Fans Question Kendrick Lamar’s ‘i’ Cover Art of Crip and Blood Throwing Up Heart Signs

Kendrick Lamar came back onto the Hip Hop scene after a brief hiatus with new single “i” off of his forthcoming third studio album. The single incorporates a sample from The Isley Brothers’ classic single “Who’s That Lady.

Kendrick Lamar is again engulfed in a maad city of poverty and violence, rapping, “They wanna say there’s a war outside and a bomb in the street/And a gun in the hood and a mob of police/And a rock on the corner and line full of fiends.And a bottle full of lean and a model on a scheme, yup.”

Not only did Kendrick’s song have the net buzzing, but also his cover art for the single. The art features members of the Bloods gang and a member of Crips gang forming a heart with their hands.

Kendrick explained the message behind the art during an interview with Carson Daly on 97.1 AMP.

“Where I’m from, there’s a lot of gang culture and things like that, so instead of throwing up gang signs, which we used to, I put a Blood and I put a Crip together and we’re throwing hearts,” he said.

Kendrick’s cover art wasn’t without its critiques, though. Many fans took to social media to question the art:

Kendrick expects his upcoming album to drop sometime before the start of 2015.

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