Kendrick Lamar resurfaces following the 56th Annual Grammy Awards to respond to Macklemore‘s wins and the haul that left many feeling K. Dot was robbed. The snub heard round the world has not been sitting well with hip-hop fans and Macklemore’s concession text to Kendrick on Grammy night has ignited a wave of arguments over a handful of topics, including his authenticity as a hip-hop artist and how much white guilt and/or privilege contributed to his place within the genre and the olive branch he offered to the widely celebrated Compton MC. While the down and dirty socio-political discourse will likely be left to academics, radio personalities and consumers who happen to be feeling some type of way, Kendrick has instead chosen to take the high road. Kendrick Lamar recently emerged at a Dom Kennedy show in New York City to run through a few tracks and offer his thoughts on the matter while the wound is still fresh:
“It’s well deserved; he did what he did, man,” Kendrick said. “He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that’s how it go.”
He continued, discussing hip-hop’s place at The Grammys:
“I definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre,” Kendrick said when asked if he thought the Grammys undervalued hip-hop. “We part of the world. We part of the movement. So I think any awards, including the Grammys, should always push for more hip-hop because it’s music as a whole, it’s not just splitting different regions. Everything moves as far as sound and vibrations, and that’s how it goes. And we are a part of that.”
Check the footage below to get a taste of Kendrick Lamar’s recent performance with Dom Kennedy. Stay tuned for more from Kendrick Lamar and the other artists at TDE.
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