In a summer of protest, Kendrick Lamar hits the black soul the hardest
The Huffington Post - 08/26/2015
Emmett Price, a professor at Northeastern University, is on the same page as Vincent. “There’s something about the power of our music that says when the music’s playing and everybody’s heart and minds are on one accord — that we can do this. There’s a courage that comes up,” Price told me. “In the midst of this oppression, because all hearts and minds [are] in sync, there’s this power that we have.”
He added that the video for “Alright,” directed by Colin Tilley, offers listeners a way to understand the track from Lamar’s perspective. The video is unflinching in its depictions of police brutality and inner-city deprivation — cars burn, faces are bloodied, cops sneer and cuff and shoot. But despite it all, black people remain resilient. The video is peppered with images of people rising above: Kids dance on graffiti-tagged police cars and bike to the top of hills, while Lamar crowd-surfs and literally floats through the neighborhood. We see smiling black faces, people dancing and surging in groups, a hopeful community turning up and sticking together. The video, like the song, oozes black empowerment and endurance.