It’s a pleasure to witness artist on commercial platforms use their existence to voice their concerns, perspectives, and point of view. Throughout history this has been common undertone and message for most artist…
Specifically, in most recent news Kendrick Lamar. Rapper Kendrick Lamar leads the nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards with 11 nods, including album of the year for “To Pimp a Butterfly.”
Kendrick Lamar gave a passionate, politically charged performance at Monday night’s Grammy Awards.
His performance of his “The Blacker the Berry” started with Lamar and several black back-up dancers in chains, with the backdrop of a prison. As Lamar progressed in the song, he and the dancers released their chains and danced, donned in glow-in-the-dark outfits.
Lamar moved across the stage to head to a giant bonfire as he transitioned into his hit “Alright,” performing along with African dancers. Near the end of the set, a picture of a map of Africa appeared behind Lamar, with “Compton,” his hometown, written on it.
“I’m African-American, I’m African,” Lamar rapped on stage. “I’m black as the moon, heritage of a small village/Pardon my residence/Came from the bottom of mankind/My hair is nappy, my d–k is big, my nose is round and wide/You hate me don’t you?”
In the end, Kendrick drew a strong response from both social media and the live crowd, garnering a standing ovation, fist pumps, and massive energy in the Nokia Theatre.