Kendrick Lamar – Alright: 10 Symbols Of Positivity & Hope
« I’m all these kids » Kendrick Lamar
The black and white visual represents perfectly the dark, dazed and confused world that inhabits the mind, body and soul of the young rapper Kendrick Lamar.
If this album is the place where he expresses his flaws before accepting his inner beauty
This is also the place for the society to mirror itself and to face a reality and to look for the rise of the shine in a broken glass.
Alright, is the song where Kendrick represents all these kids and really wants to give them hope, faith and positivity
From Compton to all over the world.
The Alright video sums up all the dark and light message of the album, recalling the theme of How Much A Dollar Cost,
The despair of U, the war of discrimination, the bad influences leading to being Institutionalized,
The wrong paths where Youth runs (« And I Run It » – Cartoons & Cereals)
The gang wars, the juice and the street rules (Hood Politics).
Alright is despite all the follow up to this hellish darkness and the way to salvation, faith and hope:
« But if God got us, then we gon’ be alright. »
From Hip Hop, to Black jazzy psychedelic music, through faith in God, the message (whether Fox agrees or not) is
Peace and Positivity.
The visual is full of symbols for this message:
1. Kendrick Standing For The Kids
2. Messenger of true Hip-Hop (reference to Busta Rhymes – Everything Remains Raw)
As he raps for his « dead homies » and people in jail, and, bust a raw freestyle, bumping and having fun in his car
(Park that car and we start rhyming yeah bish / The only thing we had to free our mind – Money Tree)
3 The End of Police’s Injustice and Domination Over Blacks
4. This Is Black Super Hero Music
For Kendrick Lamar, the ideal superhero would be the one that save people through music.
And he stands for that super hero. Besides if you notice, he’d be the first Black superhero in the USA as those in Marvel and DC comics do not count any one, in the originals.
.He goes on, carrying the culture, representing unapogetically the essence of Hip Hop cutlure and the Zulu Nation.
He doesn’t even fly, but gets carried away by all these symbols of positivism.
5. « And Reality Is, Sometimes Through These Ups And Downs […] Keep On Steppin' »
6. N.E.G.U.S. = King, Royalty
7. War Against Discrimination
This woman you see, is Miriam Rivera: and she was a man. Her story.
8. Confessions: « My Rights, My Wrongs, I Write, Till I’m Right With God »
And Please « Don’t Kill My Vibe »
9. Unity And Love For The Community
(We don’t want to feel again the same pain and hatred as in The Blacker The Berry)
They might kill us but like once Kendrick rhymed: you’ll « Never Catch Me »
or like the slaves in Egypt; they can hurt your body but never can catch your soul.