Three Times Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” Has Been Used by Protesters
Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" from his critically acclaimed masterpiece To Pimp a Butterfly album is a special song. The jubilant outcry has become the anthem for protesters against injustices. The chorus is simple but brilliant, latching on onto the listener's mind as soon they hit play. Instead of sadness and doubt when faced with oppression, Kendrick proclaims hope and comfort.
The visual for the song sparked universal applause and once he started performing it on national shows, like at the BET Awards in Los Angeles last year, "Alright" began to grow legs on its own. Prince spoke on the song and said he loved it in a recent rare interview. “He just has something he has to say,” said the superstar artist. “It’s pure. And with Thundercat on the album? Come on. You’re not taking ‘Alright’ off my playlist!”
“Alright” took home the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance award at this year's Grammy Awards. Kendrick's performance of the song at the Grammys was one for the books. After transitioning from "The Blacker The Berry," the stage turned back and markings covered the TDE artist's body while african dancers with drums appeared surrounding him. Kendrick performed in front of a monstrous bonfire and ended his set by standing in front of a picture of an outline of Africa with “Compton” written in it.
As news of people of color losing their lives to police shootings arise and with the Black Lives Matter movement heading the charge against injustices arose the States, "Alright" has become the battle cry. Here are the moments where "Alright" was used byprotesters.