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Here's That Kendrick Lamar Performance Everyone Is Talking About

By Emily Cutler | Videos | February 16, 2016 |

By Emily Cutler | Videos | February 16, 2016 |

Did everybody watch the Grammys last night? Or at least follow Genevieve’s amazing coverage of it? Things happened at the Grammys that were both awesome and still being talked about. Specifically Kendrick Lamar.

Oh man. Your poor, borderline racist relatives must be losing their shit. Just 10 days after Beyonce had the gall to perform a song at the Super Bowl that they didn’t understand, Kendrick Lamar decided to perform a medley of songs at the Grammys not only dealing explicitly with race, but about how he’s still actually pissed off about all of the racist shit. Like he took the day-to-day realities of his existence, and then used those as inspiration for his art. Who the fuck does that?

And while race is clearly going to be a topic in the discussion, we should really establish the most important thing about this performance: Kendrick Lamar is not fucking around.

Holy shit, you guys.

There will be a lot of talk about how “controversial” this performance is. Because Lamar must be a racist if he’s talking about racism, because he’s “attacking” the police, because he doesn’t seem to be censoring himself in order to avoid the angry black man label. But the most important take away for me personally? Kendrick Lamar gave a performance good enough and powerful enough to make the Grammys relevant. That is impressive.