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Kendrick Lamar has no intentions of going back on his theory about voting being a waste of time, but he’s encouraging everyone else to make their own decisions. Once the criticism reached its height, Lamar sent out a couple of tweets  telling his nearly 500,000 Twitter fans not to follow in his footsteps. “And when you do VOTE. Just make sure it’s 4 the right reasons,” he wrote Monday (Aug. 27). “This way you won’t point the finger at that black man like ya’ll did. Again.”

Lamar, 25, revealed that he doesn’t vote because in his mind, it won’t bring about any real change. However, votes from the younger generation is of high importance to both President Obama and Mitt Romney. After addressing Hurricane Isaac earlier in the day, the president headed to Iowa to elicit support from students in the state, and will hit other colleges throughout the week.

In response to Lamar’s comments, the League of Young Voters extended an invitation for discourse with the Compton, Calif. native. “If Kendrick inspired his neighbors to think seriously about the strength of their vote, we could begin to alter the popular discourse, and more importantly the economic policy of local and statewide government,” said executive director, Rob “Biko” Baker.

When his political views aren’t being scrutinized, Lamar is busy performing all over the country in promotion of his long-awaited debut good kid m.A.A.d city, due out October 2.


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