The history of Compton is littered with stories, bodies and music. This ongoing series is looking at Compton today viaNoisey. Kendrick Lamar is part of this story.
“I know a lot of people are saying that it’s getting better, but I’m the one that’s doing the funerals.”
Religion plays an important role alongside stories of Compton gang life in the music of Kendrick Lamar. In the fourth of six segments of Noisey Bompton, we pay a visit to the Greater Zion Family Church and talk to Pastor Michael Fisher about what he thinks the role of gangster rap is in the community and whether crime in Compton is actually receding. Then, we head to Campanella Park, the heart of Piru gang territory, to talk to Kendrick’s friend G. Weed about his experiences growing up Piru and becoming involved in the ongoing back-and-forth with the neighboring Crips. “Can’t nobody make this place safe,” he tells us.
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