Kendrick Lamar’s song, “Alright,” made headlines in Chicago as Donald Trump protesters unified for a cause — to shutdown Trump’s rally. Upon victory, Lamar’s lyrics rang loudly throughout the crowd.
Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” is a song which focuses on the injustices caused by corrupt government and business institutions from America’s past and present — as well as the struggles of lower and middle class citizens. In case you’re unaware, Kendrick Lamar’s lyrics state as follows.
“We gon be alright/We gon be alright/We gon be alright/Do you hear me? Do you feel me?/We gon be alright. (Repeat)”
Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” lyrics seem to be an appropriate victory chant, considering the overwhelming realization that Donald Trump stands a chance at the title of President of the United States.
Protesters chant Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" after Trump cancellation pic.twitter.com/ar61hrlKcZ
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Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Given all the recent controversy surrounding Kendrick Lamar’s “unorthodox” 2016 Grammy performance — as well as Beyoncè’s 2016 Super Bowl performance — it’s apparent that particular injustices and unjust causes are no longer slipping under the radar and being accepted by certain demographics.
As you’ve witnessed from Trump’s rallies, there’s a certain radical demeanor that spews from his supporters. Racism. This is another issue Kendrick Lamar covers in his song.
Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” brings a real-world view to a public who wishes to continue wearing its virtual reality goggles. The reality is that Donald Trump’s civil threat is real. And, as Kendrick Lamar’s song helps to express, it’s not only minority communities who recognize this issue. And, those who are opposed to his methods of tyranny are taking a stand — some of it, by way of violence.
— Dallas Clark (@call_me_dal) March 2, 2016
In recent news, one man attempted to attack Donald Trump while he was on-stage. According to reports such as Source, the man had simply had enough.
“An activist by the name of Tomas DiMassimo – clearly fed up with the hateful rhetoric he’s been hearing from Trump these past several months – hopped over a barrier surrounding the stage as the Republican frontrunner was speaking and nearly came into direct contact with him, before secret service managed to take the potential attacker to the ground and escort him into police custody, where he’s now being charged with two misdemeanors: disorderly conduct and inducing panic.”
While many are just as fed up with the Republican frontrunner’s antics, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” provides a sense of sanity in a world seemingly tumbling toward chaos. If you know the Republican tycoon, you also know that he was recently confronted with KKK allegations. The presidential candidate claimed to know nothing about his supporters or their intentions or affiliations.
Video from earlier. Chanting Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" pic.twitter.com/h7FxG8n1jE
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) March 12, 2016
In Lamar’s lyrics, Kendrick speaks about such a thing. According to Genius, the Lamar’s lyrics state, “‘I can see the evil’. I can tell it. I know it’s illegal.” And, similarly, Donald knows that his rhetoric incites illegal actions and conduct within his venues. The Inquisitr recently reported on an experience from a man who attended one of Trump’s rallies. From his testimony — as well as so many video-verified proofs of Donald’s participation — this Republican nuisance knows exactly what he’s doing.
Nevertheless, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” has shown that there’s a commonality among many people of the United States and the world. As far as civil rights is concerned, some even state that Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” is the modern interpretation of “We Shall Overcome.” Just as the older inspirational song addressed cruelty and civil injustices, so does Lamar’s “Alright.”
Interestingly enough, although Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” sparked controversy at the 2016 Grammy’s, it still won Rap Performance of the Year. Kendrick’s visual, lyrical depiction was more different than most people were ready to receive. There was nothing stereotypical about Lamar’s ideas or concepts — other than the fact that they marched out as a chain gang.
All in all, what do you think about Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”? Do you think it’s a modern interpretation of “We Shall Overcome”? Do you think Kendrick Lamar knew what times were coming, when he made the track? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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