Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar Wants Young People to Vote; League of Young Voters Praises Change of Heart


(AllHipHop News) Good kid, m.A.A.d. city artist Kendrick Lamar has been critical of voting in the past, but he recently spoke out to MTV with a different tune – encouraging his peers to get involved.

Lamar, who said he’ll be voting on Election Day tomorrow (November 6), said, “I think that’s one of our biggest failures as a community, as a generation; not wanting to go out and do for ourselves and to sit back and wait.”

“And then when it doesn’t happen, we point the finger. I think we just really need to take matters into our own hands; uplift our community, put money back in our community, and show these kids how there’s something different,” he added.

In recent weeks, League of Young Voters executive director Rob “Biko” Baker remarked on Lamar and his public, anti-voting stance, which included “I don’t do voting.” According to Baker and the League, they welcome his “change of heart” in the final days of the election.

“Glad to see Kendrick Lamar is using his voice to get people engaged,” Baker said. “He can do more to empower our generation to be critical thinkers and action takers than any organization’s voter registration drive. I am proud of Kendrick and this proves to me more that he is the future of hip-hop.”

View Lamar’s MTV interview below:

VIDEO: Kendrick Lamar Hopes Young Voters Don’t Just ‘Sit Back’ On Election Day (via MTV News)

There is still time to learn more about the election before casting your vote – visit TheBallot.org.

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  • he had to change his mind…. they made him….

    • 7yoyo7

      Album sales encouraged him!

  • 2050AA

    Everyone has a right to change their mind, but in this case Kendrick should have stood strong in his stance. Esp. in today’s politics. He decided not to vote for a reason. Again, he has every right to change his mind, and I don’t know if it has anything to with his album sales, but he can empower the community and generation in other ways. Plus, being a critical thinker in involves critical thought on things like this election. If Mr. Baker wanted to exercise critical thinking he should’ve ask the youth if they wanted to vote instead of telling them they should vote.

    • ASKING the youth to vote ? Ha. Good one.

  • timwest1000

    I knew this would happen eventually. Never follow someone who signs their name for money and fame. They have no real convictions or positions on anything. They are virtually slaves. Hanging w/ Game makes you bi-polar as well.

  • Ingrid

    You may not do politics, but politics are doing you. Giving away your vote is giving away your voice. Why should politicians make laws that benefit community that don’t put them there?

  • Galactus

    Wow. Haha Not gonna lie… i seen this coming, he is signed to interscope…

  • Lamonte Johnson

    This is bullshit. Just when I was thinking of turning around and actually listening to some music by homie and trying to figure out what he bout he pull this “change my mind” bullshit about something I’m beyond against. That’s bullshit

  • tight. He’s right about our generation. our generation of rappers/musicians must lead the pack. hope to collab, hit me on Soundcloud

  • Jeffrey Pulliam

    These niggas cant stand for nothing anymore. Damn, I guess Lupe is the only real nigga alive that don’t give in to pressure. All these clowns are owned. Damn Kendrick, I guess I wont be picking up your album.

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