Earlier this week, Fox New's Geraldo Rivera claimed that Kendrick' Lamar's BET Awards performance (which I strongly recommend that everyone watch here) of his new single 'Alright' (on iTunes now) was "more damaging to black people than racism." To that, Kendrick responded in an interview with banned source.
“This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves. Rather than going out here and doing the murders myself, I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing. Not going out in the streets, go in the booth and talking about the situation and hoping these kids can find some type of influence on it in a positive manner. Coming from these streets and coming from these neighborhoods, we’re taking our talents and putting ’em inside the studio.”
- Kendrick says the message is not about how he wants to kill people, it's about how "we gonna be alright"
- Focusing on Kendrick standing on a cop car is deluding the real problem which is how kids' lives get taken. Focusing on this is avoiding the reality of the world.
- Kendrick says that they can't take away the hope that things will be okay at the end of the day.
- "Hip-hop is not the problem, the problem is the reality of the situation."
Eloquent as always.