Kendrick Lamar Addresses Backlash Over Refusal To Vote

UPDATE: Kendrick Lamar said that there are forces "beyond people" that render voting useless.

Kendrick Lamar recently chopped it up with Alternative News, touching on a few topics including whether he thinks we landed on the moon and the scariest thing he’s witnessed. But he also touched on why he doesn’t vote, explaining that there are forces beyond the government controlling such things and that an individual ballot doesn’t matter.

“My vote counts? I don’t do no voting. I will keep it straight up real with you. I don’t believe in none of the shit that’s going on in the world,” he said. “You talk with me, you talk with me for hours because everything has a contradiction, everything is higher ranking and way beyond us, way beyond people. So basically, do what you do, do good with your people and live your life because what’s going on isn’t really in our hands.

“When I say the president can’t even control the world, then you definitely know there’s something else out there pushing the buttons,” he continued. “They could do whatever they want to do, we all puppets. Just play your cards right.”

Watch the video below (via IFWT).

[August 28]

UPDATE: Kendrick Lamar took to Twitter to address comments that he made on why he doesn't vote, upholding his stance and stating that people should cast a ballot for the "right reasons."


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278 Comments

  • THETRUTHHURTS

    HE IS TALKING ABOUT THE ILLUMINATI. IT IS EVERYWHERE, OPEN YOUR EYES! PEOPLE - I DARE YOU TO RESEARCH ABOUT THE ILLUMINATI ON YOUTUBE. JUST SEARCH IT. PROVE ME WRONG.

  • Anonymous

    there is nothing wrong with a black president, but a ghetto one .. no way

  • Anonymous

    america should boycott the vote just to see what happens

  • Anonymous

    kendrick lamar is an ancient alien sent from mars to controll america and make buy shit rap music and support the talliban ....

  • Anonymous

    i dont like how much of a play hip hop music has to do with politics cuz of the obama name drops kendrick and his team do he'll probly win again and then all of america will do the duggie

  • Lieth

    I don't live in the U.S. But I pay attention to world affairs, and to the history, anthropology and sociology etc of human behaviour. One person alone can be powerless. But one person is not a nation. A nation is a collection of people. It matters to vote, even if the person you vote for doesn't get in. It matters that those who disagree with each other vote. That's democracy in action. It ain't perfect. But then utopias do not exist, and have never existed, outside of fantasy. Dystopias do occur, and the more disengaged are, the more they disempower themselves - THEMSELVES: you disempower yourselves people! The more disempowered people become, the more likely dystopia is to develop. If you don't vote, you are in fact assisting the oligarchic Republican campaign, pure and simple. Is that what you want? You WANT to empower the wealthy top 1 per cent of Americans? Wow!!! Talk about disempowering yourselves!!! Republicans do NOT want disenfranchised people to vote, because that's not where their constituency is. There has even been legislation passed in some states in an attempt to make it harder for those in the more disenfranchised rungs of society to register. The claim is that it's about reducing voter fraud. But the detected raw numbers of voter fraud are low, whereas the raw numbers of people who give up because it's just too hard, are significant enough to make it worthwhile. We all see what happens in countries which have been ruled by guns and/or dictators. And when voting occurs, we've seen the tactics used in those countries to try to keep the MAJORITY of people from getting to the polls in the crucial hours on that crucial day. You don't seriously think that there is no Republican agenda to do the same in the U.S. do you? Hello!?? The mere fact that it's not done by guns and intimidation doesn't mean it can't be done. In democracies like the U.S., the trick is to play on people's sense of powerlessness, make them feel ambivalent, and thus apathetic. It is COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT how motivated they become once the registration date has passed, and the polling booths have closed. By that time, the job is done. So who is the fool? The person allowing themselves to be disempowered, or the manipulative oligarchs rorting the system and laughing all the way to the bank?

  • George Zimmerman

    I can't vote for Obama after he said if he had a son he'd look like Trayvon, but I also can't vote for that fool Romney either. Maybe Kendrick Lamar is right. Voting don't change a thing. Plus it only gets you out of work for two hours.

  • please read

    i think i agree with kendrick if he means that politics/government is irrelevant to him because he believes that spirituality and one's friends and family are the only truly important things in life. however, if you personally want to have some say in certain aspects of your life that only federal legislature can provide, you should definitely get out there and vote.

  • The Game

    Game is the best rapper alive like He says on the city GAME BIGGIE (HOE) PROBABLY PAC NAS and EMINEM so all u lil wayne rick ross drake lovers eat a cock. Game is a fuckin g filthy rich and at his worst (the red album) is better than that carter 4, watch the throne, and tm103 and jeezy that nigga. red is the dopest rap album since Em's recovery. Red is stillclassic shit. all Games cds since 05, even if not better than the Documentary are better than theze other shit rappers albums doc advocate and lax are still the best rap albums to come out the years they dropped 06 and 09 and whoever disagrees is just a big fuckin hater he only features these wack fucks on his cd cause the record lable makes him Games mixtapes are killin these clown ass rappers albums Games mixtapes are real g lyrical shit and cali republic is the last of those features left from red. Game stay rich AND FUCK THESE DUMB ASS SUBURBAN NOT REALLY FROM THE HOOD ASS NIGGAZ WHO SAY A NIGGA WIT 25,000,000 is broke yall internet niggaz make me laugh. If game was a stripper in any of the years in the 2000s as much as game destroys niggaz and talks shit they would been had that shit on the summer jam screen, them bitch ass brick squad and 40 glocc and all them hoe ass niggaz still aint put the tape out of them knockin out a 6'5" nigga in a public mall. GAME is a G and u hoe ass niggaz just hate hate hate. When jesus really come back yall hoe ass niggaz gonna hate cause thats what yall do!!! That aint jesus fuck that nigga man!!!! To hell you go bitch game time!!!!

    • Reasons Why All Of Game's Albums Are Trash

      ^^ Can't you handle the truth? Huh? HUH NIGGA?!?! ANSWER ME NIGGA!!!

    • Anonymous

      to 'reasons why...' nigga i see a couple of bullshit statements in your bullshit comment but your not worth my time to go and discuss about that. still, fuck you, bitch ass fagot motherfucker.

    • Anonymous

      lmfao @ this hater!!!

    • Reasons Why All of Game's Albums Are Trash

      Documentary - Every track features another artist, plus, he didn't do shit on that record but get on the booth and rap; tracks were written by others and produced by others too. Doctor's Advocate - He doesn't stop mentioning Dre on this record. And "It's OK (One Blood)" is garbage because of that annoying ass nigga saying "One Blood" throughout the record. The L.A.X. - Trash because of "My Life", which is trash because of Lil Wayne's bitch ass. The R.E.D. Album - Every track sounds the same, and those "Dre" skits are useless.

  • Anonymous

    http://www.datpiff.com/mixtapes-detail.php?id=389651 www.AricTheThrowed.com Presents the instrumental mixtape, Produce.

  • gluvnast

    I ask everyone of you this; would you think Malcolm X would of exercised his right to vote? If you listen to his speech "Ballot or the Bullet" in 1964, you know that Kendrick makes a lot of sense. All of you that truly believe that voting system is positioned for us are merely pawns and do not know it. Kendrick merely admitted that we are pawns in the game (puppets in his words) and it won't matter what we do, because we don't have the power or the control. We only got an illusion that we are in "control". If people truly listened to what he said, he reasoned, several times in fact, that none of it matters, politics, religion, conspiracies theories (such as did the man walk on the moon) do not matter. It does not bring food on our plates. We are in the direct position to make change in spite of what else is going on in the world and we should not be DISTRACTED by things not affect your daily life or your personal goals. His message was clear, work on doing you and reaching past your potential and fuck everything else. In the words of Rakim, "Know the ledge".

    • Anonymous

      ETK, thats some stupid shit you're saying nigga. we voted and we got that dumb ass bush. prolly cuz our votes don't fuckin count anyway! nigga wake the fuck up!

    • ETK

      In the words of my grandmother, "don't fight the shit you can't beat". If you don't vote, you gonna have a bitch like George Bush ruling (ruining) your country

  • jmich698

    are you guys dumb? The popular votes doesn't even matter. The electoral college votes go towards who becomes the next president. And their states don't influence their votes all the time so the popular vote is pretty much useless.

  • Wishworks

    Off Nomad mixtape. God Knows Why name of the song?

