Top Dawg Entertainment’s Kendrick Lamar has offered his take on the growing number of protests around the nation over the killing of unarmed Americans.

K. Dot connected his powerful self-loving “i” song to the need for change in the United States.

“It’s something that I’ve been around since the beginning of time. I remember coming up in the city of Compton and [seeing] these same types of ordeals. So when I make a record like “i”, this is not just about me. It’s about what’s going on in real life, actual [facts].” (MTV)

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Lamar also talked about the importance of peaceful protests.

“I have to put that same type of influence on my ‘lil brothers, on the ‘lil homies in the neighborhood,” he continued. “We tend to act in violence all the time, and that’s just something we were brought up to do. Now that I’m more mature, I [can show] them other avenues to go about handling themselves: Being knowledgeable and jumping into a book rather than reaching for a pistol and reacting that way.” (MTV)

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has stood behind joining a growing movement of athletes raising awareness by donning an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt this week prior to a televised basketball game.

“I think it’s us supporting that movement and supporting each other as well as athletes,” Bryant said after the game. “I think the beauty of our country lies in its democracy. I think if we ever lose the courage to be able to speak up for the things that we believe in, I think we really lose the value that our country stands for.” (ESPN)

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose donned an “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt last week prior to playing against the Golden State Warriors.

Ahead of the Chicago Bulls big game against the Golden State Warriors tonight, Derrick Rose donned a black t-shirt with the words “I Can’t Breathe” printed on it in big white letters during warmups. The shirt, of course, is in reference to the final words of Eric Garner, who died after being put into a chokehold by a member of the NYPD while he was being arrested for selling illegal cigarettes. The officer was not indicted by a grand jury, resulting in protests all over the country. (Complex)