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Kendrick Lamar's Grammys 2016 Performance

Kendrick Lamar's Grammys 2016 Performance

Kendrick Lamar gives an amazing performance of his songs “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright” on stage at the 2016 Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on Monday (February 15) in Los Angeles.

The 28-year-old rapper is having an incredible night as he has already won five awards and is still nominated for several more.

“Alright” won the awards for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.

Kendrick walked the red carpet earlier in the night with his fiancee Whitney Alford, who he sat next to in the audience.

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  • KnutesNiche

    Six-Year-Old Kendrick Lamar Witnesses MASS CHILD ABUSE & MALTREATMENT

    In his 2015 Grammy award winning Rap Performance titled “I”, Kendrick Lamar writes, *”I’ve been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent.”*

    In paragraph eight of a January 20, 2011 LAWeekly interview published online Kendrick, born in 1987, the same year songwriter Suzanne Vega wrote a song about child abuse and *VICTIM DENIAL* that was nominated for a Grammy award, told the interviewer:

    *”Lamar’s parents moved from Chicago to Compton in 1984 with all of $500 in their pockets. “My mom’s one of 13 [THIRTEEN] siblings, and they all got SIX kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton,” he says.”*

    *”I’m 6 years old, seein’ my uncles playing with shotguns, sellin’ dope in front of the apartment.”*

    *”My moms and pops never said nothing, ’cause they were young and living wild, too. I got about 15 stories like ‘Average Joe.’”*

    Kendrick speaks about experiencing Childhood Trauma, witnessing MASS CHILD ABUSE & MALTREATMENT, Human OPPRESSION, violent felon family & community members who intentionally & recklessly ignored the well being of their children, depriving these kids from enjoying a home environment where they feel safe, loved & cared for.

    In school little Kendrick & his Elementary School classmates are being taught to be good citizens & to respect their neighbors.

    While at home, under duress of being harmed if they open their lil mouths, families & communities are teaching their children anti-social ‘people and community’ harming values that often results with kids experiencing during a critical period of their childhood development a mentally debilitating condition known as Cognitive Dissonance.

    In this one paragraph, it seems evident to me Kendrick identified the source of his depression, the roots of poverty, the child abuse/maltreatment that prevented him, his brothers, sisters, cousins, neighborhood friends, elementary and JHS classmates from enjoying a fairly happy safe childhood.

    Seems the adults responsible for raising the children in Kendrick’s immediate and extended family placed obstacles in their children’s way, causing their kids to deal with challenges and stresses young minds are not prepared to deal with…*nor should they or any other children be exposed to and have to deal with.*

    It seems evident to me these PARENTAL INTRODUCED obstacles and challenges cause some developing children’s minds to become tormented and go haywire, not knowing *OR NOT CARING ABOUT* right from wrong…because as they mature, young victims of child abuse realize their parents introduced them to a life of pain and struggle, totally unlike the mostly safe, happy life the media showed them many American kids were enjoying. *RESENTMENT*

    I cannot speak for anyone else, but if I was raised in Kendrick’s OPPRESSIVE family and community environment I would most likely be silently peeved at my parents, particularly my mom, for being immature irresponsible “living wild” Violent Felon embracing adults who deprived me of enjoying a safe, fairly happy “Average Joe” American kid childhood.

    Though like many victims of child abuse, most likely I would deny my parents harmed me, seeking to blame others for the pain my parents caused to me.

    I wonder how little Kendrick and his classmates reacted when their elementary school teacher introduced the DARE presenter and they learned about the real dangers of drugs and how they harm people, including their parents? *Cognitive Dissonance*

    No small wonder why Kendrick raps & speaks about childhood & adult depression, as well as experiencing suicidal thoughts.

    Kendrick Lamar Talks About ‘u,’ His Depression & Suicidal Thoughts (Pt. 2) | MTV Video News April 2015

    How many more generations of supposedly, caring, loving concerned Americans will KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT while witnessing the VIOLENCE and other anti-social behaviors committed by depressed angry people full of resentment for being introduced to a childhood of pain & struggle by grossly immature maternal caregivers who WILLFULLY IGNORE their parental responsibility to their children, as well as their moral, ethical and societal obligation & duty to their neighbors and community to place the emotional well being of their children ABOVE ALL ELSE!!

    I’d like to know who is TAKING ACTION to protect our Nations’ most vital, valuable and precious resources from experiencing Childhood Trauma at the hands of grossly irresponsible CRIMINAL & CRIMINALLY NEGLIGENT PARENTING???

    Peace & Prayers for Julie Dombo & Countless Innocent Victims of American Gun Violence
    Doctors Ross and Dietz offer insights into how our Early Childhood Development plays a key role in determining the type of individual we mature into.

    Robert K. Ross, MD, President and CEO of The California Endowment, addressed inmates at Ironwood State Prison offering a compelling overview of the role that exposure to childhood trauma plays in the lives of *emotionally troubled* and chronically ill American teens and adults.

    At 2:12:25 in this documentary about Mafia hitman and victim of Early Childhood Trauma/Abuse, Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski, Dr. Park Dietz explains why young Richard most likely developed into a emotionally disturbed, paranoid, cruel, heartless teen and man who did not give a frig about anyone else, including his wife and kids.