  • Wishworks

    Quote Wishworks: So when a rouge child pops up, don't act surprised i never voted never believed in sponsoring lies i never bought in to that B.S. they advertize Every president has done unlawful acts. Whether viewed by us or other countries FACTS

  • room2roam

    REPOST: Big Dan: Wow! Anonymous: "You people on here are dumb as fuck. You were becoming a fan of a rapper for the contrabutions he was giving to rap music. now his opinion affects your opinion of liking his rap music.If you lose who you vote for what happens?You compalin about your vote not counting.Then when you do win You complain about how he is not running the country the way you want.Fuck voting.They have been shredding the Afrcan Americans votes and shit why would we vote" Anonymous, I want you to think of how things were before civil rights workers decided to do something. If you looked at America before we started "overcoming" you really would have to be crazy to think you could change things. You had southern governors who challenged the President back in the sixties and did whatever they could to prevent change, the heads of some police departments who were supposed to protect all citizens were sometimes KKK members. you had little girls trying to walk into a school and some very scary adults looking quite evil were standing in their way and National Guardsmen had to walk them in. Point is, if people thought you can't change this, don't bother, where would you be today? Ask yourself that and start making intelligent decisions. When people chose to fight for your rights back then and made trips down south, they knew it was at great risk to their lives and a lot never made it back. Is this how you pay them back. People actually fought for your rights knowing it would cost them their lives and you are here today being stupid. When women started fighting for the vote in the UK (and that spread to other countries, including ours) it was just laughable to think that is something that could be achieved. But unlike you, they didn't just sit there and think you can't change things. They did something about it and guess what? Wake up dum dum.

  • fuckhope

    fuck obama he nothing but tap dancing sambo. i'am 35 and i will never vote again until i die. i always knew the white president wasnt going do shit for us, but i had hope that maybe one day if a black man got in office he would. and look at him down on his knee sucking the elites dick. he is a tar baby

  • blacksellouts

    he getting too much negative attention now. haha and these are the people you look up to niggas who can't say shit haha you are some dumb mother fuckers. you name em if they on t.v they a sell out let him say the wrong thing and its over them they go right back to the ghetto. and for a celebrity they know thats suicide they will sell they asshole if they have to keep from going back to hood haha

  • i4ni

    Yo, he is just a musician, not a teacher, not a politician, not a civil rights leader, a musician. So stop being lemmings and think for urselves.. damn. I cant wait until those that came before to come back and get me the fuck off this rock.

  • Gab

    You people need to understand that voting is a true blessing in a true "democracy" But we do not live in a democratic country anymore and whether you think your vote counts or not, it is still between the lesser of two evils...non of them can save you from the coming crisis....wake up!!!

  • trollingmusickkk

    KENDRICK IF YOU DO BY CHANCE READ THIS KNOW ONE THING, CHOSE YOUR WORDS CAREFULLY AND STOP DOING INTERVIEWS HIGH, YOU SOUND LIKE AN IGNORANT FUCK.....AND A SELFISH GREEDY PIG....HOE ASS

  • Anonymous

    He is right. Fuck voting!

  • FuKKK KKKendriKKK Lamar

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Backlash??? What fucking backlash?!?! Seriously, quit talking like you're relevant, cause you're not.

  • Anonymous

    Apparently it's okay to have the right to vote, but not okay to have the right to not vote. Is freedom really free?

  • lets see...

    I do agree with him to a certain degree. Think about how many people will vote for Ron Paul or someone else who IS NOT Obama/Romney. Do you think they will win just because of your votes. HELL NO!

    • dude

      you sound dumb as hell. "its not voting its your fuckin country. either way you can't complain cause you aint doin shit to try and fix it." We try and fix it by VOTING and put new presidents in there, but has that worked yet? Bush ran for eight straight years and won without winning the popular vote either time (i dont think) and no one even liked his ass. So dont tell me voting matters. Screw you.

    • Anonymous

      its cause your two party country is fucked up that way. its not voting, its your fuckin country. either way you can't complain cause you ain't doin shit to try and fix it.

  • Pegasus Flow

    People are funny. Everybody knows everything and anyone who dissents is crazy and believes fairytales.

  • jan

    I would like to quote some of YEBO's yelling: "HIP HOP IS DEAD RIGHT NOW, FRAUD ASS RAPPER SHARING HIS STUPID OPINION ON VOTING SO YOUNG NIGGAS AND PEOPLE CAN RELATE TO THIS FOOL AND NOBODY WILL GO AND VOTE AND NOBODY WILL GIVE A SINGLE FUCK ABOUT OUR COUNTRY WE NEED TO STOP THESE IGNORANT FOOLS, MAYBE INSTEAD OF GANGBANGING AND DICKRIDING DR. DRE HE SHOULD STUDY MORE HISTORY AND WHERE HE CAME FROM, PEOPLE WOULD KILL FOR ABILITY TO VOTE BACK IN DAYS, HES BEEN SO UNTHANKFUL" the sad thing is that he is trolling and got the point at the same damn time in some of his statements... I don't think that Kendrick is fraud and he doesn't suck as a rapper, but he is a dumbass when it comes to voting and politic stuff, when you don't vote, you basically support EVERY candidate and many youngins don't vote either, in 50 years, nobody will vote and we will lost democracy as well, but these suckers won't care, all they need is some liquor, stupid bad bitch and some weed, smh

  • moresickaMC

    when you think about it. kendrick is actually smarter for not voting than all of you who vote for an illusion when the whole game is controlled. but I would advise kendrick to vote for who he believes can bring change even if that candidate has only gets one vote.

    • jan

      how do you know the game is controlled? these conspirations are all stupid with NO proof and anyways, if it's controlled, what does make Kendrick smarter for not voting? If is't controlled, it's way more important to vote

  • moresickaMC

    its his right not to vote and he has a right to an opinion just like everyone else. in any cases if you think your vote "counts" you my friend I pity. your vote counts for sh@t. its all just a game, a ruse, u been bamboozled. elections are a PR exercise. The game has been rigged from jump so your just fighting over puppets whether in GOP or Dems. only a really independent movement from the grassroots would change anything. but america will go to civil war b4 the powers that be allow that. so keep thinking your vote counts like the characters in wizard of oz. look behind the curtain and wake up nukkaz. kendrick, do you.

  • ILLras

    I have little faith in the process but, I still vote just in case. It must mean something because groups are trying to suppress our vote!

  • Big Dan

    Wow! Anonymous: "You people on here are dumb as fuck. You were becoming a fan of a rapper for the contrabutions he was giving to rap music. now his opinion affects your opinion of liking his rap music.If you lose who you vote for what happens?You compalin about your vote not counting.Then when you do win You complain about how he is not running the country the way you want.Fuck voting.They have been shredding the Afrcan Americans votes and shit why would we vote" Anonymous, I want you to think of how things were before civil rights workers decided to do something. If you looked at America before we started "overcoming" you really would have to be crazy to think you could change things. You had southern governors who challenged the President back in the sixties and did whatever they could to prevent change, the heads of some police departments who were supposed to protect all citizens were sometimes KKK members. you had little girls trying to walk into a school and some very scary adults looking quite evil were standing in their way and National Guardsmen had to walk them in. Point is, if people thought you can't change this, don't bother, where would you be today? Ask yourself that and start making intelligent decisions. When people chose to fight for your rights back then and made trips down south, they knew it was at great risk to their lives and a lot never made it back. Is this how you pay them back. People actually fought for your rights knowing it would cost them their lives and you are here today being stupid. When women started fighting for the vote in the UK (and that spread to other countries, including ours) it was just laughable to think that is something that could be achieved. But unlike you, they didn't just sit there and think you can't change things. They did something about it and guess what? Wake up dum dum.

  • Truth

    I have never heard someone give a valid reason for not voting. They should just say they choose not to exercise their right to vote...

  • I'll

    Ron Paul was our last hope

  • Benn

    There are certain rappers who should stick to strictly rapping and avoid making claims that require a high degree of intelligence....there are also rappers who, when they choose to discuss politics/religion/society, actually seem to have some insight into what they are talking about.... So where does Mr. Lamar fit in?

    • Anonymous

      ^^ I refuse to read your novel.

