Very rarely does Kendrick Lamar respond to what happens in popular media. He only recently began popping up on TMZ, he hardly tweets, his Instagram is a ghost town, and if you search blog sites, you’ll see his music, and his music videos. None of those “Kendrick Lamar Says…” or “something something Kendrick Lamar on Twitter.” His responses usually come in rap form.
However, a busy week for Kendrick gets even busier following TV news personality Geraldo Rivera‘s comments on Fox News concerning Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” lyrics, and his BET Awards performance. In short, Rivera postulated that Lamar’s performance–Kendrick opened the BET Awards standing atop a dilapidated cop car–and song lyrics do more damage to African-Americans than racism.
In an interview with TMZ Live, Lamar detailed his disgust with Rivera’s comments, and elaborated on why he chose standing on the cop car as part of his performance.
Our reality is the problem of the situation. 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 [by] going out in the streets. Go in the booth and talking about the situation and hoping these kids can find some type of influence [from] it in a positive manner.
Watch the full interview below.