Kendrick Lamar Looks at Home in Compton in “King Kunta” Video
There’s a Bakunin quote about how "society lays the groundwork for crimes, and criminals are merely the instruments for carrying them out.” From the beginning, Lamar's raps have been rooted in his home city of Compton, one of the most violent in the nation, but in spite of division, death, and hardship, it is also filled with animated people and characters who, together, share this common feeling of abandonment and a sense of struggle but still try to keep all smiles.
To Pimp A Butterfly throughout, from the artwork to the lyrics and now the "King Kunta" video, is Kendrick Lamar’s way of celebrating/uplifting his old hood while at the same time dissecting the psyche of its denizens (serving up himself for it) and the unrolling of different political/socioeconomic issues that go on in and affect the ghetto.
An accurate analogy would be the "drunk uncle" analogy Jay Z referenced in "Dear Summer": "You know they lame, you feel ashamed, but you love 'em the same."
You love to see him and have him around—until something goes down. That’s what Compton is like for Kendrick: a place of pride but also a cause of grief.
"King Kunta" is a moment of braggadocio for Lamar on To Pimp A Butterfly and what better setting for it than Compton with the whole city behind him? Peep these images we pulled from the hashtag #KingKuntashoot, where you can see the people of Compton turn out in force to support their homegrown son. (It also looks like the "Compton Fashion Center" is not long for this world?)