    • Big Dan

      We can create a new category for KL; people that should not speak period. I don't know how rappers can come out and make a case for not voting at all. That does not gel with what they rap about. Nas look at the nonsense you started. You let republicans take over, they'll brands us all welfare recipients then cut every programs that lower income people rely on and I'm not talking welfare. They'll cut school funding, medicare for your grandma that she paid into, social security that you pay for so its not like its government charity, programs for kids and the list goes on. They don't like you. They have an agenda. Go help them achieve it idiot. If you looked at one election and decided you did not like the candidates, that's one thing and even then, get involved. There must be someone worthwhile in lower office whom people can help send to higher office. KL, you stupid for this one, no two ways around it. You made a dumb ass comment, you got flack and now people are "blaming a black man?" Idiot. Second, tell me you did not make this comment: "When I say the president cant even control the world, then you definitely know theres something else out there pushing the buttons," Huuuh? That eesh cray. Your dumb ass is aware that the President (I assume you are talking about POTUS) is the President of the United States, not the world right? While the US because of its stature, does use its weight around the world, we are but one country and we do not control other INDEPENDENT nations and as such, should not be controlling the world. Nor should the President (one man or woman) have that much power anyway. Our forefathers actually put in place checks and balances to limit the power of the President so he or she is not all too powerful (in the US, not the world). If you had paid attention in school, you'd know that, but I will go out on a limb and say you probably thought school was not that important either. You can have your views, but don't embarrass yourself by making them public. In Russia, the President is very powerful. Guess what? Last week, the justice system there locked up two girls in a punk band for two years each for singing a song against that was unflattering to the President. Is that what you want. You wanna talk puppet, there is a Russian billionaire, well he used to be a billionaire (was worth 15 bilion!), who had everything stripped from him and he has been in jail the last 7 years. Why, he was seen as a threat to the very powerful Russian President. Journalists get gunned down in Russia and the perps are never found. In Germany less than 75 years ago, that country's very powerful leader who got that way through the idiocy (think yourself) of the German populace at the time, killed 6 million plus Jews just for the heck of it and because he could, really. That's power. Is that what you want in your President? Your label head just got listed as the fifth highest paid entertainer in the US, which in this case, actually makes him the fifth highest paid entertainer in the world. I am sure he is not sitting there feeling like a puppet. Hopefully, he is imparting some knowledge to you so that 20 years from now, you have used your rap career as a stepping stone to bigger things and making sure your kids and their kids are out the hood and not growing up talking smack like you. Stick to rapping and focus on managing your career instead of making stupid comments. You are on Aftermath. Other that Truth Hurts, I am not sure if any rapper has actually ever successfully come out on that label. Yeah, yeah, I know Eminem and to a lesser degree 50 can be considered Aftermath acts, but really that's just on paper. They are Interscope artists. The point is, there is a very good chance what you are working on now may not see the light of day or if it does not sell "well enough" you'll find yourself in purgatory until they finally give you your walking papers and by that time, its too late for you rapwise. So concentrate on more important things and manage that advance money well instead of wasting your time talking about things you don't understand. It might be the largest check you ever see.

  • Anonymous

    Electoral college muhfckas lol... Vote on local community issues, yea that makes sense. But int'l level??? U think muhfckas gon leave the political future in the common man's hands?? please.

  • CommonSense

    believing your vote matters in 2012 is just as stupid as people who believe the bible is the word of "god". think for yourself realize things. this isnt about illuminati, that in itself is complete bullshit. this is about money, money controls politics now the politicians are just puppets for interest groups. wake the fuck up. im actually happy all you old idiots are commenting on this like "i feel bad for the new/younger generation" because all of you we're stupid enough to allow this spin out of control and become the mess it is today. the younger generation is gonna open our eyes and actually do something about it. preach kendrick lamar i support you and came to the same conclusion a long time ago.

    • Anonymous

      NO I am not a fanboy asshole.I gave my 2 cents on why I dont beleive in voting not his.The fact that the African American votes are being shredded is one of the main reason I wont fuck with it. When its provin to me that my vote matters even if I lose I will consider voting. I rather just watch these other people vote and put there trust in another man and get disapointed.fuck you with your vote or die mentality. I choose not to because of the things ive seen and heard. and I do my research on this by watching what goes down with these election.You can look it up yourself about the minoritie votes being shredded.You have the right to vote and the right not to. my choice.My voice. my voice says fuck it.

    • CmonSonYoungin

      Because what you're saying holds so much validity that your boy even felt impelled to address the backlash, you are a fanboy at its worst. At the very least you can recognize that in order to change the system you must work within it and turn it inside out. But naw you'd rather champion the ignorance of abstaining from the election process because it's a "sham". Idiota if I ever saw one, local and state government elections especially need that participation of minorities so the representatives can actually reflect its constituency. Stop the small conspiracy thinking you'll go nowhere with that. This world is rapidly changing adapt or die.

    • LOL

      Because what you're saying holds so much validity that your boy even felt impelled to address the backlash, you are a fanboy at its worst. At the very least you can recognize that in order to change the system you must work within it and turn it inside out. But naw you'd rather champion the ignorance of abstaining from the election process because it's a sham. Idiota if I ever saw one, local and state government elections especially need that participation. I'm sure your reply will be just as immature and minuscule as your proposed argument. Small thinkers go nowhere this world is rapidly changing adapt or die.

    • LOL

      Because what you're saying holds so much validity that your boy even felt impelled to address the backlash, you are a fucking fanboy at its worst. At the very least you can recognize that in order to change the system you must work within it and turn it inside out. But naw you'd rather champion the ignorance of abstaining from the election process because it's a sham. Idiota if I ever saw one, local and state government elections especially need that participation. I'm sure your reply will be just as immature and minuscule as your proposed argument. Small thinkers go nowhere this world is rapidly changing adapt or die.

    • Anonymous

      My fault common I responded to the wrong dude.

    • Anonymous

      You people on here are dumb as fuck. You were becoming a fan of a rapper for the contrabutions he was giving to rap music. now his opinion affects your opinion of liking his rap music.If you lose who you vote for what happens?You compalin about your vote not counting.Then when you do win You complain about how he is not running the country the way you want.Fuck voting.They have been shredding the Afrcan Americans votes ad shit why would we vote now?

  • MazyMelodyz

    I was becoming a fan of this young cat but after this idk. When u have the power of speech you gotta use it for the benefit of the poor and middle class. I've heard this cat speak on being like PAC numerous times yet all the stuff he represented was about power of the people and all the things activists prior to him have accomplished. I mean I understand the president can only do so much and without congress backing him he can only do so much but that should be even more reason to vote for people in congress cuz that's where the foundation is laid and created. This is gonna give the youth a reason not to vote which is ignorant, yet this country that's so fucked up is the place he's been able to overcome his (kendrick) struggles and povertys and become something and he's complaining? Stick to rapping instead of politics cuz u seem night n day with ya knowledge on politics verses music

    • MazyMelodyz

      @exchange exactly Dogg! @anonymous shut yo young ass up I didn't ask for ya bitch ass opinion

    • Exchange

      In the world of Hip Hop... unlike any other genre artists tend to be held accountable for what they say both on and off the mic. You guys are such pacifists what is wrong with holding these artists to such standards of reality truth and equity?

    • Anonymous

      You people on here are dumb as fuck. You were becoming a fan of a rapper for the contrabutions he was giving to rap music. now his opinion affects your opinion of liking his rap music.If you lose who you vote for what happens?You compalin about your vote not counting.Then when you do win You complain about how he is not running the country the way you want.Fuck voting.They have been shredding the Afrcan Americans votes and shit why would we vote

  • HAHAHA

    Just because he has the 'right' to vote, doesn't mean he has to. That is his personal belief, if you don't like it, too bad, move the fuck along. Also, if you let some rapper influence your reasoning to vote or to not vote, than you are a fucking follower. Yes, I understand they have an influence on the younger generation, & blah blah blah, etc. etc. I heard that bullshit before. Be your own man & stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. Plus, he was asked about if he is going to vote. He's not going around telling everyone & their mamas to not vote. I swear y'all act like these rappers are gods or something but yet bash them when their beliefs differ from yours. You act like they are supposed to be perfect. Grow the fuck up!!

  • YEBO

    I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE, HIP HOP IS DEAD RIGHT NOW, FRAUD ASS RAPPER SHARING HIS STUPID OPINION ON VOTING SO YOUNG NIGGAS AND PEOPLE CAN RELATE TO THIS FOOL AND NOBODY WILL GO AND VOTE AND NOBODY WILL GIVE A SINGLE FUCK ABOUT OUR COUNTRY WE NEED TO STOP THESE IGNORANT FOOLS, MAYBE INSTEAD OF GANGBANGING AND DICKRIDING DR. DRE HE SHOULD STUDY MORE HISTORY AND WHERE HE CAME FROM, PEOPLE WOULD KILL FOR ABILITY TO VOTE BACK IN DAYS, HES BEEN SO UNTHANKFUL AND HIS MUSIC STILL SUCKS, HE IS ONE OF THE WORST RAPPERS OF ALL TIME, HE JUST RUINED IT WITH THAT FUCKING STATEMENT

    • land lord

      CHUUUCH! I feel sorry for the younger ones who really don't know any better & are quick to attach themself with someone like Kendrick who appear's to be bright but basically is a smart dumb n*cca.

  • I'm a Gemini

    It's not the vote that counts? It's the premise, the ability and the sacrifice of others (period). Kendrick Lamar, K.Dot whatever name he wants on a voter registration card. Would not, Could not be able to wrap christmas gifts at J.C. Penny let alone rap at sold out venues without the work and strife of others. I guess his evil gemini twin was giving the interview.

    • Com

      Still, what sense does that make? "It's the thought that counts"--No, the fucking vote should count. We live in a representative "democracy", after all. Unless you live in a swing state, there's around a 1 in a million chance your vote will matter. Read up, It's a broken system, and we have the freedom to not support it.

  • Edubb

    "It doesnt matter who the people vote for because they always vote for us" Direct quote from a member that is in a position of authority. Kendrick Lamar is dead on it with his comments.

  • Anonymous

    He dosnt vote cause he cannot read.

