Kendrick Lamar: ‘What happened in Ferguson should never have happened’

Rapper speaks out about racial tension in new interview

Kendrick Lamar has said that what happened in Ferguson, Missouri – where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by police – “should never have happened”.

In an interview with Billboard, the rapper, who grew up in Compton, discussed racial tensions in America, including his own previous exchanges with police officers and revealed that he was treated unjustly by the LAPD “plenty of times. All the time.”

Though the rapper refused to divulge any further details, he added: “I got into some things, but God willing, he had favouritism over me and my spirit.” Lamar acknowledged the historic tension between police and African-American communities, stating: “I wish somebody would look in our neighbourhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s fucked up. What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us?

“It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting – it starts from within.”

The ‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe’ star also stood by Iggy Azalea, who’s been embroiled with other rappers, including Azealia Banks, J. Cole, and Snoop Dogg on social media recently. “She’s doing her thing,” Lamar said. “Let her. People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they at. Do your thing, continue to rock it, because obviously God wants you there.”

Last month, Kendrick Lamar debuted a new untitled track on US TV show The Colbert Report. The song was the second to be taken from Lamar’s highly-anticipated forthcoming new album, after single ‘I’ was released earlier in the year. Last week, the rapper wrote about his creative process in a piece for XXL magazine and divulged that the new album would not sound like ‘i’. “I’m not an artist that’s gonna give you a single and say, ‘This is what my album’s gonna sound like, go sell it.’ That’s not me,” he said.

Lamar’s last record ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’ was released in 2012.