Kendrick Lamar

League of Young Voters Exec Biko Baker Addresses Kendrick Lamar's Recent Anti-Voting Stance

(AllHipHop News) Kendrick Lamar is one of the fastest rising, young rappers of today. But, he hasn’t been overly political in his music as of late, especially in his recent smash hit, “Women, Weed and Weather”, featuring mentor, Dr. Dre.

It came as a surprise to some when Lamar spoke out recently against voting – saying “I don’t do voting” – particularly at a time when activists and politicians are working overtime to engage people to exercise their right to vote.

Rob “Biko” Baker, Executive Director of the League of Young Voters Education Fund, is one of those leaders in the trenches in these last critical months before the 2012 Election. He has worked closely with rappers, pundits, activists, and even media partners like AllHipHop.com to cast their voter engagement far and wide.

Baker felt it was important to address Kendrick’s statements – perhaps in an effort to avoid Lamar from dissuading his fanbase from showing up at the polls in November:

“I respect Kendrick Lamar’s opinion. He isn’t the only young leader frustrated with the state of the political process. But, by not participating in this and future elections, Kendrick Lamar is giving the very people he is frustrated with more free reign to continue to pull the levers the way they want to.

“This past weekend, I hung out with my family members who live in Kendrick’s hometown, Compton, California. If Kendrick inspired his neighbors to think seriously about the strength of their vote, we could begin to alter the popular discourse, and more importantly, the economic policy of local and statewide government. I’ve seen it happen before, and I believe poor people in Compton can be mobilized to improve their living conditions.

“We have to stop thinking about ourselves as individual actors, and take our collective strength more seriously.

“I would love to chop it up with him.” – Rob “Biko” Baker

RELATED: Learn about the League of Young Voters “Vote 4 Urself” campaign here.

About the League of Young Voters Education Fund: LYVEF empowers young people nationwide to participate in the democratic process and create progressive political change on the local, state and national level – with a focus on non-college youth and youth from low-income communities and communities of color. The League meets young people where they are, works on issues that affect their lives, and provides them with tools, training and support to become serious catalysts for change. For more information, visit YoungVoter.org.

  • ThinkSpeak

    I agree with Kendrick’s frustration, but I also was going to write something to him because even though he is frustrated about the political process, if he was to empower himself with more knowledge about how he can use his voice to make change, especially getting people out to vote, his age, I think it would be powerful. The League of Young Voters were right to say something, and to offer the olive branch to reach out to Kendrick to sit down and have a talk. If he was to decide, hey, I do voting, the ripple effects could be positive. As much as I am frustrated with Obama and the state of the United States, I know it will only get worse if the other party and people get in, and I think that’s the entry point to speaking to Kendrick and his generation. Imagine if all of his fans decided to get behind him and vote for Obama, and then begin to use that power to make change on local levels, even in Compton. I’m sure he benefited from some program, one of his family members is a senior and benefits from Medicare, he had a free lunch at school, or able to go to some rec center. Often times we don’t see the political process in clear view and don’t know how we benefit. While he’s on tour, he has to take roads, get gas, hotels, studios, etc. I think anyone who wants to talk to him has to show how it will directly effect people in the hood and in music in a positive way. Also, Obama, for better or worse, is out best option right now. I don’t think Kendrick understands how serious these militias, the tea party, and repub’s are about locking out the very fans that support him from basic living rights unless they are rich. Kendrick, if you or your people are reading this, at least sit down and have the conversation and remember, the world is watching you too, and you may be able to be the change you want to see in the world. My 2 cents.

    • your a loser

      • timwest1000

        Coon!

      • timwest1000

        Little boy, be quiet. You are too young to even comment. You have no idea what is going on. HUSH!

      • You’re too young to vote anyway. Fall back.

      • johnblacksad

        nah fuggboy, your daddy is the real loser! sorry azz…

      • crom777

        Your ignorant

    • Adrian Barron

      good 2 cents AND outlook – i was riding home from picking my son up from his after school care program last year at Sylvan and we drove past one of the churches i’ve frequented in the last few yrs and outside the sign said “the lesser of 2 evils, is STILL evil” for some reason that resinated/rezinated with ME! Either way i dont discourage anybody to NOT vote especially any black person – TO EACH HIS OWN – it just doesn’t feel right to me to pile SHYT on top of SHYT!

    • I think that you need to study some more, your vote does not matter. I want you to study for youself like kendrick did, find out what the electorial college is. You have what the rulers called the knowledge of the sheep which is just following what someone says and not get the info for yourself. Obama is not your best option, YOU are please understand the power of know thy self.

