Kendrick Lamar’s name has been everywhere these days, but one place we didn’t expect him to pop up in is during the murder trial for Oscar Pistorius. Fortunately for Lamar his name popping up in the murder case is pretty innocent. The South African athlete and the rapper do not know each other personally, nor did Lamar know Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, who the athlete is accused of murdering.
Strangely enough Kendrick Lamar’s name came up during an argument between Oscar Pistorius and the late Reeva Steenkamp, as the two traded heated texts one month before Reeva’s death. According to the transcript of a WhatsApp text exchange that was read in court this past Monday, the athlete was listening to Kendrick Lamar’s popular single “B–ch Don’t Kill My Vibe” from his critically acclaimed album good kid, m.A.A.d city, while in the car with his former girlfriend.
Reeva Steenkamp took the song as a dig at her and then the two engaged in a heated exchange of words. It’s not clear if the fight happened after they left the car or while they were in the car while Lamar’s song was playing. We suspect that the fight between the two happened while the couple was a part given the fact that it was over WhatsApp texts.
In the text, Steenkamp wrote to Pistorius, while referencing the Kendrick Lamar song:
“I’m scared of you sometimes and how u snap at me and of how you will react to me. You make me happy 90% of the time and I think we are amazing together but I am not some other b—h you may know trying to kill your vibe.”
Pistorius defended himself in response, explaining his motives for listening to Kendrick Lamar:
“I was upset that you just left me after we got food to go talk to a guy and I was standing right behind you watching you touch his arm and ignore me. And when I spoke up you introduced me which you could’ve done but when I left you just kept on chatting to him when clearly I was upset. I asked Martin to put on that Kendrick Lamar album in the car and don’t know it.”
Although Oscar Pistorius was listening to Kendrick Lamar, he doesn’t seem to be a huge fan of the rapper. In the same text the athlete slammed the rapper’s song “B—h Don’t Kill My Vibe”
“Granted that it was a sh-t song but you should’ve just lent forward and whispered in my ear to change it seeing as I had to drive to pick up your friend.”
No word on what Kendrick Lamar thinks of his name popping up in the trial.
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