  • mike

    " the puppet on the right is more to my liking, oh no the puppet on the left is more to mine... wait... they're both being controlled by the same hand" Kendrick is right and this has been known this isn't news, voting doesnt mean shit, your vote does not matter, first of all its like voting for which peice of shit you like better, but why vote for shit. stay home on voting day. The people in control will get whoever they want elected, think about it.. are you counting to votes? so how do you know they are correct? you don't. are you gunna ask every single person in the USA/Canada or wherever who they voted for? no so how do you know the person elected actually won. and to the people who died and bled to have the right to vote, thats not a reason why we should vote, those people were ignorant and gave their lives for a useless cause because they had the illusion they had freedom of choice, you dont really have freedom of choice to anything important, theres a handful of insurance companies, 2 major political parties, 3-4 major media companies, 3 major oil companies but if you want a bag of chips you got 40 different flavours, the things that matter are reduced in choice and the things that dont like what nail polish you want to wear to school increased so that you think you have things to choose from. READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO EDUCATE YOUSELF, IF NOT MOVE ON AND BE IGNORANT. YOUR "CHOICE" HAHAA

  • hen

    Why care what he does, if u wanna vote, jus vote and shut da fuck up and if not do sum research before u comment.

  • respect

    TYou are a fool if you think your vote changes anything. you need ask yourself what am i voting for and then ask how is my vote going to change anything?. Has your life changed since you voted for Obama?If not why? wasnt his slogan yes we can then why cant you. you idiots dont see that the more you vote the more you subject yourself to the status quo. you argeeing with it. as the old adage would say: the playes might change but the game remains the same

  • Anonymous

    The only voting these niggas are concerned with is when they get nominated for BET/MTV awards...that's when they'll run out and tell all yall to vote...damn shame

    • mike

      " the puppet on the right is more to my liking, oh no the puppet on the left is more to mine... wait... they're both being controlled by the same hand" Kendrick is right and this has been known this isn't news, voting doesnt mean shit, your vote does not matter, first of all its like voting for which peice of shit you like better, but why vote for shit. stay home on voting day. The people in control will get whoever they want elected, think about it.. are you counting to votes? so how do you know they are correct? you don't. are you gunna ask every single person in the USA/Canada or wherever who they voted for? no so how do you know the person elected actually won. and to the people who died and bled to have the right to vote, thats not a reason why we should vote, those people were ignorant and gave their lives for a useless cause because they had the illusion they had freedom of choice, you dont really have freedom of choice to anything important, theres a handful of insurance companies, 2 major political parties, 3-4 major media companies, 3 major oil companies but if you want a bag of chips you got 40 different flavours, the things that matter are reduced in choice and the things that dont like what nail polish you want to wear to school increased so that you think you have things to choose from. READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO EDUCATE YOUSELF, IF NOT MOVE ON AND BE IGNORANT. YOUR "CHOICE" HAHAAaaaa

  • Rick Jack

    MOFO must be on Romney's payroll! Another voter surpression tactic.

  • JtotheD

    Kendrick, I like your music but u gotta wise up and vote fool. People died so you could vote. It does make a difference!

  • Anonymous

    Yes Kendrick, the president can't control the world. Because that's not his fucking job. SMH.

  • 001

    Not again. Sick and tired of these ignorant ass rappers trying to pass for some pseudo intellectuals for not voting. These idiots probably don't even know how the government works. What he should be telling his fans is to go research themselves the US gov and political systems. Niggas and their conspiracy theories.

    • Mike

      " the puppet on the right is more to my liking, oh no the puppet on the left is more to mine... wait... they're both being controlled by the same hand" Kendrick is right and this has been known this isn't news, voting doesnt mean shit, your vote does not matter, first of all its like voting for which peice of shit you like better, but why vote for shit. stay home on voting day. The people in control will get whoever they want elected, think about it.. are you counting to votes? so how do you know they are correct? you don't. are you gunna ask every single person in the USA/Canada or wherever who they voted for? no so how do you know the person elected actually won. and to the people who died and bled to have the right to vote, thats not a reason why we should vote, those people were ignorant and gave their lives for a useless cause because they had the illusion they had freedom of choice, you dont really have freedom of choice to anything important, theres a handful of insurance companies, 2 major political parties, 3-4 major media companies, 3 major oil companies but if you want a bag of chips you got 40 different flavours, the things that matter are reduced in choice and the things that dont like what nail polish you want to wear to school increased so that you think you have things to choose from. READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO EDUCATE YOUSELF, IF NOT MOVE ON AND BE IGNORANT. YOUR "CHOICE" HAHAAaa

  • SCHWARZ

    I SAW THAT ATL LOL @ COMMON NUT N!GGAS BEEN SAYIN THIS SH!T FOR A MIN UR POPULAR VOTE AIN'T COUNTED SINCE 64 LOOK

  • P

    I can't believe how many people have so many excuses for why they don't vote. Even if you think politicians are puppets, too many people fought, bled and died to give EVERYONE the right to vote, for you to disrespect that. Vote, then complain about the system. Prove with numbers that your vote don't matter, don't prove it with your mouthy opinion. Between this topic and Love and hip hop, im done with yall today. smh

  • Ecire

    Ecire - "Puppets" Ft. Brotha Dre & KE..... Listen/Download http://www.soundcloud.com/ecire/puppets

  • Anonymous

    I'll vote when every name on the ballot is included in every televised debate with equal speaking time.

  • P

    This is bullshit. I'm getting pretty tired of celebrities, especially black ones...talking about the various reasons why they don't vote. He is or at least is on his way to being rich! Who the president is matters very little to them. Its the broke people that make up the majority of society that elections matter for. Unfortunately these same poor folks will recite their favorite rappers' dumb ass reasons for not voting. Smh. Too many people died to give him the right to vote for me to let this bullshit ride. Vote, then complain about the "system" all u want.

  • Jin

    Just in case any of you dumbass haters forgot and just spout off without checking facts, George Bush lost the popular vote by over 500,000 votes in the 2000 election and still beat Al Gore. After that shit, it's understandable why you would be disenchanted to vote. Educate yourselves people.

  • LC Rose III

    This fool is dumb as fuck, just because he can rap you guys give him a platform to talk about voting..!!!!! This is why the rap game is fucked up. Rap about being drunk again or girls or drugs, but dont talk about this subject again. LMAO There is no conspiracy here, you dumb as FUCK.!!! LOL

    • anonymous

      @anonymous is right, however, 'voting' includes voting not only for the president but voting for congressmen and women. so if you want to change the old racist people in congress, then you need to go vote, and choose the best available running for house and senate.

    • Anonymous

      I have shared the same sentiments as Kendrick for years now, if you educate yourself and really understand the government, you will learn that individual votes DO NOT COUNT. Voting is not some POLL on a blog, see the re-count fiasco in Florida some years back for evidence. Secondly, it's the electoral votes that count. Third- No matter who is in office OBAMA,MITT,MICKEY MOUSE there will not be any changes because it's the old racist people in congress who run the country. Not the President who everyone thinks makes all the decisions, Obama could come up with the best solutions for man kind only to get VETOED by Congress, until we change the house of Congress, USA will be the same the next four years, the next four after that, etc. etc. Wake up and stop hollaring about some stupid voting system that doesn't matter and getting hell bent over who is elected President, shit will not change.

  • Afrikan

    If voting ever changed anything, shit would be different. We are in wars and debt that we did not vote for. We are being taxed into poverty, we did not vote for. We choose a new dictator every 4 years giving ourselves the illusion of power. Municipal voting is better. Vote in your state for you representatives local and so forth. What K.Dot is saying is "look we got a black president in and shit he don't even have much power (purportedly) and voting him back in (More Wars in Middle East, Bigger Gov't Patriot Act, NDAA, Guantanmo Bay open, bombing African nations,) which I am sure is not the change you hoped for. K.Dot knows more than you think.

  • Yo

    Obama is the best president we ever had. Sorry, but it's the truth.

  • tvesrb

    I don't blame Kendrick for not having faith in our government, but voting is more about taking a step in the best percievable direction than instantaneously improving things. it's a gradual process involving countless ppl. y'all need to get off Kendrick's case. it's his opinion, and he's entitled to it.

  • Anonymous

    Though his vote doesn't really matter on an individual level since it's just a small portion of a small portion that actually determines who wins he should vote just for the historical significance of being able to do so. It doesn't matter when one person says their vote doesn't because it doesn't change anything, it matters when a large group believes the same thing.

