Some people have taken offense to Kendrick Lamar‘s recent comments about the Michael Brown shooting. During an interview, Lamar was asked how he felt about the Michael Brown shooting, and the rioting that followed in Ferguson, “I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s f—ed 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.”
Lamar’s comments didn’t sit well with some people. Rapper Azealia Banks was one of the first people to share her displeasure with Lamar’s comments. Banks went to social media and posted the following statement, “‘When we don’t respect ourselves how can we expect them to respect us’ dumbest shit I’ve ever heard a black man say.” Banks then sent out a series of messages directed at Kendrick Lamar, “Lol do you know about the generational effects of poverty, racism and discrimination?” Banks also added, “HOW DARE YOU open ur (sic) face to a white publication and tell them that we don’t respect ourselves…Speak for your f—ing self.” Kid Cudi also went on social media to address Lamar’s comments, “Dear black artists, don’t talk down on the black community like you are God’s gift to ni—- everywhere.” Cudi sent another message to reiterate his disapproval of Lamar’s Ferguson comments, “If you wanna help, inspire, uplift, don’t point the blame and talk down.”
Kendrick Lamar has not responded to Azealia Banks or Kid Cudi’s remarks. However, Lupe Fiasco immediately responded to Banks and Cudi’s social media messages. Banks is no stranger to social media disputes, and she didn’t hold back from going after Fiasco, “Lupe Fiasco came at me so I fired back, I’m a girl who stands up for herself and yall (sic) mad.” During Banks and Fiasco’s social media disagreement, a lot of Fiasco’s fans attacked the female rapper. Consequently, Cudi and Fiasco’s argument didn’t last as long as Banks and Fiasco’s conflict. Cudi simply tweeted, “My comments come from a place of love. Sorry if I offended anyone, except Poope Fiasco. F— that n—az feelings haha dweeb.” Although Kendrick Lamar has yet to respond anyone regarding his interview comments, some of his fans defended the rapper via social media.