To Pimp a Butterfly

i Evidence I

          Thus, given West’s definition of what Black leadership needs, Kendrick Lamar is a modern Black leader. Lamar fulfills both of West’s standards of Black leadership by returning to his community to relay lessons while focusing on promoting truth and unity. Through the songs “Alright” and “i”, Lamar reveals his ability to unite the Black community during difficult times of oppression, whether it hails from the government or within the community. Then, in the latter half of “i”, Lamar, literally, uses his platform to correct the Black community’s misuse and misunderstanding of the term “nigga”. Based on the songs “Momma” and “u”, Lamar had the opportunity to leave his community completely and live lavishly, but he chose to return with positive messages to uplift his people.

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