  • messias3

    can’t pick the lesser of two evils …

  • Logan Claws

    DO NOT WASTE TIME WITH THAT WHOLE VOTING CHARADE. ITS ALL A SHAM TO GET PEOPLE TO COSIGN THE ATROCITIES OF DEVILS AND GODLESS SCHMUCKS TO THEN GET SADDLED WITH THE KARMIC DEBT. IF YALL KNOW BETTER YALL WOULD NOT BE PART OF THAT MADNESS.

    • crom777

      You must be the KKK

      • Logan Claws

        yeah…ok retard. What are you 12?

      • crom777

        U must be with the bs u speak

  • It is common knowledge…or maybe not… that Presidents are chose by corporations and not by the people. The two party system is a joke…it has been for years now. Promises that are not kept by any president. People like this guy calling out rappers for there opinions is just an example of how these people need us to keep the system going. He is a paid pawn of the very system that has been undermining our advancement for many years now. I say destroy the system.Obama has done nothing for black people period. Romney will do nothing as well. They both hate the middle class and the poor. All of these politicians are rich and they are not worried about us at all it is all lip service. I say we need to be more independent about what we do for ourselves and our local communities in order to see true change and not just the jingle in our pockets.

    • the truth the politic ans are not the rich one. they only make ten’s of thousand for holding political office while corporations make millions. that just goes to show you who has got the power.

      • seveneightyseven

        not true, see thats the problem, politicians make a couple of thousands a year, and yet an overwhelming majority of them became millionaires when they joined, look it up.

  • El Chapo Gwapo

    There has only been ONE U.S. President in American history that wasn’t related to the other 43 presidents and that was Martin Van Buren….. all the rest of them are cousins and descendants of John Lackland the King of England…. thats not a coincidence… at the end of the day no matter who you vote for “THEY” still win. If the only choices you really have are to vote Republican or Democrat what kind of democracy is this? Yeah you can vote for Nader or somebody from one of the other insignificant political parties but they’ll never win.

  • El Chapo Gwapo

    Democrats, Republicans I don’t want NONE of these bitches tellin US how to live, who gave them the authority to rule over man?

    • crom777

      You can always leave. There has to be some law. Dont complain about the law if you dont even vote.

      • Logan Claws

        damn you are so original dude, excerpt the only stuff that comes out your mouth is a bunch of trite and retarded cliche clap trap. Dont get into political debates you better off sucking your own d*ck dude

      • crom777

        Repeating the same shit because its the truth. U r a cliche uneducated ass that’s against voting but wants to complain. Then u get mad cause u don’t have a point.

      • El Chapo Gwapo

        I voted in the last election you dumb son of a bitch, never again

      • crom777

        Stay stupid

    • Logan Claws

      Great response dude. Dont pay no mind to that idiot crom777. His a well known troll and all around cockroach.Pay him no attention.

  • J. Smith

    I remember when Hip Hop was about free speech. The problem with people like Rob “Biko” Baker, is that when they get into a position that THEY consider powerful, they forget that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Biko, you don’t have to address every Black man who chooses not to vote. Deal with the ones in your immediate area, who look to you for guidance, and don’t pass judgment on those who don’t. Just because someone votes, doesn’t mean that they’ll vote the way YOU want them to vote, and even if they do, it doesn’t guarantee results. Democrat, or republican, the job of the president is to satisfy the MANY over the FEW. Unfortunately, the “many” refers to DOLLARS & the “few” refers to our voices. Washington wouldn’t care about us, if we got a million men together and marched through the National Mall, in Washington D.C. Oh wait… We did that!

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  • 7yoyo7

    I don’t vote but I wouldn’t let the whole world know about it. Some people tend to go berserk when it comes to your own opinion these days.

    The first time I saw the interview where he stated that he doesn’t vote, my first thought was “Damn, he just put it out like that? Well, I guess nobody will break his balls about it…” Wrong… Why? Elections are coming up…

    Good thing that he refused to talk about religion or the NWO….

  • Synista

    Don’t matter who you vote for politicians are all on the same team,GOP DEM is just like the WWE all talk and foot stomping,I lost all faith in this country and the government after I found out the TRUTH!

