Catching up with MTV at a Reebok event, Kendrick Lamar expressed his feelings on structural racism. He goes on to say that situations such as Mike Brown, and Eric Garner are not new to him. He was warned by his father at a young age.  

“It’s something that I’ve been around since the beginning of time. I remember coming up in the city of Compton and [seeing] these same types of ordeals. So when I make a record like “i”, this is not just about me. It’s about what’s going on in real life, actual [facts].

My father definitely talked to me about that early on—he came from Chicago to Compton, and he dealt with it his whole life. He knew the moment I was born [that] the color of my skin was gonna be put to the test, and that’s just how it is. We have legacy, people who’ve died for it, but [there’s] still that type of negativity out there. He told me, ‘Every day, carry yourself with some integrity and don’t let them see you sweat.’” ~Kendrick Lamar