Geraldo Rivera Responds to Kendrick, Doubles Down on Rap Criticism

On his new album DAMN., Kendrick Lamar samples and calls out Geraldo Rivera several moments. In 2015, Rivera mentioned on Fox News, “This is why I say that hip-hop has performed extra destruction to younger African-Americans than racism in recent years,” in reference to Kendrick’s Bet Awards effectiveness of “Alright,” which highlighted Kendrick performing on best of a vandalized law enforcement vehicle. That segment was sampled on DAMN.’s opening two tracks “BLOOD.” and “DNA.” On the next track, “YAH.,” Kendrick raps, “Fox News wanna use my title for percentage,” and “Somebody convey to Geraldo this nigga bought some ambition.” Now, Rivera has responded to the tracks and backed up his claim, as Consequence of Audio notes. Watch the 18-minute movie beneath.

At the beginning of the movie, Rivera declares, “Aside from Drake, in my view, [Kendrick Lamar is] in all probability the most effective hip-hop artist out there right now.” He later on adds, nonetheless, “I didn’t especially care for the way he outlined me.” Following quoting himself (and mistakenly professing his remarks have been created in 2016), he mentioned:

I believe too a great deal of hip-hop, too a great deal of rap in the past pair of decades has genuinely portrayed the cops as the enemy, as the occupying army in the ghetto, in the internal city, in the urban facilities. It’s an us versus them in which this very well-liked, impressive art sort, this poetry, is becoming employed to genuinely set younger folks, younger minorities—black and Latinos, principally—against the officers who are sworn to protect them.

He later added:

It appears to be to me that with Kendrick Lamar—and he’s the most effective of ’em, like I mentioned. The many others much extra egregious, with them, indoctrinating younger folks with the concept that the cops are the enemy, that there is no great way to get in advance. It’s the worst job product. It’s the worst instance. It’s the most damaging feasible concept. And what’s the position of it? I suggest, you provide data. I get that. You provide data. I get that this stuff is, you know, well-liked, but it avoids the central actuality, just as Black Lives Issue avoids the central actuality.

Now, in this developing, I in all probability have a increased regard for Black Lives Issue than anybody else simply because I believe there is a true difficulty of law enforcement violence. I believe it is a true difficulty. But once again, I anxiety it pales in comparison to the ghetto civil war that’s becoming waged. It is plain that the most important risk to a younger black gentleman in Chicago is another younger black gentleman. That is plain!

He continued, “I know that the true risk to true black males and true brown males now is that their job product will sing about cops becoming killers and the procedure becoming stacked and there is no prospect of advancement and all the rest of it.”

He also sang Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Likely On,” and questioned viewers to “remember Mavin Gaye, not the Infamous B.I.G. and Tupac and all the rest.” And reaffirmed, “I have no beef with Kendrick Lamar, anyone else in the company, but if you never have a beneficial mindset, you’re dooming your self to a lifestyle that you profess to despise.” 

Study “five Takeaways From Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.” on the Pitch, and check out out our interview with highlighted artist Zacari

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