The song – Alright, which is from Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed studio album – To Pimp a Butterfly, was chanted by activists during a protest which was held at the Cleveland State University.
The activists were reportedly filmed chanting the song’s lyrics during a protest that they held against the huge out-pour of police harassment cases in the US.
Watch the Alright chant footage below.
Kendrick Lamar is one of the most outspoken rappers against police violence affecting African American population.
A few critics have even gone as far as to compare Kendrick’s album To Pimp a Butterfly to the work of novelists Alex Haley and Ralph Ellison, who were known for their gritty portrayals of the Black American community in their work.
At the BET Awards in June this year, he performed Alright standing on a police car that had been vandalized. After the performance, various spokesman for Fox News commented that his performance incited “violence” to which Kendrick replied, “How can you take a song that’s about hope and turn it into hatred?”
Below is the clip of Alright performed by Kendrick Lamar at the BET Awards 2015:
Speaking to The Observer about one of his other tracks in the album – The Blacker the Berry, and the inspiration behind it, the rapper explained: “It’s already in your blood because I am Trayvon Martin, you know. I’m all of these kids. It’s already implanted in your brain to come out your mouth as soon as you’ve seen it on the TV. I had that track way before that, from the beginning to the end, and the incident just snapped it for me.”
You can watch the Alright official music video here: