With a population just south of 100,000 the small yet mighty city of Compton has always played a major factor in hip hop. The city, considered a suburb of Los Angeles, has gained a huge reputation for gang violence stemmed from the Bloods and the Crips. But with any other situation, with confrontation and challenges are often birthed historical moments. A roster of such legendary acts in hip hop include N.W.A., The Game, YG, and the guy currently holding the torch, Kendrick Lamar.
It’s nearly a year after the release of To Pimp A Butterfly, and the project is still making noise, with some dubbing the track ‘We Gone Be Alright’ as the new unofficial Black national anthem. The album to date, has nearly 800,000 records sold, a rare accomplishment for a conscious hip hop artist in 2016. This year at the 58th Annual Grammys, To Pimp A Butterfly has been nominated for Album of The Year and Best Rap Album. In honor of the nominations, the Grammys took a trip to Compton, the city that made Lamar who he is today. The short video features African American youth reciting the lyrics to “We Gone Be Alright.” At the end, Lamar joins his hometown for a mini-concert. Although a small, yet powerful tribute, it’s nice to see The Grammys playing tribute to the hip hop culture, despite how disconnected the general crowd attending the show might be from this lifestyle.The irony of this video is that many of these kids probably actually find themselves pressing play on this song as daily inspiration for overcoming life challenges in Compton. Glad to see Lamar continuously getting the praise he deserves. The 58th Annual Grammys will take place on February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, hosted by LL Cool J. Watch the clip below.