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Grammys: Kendrick Lamar Gets Standing Ovation for Politically Charged Prison Performance

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After winning big early at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, rapper Kendrick Lamar received a standing ovation after delivering a jazzy rendition of his song “The Blacker The Berry” before a prison backdrop.

“I’m African-American, I’m African,” he rapped after entering the stage with a number of black dancers, who were all wearing prison outfits and donning chains. “I’m black as the moon, heritage of a small village, pardon my residence, came from the bottom of mankind, my hair is nappy, my d–k is big, my nose is round and wide, you hate me don’t you?”

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He added: “You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture.”

Lamar and the dancers eventually removed their chains, revealing glow-in-the-dark paint over their prison outfits.

The performance inspired standing ovation inside Nokia Theatre.

Lamar was also the lyrical mastermind behind President Obama’s favorite song of 2015 “How Much a Dollar Cost” from Lamar’s album “To Pimp a Butterfly.”

Watch Lamar’s Grammys performance below:


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