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Kendrick Lamar reacts to Geraldo Rivera swipe

[caption id="attachment_966" align="alignleft" width="222"] Kendrick Lamar: “This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves.”[/caption] Television personality Geraldo Rivera took a swipe at Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) rapper Kendrick Lamar, this week, during Monday’s episode of

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Kendrick Lamar: “This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves.”

Television personality Geraldo Rivera took a swipe at Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) rapper Kendrick Lamar, this week, during Monday’s episode of The Five. Rivera, with panelists Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Kimberly Guilfoyle, criticized Lamar’s performance of his new single, “Alright,” at the recent BET Awards, claiming the song sends “the wrong message,” suggesting that the genre has contributed tremendously to the urban violence of late in Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore, Md.

Geraldo Rivera

Television personality Geraldo Rivera criticized Kendrick Lamar’s performance of the song, “Alright,” at the recent BET Awards, claiming the song sends “the wrong message.” Photo: Fox News Web site

Lamar wasn’t mute on the attack. He told TMZ that Rivera spun the hit rap single out of context, focusing on one passage in the song: “N—-, and we hate po-po/ Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho N—-, I’m at the preacher’s door/ My knees gettin’ weak, and my gun might blow But we gon’ be alright.”

“This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves,” he said “Rather [than] going out here and doing the murders myself, I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing. Not going out in the streets, go in the booth and talking about the situation and hoping these kids can find some type of influence on it in a positive manner.”

Rivera wasn’t finished.

“This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years,” he added. “This is exactly the wrong message,” he said.

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