West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar has received some backlash and reactions after recently revealing his disinterest in taking part in this year’s upcoming presidential election in the form of League of Young Voters.
The nonpartisan organization’s executive director, Rob “Biko” Baker, offered Lamar a different perspective on voting.
“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 to go over his stance.
“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)
Lamar 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)
Last year, Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco revealed he also does not hit the presidential election ballots.
“I don’t vote. I don’t get involved in the political process because it’s meaningless, to be honest,” Fiasco added. “I’m a real big believer if I’m gonna vouch for someone, then I’m gonna stand behind everything that they do…So politicians aren’t gonna do that because I don’t want you to bomb some village in the middle of nowhere.” (CBS News)
Check out Kendrick Lamar’s interview below: