"Art has not responsibility to be rational or socially exemplary."
"That this song, with its booming beat, the loudest on the record, that seemed to herald it as some global political statement, was in fact Kendrick’s most deeply personal. Almost implosive. That the moment wasn’t about we at all, it just sounded that way. It’s his most “I” moment, reflecting a reality that I couldn’t possibly connect to, only witness and try to understand. It’s as personal as Ice Cube’s “Dead Homiez.” He’s not speaking to the community or for the community. He’s speaking for himself or, rather, a version of himself."