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Remember That Time Kendrick Lamar Cried After Being Passed the West Coast Torch?

There’s nothing like seeing a grown man cry. But what’s even more profound is remembering how the west coast came together in unity years before the now equally polarizing and groundbreaking release of Straight Outta Compton’s and ongoing media reports surrounding the abuse of Miche’le and Dee Barnes the hands of Dr. Dre omitted from the film.

In 2011 months before the release of Kendrick Lamar’s groundbreaking debut studio album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, the Los Angeles’ biggest rappers came together to officially pass the torch to then 24 year-old rapper.

The GameSnoop DoggDr. Dre and a host of other emcees, including Mos Def who hails from Brooklyn, showered praise on the “Alright” rapper crowning Lamar the new “King of the West Coast”.

“It comes a time in a n*gga’s career, after what’s gon’ be four platinum albums Tuesday, when you gotta pass the muthaf**cking torch,” Game declared just before joining Lamar in fiery onstage freestyle.

Snoop later took the stage and told Lamar,”N*gga, you got the torch, nigga, you betta run with that muthaf**ka!”

Soon after, the coast’s most thoughtful lyricist since Tupac broke down into real tears and everyone on stage rushed him with hugs.

The audience begins chanting “Kendrick, Kendrick, Kendrick…!”

To say Lamar deserved the honor would be an understatement. He’s been LA’s reigning king of the west coast since he emerged, and undoubtedly one of the most beloved new hip hop lyricists on the globe.

The now 28 year-old star has received praises beyond his hometown, all of Hip Hop legends love him from Nas to Jay-Z.

His highly inspirational single “Alright” is not only a catchy chart-chopper, it’s become the new battle cry and sonic accompaniment to the Black Lives Matter movement, and considered by some the new Black national anthem.

Lamar is also arguably one of the few rappers to make a much needed departure from the coast’s legacy of misogynist and sexist lyrics toward Black women.

Black men Straight Outta Compton may have serious generational issues when it comes to Black women, Tupac included, and his at times contradictory lyrics about women from “Wonder Why They Call You Bitch” to “Brenda Had a Baby”.

But it seems the west coast’s influence did some good after all.

Geneva S. Thomas

Geneva S. Thomas

Geneva is the founder of Jawbreaker, which she plans on turning into an intergalactic all-girl army that will someday storm the streets of the world in studded bras and Tom Ford boots. She recently took up archery and collects more books than shoes.