Over the past three years Kendrick Lamar and Fox News have had an extreme conflict regarding race and how hip-hop affects the African American community. With the release of Kendrick Lamar’s new album, DAMN the conflict continues.
BET Blow Up
Kendrick Lamar started the 2015 BET awards with a bang with his “Alright” performance. This performance was heavily criticized on a Fox News broadcast regarding the fact that Kendrick performed on top of a vandalized cop car. According to a Fox News broadcast regarding the performance, Geraldo Rivera (newscaster) stated, “Hip hop has done more damage to African Americans in recent years than racism.’’ Kendrick Lamar took this to heart and questioned in a TMZ interview, ‘’How can you take a song about hope and turn it into hatred?’’ Kendrick is referring to the song “Alright,” which talks about how no matter what, “We gon’ be alright.” The Fox reporters presented the song as a “hate cops’” song.
Concept Causing Conflict
After Kendrick’s release of his 2017 concept album DAMN he targeted the Fox News reporter in the tracks “DNA” and “YAH.” In the track “DNA” he stated, “I’d rather die than to listen to you.’’ He is referring to the part of the news report where reporters told him what he should do in his music to make it “non-offensive.” In the track “Yah,” Kendrick Lamar stated, “Fox News want to use my name for percentage.” After he stated his opinion on the matter, Geraldo Rivera came back stating that he still believes that hip hop has done more damage to African Americans than racism, but then went on to say, “Kendrick Lamar is one of the greatest artists.”
Kendrick Lamar and Fox News have stirred up much controversy. Whether you identify with Geraldo Rivera’s statement or Kendrick Lamar’s album lyrics, Kendrick surely insist that, “Geraldo twisting my image.”
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