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Offline Kim

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Re: "XXX" Song by Kendrick Lamar featuring U2
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2017, 01:45:23 PM »
Edge is on the piano according to Rolling Stone:
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Re: "XXX" Song by Kendrick Lamar featuring U2
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2017, 10:01:08 PM »
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I also have a hunch that Bono wrote most of Lendrick's lyrics starting at "Hail Mary, Jesus and Joseph...." all the way through to the rest of the song.  The words sound like Bono, and the delivery is similar to how Bono "raps."  Maybe it's Bono writing in character again.  When Bono writes in character, he can get away with saying things he couldn't normally say.  This time, he's writing in character as Kendrick Lamar. 

This is all just a hunch.  If it was Bono only singing a couple lines at the end and that's U2's contribution, it would be "featuring Bono."  And I'm not sure the minimal amount he's singing would constitute a "featuring" credit.  It'd probably be listed as "additional vocals by Bono."

It'll be interesting to hear about how all of this transpired.

I think you might be right. I just looked up the lyrics and it is a lot like his "raps". Also, not that it's necessarily more proof that Bono wrote from that point on, but that particular section of the song is very clean by comparison to the rest of the song. Seems a little out of place, lyrically, too.

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That's what I figured. Very cool that the whole band got involved on this track.

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Re: "XXX" Song by Kendrick Lamar featuring U2
« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2017, 10:44:05 AM »
Well, the song is now #33 in the US on billboard.  U2 are on the charts again.

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Re: "XXX" Song by Kendrick Lamar featuring U2
« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2017, 11:04:55 AM »
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Well, the song is now #33 in the US on billboard.  U2 are on the charts again.

Highest charting song in the U.S. that the entire band has been a part of since "Vertigo" which hit #31 in 2004.

I like "XXX" but this is more a reflection of the quality of Top 40 music rather than Top 40 music quality, if you get my drift.

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Re: "XXX" Song by Kendrick Lamar featuring U2
« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2017, 12:53:42 PM »
XXX is a single now?

I thought Kendrick was promoting DNA after Humble.

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Re: "XXX" Song by Kendrick Lamar featuring U2
« Reply #20 on: April 25, 2017, 12:57:07 PM »
LOL, there's a lot of songs from DAMN. in the Top 40. What a hype!

I'm happy for Kendrick, really. I wonder if he had the same impact with the brilliant To Pump a Butterfly.