Geraldo Rivera expressed his issue with Kendrick Lamar’s performance at the BET Awards a few days ago. K.Dot’s lyrics to his song ‘Alright’ came under fire on a segment on Fox News.
This is why I say that Hip Hop has done more damage to young African Americans than racism in recent years. This is exactly the wrong message.
Kendrick’s performance at the awards (which you can watch here) featured the American flag in the background with the rapper standing on a vandalised police car. He performed ‘Alright‘ in which he says “we hate po-po, wanna kill us dead in the street for sure, n*gga”.
Kendrick Lamar told TMZ what he thought about Geraldo Rivera’s comments.
This is our music. 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. You can’t dilute the message.