For Free? (Interlude)

2015 song performed by Kendrick Lamar

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"For Free? (Interlude)"
Song by Kendrick Lamar
from the album To Pimp a Butterfly
ReleasedMarch 15, 2015
Producer(s)Terrace Martin

"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.

Music video

The song's accompanying music video premiered on July 31, 2015 on Lamar's Vevo account. It starts with a woman (Darlene Tibbs)[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]


Chart (2015) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[5] 133
UK R&B (OCC)[6] 24
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[7] 24
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 44


  1. ^ Jeffries, David (March 16, 2015). "To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar". AllMusic. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Kendrick Lamar – For Free? (Interlude), retrieved 2020-10-09
  3. ^ "Video: Kendrick Lamar – 'For Free?'". Rap-Up. July 31, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 27, 2015.

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