“When I went back to my old high school, all these kids looking at me like I’m the real big homie, the same way I look at Jay Z, Nas, or Dr. Dre,” says Kendrick with a laugh, sitting in his luxury trailer at his Complex cover shoot. “You would’ve thought Michael Jackson walked through that joint off the excitement that they had.”
via Kendrick Lamar Interview: Turn the Page 2014 Cover Story | Complex.
I love Kendrick Lamar. I don’t mean that in a lusty, ooh I want him type of way. I mean that I love the vibe I get from him when I read stories about him, listen to his music, and hear the way he raps. He’s ready to represent the west coast in a major way, and I’m all the way here for it.
I play a lot of Grand Theft Auto Online. Don’t judge me; it is an excellent way to relieve daily stress. There’s nothing like logging on, pulling my Grotti Turismo out of the garage and speeding through the streets of Los Santos while Kendrick Lamar’s “ADHD” bumps on the stereo. My television is plugged into my living room stereo, so the bass is extra kicking for me, and it makes the scenario that much more real.
“ADHD” is one of the songs featured on the in game station Radio Los Santos. Taken from Lamar’s 2011 release Section.80, “ADHD” focuses on the apathy and drug use/tolerance of so-called “crack babies” or people born in the 80s. The music is smooth, and Lamar’s steady cadence as he raps over the beat in a low, calm voice is almost hypnotic.
Take a listen and watch the video.
Martin had a dream; Martin had a dream; Kendrick have a dream; All my life I want money and power; respect my mind or die from lead shower; I pray my dick get big as The Eiffel Tower; so I can fuck the world for 72 hours…
From those opening lines all the way until the end of the song I am dancing in my seat and ready to hit replay at least ten more times when this song comes on my playlist. This is my Happy. It doesn’t hurt that the video has Sherane shaking that ass like a salt shaker in front of a Lincoln while Kendrick does his thing. Get some.
Hip-hop is a culture that was born from marginalized Black and Hispanic communities, and rappers from those marginalized communities fought and protested for hip-hop awards to be included in the Grammys’ televised portion. There wasn’t even a Grammy award for Best Rap Album until 1996. This is the lineage Kendrick, not Macklemore, descends from. Macklemore admitted via instagram that Kendrick’s album was better, but how much does that help quell the anger of fans who have seen Black artists, and specifically hip-hop artists, snubbed one too many times?
via REVOLT | Kendrick Lamar Shut Out Of Grammys.