Reply To: Kendrick Lamar's New Album

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I did listen closely, and checked the lyrics sheet whenever I heard something that sounded familiar, like what you brought forward Charlie about DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government which is the title of a book written by former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura whom I respect. Still, there is no execution.. Where is KL going with that reference.. What’s the punchline?

I was aware of the album’s title and its reference to the Mockingbird book, but come on, it’s a nonsense album name and doesn’t do much favour in extinguishing stereotypes about black America, if Kendrick is really about that. Could’ve called it anything else positive..

Maybe I hold my bar too high. If you want to be political and insightful in your lyrics, you better understand and believe in what you are saying so you deliver it convincingly. Examples of such lyricists include Immortal Technique, Lupe Fiasco, Lowkey and one person who has been brought to my attention recently by Johnny5, and that is Childish Gambino! Also, I created a fictional rapper who is part of one of my stories about the entertainment industry based on Lupe Fiasco’s lyrics and persona and Tupac’s final year. His lyrics pack more punch than KL! A young man under personal pressure to succeed, who knows so much, but understands he may only have a short time to do it.