You know the saying that there’s no such thing as bad publicity? It’s always been bullsh*t. There are certain things that you don’t want your name associated with no matter what. Take the Oscar Pistorius trial for example. This sad, sordid, dark, real life tragedy has captured the world’s attention for all of the wrong reasons.
Once the hero of a proud nation, double amputee, South African, sprinter Pistorius first captured the world’s attention with his fight to compete in the Olympics using his prosthetic legs. His descent from hero to villain began on Valentine’s Day 2013 when he shot and killed his girlfriend, South African Model and reality television star Reeva Steenkamp.
Now on trial for murder, the facts of the case, from Pistorius’ sobbing testimony to intimate details of relationship quibbles that may have lead up to the eventual tragedy, are playing out in the public sphere. One particular detail is the role Kendrick Lamar may have played in an argument between Pistorius and Steenkamp.
During cross-examination, the prosecutor questioned Pistorius about a text message conversation between him and Steenkamp in which she seems to reference Lamar’s Good Kid, Maad City single “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” Hip-Hop Wired reports that Steenkamp wrote in a text message:
“I’m scared of you sometimes and how u snap at me and of how you will react to me […]You make me happy 90% of the time and I think we are amazing together but I am not some other bitch you may know trying to kill your vibe.”
Pistorius allegedly played the song following an argument.
Pistorius replied to Steenkamp’s text:
“I was upset that you just left me after we got food to go talk to a guy and I was standing right behind you watching you touch his arm and ignore me. And when I spoke up you introduced me which you could’ve done but when I left you just kept on chatting to him when clearly I was upset. I asked Martin to put on that Kendrick Lamar album in the car and don’t know it. Granted that it was a shit song but you should’ve just lent forward and whispered in my ear to change it seeing as I had to drive to pick up your friend.”
When questioned by the prosecutor, Pistorius couldn’t say for sure that the song in question was indeed, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” but it seems like a distinct possibility. Either way, of all the events to which an artist could have their song attached, this seems like it would be very low on the list of desirability. If anything, Pistorius’ alleged use of the K Dot track at the very least illustrates an inability to use his words like a big boy, and his description of it as a “shit song” may be evidence of an unstable mind.