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    13 Times Kendrick Lamar Was Actually Downright Heartwarming

    The Compton rapper has a hidden history of promoting peace and love.

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    Kendrick Lamar caught many fans off-guard this week with his new single "i," a catchy, message song that makes a straightforward call for self-love and acceptance.

    Sounds like Kendrick and Macklemore exchanged a few more texts than we thought.

    Felipe Delerme@Felipe2egundo

    Sounds like Kendrick and Macklemore exchanged a few more texts than we thought.

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    i think kendrick accidentally uploaded a k'naan song to his soundclud

    r.e. kameir@rawiya

    i think kendrick accidentally uploaded a k'naan song to his soundclud

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    new kendrick lamar is way too soft

    But despite the vivid tales of surviving gang culture in Compton that typified his major label debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — and the chest-thumping bravado of songs like "Control" and "Backseat Freestyle" — Lamar has always been a peacenik at heart.

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    Looking a little closer at his record of interviews and song lyrics, here are 13 times Kendrick preached a message of positivity that was downright heartwarming.

    1. In his and Jay Rock's 2011 single "My People":

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    The song addresses inter-racial conflicts: "We should stick together because we're all we got/ My people don't love me/ Why we ride on another, need to love one another/ We all we got."

    2. When explaining what "Hiiipower" means to him:

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    Chatting with The Come Up Show back in 2011, Kendrick explains the uplifting movement he and his Black Hippy crew have been on: "Hiiipower: the three i’s represent heart, honor and respect. That’s how we carry ourselves in the streets, and just in the world, period. It basically is the simplest form of representing just being above all the madness, all the bullshit."

    3. Way back on his 2009 song "Wanna Be Heard":

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    Kendrick also spewed that "I spread love like a Hippy."

    4. When asked what are some morals he lives by:

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    "That's the number one," he tells i-D earlier this year. that's something that my mother always told me.

    5. In the powerful intro skit of Section.80 standout "Fuck Your Ethnicity":

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    The deliverance is angry, but the message is all-loving: "Now I don't give a fuck if you/ Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, goddammit/ That don't mean shit to me."

    6. With Alicia Keys earlier this year on the Spiderman single "It's On Again":

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    In which he prefaced with these growling, encouraging words: "This is for the warrior, this is for you and I/ This is for euphoria, give me a piece of mind."

    7. When talking about his impact as a socially-conscious rapper:

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    In his 2014 cover story in Complex, K-Dot relays that he understands the weight of his stories and the kind of influence it can have on society.

    8. On a prescient early track (assisted by rapper Punch), "Dreams":

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    9. In one of the more mellow tracks off mA.Ad, "Real":

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    This verse encourages a woman to value her self-worth over material goods.

    10. And when he surprised us by hopping on an Imagine Dragons track, and said this:

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    11. Or when he talked about how his music has matured:

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    In a 2012 interview with Pitchfork, Kendrick says he's more than a one-note artist, and he has bigger plans for himself: "It was just about growing as a person and becoming more of an adult. Now, I want more of a neutral light for everybody to live in and be happy and be successful."

    12. When asked what his end-goal is as a musician:

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    "The whole purpose of [Section.80] was really to spark the idea of doing something different rather than doing a record that's just about gang culture," Kendrick said in an Interview Q&A with Erykah Badu. "That's the ultimate thing I want to do in making music—to be able to inspire somebody else."

    13. And, finally, when it all led to the earnest, hippie wisdom of "i":

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