  • fcvs

    thank god he is a good rapper because he is just another dumb saying stupid things to look smart like lupe fiasco

    • fcvs

      so how do you know the person elected actually won that's another stupid shit stop smoking bro, if you don't wanna vote go to venezuela and live there

    • mike

      " the puppet on the right is more to my liking, oh no the puppet on the left is more to mine... wait... they're both being controlled by the same hand" Kendrick is right and this has been known this isn't news, voting doesnt mean shit, your vote does not matter, first of all its like voting for which peice of shit you like better, but why vote for shit. stay home on voting day. The people in control will get whoever they want elected, think about it.. are you counting to votes? so how do you know they are correct? you don't. are you gunna ask every single person in the USA/Canada or wherever who they voted for? no so how do you know the person elected actually won. and to the people who died and bled to have the right to vote, thats not a reason why we should vote, those people were ignorant and gave their lives for a useless cause because they had the illusion they had freedom of choice, you dont really have freedom of choice to anything important, theres a handful of insurance companies, 2 major political parties, 3-4 major media companies, 3 major oil companies but if you want a bag of chips you got 40 different flavours, the things that matter are reduced in choice and the things that dont like what nail polish you want to wear to school increased so that you think you have things to choose from. READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO EDUCATE YOUSELF, IF NOT MOVE ON AND BE IGNORANT. YOUR "CHOICE" HAHAAahahahah

  • ATLHHIPHOP

    An 18-year-old has just won the mayoral post in Hillsdale, Mich. and one in Roland, Iowa and Linesville, Penn. Two more have taken seats on the city council of Waterville Village, Ohio and Westbrook, Maine respectively. That youth and inexperience do not equal disinterest is not new in American politics. But a heated recount pitting a 51-year-old incumbent against his 18-year-old presumed successor, that's new. The votes in Hillsdale made official on Thursday had high school senior Michael Sessions besting his predecessor Douglas Ingles by just two votes. Mr. Ingles has until Wednesday of next week to ask for recounts. Something he told 'Countdown' he's not ruled out entirely, setting up the young Mr. Sessions for his very first political showdown.

  • ATLHHIPHOP

    A young cat about 18 became mayor of a city I think somewhere in Michigan when he was 18. Dont tell me voting dont count if it didnt count you might not have been born because A President who didnt like slavery got voted in.

  • Anonymous

    smh this is ignorance to the fullest. Still get out and vote despite if it may or may not count. keep that sht to yourself, dont influence your fans not to vote either.

    • mike

      " the puppet on the right is more to my liking, oh no the puppet on the left is more to mine... wait... they're both being controlled by the same hand" Kendrick is right and this has been known this isn't news, voting doesnt mean shit, your vote does not matter, first of all its like voting for which peice of shit you like better, but why vote for shit. stay home on voting day. The people in control will get whoever they want elected, think about it.. are you counting to votes? so how do you know they are correct? you don't. are you gunna ask every single person in the USA/Canada or wherever who they voted for? no so how do you know the person elected actually won. and to the people who died and bled to have the right to vote, thats not a reason why we should vote, those people were ignorant and gave their lives for a useless cause because they had the illusion they had freedom of choice, you dont really have freedom of choice to anything important, theres a handful of insurance companies, 2 major political parties, 3-4 major media companies, 3 major oil companies but if you want a bag of chips you got 40 different flavours, the things that matter are reduced in choice and the things that dont like what nail polish you want to wear to school increased so that you think you have things to choose from. READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO EDUCATE YOUSELF, IF NOT MOVE ON AND BE IGNORANT. YOUR "CHOICE" HAHAAaahahahahah

    • Anonymous

      eat a dick you dumb fuck

  • jr88

    smh...kendrick sounds so stupid it makes me embarrassed to be a fan!!! you can make a difference with your vote...he believes in conspiracies? i got on, how about rappers acting like they dont care to influence our youth not to vote?

    • mike

      " the puppet on the right is more to my liking, oh no the puppet on the left is more to mine... wait... they're both being controlled by the same hand" Kendrick is right and this has been known this isn't news, voting doesnt mean shit, your vote does not matter, first of all its like voting for which peice of shit you like better, but why vote for shit. stay home on voting day. The people in control will get whoever they want elected, think about it.. are you counting to votes? so how do you know they are correct? you don't. are you gunna ask every single person in the USA/Canada or wherever who they voted for? no so how do you know the person elected actually won. and to the people who died and bled to have the right to vote, thats not a reason why we should vote, those people were ignorant and gave their lives for a useless cause because they had the illusion they had freedom of choice, you dont really have freedom of choice to anything important, theres a handful of insurance companies, 2 major political parties, 3-4 major media companies, 3 major oil companies but if you want a bag of chips you got 40 different flavours, the things that matter are reduced in choice and the things that dont like what nail polish you want to wear to school increased so that you think you have things to choose from. READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO EDUCATE YOUSELF, IF NOT MOVE ON AND BE IGNORANT. YOUR "CHOICE" HAHAAa

  • Anonymous

    there isnt enough money on the planet or enough countries to keep robbing so that we can live better than other people. you got some most uneducated mother fucker on the planet right here in American. you could elect a street nigga like myself and even i couldnt fix them mother fucker. it was going fail from jump street.

  • ann

    Just Vote - you don't know that for sure! Again it don't hurt to vote do it????? I hate when people use that saying as and excuse not to vote

    • BLVCK

      WHY DO YOU HAVE TO HATE IT? ISN'T DEMOCRACY ABOUT CHOICE? SO IF NIGGAZ DONT WANNA VOTE, THEN LET US NOT VOTE...FUCK

  • COMMON SENSE

    To the guy below me, I hope you got guns to protect yourself from the black vans that are gonna show up at your house tonight. You know too much lol tone it down. The detractors are gonna find a way to slam you, man. The masses can't have that COMMON SENSE, bruh.

  • Anonymous

    And excuse the language, but you "woodies" are NOT a part of Romney's plan. His crowd considers YOU the "scum of the earth". You have BEEN pawns, trying to keep up with the rich. Enjoy your foreclosures and union layoffs, all courtesy of your BRETHREN. Now go work on that Canadian oil pipeline for minimum wage and no health benefits, you already voted for a UNION BUSTER, Scott Walker.

  • Anonymous

    None of you Republican pundits are at the convention, you don't count with your racist views and rhetoric (gamer501 aka the next Wisconsin shooter). You people talking about Ron Paul seem to forget Rand Paul, his son said we should return to "segregation". Take that loss. All this election has shown many people of all colors is that so many of the populous are lemmings/sheep/followers/uneducated. Pat Ryan got on using his dad's Social Security benefits but he's telling you you don't need it, let's use the private sector (corporate business) to be subjective. Obama>>>>>Romney Congress will stagnate the American economy until the Black man is gone. And they will raid the coffers if Romney is in, because he won't veto a damn thing. His BELIEFS don't recognize Blacks OR women as peers.

  • humm

    your vote does not count electoral votes from electoral congress. George W. Bush did not win the "popular vote" in 2007 but was elected wiht votes from the persons that were chosen...

  • T.Slice

    He makes a good point. I'm sure the majority really wanted Bush for that second term...Not.

  • mark

    I agree with Kendrick the way our system works we aren't even presented descent candidates Romney and Obama are both terrible Ron Paul was pretty good but it is an example he couldn't get the money or publicity to back him

  • Anonymous

    Voting is one of the few rights black folks have on this land, and I ain't giving up that shit for this sorry ass nigga.

  • soon 2 be king

    fuck a vote it's all politics and lies and to much if u ask me!! how you support gays all of sudden, you need votes smh!!! i have voted in the pass but there were times where i haven't voted and still no change!!! same issues how the fuck we go thru the same issues every time smh if you are president you should fix it thats why you get a vote not just to start and let the next guy try his luck man open your fucking eyes world stop letting these fucks run shit #HiPower

  • Anonymous

    I'm still voting this year. Our country changes direction depending on the president. I'll make a difference any way I can. Chickening out and letting stuff happen is for pussies.

  • Trace

    What a fucking idiot. After all our people went through for dumbasses like him. Fuck Kendrick Lamar.

  • DOC REEM

    Yall negroes is dumb ass hell if yall let the blood of our ancestors and previous leaders be shed in vain cause yall basically lazy as fuck and have stupid ass concepts about each individuals affect on change. ****Ghandi*Nelson Mandela*MLK*Obama*Che G*** THAT'S WHY HALF OF YALL NEGROES is scared! Yall hoes!!! Look at America and HIP HOP has changed the world and yall think your vote don't matter. If that's the case then how did Black and Puerto Rican kids on the blocks of Bronx and Queens change the world?

    • Anonymous

      they just want equal right it doesnt mean the political system was about anything.

    • COMMON SENSE

      This guy is clearing unaware of the strings attatched to his arms and legs. Someone direct this puppet to a mirror and give him two red pills please. It's time for this mislead negro to wake up.

  • Anoymous

    Fuck all of you who said he sounds ignorant. Im 100% behind him. You are fed that bullshit about vote or die or vote to make a difference. It dosent matter at the end of the day you are just voting for the lesser of two evils. The higher powers will continue to eat while ou starve. The electoral college fucks the voting system up. ITs not fair ... Listned to wat he says before u judge

  • Gamer501

    Asian countries for Asians Black countries for Blacks but White countries for Everybody ? Nobody is flooding Asia with non-asians and telling everybody to 'mix' Nobody is flooding Black countries with non-blacks and telling everybody to 'mix' Every White country,and ONLY White countries are expected to flood themselves with 3rd Worlders and 'assimilate' (inter-marry) to create a mixed up 'blended humanity'. This is nothing but an attempt to Genocide White people. 'Anti-racism' is a codeword for Anti-White #SPREAD THE WORD

    • truthurts

      gamer501...... u serious? what kind of hill billy place u livin at? same place where they have intercourse with their moms and dad and sister and brother? u inbred fark! If "White" people stayed in "england" the world would've been different wouldn't it? Some people may have the opinion it all turned out for the better. globilisation is where it's at. Oh... another reason a lot white people may not go to these other countires could be because...they dont like being the minority anywhere. might frighten em. dunno. just a guess

    • Anonymous

      "Anti-racism" sounds like a good idea to me. The funny thing is, America is not a "white country". It's a STOLEN country. The white ones are in Europe.

