While speaking at Forbes Under 30 Summit on Wednesday (Oct. 4), Kendrick Lamar noted the similarities between him and free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“Ultimately, you want to be a person that stands for something,” Lamar said in regard to a question about what he hopes his impact will be on future generations.
“Whether the plan works or not, I want to be remembered as that. Same thing with Colin Kaepernick.”
The Compton emcee said that he can never give up because of naysayers. He has to keep going and think “beyond the moment,” much like Kaepernick has.
“Im sure they feel he [Kaepernick] want to give up. They think he’s gonna give up, but he want to stand for something. Simple as that. You don’t look at the moment, whether it is gonna work or not. No, you look at what the next generation is gonna receive from it. If I quit what I’m doing or feel like I can’t go no longer because I have naysayers or I have people behind the scenes that say I can’t do it or I feel a little discouraged, I gotta think beyond the moment. You have to look at it from a base of, ‘What do you want to be remembered for?’ Simple as that.
In 2016, Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in solidarity of people who have fallen victim to police brutality. He said that he was not going to “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Check out Kendrick Lamar’s comments around the 22-mark above.