Kendrick Lamar's Surprisingly Calm Grammy Snub Reaction, Translated

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XXL Magazine tried to do some Erin Andrews instant-reaction journalism yesterday, releasing part of an interview done with Kendrick Lamar shortly after his unexpected loss in every Grammy category that he was nominated for. But Kendrick was perfectly cool, calm, and collected about the whole thing in the snippets released so far. He's just a down-to-earth and talented guy excited about the future and who already seems to be over the Grammy "snub", fan reaction, and Macklemore's odd Instagram apology-receipt.

And while Kendrick Lamar is cool, calm and collected--how else could anyone give such a poignant and constrained response to their hardest-fought and most public loss ever-it is not in the way many of us are accustomed. There is so much raging-intellectual-shade being thrown at Macklemore, the Grammys, and the entire state of the universe in Kendrick's brief statements to XXL that they actually turn into light. Since most Americans are pretty bad at identifying when a black man is truly angry, I've taken the liberty of translating Kendrick's remarks for you.

See also: Why Macklemore's "Same Love" Isn't Very Helpful

Quote: "It's well deserved;"

Translation: "No bitch can kill my vibe."

It was not "well deserved." Whenever someone says that something was honestly earned, the sentence ends there. If it ever continues with a "but..." or weird punctuation mark (such as ";"), a shade bomb is about to be thrown.) Kendrick's decision now or in the future to answer any question about Macklemore beyond the point of simple congratulation is a signal for everyone to hold their breath and duck.
 
Quote: "He did what he did, man."

Translation: "In the very upside down world of Popular Music Today, Macklemore is king."
 
By "he," Kendrick obviously means Macklemore, but by "did what he did," Kendrick is not conceding that Macklemore made quality music in-any-way-superior-or-deserving-of-recognition. This is Kendrick dismissing the state of music today if "what he did" earned Mack Grammy gold.

Quote: "He went out there and hustled and grinded."

Translation:" ...but the one in front of the gun lives forever."
 
As much as we may wish it did, Kendrick does not mean to suggest that Macklemore gave people oral sex in order to win Grammys. Instead, Macklemore created and distributed sub-par music and appropriated (almost) as many cultures as the entire history of colonialism while acting-and-looking like a children's cartoon villain. Macklemore did the hustle-and-grind necessary to trick the mainstream into somehow believing he's interesting and talented. Kendrick is OK with not winning a Grammy right now if they're giving them out to folks like Macklemore. He'll get his eternal glory some day.



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15 comments
ziddersroofurry
ziddersroofurry

Wow this article sucked. Not only is it biased, it presumes to speak for someone who is eloquent enough to speak for themselves. How about you actually respect the person you're claiming is deserving of more respect by not speaking on his behalf without his permission? 

JoshuaZaneWeiss
JoshuaZaneWeiss

@soundofthecity Does your readership only understand rappers when you re-contextualize them w/ lyrical references to gun use and misogyny?

tony19909
tony19909

WOW this is the dumbest article I've ever read, the writer is clearly being bias. We get it you love Kendrick and hate Macklemore. The thing is Macklemore is actually a lot better than you think, he raps about with positive messages unlike a lot of current Rappers. Stop being a hater and take some time to actually listen to his music. I like both of them and Macklemore won well deserved. He is an unsigned independent artist and made it by himself, while Kendrick was brought out to the masses with Dre's help. They're both good but give Macklemore his due.

silkn1
silkn1

I can't say what Kendrick is really thinking. what I can say is that he handled the situation with a refreshing level of maturity hard to find in the modern music world. This article adds a level of backbiting pettiness that is actually insulting. Let his words stand on their own. I took the interview to mean that he doesn't need to tear anyone else down with hate to feel good about himself, and he's confident enough in his skills that he believes others will have to recognize them before it's all said and done.

I respect the confidence and maturity he showed, and hate to see those things undermined by an article like this.

WowWhatABunchOfBS
WowWhatABunchOfBS

How about you let people's quotes stand and not loosely "translate" into not-so-vaguely racist assumptions on someone's thoughts you know nothing about.

ohheybrittany
ohheybrittany

@bohosolo I love that one of the commenters assumes that you're white and a dude. (ps - WELCOME BACK).

Toral Deva
Toral Deva

THE GRAMMY'S DON'T FUCKING MATTER. I thought you were above that nonsense, Village Voice. Damn.

T.j. Peterson
T.j. Peterson

"I'm a white writers with a very self-righteous opinion about rap, so I'm going to speak over a black person." Yeah, uh.

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