    • COMMON SENSE

      I wonder who's paying this guy.

  • cmon man

    There is no point in voting in the presidential election. Both Obama and Romney support NDAA, which means whoever wins the people and the constitution still lose. The votes that count are the Primary elections and the local elections. Fuck the presidential election though, it's pointless.

  • 2 Sentz

    Kendrick seems like a pretty cool dude, and I love his music, but what the flying fuck did I just witness him saying? This nigga serious? I can understand if you believe there are forces outside our control that play into what goes on in the world, that whole Illuminati shit. I'm sure there's truth to all that. But so what man? How do you justify not voting after being denied the right to do so for hundreds of years because you were considered 1/3 of a human being for being dark skinned? Fuck that logic man, I dont care if you think voting is useless, those who don't go out and vote are LAZY! All this bullshit about voting not making a difference... man nobody saying that shit actually knows a damn thing about what goes on behind the scenes. If your lazy then at least just say so, dont play it off like its some grand political statement. FOH with that mess Kendrick

  • J DOT

    ILLUMINATI ALL THROUGH YA BODY!

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick is honestly ignorant as fuck for saying this. I understand if you want to exercise your right not to participate, though I can't imagine any good reason for refusing to vote if you can. Explaining it by saying that people's votes don't matter, though, is just stupid. The reason it seems that way is because less than half of the country actually votes, even on Presidential election years. He's just furthering his own problem with the system.

    • anonymous

      Here's why your vote doesn't count... each state has a certain number of electoral votes... The number is based on population. each state is divided into different districts.. the districts are divided and decided upon by politicians. each district inside the state is worth a certain amount of electoral votes. If you live in a majority republican district... the republican gets those votes... if you live in a majority democratic district, the democrat will get those votes.. the "popular vote" could actually go to one candidate, but the way the state was broke down into these districts, the person with less votes can win more districts in that state, giving that person all of the electoral votes in that state because he or she won the majority of the districts in that state... so states can be broken down in a way that renders the popular vote useless... where i live obama will win my district by a landslide... romney could still win my state because the rest of my state seems to lean toward republicans... rendering my vote useless. the presidential election will turn out the same whether i vote or not. my vote does not count.

    • sage

      when you have lobbies that sway an entire media machine and push their desired propaganda on the masses, your vote will never matter.

  • Da goodness

    Real talk. Fuck the system and fuck your favorite rapper. Hip hop

  • Anonymous

    when they give u a turd sandwitch and a giant douch to pick from no voting doesnt matter

  • MLK

    thanks alot i died for nothing

  • YEBO

    THE ONLY PUPPET HERE IS KENDICK HIMSELF DICKRIDING DRE AND ALLMOST EVERY WESTCOAST ARTIST BUT NOBODY GIVES A SHIT EITHER WAY OBVIOUSLY HE DOESN'T VOTE BECAUSE HE IS FRAUD, GAY AND HAVEN'T LEARNT HOW TO WRITE IN HIS WHOLE FUCKING LIFE STOP THAT STUPID CONSPIRACY TALK AND GO GET SOME WIZ KHALIFA OR JUSTIN BIEBER TO LISTEN AND LEARN HOW TO RAP

  • Really?

    We need to vote and start taking back this country as it is as much ours as thiers some of our roots can be traced back to America to the 17th century no matter how we got here.The same century most europeans trace thier known lineage. Stop making up conspiracies and world power groups stop lying stop doing thier work for them stop the trickaknowledge youngboys...

  • Really?

    I hate when you youngboys try to articulate idealism as true knowledge. It is not the same thing.Voting is very important! When there are options take a civics class read a book just dont down talk it, being antiestablishment is what they want because then you pose absolutely no threat with these empty words and no action. Collectivism is what they fear most look at whats happening to Obama, youngboys never voted till Obama got him elected showed the power of their vote and now they are suppressing it. If it didnt matter then why suppress it? This is just youngboy talk lying about something he is too lazy to research. doing thier work for them. word to damian marley."The average man cant prove of most of the things that he chooses to speak of And still wont research and find out the root of the truth that you seek of!"

    • beta

      I agree with you, and as a citizen of a southamerican country, I prefer Obama rather than Romney by far. That being said, Obama represents no change, he is the same puppet being controlled by economic powers. I agree with Kendrick there. But the point is: you should vote, and you definitely should vote Obama before racist Romney. But the best option is to vote a real left wing President, and to pose a real threat to the bankers and people making the moves. Sorry for the grammar mistakes, I hope you get my idea

    • COMMON SENSE

      Trying to use slick ass words to discredit Kendrick's opinion isn't going to detract anyone. Try harder loser. EPIC FAIL.

    • tdot-ohh

      Well said bro and great quote

  • tdot-ohh

    Trust in politics is lost and thats just how the politians like it. There betting on you not going to the poles and casting a vote. Thats the stigma that exists now a days... so thats what needs to change. Starting locally in your community and grass root projects is where one person can start and where the most change can happen. So unitl we get involved and start caring about one another and our future the status quo will continue.

  • Angel Verner

    Voting isn't essential to anything that can enrich the daily human condition. The electoral college rules the voting procedure, rendering it useless to somebody, say, who lives in Nebraska and has 4 electoral college points. And if you live in California, you have 55 electoral college points. It's an indirect system that really makes voting pointless. There are a small amount of politicians who can truly affect the outcome. Voting is not truly important. -AV

  • COMMON SENSE

    "Kendrick made a sensible statement, but in a very uneducated way. The bottom line made sense though. What he's trying to say is that, sometimes, people worry too much about matters that are out of their grasp. Sure when you're in a high enough position, you can make somewhat of a difference, but there are so many factors that play into politics that your vote doesn't necessarily mean that the policies you want enacted will actually get enacted. Take lobbying for example. You elect your congressman because his agenda matches your interests, but at the end of the day, if your budget is in the dumps, the congressman will have to oblige to lobbyists for the money, putting his and your agenda on hold. Now, if you're at Kendrick's level on the food chain (an artist trying to make a living) or even a 9-5 worker, the best you can do is keep your personal affairs in check and go with the flow." Article ETHERED

    • BaguettesNthings

      @LackofCommonSense copied from where? Cite your source, stop being a fanboy and change that tampax. Getting all hot and bothered over what as we all laugh at you

    • COMMON SENSE

      @ BaguettesNthings - You're a fucking idiot. I copied everything the guy said so what the fuck are you talking about? Seriously? Are you idiots hired by the gov't to detract people or something? I always knew nobody could be that stupid on accident.

    • Anonymous

      Cosign...its the gilded underbelly of American civics. But that means we should exercise the right to vote more than just saying fuck it. The more we exercise the closer we are to getting right.not the other way around. Being anti establishment is what the powers want because then you pose no threat.

    • BaguettesNthings

      That makes complete sense but that's NOT what he said. That's what you and me want to THINK he meant by what he said.

  • Cosbysweater

    well kids, the Federal Reserve isnt Federal. Its a private corporation owned and controlled by the THE BILDERBERG GROUP who in turn really controls a large portion of the worlds wealth. They do want one world currency and government. They are a collective of the worlds most powerful and wealthy individuals and families from all over the world. Dont believe me go do your homework..

  • Anonymous

    Voting is all about beliefs. If u believe that some1 (Obama or Romney in this instance)has some good views and that Congress will actually allow them to enforce some of their views, than vote. If u dnt believe Congress will allow it or there's some other big $ Corporation or "illumaniti" group in the background (like Kendrick believes)than don't vote.

    • Max

      Not voting is never the answer.. if you want your president to follow care about your concerns, you need to vote for the right congressmen and senators, that's the only way. not voting is counterproductive.

  • Juice

    Crazy interview mos def. http://www.rocbattle.com/forums/member.php?u=80046

  • Anonymous

    Can someone explain to me how many new rappers have so much money; buy so many cars, homes, lavish trips, and jewelry before even having a hit record? Are they receiving ridiculously large signing bonuses in an era where album sells can barely cover the cost of even pressing CDs? There just seems to be an overwhelming amount of rappers who come into the genre already rich. Even before they sign a deal, theyre rich on their mixtapes when they were unemployed and relying on public transportation. Oh I get it, every rapper claiming to be paid was a drug kingpin before turning to rap, and had to pretend to be broke to throw off the Feds, and now they have a deal they can spend their drug money out in the open. Ok maybe this excuse works for some. Maybe Jeezy did have 3.5 million dollars worth of cocaine stashed at his aunts house, but even so being rich is more than just having a large amount of money lying around. If you have money you cant spend, are you truly rich? I would say no. Regardless wannabe drug kingpins are the main culprit behind these rich rappers. If you were a successful drug dealer (I hate saying successful drug dealer. Im just trying to make a point) who got a record deal, of course you might have some lavish material belongings. If some rappers sold drugs its believable they at least had a fancy car and jewelry. Quite frankly anyone with a job could have a fancy car if they didnt pay rent or child support. Anyway rappers hate being the have not to the haves, so new rappers come out the gate claiming to be rich and suddenly everybodys a fucking aristocrat. For people who grew up in the ghetto you would think they could drop 1 verse about economic hardships, but apparently these guys had easy lives, living in the only mansion in their neighborhood.

