Kendrick Lamar’s upbringing has been well-documented since the release of his debut album, good Kid, M.A.A.D. city. The Compton rapper, through music and interviews, has detailed not only his own upbringing but also those of other kids who’ve had the misfortune of a tough beginning.
Recently speaking with The Guardian, Kendrick talked about the instincts that come with that territory after a loud bang happened at a recent video shoot for “Alright.”
“The instinct to get out the way when you hear a popping sound, that’s real for me,” he explained when asked about the sound. “I’m sure it’s real for a lot of artists who grew up in neighborhoods like that.”
When asked about growing up in a dangerous environment, Kendrick Lamar said that he’s not any different from a kid like Trayvon Martin. He also explained how people with power from the streets should be obligated to speak about it.
“These are issues that if you come from that environment it’s inevitable to speak on,” he said. “It’s already in your blood because I am Trayvon Martin, you know. I’m all of these kids. It’s already implanted in your brain to come out your mouth as soon as you’ve seen it on the TV. I had that track way before that, from the beginning to the end, and the incident just snapped it for me.”
Read the whole Guardian piece here.
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