Rhetorical Analysis Of Kendrick Lamar 's ' I 'm The Biggest Hypocrite Of 2015 ' Essay

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Kelli Rowswell WRT 105 Mark Bousquet Rhetorical Analysis October 28th, 2016 “I’m the biggest hypocrite of 2015”: Kendrick Lamar’s 2016 Grammy performance Well-known American rapper and songwriter, Kendrick Lamar, in his influential performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards while singing "Blacker the Berry" off his 11 time nominated album "To Pimp a Butterfly," recounts issues of racism in society, however, conveys a deeper meaning of hypocrisy towards the end of the song. In this essay, I will be doing a contextual analysis of Kendrick Lamar 's 2016 Grammy performance. I argue the significant meaning throughout Lamar 's performance, then I go outside the event and describe events in the outside world that related or could have perhaps provoked him to decide to perform those particular songs and I’ll conclude by examining how those outside events could potentially alter our perception of the performance and the importance of knowing that information. The message Kendrick is trying to convey are very blunt and explicit throughout the entire song. “Or try to celebrate February like it’s my B-day” (Lamar 2016), shows his use of metaphorical language and imagery to portrays his frustrated attitude towards current racial views in America. Born in Compton, Kendrick Lamar delivered a performance at the 2016 Grammy’s in February. Performing racially charged songs like “Blacker the Berry” and “Alright” was Kendrick’s attempt to bring more awareness towards police brutality among black

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