Revered dancehall veteran, Assassin aka Agent Sasco can lay claim to another landmark achievement in his accomplished career as his collaboration with Grammy-winning rap superstar, Kendrick Lamar has reach the Billboard Hot 100 music chart.
The Blacker The Berry cracked the chart at number 86 last week just over two months after its release. The song, which has picked up well in excess of 10 million views on YouTube, has sparked much debate across music circles with its sharpshooting lyrics addressing racial stereotypes.
This is the second single off Kendrick Lamar’s Billboard chart-topping album, To Pimp a Butterfly. This marks the first time Assassin has ever made the prestigious chart.
Assassin has amassed a flurry of collaborations with some of music’s biggest stars in the last two years, joining forces with Grammy-winning rapper/producer, Kanye West on the single, I’m In It in 2013 as well as Kardinal Offishall, Lil Jon on the remix of Turn Down For What, Wu-Tang Clan member and rap legend, Raekwon as well as Canadian songstress, Melanie Fiona.
Recently, an article in Fader magazine hailed Assassin as ‘The new crossover king,’ saying “Assassin’s voice cuts through rhythms with a force befitting his name. His rugged flow (a big, booming, Buju Banton sort of beast) and pointed, observational lyrics have made him a staple, if not an outright star.”