Kendrick Lamar opened the BET Awards Sunday night rapping about police brutality while on top of a vandalized police car with a ripped American flag waving behind him.
Performing his song “Alright,” the 28-year-old rapped about overcoming his struggles.
One line in the song references police brutality towards black people.
“And we hate the po-po, wanna kill us dead in the street fo’ sho”
Many saw the performance as a political statement referencing recent events in Ferguson and Baltimore.
Considering what's going on right now in America, something feels right about Kendrick opening up the BET Awards with Alright on a cop car.
— Patrick Shaw (@str8upatman) June 29, 2015
Yall, my negus Kendrick Lamar stood on top of a vandalized cop car with a torn American flag. I LOVE IT!!
— The ARTistic One (@t_lea14) June 29, 2015
Kendrick Lamar standing on a police car = huge message behind it!!! #BETAwards2015
— Hatef Alavi (@Future_Dr_Alavi) June 29, 2015
— ️️️️️ (@shadblast) June 29, 2015
Kendrick Lamar like fuck the police huh
— Young Legend (@cjayye__) June 29, 2015