“When you know, we been hurt, been down before.
When my pride was low, lookin’ at the world like ‘where do we go?’ “
Without debate, the Compton native owned last night’s 2016 Grammy’s. Set aside the visuals, choreography and musicians that all contribute to a phenomenal performance, Kendrick came to not only entertain but to educate. Educate a large majority that desires to ignore the struggle and adversity of an even larger minority.
“I’m African-American, I’m African
I’m black as the moon, heritage of a small village
Pardon my residence
Came from the bottom of mankind
My hair is nappy, my nose is round and wide
You hate me don’t you?
You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture”
Dressed in blue prison suits and chained one to another, Kendrick and his dancers made a bold statement about the incarceration of African American males and the racism and prejudice faced daily, all while reassuring the audience that regardless of their hate, we gon’ be alright.
With a “bruised” eye and handcuffs, Kendrick represented the struggle of his people and our people incredibly well. From his prison entrance, to dancing to the rhythms of the motherland, Kendrick embodied all that the late Nina Simone believed every artist should do. That is, to reflect the times.
Mesmerized and overwhelmed with emotion, the audience gave Kendrick a standing ovation for his incredible performance. More than just being an artist, Kendrick used his platform and he used it wisely.
Whether the public wants to acknowledge it or not, Kendrick reflected the times and It was televised.
If you missed last night’s performance, check it out below.
Thank you, Kendrick. WE stand behind you.