    Black *(Children’s)* Lives Matter; Take Pride In Parenting; *End Our National Epidemic of Child Abuse and Neglect*; End Community Violence, Police Fear & Educator’s Frustrations

  • Owen Hofmann-Smith

    I see a lot of blame laid on the adults who surrounded Kendrick’s upbringing but this is a symptom of a greater societal illness. The systemic oppression of African-Americans (especially those confined to ghettos by their poverty) is truly at the root of this ill-upbringing. Don’t cast stones at the victims of this greater societal illness, treat the root of the problem with proactive, positive, community based and legislative action.

  • KnutesNiche

    Owen Hofmann-Smith replied, “I see a lot of blame laid on the adults who surrounded Kendrick’s upbringing but this is a symptom of a greater societal illness. The systemic oppression of African-Americans (especially those confined to ghettos by their poverty) is truly at the root of this ill-upbringing. Don’t cast stones at the victims of this greater societal illness, treat the root of the problem with proactive, positive, community based and legislative action.”

    Hi, Owen, Thanks for your reply.

    Owen, you mention “poverty.”

    I am curious, where does poverty come from?

    Frankly, I am disappointed and frustrated by a significant population of immature moms like Baltimore mom Toya Graham who I believe had no morally, ethical or ‘legally’ acceptable right to introduce SIX children to a life of hardships and struggles while depending on her responsible neighbors to feed, clothe and house her SIX children. One of whom was observed joining other depressed teens in attempting to cause grave bodily harm or death to police officers charged with protecting peaceful people from angry, depressed teens like her son Michael and many of his depressed classmates.

    Owen, I am deeply troubled by moms much like Tavis Smiley’s mom, who as a teen irresponsibly began building a family of ten children she introduced to a life of childhood OPPRESSION, pain, hardship and struggles. In May of 2015 Tavis revealed to a national and worldwide audience his nine brothers and sisters continue struggling from the affects of Poverty, aka Childhood Trauma and Abuse.

    Owen, no one forced Toya Graham or Tavis Smiley’s mom to irresponsibly introduce SIXTEEN HUMAN LIVES to a life of pain and struggle.

    Ms. Graham and Mrs. Smiley are much like countless numbers of depressed, immature teen moms across our nation who made a conscious decision to introduce their children to a life of emotional pain and turmoil causing them to experience life scarring Childhood Trauma that Grammy winner and victim of Childhood Abuse and Neglect Kendrick Lamar laments his “living wild,” Violent Felon embracing mom and dad caused him, his three siblings and numerous cousins to experience…instead of experiencing a fairly happy American kid childhood with Safe Streets to travel and play on that all young kids have a right enjoy.

    Owen, how does racism impact these women’s personal decisions to introduce their children to a life of pain and struggle?

    I’m sorry to pick on moms, though since ancient times they are the primary caregivers we look to keep us safe, cared for and loved right from our start.


  • JEng

    because his voice is lighter and his face softer and sweeter, his lyrics don’t easily pound into and stay embedded than if he sounded like someone – even Common – with a stiller and stronger voice. Kendrick Lamar’s appearance and the sound of his voice is really nice and gentle even if his lyrics are supposed to be confrontational – not to me, not coming from him.

    This is a pretty and sweet song where the middle part gives so much pleasure but the ending, you’re almost in tears. What it looks like from the outside looking in – is that it’s a song with musical history in it – it’s pretty and remembers the past like if he was the musical guest on the Cosby Show if that show was on the air today.

    The only thing that is missing from a superior entertainment demonstration is if he had connected with the dancers from Broadway’s Lion King who break out into their own dances twice a year and my brother who watches them each year says there is no competition. I’ve only seen them do it twice – but those dancers with this music would dominate and elevate Broadway.

    Maybe he does these songs because his voice is lighter so people don’t get mad – Michael Jackson used a lighter public voice, right? They Don’t Care About Us could be passed over as a result, right?

  • JEng

    watching a documentary (self produced?) about the Bloods many years ago – my main takeaway was that when they go to jail, their lowriders end up in Japan with their new Japanese owners and whoosh whoosh many many murders but the people look very strong and personable but I also thought it looks like a locked down situation where outsiders can’t get in. I have no interest in gangs but one of the real life characters had Asian eyes so I watched it.

    This feels very designed to continue the message that South Central life sucks, is no go territory BUT this will be the public excuse for a pivot. AND the preceding Black Lives Matter protests and the many many shootings effectively browbeat the rest of America specifically those who were the reason an open ascent was delayed – they’re not going to voice that Kendrick Lamar is not that listenable and his poetry talking distracts from the music (if there were instrumental versions, they would probably be popular).

    What changed for the pivot and ascension to finally be safe to do? Germany’s immigrant surge and Japan’s situation. Anghela Merkel doesn’t like POTUS nor Trump who is definitely in on it (John Legend calls him a racist racist) so is Trump going to protect the pivot by being so nasty that all the real racists will be too wary of default black hostility and being lumped in with Trump to do anything about the pivot?

    So what is NYC going to do or is this the holding pen? (yuck)

    The art of peer pressure is why the cops kept an eye out for Mr. Garner’s son and why Ms. Noerdlinger’s son got into trouble.

  • JEng

    The way California is shaped – like Vietnam – Germany and Japan would want to control it. Why does Calfiornia get so many biker gangs with tellltale names – Mongols, Hells Angels?

    Only lowrider cars can’t be hacked and controlled.