Updated 3/30/2016 at 10:47 am
“I am a full grown woman, what in the hell do I look like listening to some Kendrick Lamar?”
Yes friends, that was my exact response to my dear twenty-something year old son who had tried his absolute best to convince me to check out one of his favorite hip hop artists.
Now let me level with you. Even though I opted NOT to listen to Mr. Lamar at that specific point in time, I did keep the idea under my cap. Frankly, I felt comfortable doing so because I happen to know that my son is quite discriminating when it comes to music; best believe I raised him to be that way. As the mother of a young and beautiful black man, I simply refused to allow him to listen to BS lyrics even if they were attached to a funky track—and you know how much I love a funky track 🙂
Side note: Never underestimate the level of impact that both lyrics AND music can have on the development of a child’s mind.
Anyway, one random Tuesday, I picked up the TV remote and began ‘flipping’ stations. I landed on a black and white music video that began with screams and spoken verse. Intrigued, I decided to continue watching and listening. Believe it or not, after just a few minutes, I was completely transfixed by what I was seeing. To say that the video included several profound elements would be an understatement.
Now, in the words of my Corsican twin, Gloria, here comes the killin’ part!
Right before the video ‘faded to black’ I sat alert so that I could note the song title and artist. Wouldn’t you know it; the title of the song was “Alright” and the artist was Kendrick Lamar. Warning, if you decide to watch the video, do know that it includes graphic language and images.
I just be damned! My baby boy was right!
Okay, let’s get this straight! You need not worry about me, as a middle aged woman, riding around town bumping Kendrick Lamar. But, having said that, I ain’t mad at him because his lyrics are FAR from being superficial. In fact, they are quite deep. Bearing this in mind, the refrain, “We gone be alright” planted itself right into my frontal cortex. In other words, that thang rented some space up in my head.
But, in light of local, national and global current events, my mind transformed that very statement into a question: “Are we gone be alright?”
Well, one thing is for sure, if we continue on this trajectory, it would seem that we certainly are NOT going to be alright. Even the most cursory glance at the nightly news would cause us to conclude that our society is fully mired in a tangled, matted and mangled mess.
Ya’ll we got problems and we need a serious intervention plan.
So, at this point, you might be asking, “What would our ‘intervention plan’ look like?” While I am not at all sure, I do think that, in our solution finding, we must consider the following:
“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”
At any rate, I do tend to agree with Kendrick’s optimistic proclamation that “…if God got us then we gone be alright!” Baby I have to if I am going to maintain my maternal sanity.
But, I don’t think that we are going to get to the state of ‘alright’ by diffusion–remember, osmosis refers to liquids 🙂 It is going to take some doing.
Friends, I’m curious, what do you think needs to happen for us to get to “alright?”