  • Slaughtr

    I RESPECT THE FACT THAT THERE ARE NUBIAN PEOPLE WHO DIED TRYING TO EXERCISE THERE HUMAN RIGHT ON DECIDING CERTAIN ISSUES IN THIS COUNTRY.AS A RESULT MY PEOPLE WERE BEATEN,TORTURED,AND EVEN KILLED JUST TO VOTE AND I UNDERSTAND THAT.IN REALITY FCK VOTING THE PROBLEM WITH BLACK AMERICA IS WE HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO HARD TO MIX WITH AMERICA WHO DOESN’T HAVE LOVE FOR THE BROWN AND IN THE END DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN THEY BOTH REPRESENT THE SYSTEM SO THERE IS A NO WIN SITUATION FOR BLACK AMERICA.THE ANSWER TO OUR PROBLEMS ALL ACROSS THE BOARD IS UNITY WHICH WILL END THE STRONG ARM OF INSTITUTIONAL RACISM. AT ONE POINT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY PUSHED SLAVERY AND CARED NOTHING ABOUT FREEING THE BLACK MAN THEN A SHIFT CAME AFTER THE CIVIL WAR. I VOTED IN ONE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WHICH WAS A MISTAKE BECAUSE THERE WAS NO CHANGE, LIFE IN AMERICA STILL REMAINED THE SAME.ALL I KEEP HEARING IS THE MASSES WHO VOTE WILL BRING A VOICE OF CHANGE WELL KEEP UP THAT FCK MIND STATE AND CONTINUE TO SUPPORT A COUNTRY THAT ONCE SAID YOUR 2 FIFTHS OF A MAN,WE HAD TO WALK MILES FOR FREEDOM GET BIT BY DOGS,WATER THRUST ON YOUNG PEOPLE,I COULD GO ON ABOUT THE INDECENCY. AS LONG AS WE KEEP THINKING WERE FREE AND ACTING LIKE SHYT IS OK BLACK AMERICA WILL FOREVER BE DIVIDED AND TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE JONES’S.WHOEVER WANTS TO VOTE DO YOU MY OPINION IS FCK NO.EVERY HUMAN IS BORN WITH CIVILITY SO WHY IN THE FCK DID WE HAVE TO MARCH AND DIE FOR BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS GOD GIVEN AND THEN THE WHITE SYSTEM TO RATIFY WE CAN AMEND THIS LAW BS.WAKE UP NIGGAZ THE BARREL IS STILL POINTED ONLY US UNITING WILL DESTROY ANY AND EVERY PROBLEM WE FACE AS A PEOPLE I’M DONE AND IF YOU DIS AGREE WHAT THE FCK EVER.PAWN… I DON’T NEED NONE OF YOU ORGANIZATION CATS TRYING TO SWAY ME ON THIS ISSUE I’VE HEARD YOUR ARGUMENT AND EVEN BITCH ASS PUFFY SAID VOTE OR DIE HOW ABOUT VOTE SO YOU CAN DIE!

    • crom777

      This shit you wrote is a bunch of bullshit. People like you are the problem. That why we dont have a say because historically majority of black people dont vote. Then you have stupid dumb asses like you discouraging the ones that do vote. You are an bad excuse having MF. If you dont like America you can leave no one is forcing you to stay and complain.

      • Slaughtr

        FCK YOU TOBY!!!!!

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      i feel that but it aint the 50s n 60s no more alot of them probably wouldnt vote today either seeing how corrupt the system is ….. if anything they probably would be protesting for a new party the party of the people F demos and republicans …. cause @ the end of the day since they set the slaves free and gave everyone equal rights … what really does the government do that impacts the people ?????? outside of taxing NOTHING !!!!!! we all been able to get the same jobs, wether we know it or not … education may not be affordable for everyone but its available for anyone … and even look @ all the millionares this country has made white black and mexican since way back …. the first black millionare was Madame C.J. Walker and she accomplished this in 1914 … its 2012 and if you cant make a Dollar in these days and times to support your family VOTING AINT GOING TO HELP no matter who you put in that office AINT GOING TO HELP !!!! this country is about WORK if you aint going hard you;’ll never survive ……. if you need someone to walk you thru life like a kid your better off moving to a country that supports communism 😉

      • crom777

        This worse garbage than what the other mf wrote. I feel bad four your ignorance on taxes and voting. your logic is lacking.. you sound like a Klansman

      • Glasscut

        Tell me how many black people help construct those laws you abide by ??? Can you name them or is your name something like “Mike Taylor” Or some plantation name yet you want to vote.. Funny really funny..

