Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed album “DAMN.” (released in April) addressed the shock and fallout of Donald Trump’s election win.
But in a new interview with Rolling Stone, the 30-year-old rapper said he now thinks that speaking out against Trump is futile.
“I mean, it’s like beating a dead horse. We already know what it is,” Lamar told the outlet of Trump. “You just get to a point where you’re tired of talking about it. It weighs you down and it drains your energy when you’re speaking about something or someone that’s completely ridiculous.”
Previously, on his “DAMN.” track “XXX.,” Lamar lamented Trump’s ascendancy in a meditation on the intersection of violence and capitalism in America. On the song “LUST.,” the rapper recounted how he and his community reacted in disbelief to Trump’s victory:
“We all woke up, tryna tune to the daily news / Looking for confirmation, hoping election wasn’t true / All of us worried, all of us buried, and the feeling’s deep / None of us married to his proposal, make us feel cheap.”
Lamar went on to explain in the interview how his music has focused less on combating Trump’s policies specifically, and more on continuing to promote self-reflection and self-worth as a means to spark change.
“On and off the album, I took it upon myself to take action in my own community,” Lamar said. “On the record, I made an action to not speak about what’s going on in the world or the places they put us in. Speak on self; reflection of self first. That’s where the initial change will start from.”
Listen to Lamar’s song “XXX,” featuring U2, below: