Kendrick Lamar Explains Political Performance At Grammys

Kendrick Lamar Explains Political Performance At Grammys
Kendrick Lamar, Bonnaroo 2012 Jon Elbaz / Flickr CC BY 2.0

Kendrick Lamar performed an untitled song at the end of his medley at the Grammys. The song came from his acclaimed album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” The song did not make it to the album.


Lamar mentioned in an interview with Grammy, continued in 2DopeBoyz, “I got a chamber of material from the album that I was in love where sample clearances or something as simple as a deadline kept it off the album. But I think probably close to ten songs that I’m in love with that I’ll still play and still perform that didn’t make the cut.”

When Lamar appeared onstage, he pronounced, “I’m the biggest hypocrite of 2015,” words from “Blacker the Berry.” The performance he gave was fiery and political in its own way.

Kendrick Lamar is making it a habit to perform unreleased singles in shows. This is not the first time he did this. He performed a song from “To Pimp a Butterfly” in “The Colbert Report” in December 2014. He did the same in January in an episode of “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.”

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Lamar did not only perform the unreleased single at the Grammys; he also performed “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright.”

When “Blacker the Berry” was released, a controversy was sparked about the political view of the narrative. The ideology is said to lecture black people. It is also said that it blames black people for the gesture and attitude.

Kendrick Lamar did not allow the full logic of the song in the Grammy. He only performed the first verses. The song goes, “You hate me don’t you? You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture. You’re fuckin’ evil, I want you to recognize that I’m a proud monkey.”