    • shaddap

      blah blah blah

    • Anonymous

      I can get an Infiniti with 5 grand and get a chain and ring with a discount and still pay mortgage and utilities. Perhaps you need to experience life instead of typing long paragraphs with presumptions and falsehoods.

  • Frank Wonder

    Lupe said it and nobody judged him. I don't blame Kendrick. The presidents that we've had didn't focus on the real issues.

  • Anonymous

    If you are not a part of 538 Electoral College votes, yes your PRESIDENTIAL vote doesn't count. But you have STATE measures and tax laws and bills where your vote DOES count. To you suckers like the ones below who are bringing up RACE, and speaking about BILLIONAIRES, YOU'RE OUT HERE JUST LIKE THE REST OF US. You're that Russian dude from 2012, WHO NEVER GOT ON THE ARC, but SWORE he was "IN". The military will OFF YOU TOO, you are not SPECIAL.

  • 1love

    funny a 100 years ago this nigga would of called me master

  • kibbles n bits, nipples n tits

    who gives a fuck

  • BLVCK

    TELL THEM KENDRICK...BUT DON'T TELL THEM TOO MUCH.

  • Anonymous

    nobody is nothing in this country and nobody has any power accept billionaires. politicians dont haveany money they only work for billionaires bit by billionaires will mode and shape the world into whatever they want. have your monkey vote if you want it wont change nothing. change at the bottom yeah right by the time you get there you will be just as brained washed and fucked up as the people that are at the time from what it took to get there. voting aint for black folks its joke obama is proof of that

  • AtlInfoman

    This is funny!! U niggas that actually call Obama a black man!! A WHITE WOMEN brought Barack Obama into this world!! The illuminatti would never allow a REAL BLACK MAN in the white house!! U all have been decieved. Put down the satanic Jayz, Wayne, and Kanye albums and go read a book!! Start with William Coop - BEHOLD A PALE HORSE

    • Anonymous

      a white person cannot give birth to a child with melanin w/o a black person, that's why they are still black.

  • Anonymous

    Fuck u!! U satanist bitch

  • Anonymous

    This fucking comment was removed for violating our fucking spam and/or offensive fucking content policies.

  • Alex Jones

    You ignorant fucks who want to vote for Obama because he's black are as dumb as a fuckin rock! Romney is the SAME bullshit as well! RON PAUL was our LAST HOPE. Vote Independent! GARY JOHNSON or write in RON PAUL. DONT VOTE FOR OBAMNEY or ROMBAMA!

  • The Ice Cold Phenom

    Kendrick should have kept his mouth closed on this one. Everyone who is eligible to vote SHOULD vote!

  • Emperor Palpatine

    Everything is going as I have foreseen. Soon the Lucifer will RULE the world...Then we shall have..PEACE. :)

  • Anonymous

    "I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don't vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain,' but where's the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote -- who did not even leave the house on Election Day -- am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created." - George Carlin

  • my OPINION

    WHY IS WHAT HE SAID MAKING YOU GUYS TALK BAD ABOUT HIM? ITS JUST HIS OPINION,THATS JUST HOW HE FEELS. THERES ALOT OF PEOPLE WHO FEELS THE SAME WAY HE DO,I CERTAINLY AGREE WITH HIM. IM BLACK AND I UNDERSTAND VOTING IS IMPORTANT CAUSE OF OUR HISTORY AND HOW WE HAD TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT FOR US TO VOTE AND ALL THE THINGS OUR FAMILIES HAD TO GO THROUGH IN ORDER FOR US TO VOTE AND DO THE THINGS WE DO TODAY,WHICH I RESPECT AND IS GRATEFUL FOR BUT I PERSONALLY FEEL LIKE MY VOTE DOESNT MATTER OR MAKE A DIFFERENCE. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND EVEN HE STILL HAVE TO ANSWER TO PEOPLE ABOVE HIM. I KNOW HE'S GOING TO WIN AGAIN CAUSE HE'S THE BEST PRESIDENT IN MY OPINION,I JUST HOPE NOTHING GOES WRONG.

  • nibs

    he's actually fucking with you. by telling black people on a hip hop site that it's not cool to vote (which ignorantly made the front page of the site), that couldn't have been a better endorsement for Mitt Romney. guaranteed he got paid to say that.

  • Anonymous

    george bush jr, obama, republicans, democrats, samo samo typical example : obama revoted the patriot act which georges bush jr just established under his presidency it's just politics man. people seek for the power nothin else. don't believe the hype. they really don't give a flying fuck bout the people now, obama as a president was dope ... but only for the symbol it meant : a black man running the country 500 years after the regular black man was pickin cotton but on a political level, they all the same. just politics i would fuck sarah palin 24/7 balls deep though

  • swag

    Keepin it stupid real. What a boss. like him more now

  • BOY

    Yeaah, this bitch ass nigga, leopard-jeggin wearing nigga Kendick knows whats up! He knows YMCMB runs the world! He knows it thats why he cant fuck wit it. Hes a pawn in the whole YMCMB scheme plan! He secretly signed to YMCMB to make them money and fool the fuck out of dumb ass Hip Hop Dick Heads HAHAHAHA! YMCMB, we stay winning my nigga! WAYNE is forever KIGN of HIP HOP! YMCMB!

  • Anonymous

    Whether the votes actually get counted when it comes to presidency or not, a vote still should be exercised. It's our right as citizens to do so. This fool is an idiot for his statement given his high influence on his fans. Go fuck yourself and your success you whack ass role model .

  • FuKKK KKKendriKKK Lamar

    Yeah right, don't vote and have George Bush as your president ;-)

  • CED

    I just have a problem with this ... Its like he's saying he doesn't care about what happens to the people who support his music. Majority of his fan base or listener are out here struggling everyday and I would think that he would be concerned with voting.

    • BaguettesNthings

      Kind of reminds me of Alicia Keys, marketed as a wholesome/progressive artist when in reality... not really all that wholesome or progressive. I guess it goes both ways fake gangsta rappers and fake conscious rappers... didn't Kendrick do well in school, or is that a lie too?

  • gerritw6

    I'm a huge fan of Kendrick's music, but I believe this is a wrong stance to make. As citizens of our country, it is our right and obligation to vote.

    • the doc

      u dont get it...our country is way to big.. to many different people u need to please in order to become president. nothing will ever change the way you want it to because of the size...fuck

    • Kenny

      Why? it wont matter anyways

  • theIVth

    Thats why I dont really buy into these "dumb, smart cats" like Lupe and this nigga Kendrick Lamar. Its irresponsible as hell to try to tell niggas not to vote with all the influence they have. Especially with folks looking at them as "conscious" rappers. Vote for Obama and stop trying to over think this shit!

    • BaguettesNthings

      EXACTLY. Even these guys are put in place to add to the dissolution of the minds of our youth. Crazy.

  • BaguettesNthings

    Give a person a pedestal and be weary of what he speaks. I hate to say this because dude's music is really good... but this is the most ignorant set of verbage that i've heard from an emcee in a lonnnnng time. How can you be so prolific in your rhymes but can't hold your own in what seemed to be an impromptu interview? The kid needs to educate himself on the subject matter and also understand that even if he doesn't want to be... he's someone's role model, someone is taking this all in. TLDR The kid sounds stupid. This shouldn't have gone out. The kid needs media training.

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick knows what's up! He's now an illuminati puppet himself!!!

  • Anonymous

    since he got signed by Interscope he's acting abnormal....what happened to the cool humble dude who made real good music?

  • ticol

    WHY DO PEOPLE CARE WHAT RAPPERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT POLITICS? THESE PEOPLE ARE SOME OF THE DUMBEST INDIVIDUALS AROUND SO ITS NO SURPRISE WHEN THEY TALK LIKE THIS.DO I REALLY CARE WHAT A KENDRICK LAMAR HAS TO SAY ABOUT THIS COUNTRY??? JUST SHUT UP AND MAKE MUSIC.LEAVE POLITICS TO QUALIFIED PEOPLE!MY ANCESTORS DIED SO I COULD VOTE TODAY.SO EVEN IF THE SYSTEM IS BULLSHIT IMA VOTE......