      • crom777

        You are a real clown. Tell me what laws u don’t like

    • Glasscut

      Your exactly right brother.. The crazier thing is how many black people were there and help decide and sign these laws about voting and running for office… ?? I wonder why black people don’t ask themselves these questions. Smh.. Yeah go vote “Patrick Johnson” <– Thats not the name your ancestors wouldve given you they wouldve given you a name like – Chukwukadibia Nwaezeh <— Yeah you need some knowledge about yourself to decipher the above name..

  • crom777

    Ultimate ignorance!!!!! Black people encouraging other black people not to vote.

    • regularguy

      What has voting actually change in your life that makes you so for it?? Im being serious when I ask this….

      • crom777

        Voting democrat has helped me keep my union backed job with good pay. Republican party is anti union they want CEO to have all the money and pay there workers shit. Democrat party is the party that raises minimum wage which brings up all pay scales. Republican party and Ron Paul are for no minimum wage.

      • regularguy

        I find it interesting that you really believe that. Have you actually look at these bills they are passing??? Man you have to have insurance now or you get a tax penalty. That helps folks?? Have you ever personally had to purchase your insurance??? Cause as you know everyone is not in a union…. So the outragous insurance cost cripple most folks to where the cant afford it. As far as unions, I was with the teachers union for years and if you believe the crap unions are spitting I feel bad for you. Minimum wage has and always will be the biggest joke runnin. In order for the average person to break even it would have to be $20 per hr….. Not gonna happen. Rep and Dems are the same. period. There are about 4 to 5 small points they differ on but the major points they are the same. Which party has killed the middle class? Which party is reforming wall street? Which party is fixing schools? Which party is laying off millions of folks while using tax payer money to bail out AIG, Ford, GM etc.? They both killed the middle class and neither is the answer to all my other questions. This has never and will never be a DEMOCRATIC nation. If you think Im wrong go look at the Gov site and look up the bills. See what there really doing. And on top of all that ask yourself: If you were a Billionaire with power would you let the people determine you life??? Thats what a TRUE democracy is…. This nation is about the power of the Dollar, the wealthy will NEVER give up the power…

      • crom777

        I hope that helped u

      • crom777

        It also has helped sick people with preexisting conditions get medical care that they wouldn’t of had previously. Thanks to Obama

  • crom777

    The KKK,skinheads, rednecks, and other evil parties love to watch black people support not voting. Keep helping them stupid.

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      now you sound super stupid

  • ItGoesDownINtheDM

    the true debate here is why some folks aint voting … these heads arent really here for the people … they just here to collect a check just like everyone else is @ thier job …. and just following whatever orders are coming down the pipe …………… however altho most dont think like this ………. i feel we are a little to paranoid @ times thinking theres some major plot with in government to either kill everyone off or to enslave the population ….. @ the end of the day obama and all the republicans and all of the democrats are regular folks just like us with families !! if thats thier plot then they will not only kill off thier OWN fam but they are also plotting to KILL THEMSELVES !!!!! ish just aint logical to me …………….. if the government really impacted real issues that really impact the people id be down to vote …. but they dont they havent impacted the country since jim crow ………. well out side of TAXES that pretty much my only concern and also programs to help buy homes, which is more state …….. but outside of those things what is the gov doing ???????? nothing even when they do something ITS NOTHING …. its the same 10years ago as it is today ….. like i said earlier in my post down below the first black million was established in 1914 ……. if that doesnt resonate that a$$ nothing WILL !!!!!!!!! its 2012 stop asking what they gonna do for you and just GO AND DO IT !!!!!!

  • Voting is wishful thinking… Fools

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    #Props to Rob “Biko” Baker for putting the generation on #Game #TRUTH

  • abrown79

    Maybe the delivery of his thoughts on voting wasnt the greatest(he’s a rapper not a politician)…but he spoke the truth. We can sit here and argue this and that…but the bottom line is whether its Obama, Bush, Clinton….they are politicians that lie cheat and steal for a living….I dont trust any of them…never had and never will…my faith is with God…not a man on some pedestal cause he got “elected” president.

  • regularguy

    Well everything that Biko Baker says would work if we lived in a Democracy. Since this country has NEVER been one, all the voting non-sense, Democrat or Republican non sense is a joke. Do you really believe the elite of this country would put decision that directly effect there MONEY and way of life in the hands of the people?? If you truly believe this, you are in a dream world. Voting pacifies the masses and gives them a sense that there is something they can do about there situation. Ever wonder why the truly wealthy stay that way???

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