March 26, 2014


Why Was Kendrick Lamar Mentioned in the Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial?

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So... this is strange. Kendrick Lamar's name cropped up in court on Monday during the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. No, the Compton rapper and the South African athlete don't know each other, nor did Lamar know Reeva Steenkamp, the South African model Pistorius is accused of murdering.

But his good kid, m.A.A.d city track "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" was part of a heated text-message argument between Pistorius and his girlfriend one month before her death. According to the WhatsApp text exchange read aloud in court on Monday, Pistorius was listening to "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" while they were in the car together. As they'd just been in a fight, she took it as a dig toward her.  

"I'm scared of you sometimes and how u snap at me and of how you will react to me. You make me happy 90% of the time and I think we are amazing together but I am not some other bitch you may know trying to kill your vibe," Steenkamp's text reads.

This was Pistorius' response: "I was upset that you just left me after we got food to go talk to a guy and I was standing right behind you watching you touch his arm and ignore me. And when I spoke up you introduced me which you could've done but when I left you just kept on chatting to him when clearly I was upset. I asked Martin to put on that Kendrick Lamar album in the car and don't know it."

Despite listening to Kendrick, Pistorius doesn't endorse his music. In fact, the accused athlete slammed the song in the same text. "Granted that it was a sh-t song but you should've just lent forward and whispered in my ear to change it seeing as I had to drive to pick up your friend."

So not only did Kendrick bizarrely pop up in one of the highest-profile murder trials of the 21st century, but his flawless music is inexplicably labeled "sh-t."

But honestly, we're guessing Kendrick isn't too concerned about what an accused killer thinks of his art.