This offering from Kendrick Lamar led some publications to declare that “Alright” was the “unifying soundtrack” of the Black Lives Matter movement after several youth-led protests were heard chanting the chorus. It is a lyrically festive song about struggle and hope.
Not everybody likes Democrats, and count Tef Poe, one of the unsung heroes from the Ferguson protests, as one of them. This song echoes a frustration shared by many in the African-American community about democratic politicians and policies.
The music video, which recieved critical acclaim worldwide, not only follows the relationship between two men and the subsequent homophobic backlash they recieve, but it is also a metaphor with the protagonist comparing his lover to religion, specifically the Catholic Church. The artist notes the song grew out of his frustration with Catholic Church teachings,
tUnE-yArDs offers a visually catching and metaphorical look at the meaning of “real” in today’s society and touches on issues ranging from body image, debt, fame, and even America’s attachment to oppressive imagery and symbols.