Kendrick Lamar Opens Up About Ferguson, Self Love, and Racial Confidence

Kendrick Lamar Opens Up About Ferguson, Self Love, and Racial Confidence


There’s a lot of people from prior generations that believe that Hip Hop has hurt black culture, but artists like Kendrick Lamar have proven different in several ways. In a recent interview with MTV, Kendrick has opened up about the racial tensions in Ferguson and the injustice of the Eric Garner case, while connecting his single “i” and his musical catalogue to the importance of race self worth.

“I remember coming up in the city of Compton, and having [those] same type of ordeals. Not as dramatic, but the same situation. So when i make a record like “i”, this is not about me, this is not just a single. this is not about how many songs can be sold on a media base. It’s about what goes on in real life in actual factual. so when you strip down the jury and strip down the chains what are you talking about?…”

Peep the MTV interview below, and let us know what you think about Kendrick Lamar’s opinion.

via: MTV

  • Nemesis_Enforcer

    Kendrick is my dude but I need to hear something new, concept wise and music wise. “i” was ok. We know you’re from Compton. Let’s explore something else.

  • therealest1

    I’m not liking the “i” song, but I wonder how the rest of the album will sound because the first one was good.

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  • ladynamor

    What people fail to realize or acknowledge, is the connections between “Urban” Music, Hate, Politics, and the Industry. Clear Channel who is now iheartradio is running everything. Do you see how the “Urban” Music scene is being whitewashed? Who is iheartradio? To start, they are a part of Bain Capital, started by the one and only Mitt Romney, the guy who lost to Obama. You may have heard about the connection between Bain Capital and a bevy of voter fraud billboards funded by an anonymous donor that have popped up in low-income neighborhoods in swing states only weeks before the election.

    The management firm started by Mitt Romney is one of the owners of Clear Channel Communications, the advertising and billboard company at the center of a scandal surrounding more than 140 billboards warning against voter fraud. Clear Channel, which syndicates Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck on its radio channels was also known for forcing radio stations to play artists like Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Jessy Jay, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and every other artists that has been #1 this year, 150 times a day on “Urban” Radio, to make them “hot” enough to sell out Arenas, has said it would remove the billboards following a public pressure campaign. But the company has still not revealed the anonymous donor behind the billboards, contrary to its rules on political ads.

    The billboards appear to be part of the Republican-led push to pass bills against voter fraud that advocates argue is meant to discourage minority communities from exercising their right to vote. But it also shows the difficulty of finding who is behind the money, or the billboard, or the charts, or the media, or the Industry, in the age of Citizens United.

    • Nemesis_Enforcer

      And this relates to Kendrick how?

      • ladynamor

        He does not have the platform and the “push” that Macklemore has. He does not get the credit he deserves because the industry is manipulated against him, no matter how well he does, and the reason is listed above. Next?

      • Nemesis_Enforcer

        I think he’ll be ok.

    • Dark Matters

      Interesting -thanks for the post.

    • Q.

      Thank you. It’s cultural warfare on all fronts: they got the righteous “Vanilla Soul” movement on one side, then promote Black coonery on the flipside. And shadow money is behind all this sh!t… Designed to keep our people disenfranchised economically AND spiritually.

    • InTheNightKitchen

      Each one teach one, thank you :).

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  • Markus

    It seems like for K-Dot it’s about being more than just a rapper and entertainer. More dudes in the game with that mindset would be beneficial to us all. It’s never a good look to practice buffoonery and when we as the listeners stop responding to those that do,change will come about.

  • Dark Matters

    I wouldn’t wish celebrity on anybody, especially not a black man in Amerikkka. People hold you to the most ridiculous of standards and hang their responsibilities on you.

    Meanwhile, when the feds come bucking at your door, the most those very people – who were happy to call you a coon for not screaming the latest “revolutionary slogan” from the mountain tops – will do is put you in their top 5 “realest nigga” list and then move on with their lives.

    Big ups to Kendrick for doing his best to be a responsible human being.

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  • hoeyuno

    Kendricks becoming a mix between Andre 3000 and Nas..I didnt get him at first but that control verse got me..Dudes the first mainstream rapper from Compton to break the CPT stereotype..

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  • YEEZY SEASON

    good plug for your music

  • nate

    he said JEWELERY, not JURY.
    #whitepeopleinhiphop