Kendrick Lamar to Fox News: “How can you take a song that’s about hope and turn it into hatred?”

Kendrick has responded to Fox News's bizarre claims that his BET Awards performance "incites violence".

03.07.15

Kendrick Lamar has responded to Fox News's bizarre criticism of his BET Awards appearance, in which they claimed that the performance "incites violence".

Fox News's Geraldo Rivera had a go at Kendrick for criticisng police brutality during his performance of Alright, in which he stood atop a police car, describing his lyrics as "not helpful at all", "counterproductive", and sending "exactly the wrong message", before capping it off by saying "hip hop as the real oppressor of black people". According to Fox, hip hop has "done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years."

Kendrick has now responded in a new video, saying "How can you take a song that’s about hope and turn it into hatred?"

"Hip hop is not the problem. Our reality is the problem," he continued, "I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing. Not going out in the streets, go in the booth and talking about the situation and hoping these kids can find some type of influence on it in a positive manner. Coming from these streets and coming from these neighborhoods, we’re taking our talents and putting ‘em inside the studio."

Watch the full interview here.