NBC takes heat as White House sends shoutout to Grammy’s racially-charged rapper

“Obama’s favorite rapper” Kendrick Lamar had a great night at the Grammy Awards Monday winning five awards, but fell short of winning any of the top four prizes (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year or Best New Artist) despite a push from NBC News.

That’s right. With the battle over the Supreme Court raging, foreign affairs in shambles, terrorism and immigration among other critical problems, NBC News had the time to wonder aloud if “Obama’s favorite rapper” could take home the album of the year award much to the chagrin of many on social media.

And while Lamar didn’t win the coveted prize (that went to Taylor Swift), he did turn in the most controversial performance of the night on the Grammy stage.

Donning prison attire and shackles, Lamar and his backup dancers schlepped onto the stage while his band sat in makeshift prison cells behind them and performed “The Blacker the Berry” off of his album “To Pimp a Butterfly.”

The song attacks the police’s treatment of blacks, racism, and a general blaming of white people for “hating” black people and keeping them from success.

Interesting choice coming from a successful millionaire.

“You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture/You’re f*****’ evil, I want you to recognize that I’m a proud monkey,” he rapped.

“You sabotage my community, makin’ a killin’/You made me a killer, emancipation of a real n****’,” he continued.

At one point, he called himself a “hypocrite” for weeping “when Trayvon Martin was in the street when gang banging make me kill a n**** blacker than me.”

The performance led into another from the album where Lamar was in front of an African scene rapping his hit “Alright” while backup dancers were dressed in traditional African garb.

Naturally, the White House thought the divisive, racially charged spectacle was just fantastic and congratulated the rapper on social media.

That’s one more than the tweets it sent out offering condolences to the eight police officers shot last week.

And one more than the actual winner of the award, Taylor Swift, received.

Check out the performance below.

Carmine Sabia


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