    • My Vote Doesnt Count

      Left Wing or Right Wing, the bird is the same. Meaning it doesn't matter who you vote for or what you vote for, the personal agendas of those in power and in money will be served. Money rules the world and you are fool if you believe that those without money have any say so. They let you vote so you will feel important.

    • Anonymous

      Wow! really? why even listen? half these cats went to college and most graduated. you seem like the dumb one

  • Max

    Wow Kendrick, I thought you were an intelligent brother. Voting does more than select a president. Although each individual vote only counts towards the electoral college, the electoral college sends the votes to the party that has the most individual votes. Futhermore, by not voting, you legitimately have no voice as to who makes the decisions for you. Being an Republic, we select our voice in the Senate, the House and the Presidency. By not voting, you're allowing anyone to represent you to the powers that be. And on top of that, how dare you passively encourage youth to not vote. Whether you like it or not, you are a role model and making comments like that negatively impacts the mindsets of your followers...those that are too dumb to think for themselves. And on top of that, what authority does the United States President have to control the world? That's not his duty. His role is to represent the United States to the world, not control it. SMH However, one point I agree on is that we need to do more to take care of our neighborhoods. As American citizens, we need to take a more active role in our community's success instead of waiting for a government handout. Tis All...

    • Anonymous

      well said sir.

    • Max

      @fuckvoting, we can't continue to blame the powers that be for the ills... americans have become complacent, myself included. we want change but do nothing to obtain it. to obtain the change we need and deserve requires more than just going to vote, but voting is the first step that EVERYONE needs to be a part of.

    • Max

      I mean yea, i get the whole 2000 sham with the voting system, but in reality, that was the fault of americans. we allowed that monstrosity to occur. we've become too lazy, too apathetic to what's going on in society. we've forgotten that our voice matters and our gov't is for the people and by the people. we've allowed corporations to take over our gov't and all we do is sit and complain. voting is more than voting for president. we have to start from the bottom up, same way as economics. we have to take interest in the local ballots, local offices, take more interest in congress, the senate votes. that's where the changes are made. if we sit idly by during those elections, it doesn't make a single difference who is sitting in the president's seat. we all have this confused misunderstanding of the presidency. the president can't do anything with out the house and senate. the house and senate makes the laws, the president just makes sure they are followed, and the supreme court ensures they don't go against the US constitution. By not voting at all, we will have no voice. further more, by voting it shows politicians who's voices need to be heard. if more black and brown people voted, politicians would care about our needs, but since we don't vote, worrying about what we need is a waste of resources. so we need to vote, we need to show we're out there, if not we can continue down the path we're on, and look where that's got us... Nowhere.

    • FuckVoting

      the Electoral College could give two shits who we vote for. It doesnt help them in their decision thats just some bullshit we're told so that we'll get wrapped up in politics and argue with each other. they're gonna select who they want and are told to pick. our vote does NOT count and people need to realize this real quick and we need to do something about it.

    • Allah_Knight

      Well maybe he saids this because he know about the Free Masons and know that every president are distance relatives.......i mean you wasting your time voting brother do you not remember the Bush/Kerry Florida scandal? there are forces beyond or control to give you this smoke and mirrors that your in power when you are not go beyond and study this

  • Anonymous

    1992-2000 23 million jobs created. 500 million dollar surplus. 2000-2008 15 million jobs lost. 10 trillion spent. Lied your country into war. Turned a surplus into a depression. The boogey Muslim is under your bed. Give us your rights. If you think your vote does not count your an idiot. The republican party wants people to think like Kendrick. But for the people who don't who do want to vote. They just made it a lot harder in a lot of states for you. Especially college students. The big picture is steering you in the face. If it wasn't important the powers that be wouldn't have denied your people that option and they wouldn't be passing laws to make it harder for you to exercise your right to vote now. From voter ID laws to cutting early voting. I like Kendrick but he's too young to understand. That if it wasn't important they wouldn't be trying to take it from you.

    • TheMule

      ^^ Are you dumb ? What he said is exactly the opposite of what you're accusing him of. When he's talking about muslims he's talking about what Republicans are trying to say, not his personnal view. Reading comprehension fail.

    • anonymous

      I think he was explaining the way FOX news operates, with their fear propaganda, judging by the other things he says, he's not a fan of the Republican party, which would probably make him against FOX news, look at his statistics about Clinton's administration vs. Bush's. Also the voter ID laws he's talking about are pushed by republicans, this dude is obviously anti-GOP, so you obviously didn't read it correctly

    • Anonymous

      Your statement about Muslims really tells me how ignorant you are. None of the other stuff you said matters anymore. Go sit in a corner somewhere and get your daily dose of Fox News.

  • datnigga

    Voting gives you people the illusion of freedom. "You want the puppet on the left, or the puppet on the right?" You niggas need to swallow the red pill and follow the rabbit down the hole. Don't be scared, the light at the end of the dark tunnel is enlightening. HiiiPower

  • GOD

    You people are retarded. He's this years J.Cole, noone will care after the album drops mark my words. Secondly, damn he's stupid he doesn't vote? Why? Oh that's right he thinks its pointless cuz the president doesn't run the WHOLE world. He definitely needs to read or just pay attention, and to the idiot who doesn't think Obama does anything, uhm yeah based off what proof? The fact you're driving your moms Honda while living in her Crack House? Obama doesn't owe the black people shit. He owes us all a proper presidential run and he's been successful.

    • You're not God. You're just a moron

      "He's this years J.Cole, noone will care after the album drops mark my words. " Are you sure about that?

  • Malcom Jamal Warner

    Don't complain when they take other rights from you dumbazz.

  • Anonymous

    Voting is just a ritual to keep the people at bay and make them think there contributing when in truth the decisions have already been made in advance

  • Anonymous

    if you want peanuts vote. if you want change dont bother nigga in there for four year and scared to say the word black. if a black man was in there and didnt do shit for us well politic is a wrap for us black people its a waste of time. leave it for the white folks they just want peanuts for the areas where they live at. but if you want someone to turn shit upside down and right the wrongs of the past for us as black people dont count on it.

    • Anonymous

      Change comes from the people. You will have to start at the bottom. It's too much work. You guys won't even vote let alone show up at a committee meeting. The tea party has done this. They have control of their school boards and local governments. That's how you change shit. Get off your ass.

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick made a sensible statement, but in a very uneducated way. The bottom line made sense though. What he's trying to say is that, sometimes, people worry too much about matters that are out of their grasp. Sure when you're in a high enough position, you can make somewhat of a difference, but there are so many factors that play into politics that your vote doesn't necessarily mean that the policies you want enacted will actually get enacted. Take lobbying for example. You elect your congressman because his agenda matches your interests, but at the end of the day, if your budget is in the dumps, the congressman will have to oblige to lobbyists for the money, putting his and your agenda on hold. Now, if you're at Kendrick's level on the food chain (an artist trying to make a living) or even a 9-5 worker, the best you can do is keep your personal affairs in check and go with the flow.

  • Anonymous

    ILLUMINATI......... NWO

  • Anonymous

    if every dumbass that thought like this would go out and vote instead of make up excuses not to a difference could be made

    • yo listen

      Do something for yo self nigga. The president has 300 mil ppl to worry about how the fuck he gonna worry about yo insignificant ass. Worry about your community and those around you. Damn I'm tired of ppl wanting handouts. Go to school and learn something. As for KL's comment...thats the dumbest shit I ever heard. If you don't vote you don't have a voice and you can't complain. I'm not taking about the presidency either. By that time we're choosing between two idiots. Vote for your local officials, mayors, governors, and state congressman. That's where we make are change.

    • Anonymous

      yeah right are you that stupid black man in office nothing for us and aint going do nothing for us whats the use its a waste of time. you probably want peanuts for area fuck peanuts they chew them themselves.

  • dentaldamboy

    Wayne votes in every election. Soon enough, he will be popular enough to run for President. Can you picture that, President Carter, Young Money Democrat? When he is elected as the second black president, he will enact legislation which will make it illegal to be critical of YMCMB. He will also provide all Bloods full military training to help them win thier war against the Crips.

  • FAQ

    sorry for my bad english, i;m from Europe

  • FAQ

    Real question: Guys can u tell me what effect or fillters his photoshooter use on whole Lamar photos and sextion .80 cover? i need that. thanks a lot

  • Anonymous

    he's clearly uneducated about this. why even showcase this? its irresponsible hiphopdx.

  • Anonymous

    WOW, I like Lamars music. But hes a dick and needs to be educated!

  • nahmean

    I wonder if hiphopdx will make this headline news and tweet about this every hour...... oh wait....of course not, only when Lupe says the exact same thing, smh

  • datnigga

    He's speaking the truth, but some people aren't ready for that. As soon as someone's reality gets questioned, they brush whoever off as a "conspiracy theorist". Listen to 'Pineal Gland' or 'Nibiru' from Ab-Soul, these niggas know what's up.

  • Dewan

    Sounds like another fool who believes anything that's said in a Youtube video with eerie background music. No facts, no well-thought-out positions, just incomplete conspiracy theories.

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