Where a lot of people expecting Kendrick Lamar of all people to say something profound and enlightening about Ferguson/Eric Garner ?
Kendrick is protecting his money & brand..of course he isn’t going to come off to sympathetic about Ferguson/Garner.
We really have to consider the source and stop looking for answers or some kind of perspective about serious social issues from rappers.
In a I see what you did there excerpt from Billboard, that made so many angry..Kendrick mentions his own issues with the LAPD…then
But he sees those who haven’t been so fortunate. Speaking to the tragic deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Lamar points to the historical baggage between cops and African-American communities.
“I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s f–ked up. What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting — it starts from within.”
Rap is no longer that genre of music that the Grammys didn’t consider important enough to televise.
It’s no longer the music Blacks primarily brought and listened to, that used to be played on the radio for only a couple of hours on Fri and Sat nights.
Rap is a huge business now and the majority of it’s consumers are White, which is exactly why rappers like Kendrick Lamar will never bite the hand that feeds them.
Kendrick does have a right to his own opinion but it’s no coincidence the common theme from recent statements made by Jay Z, T.I, Pharrell & now Kendrick Lamar on race and the Ferguson/Garner cases…tip toe around the real issue or victim blame by suggesting that Blacks have to do A, B and C first before Whites can even consider them worthy of their respect.
They know how to play the game..