Dedicated mixtape, released later that same year. "Part 3," featuring Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, preceded the release of good kid, m.A.A.d city in 2012.[6]

He finishes the song with the line, "Y'all got til April the 7th to get y'all shit together", hinting at the release date for his fourth album (the date turned out to be the day pre-orders opened and the release date was announced to be April 14).[7] The song mentions Donald Trump, while media outlets perceived it as a diss track to rappers Drake and Big Sean.[8]

A portion of the instrumental, produced by The Alchemist, is used on the song "Fear" from Lamar's fourth album Damn (2017).

Critical receptionEdit

On the day of its release, Pitchfork named it Best New Track.[9] For Entertainment Weekly's Eric Renner Brown, Lamar "infuses his boasts of success and wealth with a degree of lyrical nuance that elevates the track."[10]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[11] 35
Australia Urban (ARIA)[12] 2
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[13] 25
France (SNEP)[14] 47
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 45
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[16] 2
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[17] 64
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 41
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 61
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[20] 21
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 22
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[22] 11

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Here's Who Produced Kendrick Lamar's "The Heart Part 4"". XXL. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Kendrick Lamar - The Heart Part 4". 2DopeBoyz. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Kendrick Lamar's "The Heart Part 4" Features An Uncredited Vocal From Khalid". The FADER. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Khalid Is Featured on Kendrick Lamar's New "The Heart Part 4"". XXL. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Listen to Kendrick Lamar's New Song "The Heart Part 4"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "New Music: Kendrick Lamar – 'The Heart Part 4'". Rap-Up. March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Kendrick Lamar's upcoming album HAS a release date". Planet Radio. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Who's Kendrick Dissing On "The Heart Part 4"? Big Sean? Drake? ... Donald Trump?". HipHopDX. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ ""The Heart Part 4" by Kendrick Lamar Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Kendrick Lamar's 'The Heart Part 4': EW Review". Entertainment Weekly. March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2017. 
  11. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  12. ^ "ARIA Urban Singles Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Kendrick Lamar – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Kendrick Lamar. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 13, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  15. ^ "IRMA - Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  16. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. April 3, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Archive Chart: 2017-03-31". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 4". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2017-03-31" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart: 2017-03-31" UK R&B Chart. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  21. ^ "Kendrick Lamar – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kendrick Lamar. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  22. ^ "Kendrick Lamar – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Kendrick Lamar. Retrieved April 4, 2017.

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