Kendrick Lamar appeared on DJ Drama’s Shade45 radio show to discuss a variety of topics. While most listeners chimed in on 2 Chainz and Gunplay being in his iPod or him not caring about same-sex lifestyles, I was more intrigued by his shameless announcement of refusing to vote.
The Compton rapper revealed he didn’t vote in the past, and he won’t vote in the future. Drama nor Lamar specified if the election in question was a presidential election, but it’s safe to assume that’s what they were referring to.
Though he tells Drama he didn’t vote “last time” (in the 2008 presidential election), he told The Source another story: “You know what’s crazy I probably didn’t vote till Obama.” Maybe he forgot; or maybe he was referring to the 2010 midterm elections.
Regardless, Drama failed to ask the one-word follow-up question, but I’m certain the answer is in that same Source interview.
When you come from a small city and you constantly see the same thing everyday, no matter how much the world talks about it or how much you see it on CNN, its still the same lifestyle. You really don’t give a fuck about it, you kind of just fall back into the world and say, “this is it.” Thats the world that we’re all in, that my people are still in.
I look at it as… the President or whoever is not going to help my city, the people that’s going to help my city is me and the people in it. I try not to talk about people outside of the community that talk about the community. The change is going to have to come from within.
Kendrick doesn’t realize this mentality is more harmful than helpful. Hopefully he ceases with the political talk; he doesn’t want to become as off-putting as Lupe Fiasco.
[They talk voting at 8:40.]