News: Kendrick Lamar Responds To Backlash: "When You Do Vote, Just Make Sure It's For The Right Reasons"

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 9:11AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Despite ample backlash following his remarks about having a disinterest in politics, specifically voting, West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar is standing by his beliefs.

Although Lamar showed no signs of changing his view, he did tell his nearly 500,000 Twitter followers to make sure they vote for the right reasons come election day.

"And when you do VOTE. Just make sure it's 4 the right reasons. This way you won't point the finger at that black man like y'all did. Again.," he tweeted August 27th.
"My Black and Brown Community." (Kendrick Lamar's Twitter)

Yesterday, nonpartisan organization League of Young Voters' executive director Rob "Biko" Baker reacted to the 25 year-old's remarks.

"I respect Kendrick Lamar's opinion. He isn't the only young leader frustrated with the state of the political process. But by not participating in this, and future elections, Kendrick Lamar is giving the very people he is frustrated with the more free reign to continue to pull the levers they way they want to." (Statement)

He also revealed an interest in meeting up with Lamar one-on-one.

"This passed weekend, I hung out with my family members who live in Kendrick's home town, Compton, California. If Kendrick inspired his neighbors to think seriously about the strength of their vote, we could begin to alter the popular discourse, and more importantly the economic policy of local and statewide government. I've seen it happen before, and I believe poor people in Compton can be mobilized to improve their living conditions. We have to stop thinking about ourselves as individual actors, and take our collective strength more seriously. I would love to chop it up with him." (Statement)

This week, the Aftermath rapper cited his issues with the government for influencing his decision to fall back on voting.

"My vote counts? I don't do no voting. I will keep it straight up real with you. I don't believe in none of the sh*t that's going on in the world," Lamar said in an interview. "You talk with me, you talk with me for hours because everything has a contradiction, everything is higher ranking and way beyond us, way beyond people. So basically, do what you do, do good with your people and live your life because what's going on isn't really in our hands. ... When I say the president can't even control the world, then you definitely know there's something else out there pushing the buttons. They could do whatever they want to do, we all puppets. Just play your cards right." (Truth Is Scary TV)

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