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Kendrick Lamar and the Dialectics of Performing Hip Hop

Kendrick Lamar and the Dialectics of Performing Hip Hop

Sep 7, 2015

In his recent performance at the 2015 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards in June, Los Angeles rapper Kendrick Lamar performed the song ‘Alright’ while standing defiantly upon a defaced police car, an impossibly large United States flag fluttering behind him. The obvious political nature of both the staging and song choice (with lyrics like ‘we hate po-po/Wanna ...