Geraldo Rivera has some words for Kendrick Lamar after the Compton rapper called him out on his new album DAMN.
Rivera, 73, said in a video uploaded to Facebook on Friday (April 14) that he “has no beef with” Lamar but said he believes the hip-hop genre is damaging to the younger generation.
“I think too much of hip-hop, too much of rap in the last couple of decades has really portrayed the cops as the enemy, as the occupying army in the ghetto, in the inner city, in the urban centers,” Rivera said in the 18-minute video.
“It’s an us against them where this very popular, powerful art form, this poetry, is being used to really set young people, young minorities — black and Latinos, principally — against the officers who are sworn to protect them.”
Rivera’s comments come after Lamar mentioned the veteran journalist on the track YAH.
“Fox News wanna use my name for percentage […] Somebody tell Geraldo this [expletive] got ambition,” Lamar spits.
Lamar also sampled Rivera’s comments about his performance of Alright at the 2015 BET Awards on tracks BLOOD. and DNA.
“This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years. This is exactly the wrong message,” Rivera said back in 2015. He specifically highlighted to the Alright line: “And we hate po-po/ Wanna kill us dead in the street, fo sho.”
In response to Rivera’s comments, Lamar told TMZ that his lyrics were his reality and Rivera shouldn’t dismiss the narratives of those living in the inner-cities. He also said that he used music an outlet and hopes the youth will find positive avenues to express themselves.
“Hip-hop is not the problem. Our reality is the problem of the situation. This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves. Rather [than] going out here and doing the murders myself, I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing,” he said.
He continued, “Not going out in the streets, go in the booth and talking about the situation and hoping these kids can find some type of influence on it in a positive manner. Coming from these streets and coming from these neighborhoods, we’re taking our talents and putting ‘em inside the studio.”
Watch Rivera’s video below: