A lot of artist have made money and got famous for talking about Compton in various ways mostly focusing on the negative. For the past year I have watched Kendrick Lamar receive love and respect from the White House to the streets of Compton the kind that money can’t buy.
Saturday, I witnessed him receiving the key to the City of Compton and Monday he used that key to open the door to show the world where his heart was.
Although Beyoncé showed us where her heart was just a few days before at the Super Bowl half time show for the political message was not as strong and clear as what Kendrick displayed. In fact I really didn’t get all the hoopla until Rudy Giuliani made his racist statements denouncing Beyoncé’s performance.
On the other hand Kendrick Lamar’s statement could not have been more clearer if tattooed it on your forehead. What I saw was a young man from Compton with a voice that spoke loud and clear against everything from racism, poverty to the prison industrial complex.
While most of the white audience members sat there with looks of shock on their faces all black folks embraced what he was doing because they know it’s time to stop being self destructive musical buffoons telling hip hop fairy tales of excessive money and women. And start being more responsible when you step in front of the mic. Hip hop is like no other musical genre. It has a responsibility to its fan base.
Because the roots of hip hop was and should always be about keeping it real. And usually whatever comes out of an artist mouth is taken as realty and we all know that ain’t always so. So, I watched a young man that jokingly call my hip hop grandson (check the history) take the world by storm. I would hope that the bar for hip hop has been raised to a new level so that future artist can hopefully think before they spit in to microphone.
Like Tupac said “all eyes on you”.
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