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Kendrick Lamar has become the latest rapper to speak up on the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, unarmed men killed by police, and the protests those deaths have sparked.
“It’s definitely frustrating, 100 percent,” Kendrick said in an interview with MTV News. “It’s something that I’ve been around since the beginning of time. I remember coming up in the city of Compton and having these same types of ordeals.”
K. Dot adds that his latest single, “i,” came at a pivotal time. “It’s bigger than just a good tune; it’s really a psychological catchphrase,” he says.
He continues, “I have to put that same type of influence on my ‘lil brothers, on the ‘lil homies in the neighborhood. We tend to act in violence all the time, and that’s just something we were brought up to do. Now that I’m more mature, I [can show] them other avenues to go about handling themselves: Being knowledgeable and jumping into a book rather than reaching for a pistol and reacting that way.”