Kendrick Lamar Advises Fans To Research Nelson Mandela's Life

Kendrick Lamar asks fans to pay respect to Mandela, a South African activist and icon.

Nelson Mandela, a South African activist and icon, passed away yesterday (December 5). 

He was 95.

Like many emcees and others, Kendrick Lamar wrote about Nelson Mandela through social media.

"Advising all my young ones that follow me to research a small piece of Nelson Mandela Life," Lamar wrote on Twitter. "That's how you pay your respect." 

Following Mandela's passing, South African President Jacob Zuma also spoke about Mandela's legacy.

"Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father," President Jacob Zuma said, according to cnn.com. "What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves."

President Barack Obama also spoke about Mandela's passing yesterday. The President of the United States also acknowledged Mandela's achievements in his statement.

"We've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth," President Obama said in a statement. "He no longer belongs to us -- he belongs to the ages." 

Mandela was a founder of an African National Congress (ANC) youth league, according to cnn.com. Mandela was also a member of the ANC and fought against apartheid, a government-imposed system that enacted racial segregation and removed economic and political opportunities from non-whites. Mandela fought against apartheid peacefully at first, but in 1961, Mandela created the military group Spear of the Nation, as per nbcnews.com.

"My people, Africans, are turning to deliberate acts of violence and of force against the government in order to persuade the government, in the only language which this government shows by its own behavior that it understands," Mandela said during this period in time, as per cnn.com.

In 1962, Mandela was arrested and accused of treason. He spent 27 years in prison.

At his trial, Mandela reportedly gave a speech that lasted more than four hours. The speech contained information about his message and regarding his beliefs.

"I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination," he said at the trial, according to cnn.com. "I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

Mandela later served as South Africa’s president. 

In July 2010, Mandela spoke about how he wished to be remembered, as per cnn.com.

"I would like to be remembered not as anyone unique or special, but as part of a great team in this country that has struggled for many years, for decades and even centuries," he said. "The greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall."

Kendrick Lamar's Twitter post can be found below.


As reported yesterday, several others have also addressed Mandela's passing and history via social media. 








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46 Comments

  • Ange Tekam

    I followed Mandela before he was released from jail. I protested tirelessly against the apartheid regime in SA. I was jailed, met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu both in USA and out of USA. But I never met Madiba himself, to my chagrin.

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  • Anonymous

    who is nelson mandela

  • Nelson Mandela

    Take Care was a great album.

  • genoO

    hes right, kendrick is so fucking smart and good for hip hop

  • drake55

    100 % agree with kdot, and I ain't even big on him like that

  • FixIt

    didn't know who he was, but thx kendrick for that tweet kdot is doing somethjing great for this culture, I think I'll support his albums.

  • Anonymous

    fuck that nigga that didn't mourn i know you still think you will go to hell....

  • Advocate

    You people really are something else.. You'd be surprised how many people know the name of Nelson Mandela and not what he accomplished with the 95 years he lived on this earth. Kendrick is influencing this generation in the right way and ten fold what Rick Ross, Drake, Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, or any of these YMCB folk that think throwing money around is a way to pay tribute. Have any of you even seen the way this generation is growing? Through the twerkin, Miley Cyrus acts and the seemingly endless array of music with nothing better to talk about then bank accounts and women. The best way to pay tribute to a man that actually had a life well lived is to read about him and understand all that he sacrificed and gave to rid not only the injustice in his country but those around. "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children". Mandela understood that. Kendrick understands that. You self righteous assholes need to understand that and respect his intentions. Pricks.

  • Anonymous

    just the fact niggas have to hate on an article like this proves to me that you faggots are seriously not worth living on this planet.

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  • Jay Dub

    KENDRICK is a smart, caring & intelligent artist - someone who REALIZES that a humble & focused person like NELSON MANDELLA dedicating his LIFE to make it a BETTER WORLD is admirable, as opposed to these fake 'Rick Ross', 'MEEK rappers & ace HOOD 'wanna bees' poppin' bottles, tellin' fake 'drug dealin' stories & poppin' Molly to appear 'credible' - TO WHOM?!

  • ken needs a tall glass of "sit yourself down"

    kendrick lamar ain't big enough to tell someone about Mandela. Nelson Mandela is known in every country by young and old. He is in the History books already. This little twat kendrick just trying to get some shine, by acting as if he has more notoriety than this Worldwide Legend.

  • Anonymous

    "All my young ones" LOL at this nigga acting like he old or something LMAO mothafucka I'm even old enough to be your father

  • Anonymous

    I smashed my computer on a wall when I read Gucci Mane's tweet mourning Mandela

  • dentaldamboy

    What a cheap move by K Dot. YMCMB has donated 10 million to Mandela's family.

  • Anonymous

    Paul Walkers death is way getting more coverage than Nelson Mandela's... thats so fucked up and wrong.

    • benben178

      Not everybody knows the history of Nelson Mandela and what he did. It goes deeper than him going to jail and freeing his people. It's the way he did it. Dude was intelligent and was a true rebel. He started out like a MLK trying to do peace marches but after first blood he transitioned into a Malcom X. He formed his own militia called MK and gained allies from other countries. While many saw him as a terroist. Other countries saw him as nationalist, someone who was just trying to free his people and gain equality. Nobody knows that about. There is so much more you can know about him.

    • Anonymous

      That is because Nelson Mandela's, he was what? 94, everyone knew that it was coming where Paul Walker was in his 40s and he died in a car accident making it much more surprising.

    • ETK

      yeah but at the end of the day, who's gonna have a movie about himself? who between the two is seen as a legend? it doesn't matter who got more coverage

  • Anonymous

    Wow, Kendrick, way to turn the death of a civil rights icon, and one of the greatest men who has lived, into a condescending comment. I hate how he acts like he is smarter than his fans. Telling us to go research Nelson Mandela. He is one of the most important people of recent history, how could you expect people to not know about him?

    • benben178

      Not everybody knows the history of Nelson Mandela and what he did. It goes deeper than him going to jail and freeing his people. It's the way he did it. Dude was intelligent and was a true rebel. He started out like a MLK trying to do peace marches but after first blood he transitioned into a Malcom X. He formed his own militia called MK and gained allies from other countries. While many saw him as a terroist. Other countries saw him as nationalist, someone who was just trying to free his people and gain equality. Nobody knows that about. There is so much more you can know about him. Postedjust now

    • Anonymous

      He said that for his younger fans that are in there teens or younger fuckin retards.

    • ETK

      OP be cryin crocodile tears people know who Mandela is, but not everybody has actually done research on him, which is what K-Dot prompts everyone to do... idiot

    • Anonymous

      "I believe Kendrick is advocating for more in depth research." What else do we need to know? Nigga went to jail, spent 27 years there, freed his people and became the president.

    • Anonymous

      Paris Hilton tweeted RIP Nelson Mandela and that she really loved his I have a Dream speach!!! a lot of people are just as clueless

    • asfd

      People are aware of who Nelson Mandela is. I believe Kendrick is advocating for more in depth research.

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    apparently paris hilton thought he was martin luther king jr.

  • Anonymous

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