Recently, U2 released a song that proved this band is still willing to take risks. The band Rapper Kendrick Lamar joined the band, featuring on a song called “Get Out Of Your Own Way.” This song has a fairly inspirational feel. Lamar previously had U2 feature as a guest on his breakthrough “Damn” album. This musical collaboration is sure to please those people who are deeply into uplifting music. This song’s soaring chorus is more than slightly reminiscent of “Beautiful Day,” which was released in 2000.
I think that U2 has what it takes to achieve commercial success for at least another 15 or 20 years. Of course, it is impossible to predict the future. Nevertheless, I’m convinced that U2 has established the proper foundation for an extended residency as one of the most popular bands in the world. Despite what people think, U2 is far from a faceless corporate band. In fact, U2 is a deeply personal project from people who really care about achieving things in modern music. Though U2 has certainly achieved great commercial success, this is not the type of group to let success lead to complacency. Once again, U2 has demonstrated a willingness to experiment with African-American music traditions. Many of the band’s songs show the undeniable influence of gospel music. It is amazing how an Irish band can reference American music traditions with such fluency and credibility.
I believe there is a good chance that U2 will work with Kendrick Lamar. While this might seem like an unlikely occurrence, stranger things have happened. Whatever happens in the future, I’ll bet that U2 will continue to surprise and confound critics. You had better get used to the idea of U2 being around, because I don’t think this band is going anywhere anytime soon.