Lamar called in TMZ Live to explain. “How could you take a song that’s about hope and turn it into hatred? The message is ‘we gon’ be alright’ it’s not the message of ‘I wanna kill people," he said.
“The problem isn’t me standing on the cop car, I think his attempt is deleting the real problem, which is the senseless acts of [cops] killing these young boys out here. I think for the most part it’s avoiding the truth, it’s reality, this is my world, this is what I talk about in my music and you can’t dilute that. Me being on a cop car, that’s a performance piece after these senseless acts.
“Of course I’m going to be enraged about what’s going on out here, of course I’m going to speak on it,” continues the 28-year-old MC. “But at the same time, you can’t dilute the overall message.”
Moreover, Lamar noted that hip hop is taking the blame, when the real issue is getting swept under the rug. “Hip hop is not the problem, our reality is the problem. This is our music, this is us expressing ourselves. Rather [than] going out here and doing murder myself, I want to express myself in a positive light, the same way other artists are.”
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