Is everything gonna be alright after all?
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During the BET Awards, Kendrick Lamar performed “Alright” from his album To Pimp a Butterfly, while standing on a police car covered in graffiti. This was not to the liking of the pundits on Fox News, who accused Lamar of inciting violence. Geraldo Rivera, in particular, called hip-hop more damaging to black people than racism.
Kendrick would respond, however, in an interview with TMZ. “How can you take a song that’s about hope and turn it into hatred?,” he asked. “The message, the overall message, is we gonna be all right. It’s not the message, we gonna kill people.”
“This is our music,” he later added. “This is us expressing ourselves. Rather [than] going out here and doing the murders myself, I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing. Not going out in the streets, go in the booth and talking about the situation and hoping these kids can find some type of influence on it in a positive manner. Coming from these streets and coming from these neighborhoods, we’re taking our talents and putting ’em inside the studio.”