Kendrick Lamar drew criticism for remarks he recently made in an interview about voting, particularly his statement that he won’t vote and his insistence that President Barack Obama has has limited power.
The League of Young Voters executive director, Rob “Biko” Baker, responded, citing Kendrick’s frustration, explaining action is better than apathy.
“I respect Kendrick Lamar’s opinion,” Baker said. “He isn’t the only young leader frustrated with the state of the political process. But by not participating in this, and future elections, Kendrick Lamar is giving the very people he is frustrated with the more free reign to continue to pull the levers they way they want to. ”
The Compton rapper clarified his opinion via Twitter on Wednesday evening (August 27): “My Black and Brown Community,” he wrote, before explaining, “And when you do VOTE. Just make sure it’s 4 the right reasons. This way you won’t point the finger at that black man like y’all did. Again.