On paper, the two new Kendrick Lamar songs we've received in the past six months couldn't be more different. The first, "i", was deemed a departure from his acclaimed 2012 album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, and compared to Pharrell's "Happy" and OutKast's "Hey Ya" in varying degrees of disdain by fans on Twitter. "The Blacker The Berry", released yesterday, was another story entirely, receiving much more acclaim from HNHH users and prompting many to proclaim "Kendrick's back."

Look a little beneath the surface, though, and these two tracks are less different than they initially appeared to be, and when viewed together, give us a few clues about K Dot's new album. In this feature, we've broken down the differences and similarities of "i" and "The Blacker The Berry", as well as the conclusions we can draw from them. Read on to get a better understanding of Kendrick's two seemingly-incompatible singles.